Ebola Treatment Efforts Resume in Democratic Republic of Congo


Peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) partner with local organizations to provide medical and nutritional care to orphaned and otherwise vulnerable children in North Kivu province. (Source: un.org)

Civil unrest in Beni, the center of the latest Ebola outbreak in the DRC, stopped treatment efforts last month. But officials from the World Health Organization recently announced Ebola response in that area had resumed due to government leadership efforts and collaboration with partner agencies. The situation remains fragile as volatile situations in Komanda and Butembo/Katwa hamper response efforts to local Ebola outbreaks.

The latest Ebola outbreak in Beni includes 577 cases and 377 deaths, but WHO states 220 people recovered and more than 56,500 have been vaccinated. Potential challenges to continued treatment efforts include security and inability to prevent and control infection in public and private health facilities.

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