As fears of Ebola spreading to DRC’s urban areas grow, Oxfam launches public awareness and hygiene programs
An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed at least 25 since May 8th. While most reported cases have been contained to small rural areas, there is a high risk of it spreading nationally and into neighboring countries as cases are reported in urban areas.
As the deadly virus gripped Monrovia, Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo turned to local leaders to marshal support for a community-wide awareness campaign. Armed with knowledge, residents faced their fears, confronted the disease, and beat it back.
Threatened by Ebola in neighboring countries, Sidi Jaquite and his team of trusted health workers used their experience to spring into action to protect vulnerable communities.
Communities have played the leading role in stopping the spread of the virus, but challenges remain as families struggle to recover economically.
Two advocates in Liberia and Sierra Leone demonstrate that good governance must come from within.
Prevention efforts remain critical, but investment in jobs and support for essential services will also be key to the region’s recovery.