Recent cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have claimed at least 90 lives since the start of August. Oxfam is now concerned that conflict, which has plagued the eastern part of the DRC for decades, could undermine efforts to contain the latest outbreak.
Ebola—it’s a word that strikes fear. Perhaps that’s because it’s an unfamiliar virus, one that moves quickly, is contagious, and here in the US, we haven’t had much contact with it. As an outbreak claims lives in the DRC, we breakdown what Ebola is, what’s happening in the DRC, and what Oxfam is doing to help.
Nine days after an Ebola outbreak in Equateur province in the western part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was officially declared over, four new cases have been confirmed by the DRC’s Ministry of Health.
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.