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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.
How we're responding
An outbreak of Ebola in eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo has resulted in and 118 confirmed/probable cases and 77 deaths. Oxfam and other organizations responding to the outbreak are particularly concerned about reported cases in areas where armed militias are in control, which may be hard to reach with assistance.
Oxfam is responding to the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri. The main areas of work are in community engagement, which informs people about the disease, how to prevent it, and when/how to seek treatment. Talking with people, listening to their concerns, and helping them to understand the disease is essential in building the trust of communities and minimizing the spread of the outbreak.
We have set up 100 hand washing stations and gone door to door to tell people about how to prevent Ebola. So far we have engaged 10,000 people with messages about Ebola.
Oxfam is also continuing to help people affected by conflict in Kasai, Tanganyika, and South Kivu. We are providing more than 400,000 people with humanitarian assistance in these areas of the DRC.