1 Of 4 People In Eastern Congo Do Not Believe Ebola Exists, Study Shows; WHO Names New DRC Ebola Chief

Associated Press: Study: Many in Ebola outbreak don’t believe virus is real
“One out of four people interviewed in eastern Congo last year believed Ebola wasn’t real, according to a new study, underscoring the enormous challenges health care workers are facing in what has become the second-deadliest outbreak in history. The survey released late Wednesday found that a deep mistrust of the Ebola response resulted in those people being 15 times less likely to seek medical treatment at an Ebola health center, according to the study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal…” (Larson, 3/28).

CIDRAP News: WHO names new Ebola chief in DRC as 7 more cases noted
“Peter Graaff is the new World Health Organization (WHO) special representative for the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, appointed Graaff, who previously served as the WHO’s director of Ebola emergency response in Liberia and West Africa…” (Soucheray, 3/27).

SciDev.Net: Q&A: DRC Ebola cases surpass 1,000
“…In an interview with SciDev.Net earlier this month, Congolese Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga said restoring public trust was key to fighting Ebola, as he announced new research initiatives to tackle the disease…” (Fassassi, 3/28).

Additional coverage of the Ebola outbreak and response is available from Al Jazeera, Quartz, and Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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