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Assailants Attack 2nd DRC Ebola Clinic; MSF Calls For Reexamination Of Approach To Response Efforts

Associated Press: Ebola medical center attacked in Congo for 2nd time in week
“The mayor of a city in Congo and medical aid group Doctors Without Borders say intruders wreaked havoc at an Ebola treatment center in the eastern city of Butembo, the second Ebola clinic in the region attacked in a week…” (2/27).

CIDRAP News: Unknown forces attack Butembo Ebola treatment center
“…The region is home to dozens of paramilitary and rebel forces, most notably the Allied Democratic Forces. Since the outbreak began last August, numerous outbursts of violence against health care workers and attacks on clinics have been reported. The rebel forces have also conducted disinformation campaigns about how Ebola is transmitted and treated…” (Soucheray, 2/27).

Devex: MSF mulls response in DRC Ebola hotspot after attacks
“Two attacks on Médecins Sans Frontières Ebola treatment centers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo within a span of four days have pushed the organization to rethink its strategy to gain trust among the local community. … The incidents have prompted the organization to recognize the need for Ebola response actors to do a better job on community engagement…” (Ravelo, 2/28).

The Guardian: Arsonists attack Ebola clinics in DRC as climate of distrust grows
“… ‘Within the response, and ourselves, MSF, we need to think what more we could have done, because right now it’s clear that we do not have enough trust within the community,’ said Pierre Van Heddegem, project coordinator of the Ebola response in Katwa, adding that all agencies needed to engage in greater consultation with communities…” (Ratcliffe, 2/28).

Reuters: Congo Ebola center set on fire after armed attack
“…The identity and motive of the assailants were unclear. … The health ministry said in a statement that 38 suspected Ebola patients and 12 confirmed cases were in the center at the time of the attack. Four of the patients with confirmed cases fled and are being looked for, it said…” (Mahamba et al., 2/27).