Donors Work On New ‘Strategic Plan’ For DRC Ebola Outbreak; Local Responders At Greatest Risk From Virus, Violence

CIDRAP News: Donors look to retool response as Ebola outbreak grows
“As Ebola cases continue to pile up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) — with 12 more confirmed [Wednesday] and likely 7 more [Thursday] — a USAID official said four major donors have jump-started a new ‘strategic plan’ for coordinating response efforts. To underscore the heavy toll the outbreak has caused, among its 2,284 cases, as noted on the World Health Organization Ebola dashboard today, are 125 infected health care workers, including 2 new ones, DRC officials said…” (Wappes, 6/27).

New Humanitarian: Ebola response in Congo leaves locals at greatest risk
“Local responders are at the forefront of efforts to contain the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But with this reality comes greater risks — from the virus itself, but also from attacks by armed groups and distrustful local communities…” (Elliott, 6/27).

VOA News: WHO Appeals to Ugandans With Ebola Contact to Trust Vaccine
“The World Health Organization is asking Ugandans to have faith in the trial vaccine being used to contain the Ebola outbreak near the border with Congo. This follows reports that 13 people who came in contact with the virus declined to be vaccinated…” (Athumani, 6/27).

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