Ebola Treatment Center In DRC’s Butembo Reopens Under Ministry Of Health, U.N. Agencies; Violence Threatens To Worsen Outbreak

The BMJ: MSF suspends Congo Ebola effort after deadly clinic attacks
“The charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will suspend operations in two towns at the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, after unidentified groups launched two violent attacks on its clinics in the same week…” (Dyer, 3/4).

CIDRAP News: Ebola treatment center reopens after arson as cases near 900
“The Ebola treatment center (ETC) in Butembo reopened Mar 2, just days after rebel forces set fire to the building, the ministry of health from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) said in a statement [Sunday]. … Without Doctors Without Borders, who staffed the ETC before the attack, the center is being run by workers from the ministry of health, the Word Health Organization (WHO), and UNICEF…” (Soucheray, 3/4).

CNN: Ebola treatment center in Congo reopens after attack, but without Doctors Without Borders
“…Despite suspending its activities in Butembo and Katwa, in North Kivu province, Doctors Without Borders said Thursday that it will continue Ebola-related activities in the towns of Goma, Kayna, and Lubéru, also in North Kivu, and in Bwanasura and Bunia in neighboring Ituri province. The two provinces are among the most populous in the nation and border Uganda, Rwanda, and South Sudan…” (Scutti, 3/4).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Unknown attackers threaten to worsen Ebola epidemic in Congo
“Aid workers at the epicenter of the worst Ebola epidemic in the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo say they are facing a spike in attacks and threats, slowing their work and potentially triggering a surge of new cases…” (Lazareva, 3/4).

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