Humanitarian Organizations Release Statements Reacting To DRC Ebola Cases Surpassing 2K, Call For ‘Reset’ Of Response

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies: IFRC calls for ‘reset’ of Ebola response as cases surpass 2,000
“Aid organizations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) need to ‘reset’ their response to the current Ebola outbreak and place more emphasis on understanding and addressing persistent community fears, mistrust, and concerns. Nicole Fassina, Ebola virus disease coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said: ‘…We’ve now reached more than 2,000 Ebola cases and the numbers being reported have risen dramatically. We need to reset the response, and place communities at the center of all of our efforts…'” (6/4).

International Rescue Committee: What it will take to tackle Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo
“…This is what it takes to fight Ebola in Congo according to the IRC’s Ebola response team: 1. Focusing on infection prevention and control … 2. Putting your own life at risk … 3. Increasing engagement with the community … We need to be acutely aware that we are at a dangerous point in the outbreak and if the response doesn’t change, we could be looking at a very bad situation quite soon…” (6/4).

International Rescue Committee: Ebola cases in DRC hit 2,000, daily case rate more than triples
“…As violence and insecurity continue to hamper daily operations and mistrust prevents people from seeking care, these numbers are likely an underestimate and not a realistic picture of the number of cases out there. Tariq Riebl, emergency response director at the International Rescue Committee, said, ‘The fact that we have hit 2,000 persons infected with Ebola so quickly demonstrates that this outbreak is spreading faster when it should be slowing. … To see such a spike in cases at this stage in the outbreak means a drastic change is required. This response requires a total and complete reset…'” (6/3).

Oxfam America: Oxfam reaction to the number of Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reaching 2000
“In response to the number of Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reaching 2,000, Oxfam’s country director in the DRC, Corinne N’Daw, said: ‘It is clear the current response to tackle Ebola isn’t working. … Since the U.N. has stepped up their leadership in the Ebola response and is going to scale-up humanitarian aid, there’s an opportunity to reset the response and make sure it is focused on building this crucial trust with communities, without which we won’t be able to win the fight against Ebola…'”(6/4).

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