Number Of DRC Ebola Cases Continues To Grow Amid Violence, Mistrust; Aid Agencies Reconsider Outbreak Response Tactics

CIDRAP News: Ebola sickens 6 more in DR Congo
“The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) saw no let-up in the steady pace of Ebola cases [Tuesday], with the health ministry reporting six more cases. In other developments, Oxfam, one of the nongovernmental agencies working in the region, weighed in on ongoing challenges in the outbreak, and the World Health Organization (WHO) African regional office provided a snapshot of events in its weekly update…” (Schnirring, 3/26).

Devex: ‘Chanjo’? Ebola warnings puzzle communities in Goma
“The availability of an experimental vaccine is seen as a game changer in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But some residents in the North Kivu province capital city of Goma, in particular women over 35 years old, aren’t so sure. … The findings are part of a new report by [Translators without Borders] that surveyed 216 residents of Goma and engaged 75 others in a group discussion to assess whether the information provided by aid organizations on Ebola prevention is understood…” (Ravelo, 3/27).

Homeland Preparedness News: More than 1,000 cases reported in ongoing Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
“An outbreak of Ebola that has raged through the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since last August has now passed more than 1,000 cases, making it the second largest outbreak ever recorded…” (Galford, 3/26).

New Humanitarian: As Congo Ebola cases pass 1,000, growing calls to listen to locals when responding
“…[I]nternational aid groups are reconsidering the way they respond after a string of attacks by armed assailants on health centers. … The attacks were a ‘wake-up call and need to be a game-changer for us,’ Joanne Liu, international president of [Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)], told The New Humanitarian on the sidelines of a press conference in Geneva earlier this month. ‘We (need to) take the time to reflect and ask: how did we get there, what did we get wrong, how are we going to change,’ Liu said…” (Dupraz-Dobias, 3/26).