Opinion Piece Offers 3 Strategic Shifts To End Ebola Outbreak In DRC
Thomson Reuters Foundation: Opinion: There is no quick-fix solution to the Ebola crisis in Congo
Emanuele Capobianco, global director of health and care at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
“It is worrying that one year into the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), there is still no end in sight. … If we aim to end this outbreak within the next twelve months, we need three strategic shifts. First, we need to move beyond an exclusively Ebola-focused response. … Second, we need to use this response as an opportunity to strengthen the fragile health system in Eastern Congo. … Third and most importantly, we need to put communities at the center of this response and strengthen their own resilience. … These changes require sustained financial investments to tackle this Ebola outbreak and to address the other humanitarian needs in the region. This includes continuous technical support to local authorities and deep, sincere community engagement at all levels. There is no shortcut. It’s a long journey, but one which needs to start now, as we enter the second year of this deadly outbreak” (8/1).