U.S., Partners Working Together To ‘Reset’ DRC Ebola Outbreak Response; Total Reaches 2,277

CIDRAP News: Ebola total climbs to 2,277 amid security, reintroduction worries
“The pace of new Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) held steady last week, but health officials are worried about activity rising in areas where transmission was low and new security incidents in several locations that threaten response operations. Meanwhile, the DRC health ministry yesterday reported 18 new cases, and the World Health Organization (WHO) online Ebola dashboard today reflects an additional 12 cases, which would boost the outbreak total to 2,277…” (Schnirring, 6/26).

Deutsche Welle: Ebola epidemic ‘should be a wake-up call for peace in DRC’
“… ‘This epidemic should be a wake-up call,’ says [Gisela Schneider, director of Difaem, a German NGO which has been working with local church-based health organizations in the region for several years]. ‘We should all do everything to achieve peace. We have the medical intervention, we have the vaccines, we know how to sensitize people … everything is in place but they can’t be made use of in a conflict zone’…” (Oneko, 6/26).

Devex: U.S. looks to ‘reset leadership and coordination’ as Ebola outbreak worsens
“… ‘There are some significant shifts underway right now,’ Tim Ziemer, senior deputy assistant administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development, said Wednesday [at the American Enterprise Institute]. ‘We have been teaming up with our international partners: the World Bank, the U.K. government, and the E.U. They’re the principal other investors in addition to the United States, and there was an acknowledgment that we need a total reset in three major areas,’ he said. … With the new leadership structure, the U.S. government hopes to see a new strategic plan produced by the end of July…” (Igoe, 6/27).

Additional coverage of the DRC Ebola outbreak and response is available from Becker’s Hospital Review, CNN, and Homeland Preparedness News.

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