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UNICEF Commends DRC’s Ebola Response, Notes Ongoing Vigilance Needed

UNICEF: DRC Ebola epidemic ends, but ongoing vigilance is essential to keeping children safe from future outbreaks — UNICEF
“The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [on Tuesday] announced the end of the Ebola virus epidemic, eleven weeks after its declaration in the Province of Equateur, in the country’s northwest. UNICEF commends the effective joint response … ‘It is thanks to the cooperation of all the partners under the coordination of the Government of the DRC, that we’ve been successful in mobilizing communities to adopt behaviors and practices to contain the disease,’ said Gianfranco Rotigliano, UNICEF representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. ‘But we have to stay vigilant against future outbreaks by strengthening surveillance systems. Communication and community engagement efforts are also essential to avoiding and controlling new epidemics in the region’…” (7/24).