Violence Continues Against Ebola Health Workers In DRC, Leaving 1 Dead; U.N., Partners Begin Cholera Vaccination Campaign Amid ‘Unprecedented’ Dual Epidemics

Agence France-Presse: Villagers kill Ebola health worker in eastern DR Congo
“Villagers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed a health worker engaged in the fight against a major Ebola outbreak and looted a treatment center [on Saturday], according to an official report seen Monday by AFP. … In a separate incident, the triage center at Valumba in the Butembo health sector, was vandalized overnight Saturday to Sunday, the report said…” (5/27).

Associated Press: Malawi peacekeeper awarded U.N. medal for bravery posthumously
“Secretary-General António Guterres awarded the United Nations’ highest medal for bravery on Friday to a peacekeeper from Malawi who saved a wounded comrade in the Ebola-stricken region of eastern Congo and was then killed by rebel fire…” (Lederer, 5/24).

U.N. News: Amid ‘unprecedented combination’ of epidemics, U.N. and partners begin cholera vaccination campaign in DR Congo
“Amid what [Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance] is calling an ‘unprecedented combination’ of epidemics, the U.N. and partners are supporting the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s major new immunization campaign against cholera which began on Monday, targeting more than 800,000…” (5/27).

Additional coverage of the Ebola outbreak and response is available from CIDRAP News, VOA News, and Xinhua News.

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