WHO Leaders Reiterate Commitment To Ending DRC Ebola Outbreak, Call For International Community To Close Funding Gap

Associated Press: Congo Ebola cases hit record for most reported in single day
“…Health experts are expressing growing alarm about the number of people sickened with the Ebola virus who are never reaching treatment centers, allowing the disease to spread to caregivers and countless others. Monday set a new record in this outbreak of 27 confirmed cases in a single day, Congo’s health ministry said. Over the past four days 93 cases had been confirmed…” (Maliro et al., 4/30).

CIDRAP News: WHO officials visit Ebola hot spot, call for more support
“In the wake of violent attacks in Butembo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that killed a World Health Organization (WHO) responder, two top WHO officials [Tuesday] wrapped up a visit to the city, as the surge of cases continued in the outbreak, with 14 new cases reported. Also [Tuesday], African countries near the DRC met in Kampala … to review their Ebola preparedness steps and form new plans for preventing and responding to the possible arrival of the virus within their borders…” (Schnirring, 4/30).

U.N. News: Ebola situation worsening in DR Congo, amidst growing ‘funding gap’ U.N. health agency warns
“…World Health Organization (WHO) [Director-General] Tedros Ghebreyesus and the agency’s Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, reiterated their commitment to ‘defeat Ebola.’ During the visit, Dr. Moeti and Mr. Tedros assessed the next steps needed to adjust the response, after meeting local political, business, and religious leaders, calling on them to accelerate their efforts to help stabilize conditions on the ground. … Tedros [added] that the challenges can only be tackled if the international community steps in to ‘fill the sizeable funding gap,’ which is around 50 percent underfunded…” (4/30).