8-1 | Interview with Bertrand Draguez, MSF Medical Director An interim review published on 31 July in the medical journal The Lancet indicates very promising results for one of the Ebola Vaccine candidates. The interim review states that the efficacy of the vaccine is 100%.
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): More than a hundred women raped after an armed attack in the Province of South Kivu
5-15 | Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams in the region of Shabunda located in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have provided medical care for 127 women who had been raped in the town of Kikamba after an attack by dozens of armed militia members. MSF offered medical assistance to the victims of sexual violence and a set of procedures have been implemented to monitor the victims and ensure that their privacy is respected.
5-9 | Medical organisation warns that outbreak is not over yet and cross-border surveillance must continue After 42 days with no recorded cases of Ebola, Liberia has been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) – news which has been welcomed by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).
MSF releases a critical analysis of the global Ebola response one year into the deadliest outbreak in history
3-23 | Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today releases a critical analysis of the Ebola epidemic in west Africa over the past year, revealing the shortcomings of the global response to the crisis and warning that the outbreak, despite an overall decline in cases, is not yet over. The report, Pushed to the limit and beyond, is based on interviews with dozens of MSF staff involved in the organisation’s Ebola intervention.
2-24 | Initial results of a clinical trial of the experimental drug favipiravir suggest that it can reduce mortality among patients with low levels of the Ebola virus in their blood, but is ineffective for patients with high viral loads who are very sick with the disease. The ongoing clinical trial, led by French research institute INSERM, was launched on 17 December 2014 at an Ebola treatment centre run by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders in Guéckédou, Guinea, where the current outbreak started.