3-8 | Seven months into the largest ever Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Ebola response is failing to bring the epidemic under control in a climate of deepening community mistrust, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said at a press conference in Geneva today. Since the beginning of the year, more than 40% of new cases are people who died of Ebola in the communities.
3-1 | MSF has put on stand-by its medical activities in the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic, in the province of North-Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), following an attack on an Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) in Butembo city during the evening of 27 February. Unidentified assailants set some of the compound’s facilities – as well as vehicles – on fire. The blazes were contained, but the teams were obliged to immediately cease patient care.
2-26 | Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has decided to suspend the activities of an Ebola Treatment Centre in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, the international medical organization announced today. This happened after the facility was partially burnt down in a violent attack. The suspension will severely limit access to essential health services.
2-12 | The Ebola Treatment Centres operated by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Katwa and Butembo, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, are participating in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of four potential Ebola-treatments in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
1-7 | The long awaited presidential elections of DR Congo that were originally supposed to take place on 22 December were delayed until 30 December. This decision caused tensions throughout DRC, especially in areas such as Beni and Butembo in eastern North Kivu Province. On Wednesday 26 December, the national electoral commission (CENI) announced that elections will be further postponed in three areas including Beni and Butembo because of the ongoing Ebola outbreak and risks of attacks.