Country: Democratic Republic of The Congo

Security and access in the DRC: implementing an acceptance strategy in the Ebola response

Responders to the Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) face tremendous challenges in halting the spread of infection, not the least of which is insecurity. Insecurity Insight reports that, between January and November 2019, there were more than 400 attacks against response actors, including threats, abductions and arson. Since January 2019, at… Read more »

The evolution of a monitoring framework for the Ebola outbreak response in Kivu and Ituri provinces, 2018–2019

The Ebola outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri has been one of the most difficult experienced by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The second-worst outbreak ever recorded, it has affected remote areas and urban centres bordering neighbouring countries, and has been exacerbated by a volatile context of insecurity and lack of community acceptance. The… Read more »

Developing a Gap Analysis tool to improve Ebola vaccine acceptance and compliance in sub-Saharan Africa

The Ebola outbreak that began in West Africa in 2014 was unprecedented. Between January 2014 and January 2016, 28,616 confirmed, probable and suspected cases, including 11,310 deaths, were reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The outbreak devastated affected populations and caused considerable disruption across the region. As of 26 December 2019, in the onging… Read more »

NGO readiness for Ebola: a practical roadmap

The Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), declared on 1 August 2018, is the secondlargest in history. The DRC shares its borders with nine countries, all of which are at high risk for an Ebola outbreak given the regular cross-border movement of people, goods and services in the region. NGOs are increasingly… Read more »

Sexual and reproductive health in Ebola response: a neglected priority

As of March 2020, the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) had claimed more than 2,200 lives. Women and girls make up 56% of the almost 3,500 confirmed cases. Stopping transmission of the virus has been the primary focus for the Ministry of Health and responding agencies,… Read more »

Community engagement: the key to successful Ebola research

Community engagement is a process of developing relationships that enable stakeholders to work together to address healthrelated issues and promote well-being. Ideally, it should draw on locally contextualised meanings derived from experiences and lessons learnt during the implementation of community engagement activities. These activities include informationsharing with stakeholders and getting feedback, deliberate steps to close… Read more »

What do adaptations tell us about the production of trust? Shifting the ‘burden of change’ from people to the response

This article, based on our research project on ‘Humanizing the design of the Ebola response in Eastern DRC’, examines the role of adaptation in the production of trust. The project has been chiefly concerned with exploring how humanely designed care and treatment for Ebola contribute to the formation of trust. In past epidemics, the need… Read more »

Grief and memorialisation: making meaning with Ebola-affected families

In order to prevent the spread of Ebola through the handling of dead bodies, burials are carried out by special teams who are trained to do this in a safe and dignified manner. This should be standard practice by response teams, and has been implemented in the North Kivu outbreak. A medically safe burial involves… Read more »