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World Health Organization declares Ebola crisis a public health emergency in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): CARE statement

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a public health emergency of international concern. The outbreak in the DRC has thus far killed more than 1,600 people.

Statement from Benoit Munsch, CARE’s Country Director in the DRC:

“The Ebola outbreak in the DRC urgently needs attention and support from the international community. The effort to combat Ebola in the DRC thus far has been monumental, but one place where we have failed to succeed is community engagement. The humanitarian community must work in partnership with local communities, addressing their feedback, in order to design programs that support them in the most effective way. Ebola will not be eliminated until local communities can play a more active role in the response.”

CARE has been responding to the Ebola crisis in the DRC since August 2018, raising awareness on the prevention of Ebola among the communities we work in as well as among CARE staff and our partners.

CARE’s work includes community monitoring and engagement; construction of water infrastructure in schools, communities, market and health facilities; training of health staff and provision of protection equipment; and distribution of hygiene kits, especially for women and girls who are more likely to be infected with the virus due to their traditional role in caring for other family members.

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CARE has spokespeople available. Contact:

Lama Alsafi
media@care.ca | 613-228-5641