Ebola veteran promises an end to Congo's epidemic
Conclusion: Efforts to systematically build responsible leadership and social capital at community level, including those that strengthen bonds in communities and trust across key actors in the health system, are needed to address health shocks like EVD outbreaks. Without building such capabilities in community resilience, it will be difficult to reap the expected gains from investments focusing on building physical capital and technical capabilities in health services and emergency preparedness. PMID: 31507254 [PubMed - in process]
Publication date: Available online 11 September 2019Source: EpidemicsAuthor(s): W.S. Hart, L.F.R. Hochfilzer, N.J. Cunniffe, H. Lee, H. Nishiura, R.N. ThompsonAbstractEpidemiological models are routinely used to predict the effects of interventions aimed at reducing the impacts of Ebola epidemics. Most models of interventions targeting symptomatic hosts, such as isolation or treatment, assume that all symptomatic hosts are equally likely to be detected. In other words, following an incubation period, the level of symptoms displayed by an individual host is assumed to remain constant throughout an infection. In reality, how...
Dr Catherine Houlihan, from Aberdeen, returned home to the UK from the African nation in June after spending a month at the heart of the epidemic in the North Kivu province.
[The Conversation Africa] The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognised the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Ebola epidemic as a "public health emergency of international concern".
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People who survive Ebola virus infection face a dramatically higher risk of dying - probably from severe kidney damage - within a year of leaving hospital, according to a study of survivors of an epidemic in Guinea.
More than 2,000 people have died since the Ebola outbreak a year ago in the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Medical professionals there have to work hard to contain the virus, and they face daily adversity due to the presence of armed groups, widespread violence, and in an environment of mistrust towards health workers. There are about 120 armed groups in the region, who regularly harass and attack Ebola treatment centres. Political friction and socio-economic degradation have been exasperated by a sharp increase in violence and tension between different communities. Butembo and Katwa are th...
United Nations chief Ant ónio Guterres and senior members of the UN, have embarked on a three-day visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where civilians are facing insecurity and ongoing health crises, including a year-long Ebola epidemic which has claimed more than 2,000 lives.
Amid more than 3,000 confirmed and probable cases, the death toll climbed above 2,000, according to government data released on Friday.