Celebrations as Ebola Outbreak Ends in Eastern DR Congo

The tenth outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which lasted 23 months, is officially over. National officials and international organizations are calling for humanitarian assistance to support affected communities. The strategies used by thousands of DRC health workers and international supporters to defeat Ebola are the same skills and policies needed to suppress the spread of COVID-19, said WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus. It was a team effort led by the government of DR Congo, Tedros said during a briefing with WHO Afro Director Matshidiso Moeti, virologist Professor Jean-Jacques Muyembe and Eteni Longondo, Congolese health minister.

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A World Health Organization Ebola vaccination team works in Butembo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in January 2019.

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