Jan. 7, 2019

Combating Ebola over the new year .

There was no New Year’s break for the Ebola response teams in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Civil unrest resulted in vandalism to an Ebola transit centre in Beni and several other health facilities. The insecurity slowed down vaccinations and other response efforts for several days. WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus traveled over the New Year to Ebola-affected areas in the DRC to review the response at this critical phase.

“The Ebola responders are sacrificing a lot,” said Dr Tedros. “They’ve worked flat-out for months, away from their families, to combat one of the world’s deadliest viruses in a risky environment. I’m proud of them, and I wanted to tell them that personally over the New Year holiday.”