The decision about the Ebola outbreak in the DRC as a Public health emergency of international concern will mostly help focus the world’s attention on this deepening crisis. But while it is already bringing many funds and assistance the danger is that this decision could have unintended repercussions that further hinder the emergency response.
At the end of this outbreak, there are no more questions as it has already infected 2,600 people and 1700 deaths. In terms of size, the outbreak is second only the lowest African epidemic of 2014.
If we will not now invert vaccine against Ebola, then it will be worst and certainly the toughest outbreak ever. Even, Ebola is not one and the only epidemic for the country experiencing and it is not that much deadly. But it could be poor infrastructure and week health systems have led to a measles outbreak across the country.
As important as it is to stop the outbreak from spreading continues to the more countries, it is equally important that it involves building trust within the affected communities, to make sure that efforts will not be perceived by locals as being undertaken to protect others and leave once the job is done. This will only receive when both local support and leadership in the response and by making sure that in handling the virus is much focused on health problems the society is facing.
The Ebola containment to the DRC and its removal is like paramount importance. Parallel existential issues that undermine and threaten health employees like coltan related, Mayi Mayi militia and the AL O’Dea related ADF also needed addressing with a large investment in MONOSCO and FARDC forces to protect local communities from other challenges.