Ebola: One year on from Democratic Republic Congo outbreak

4 August, 2019

One of the biggest challenges in the Ebola response is the lack of community trust in the public health response, and one of the main components of that response is contact tracing. This 3-minute BBC video highlights a simple approach - ask the community to elect the person responsible for contact tracing - and describes it as an innovative breakthrough. Perhaps not surprisingly, the approach has been very successful. What seems more surprising is that the approach is apparently new. It's hard to imagine that it has not been considered before. It is only by empowering the public (and health workers) that Ebola control - and indeed every area of public health - can be realised.


A year since an Ebola outbreak was declared in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, more than 1,700 people have died.

The country has successfully dealt with nine previous outbreaks, but the current one has been difficult to bring under control. It's happening in an active conflict zone with a very mobile population, where some still deny the existence of the deadly disease.

The BBC's Senior Africa Correspondent Anne Soy has returned to the epicentre of the outbreak in Beni city.



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