More than 2,000 cases of Ebola have now been reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), authorities confirmed this week.
The figures come as officials continue to warn that the complex environment and fragile security situation continues to hamper response efforts to the outbreak which was first declared 10 months ago. While the last risk assessment showed the global risk from the outbreak remains low, the national and regional risk levels remain very high.
The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the organisation has the “people, the tools, the knowledge, and the determination to end the Ebola outbreak in the DRC,” but that “sustained political commitment of all parties is needed so it can safely access and work with communities".
He added: “Insecurity continues to hamper the response. Without access to communities, we can’t vaccinate those at risk, treat those infected or trace contacts. But we are determined that we can and will end this outbreak.”
The WHO is continuing to monitor changes to the epidemiological situation and context of the outbreak to ensure that support is adapted to the evolving circumstances.