WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus recently surmised that “Even as we focus on ending the [Ebola] outbreak, we must look beyond it. An outbreak of measles in DRC has killed almost 2000 children since January – more than Ebola in less time – and yet it gets little international attention.” In this post, we will be discussing the concurrent outbreaks in DRC beyond Ebola and how they are complicating the country’s response strategies.
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The WHO Emergency Committee convened in October 2018 to determined that the Ebola outbreak in the DRC did not constitute a PHEIC. Since then, the outbreak has tripled in size (now the 2nd largest ever) and expanded in geographic area, and some are calling for the WHO to revisit the PHEIC issue before the situation worsens any further.