Democratic Republic of Congo

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A Congolese man cycles past a sign saying, "the fight against Ebola" in Mangina, DRC. John Wessels/Oxfam
Widespread turmoil caused by increased violence and displacements in the country are hampering efforts to control the Ebola virus, a year after the current outbreak was declared in DR Congo.
Espoir Mahamba, a public health promoter for Oxfam, teaches a church congregation in Mangina about Ebola. John Wessels/Oxfam
It is clear the current response to tackle Ebola isn’t working. No matter how effective treatment is, if people don’t trust or understand it, they will not use it. Our teams are still meeting people on a daily basis who don’t believe Ebola is real.

Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a vast mineral-rich country that has been caught up in years of conflict, poverty, and lack of respect for human rights. DRC has been ranked 176th out of 187 countries in the 2015 UN Development Index and the country has not met any of the Millennium Development Goals. The poverty rate remains above 80 percent and life expectancy is 58 years old.

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