The current strategy to fight the Ebola outbreak in the Congo has failed is Convinced that the aid organisation Doctors without borders (MSF).

“We are not sure that we (the epidemic) bring to an end, if we continue with business as usual,” said MSF President Joanne Liu on Thursday in Geneva. They demanded an approach that focuses on the desires and Fears of the patients and the communities more to the centre.

the Ebola outbreak in the East of the Congo, was announced seven months ago, have been infected according to the world health organization (WHO), 907 people with the pathogen, 569 died. Makes it more difficult to combat the epidemic, characterized in that in the Region of dozens of rebel groups are active. In addition, we should win but also the trust of the population, – said Liu.

“There is a big contradiction: On the one hand, the possibilities for a rapid and comprehensive for the fight against Ebola with the latest medical means, such as vaccination. On the other hand, people are dying at home because they distrust the Ebola-fighting strategies, and not in the treatment centers.” More than 40 percent of the people die, according to the home and not in treatment centers. The increase the risk of Infection for other people.

With 43 percent of the patients were found, according to MSF, there are no contacts with other patients or their environment – the source of the infection was unknown. Liu called for a rethink, people’s trust to regain. It does not work, if the police and the army people wanted to force you to adhere to health regulations. The sick were not suits in the Ebola centers, “away from their families and surrounded by people in space,” said Liu. Doctors and nurses wear protective clothing to protect themselves from infection.

“There are no coercive measures are used to locate patients, and to treat, safe burial methods to enforce and to decontaminate homes,” said Liu. MSF had set his work in two places after an Unknown person had attacked the local treatment centers last week.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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