Most concerning, as many as three quarters of the new cases

Ebola Responders In Democratic Republic Of The Congo Are Regularly Threatened

Last month Virgil Attia found himself surrounded by an angry crowd.

“Some of them had picked up rocks,” he recalls, speaking in French. “Some had empty bottles.”

cheap Canada Goose Attia is an official with the International Federation canada goose premium outlet of the Red Cross. He’s originally canada goose outlet in chicago from Benin but based in a city in Democratic Republic of the Congo that is the current epicenter of an Ebola outbreak that has been raging there since August. cheap Canada Goose

When someone in the community dies of Ebola at home, the Red Cross has been sending teams to collect the body and conduct a safe burial. Normally Attia coordinates these teams out of his office. But on this day he had canada goose outlet ottawa come along as a team set out to pick up the body of a 7 year old boy.

canadian goose jacket Attia says the crowd of about 150 people started gathering as soon as the team arrived in the neighborhood. At first people were just watching as the team pulled on protective suits and walked into the house. canadian goose jacket

Then, says Attia, just as the team was about to put the boy into a body bag, “the boy’s father rushed in and said he’d changed his mind. He didn’t want his son taken this way.”

uk canada goose That’s when the mood in the crowd shifted in an instant from curious to menacing. The team immediately backed off and started taking off their suits now contaminated with Ebola virus as quickly as they dared. uk canada goose

“You just fear the worst,” says Attia. “You’re trying not to look like you’re rushing because showing fear will provoke the crowd. But you’re also trying to get out before someone throws the first rock. Because you know once that happens everyone will start throwing.”

Attia and the others managed to drive off in time. Just a few weeks later another burial team in a nearby city was less fortunate. A canada goose outlet crowd pelted them with rocks. “Two of the team members were seriously injured,” notes Attia.

Canada Goose Online The DRC’s government reports that on average burial teams, health workers and other responders are being threatened like this as often as three or four times a week. Canada Goose Online

Partly it’s because many people in the communities where Ebola is now spreading had never heard of it so they’re resistant to giving up their loved ones to strangers in scary plastic suits. Their default mode is not to trust the government.”

Canada Goose Outlet Even though this part of the DRC has a lot of mineral wealth, people are desperately poor. “They haven’t seen anything from this government,” says Pradhan. Canada Goose Outlet

Many people also resent the DRC’s president, Joseph Kabila, for staying in office two years beyond his constitutional term limit. And perhaps most of all they are furious that for years canada goose outlet michigan now canada goose outlet near me multiple armed rebel groups have roamed the area and neither the central government nor a thousands strong force of United Nations peacekeepers has offered much protection. After each major attack, people in besieged towns have been staging street protests. And that keeps Ebola responders from doing their job. It’s too dangerous, for example, for health workers to travel around tracing anyone who has had contact with an infected person so the contact can be vaccinated and monitored. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And more people are infected.

Arthur says in recent weeks the impact has starting to show up in the data: the tally of new cases has risen from about 10 per week to more than 30 per week. Most concerning, as many as three quarters of the new cases are people who were not known contacts of a canada goose stockists uk previously infected person.

The World Health Organization has said it’s imperative to improve security in the outbreak zone. Security Council passed a resolution demanding that all parties ensure health workers have access to the outbreak zone.

uk canada goose outlet But Pradhan, of International Crisis Group, says enforcing that demand is not going to be easy. have a poor track record of countering the various rebel groups active in the area. They don’t even have strong intelligence about these groups, says Pradhan including about the ADF, which appears to have stepped up its attacks in recent weeks. canada goose outlet orlando there is such a level of uncertainty about the group,” says canada goose outlet jackets Pradhan. Questions such as: Who exactly is in it? What are their goals? How many fighters do they have? uk canada goose outlet

canada goose uk shop “The fact that no one really quite knows is a major issue,” he says. canada goose uk shop

The United Nations could boost the size of the peacekeeping force, but that would take an act of the Security Council. leadership have been trying to wind down the presence of the roughly 18,000 peacekeepers in the DRC.

canada goose store The CDC’s Arthur says that the saving grace in all this has been the availability of a new experimental Ebola vaccine. Health workers have managed to vaccinate a record number of people more than 24,500 to date, most of whom had contact with an infected person. That’s why, despite the violence, the outbreak is not spiraling uncontrollably. canada goose store

canada goose uk black friday “But the longer this goes on,” says Arthur, “we may get to the point where canada goose jacket outlet toronto that dampening effect of using the vaccine is no longer keeping the level of transmission down.” canada goose uk black friday.

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