Despite a widespread vaccination programme, the Ebola crisis in DR Congo is rumbling on.
According to The New Humanitarian, a ‘militarised’ response to the crisis has deepened hostility towards aid workers within local communities. Security forces are reportedly being heavy handed in enforcing measures to prevent the spread of the virus, including threatening violence when people refuse to take the prescribed precautionary steps.
This is exacerbating an already tense situation in which healthcare workers were treated warily by communities who largely didn’t trust them or understand what they were doing.
Please continue to pray with us for a swift, sensitive and effective response to this crisis. For as long as the Ebola epidemic continues, lives will be lost. Please pray especially for Patient (pictured), a team member at LVLE, who is taking part in an Ebola treatment and prevention programme 300km to the north of Goma.