UK urges for support to fight Ebola in DR Congo

By Anne Soy

Britain says it will put pressure on other international donors and the UN system to properly coordinate the Ebola response in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

As of November 21, there have been 373 suspected cases of Ebola, including 347 confirmed cases in DRC [Olivia Acland/Reuters]
As of November 21, there have been 373 suspected cases of Ebola, including 347 confirmed cases in DRC [Olivia Acland/Reuters]
More than 1,000 people – including 100 health workers – have died in the world’s second biggest and most complicated outbreak of Ebola.

The newly appointed international development secretary, Rory Stewart, made the remarks at the end of an expert meeting he convened to discuss the outbreak, where he stressed the need for people living in the area to co-operate with Ebola health workers and urged international donors to help out.

The outbreak is showing no signs of slowing down and myths about the disease are fuelling attacks on health centres.

The UK is helping to fund the production of Ebola vaccines. BBC News