Engaging Communities to End Outbreaks

3 Ebola patients recently left the isolation ward at Mbandaka’s Wangata Hospital against medical advice, as the DRC's latest Ebola outbreak reaches the city of 1.2 million.

Such actions no doubt pose challenges for the Ebola response, but they are rooted in deeply held religious and cultural beliefs, writes Ed Yong. Luckily the Congolese health ministry understands that, and makes community engagement fundamental to their response—along with mobile labs, accurate mapping, and a "game changer"experimental vaccine.

If that vaccine beats Ebola, it will also have "crude tools" to thank, that are built on "tracing contacts, on speaking a shared language, on cultural understanding, on trust," Yong writes.

The Atlantic

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