“Ebola is the Common Enemy”

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Butembo Ebola Treatment Center—closed after a violent attack last Wednesday—reopened Saturday, under the management of the country’s health ministry, the WHO, and UNICEF, according to the ministry’s latest situation report.
 
The attack, close on the heels of another on a treatment center in Katwa, prompted Médecins Sans Frontières to suspend medical activities.
 
Saturday, MSF International President Joanne Liu said in a Radio Okapi address, "You cannot force people to be treated. MSF will not support an approach that advocates the use of force to stem the epidemic.” She said the organization is analyzing the situation to see how they can continue to help the Ebola response by addressing community concerns—emphasizing that "Ebola is the common enemy.”
 
The ministry is tapping local talent to find solutions; it held an Ebola hackathon in Kinshasa. Promising ideas include ​​a mobile app to help health care providers identify patients, and a connected bracelet that monitors the temperature of contacts during follow-up. 

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