Restoring Credit to the Congolese

Jean-Jacques Muyembe could have stayed in Europe after earning his PhD.
Instead, the epidemiologist returned to DRC in 1976, where he discovered the new, fast-killing disease later named Ebola.
The rest is history—much of it contorted to fit a colonial mold, writing out Muyembe and handing most of the credit to white, Western men.
But that’s changing. Muyembe is gaining accolades for his research underpinning the first effective treatment against Ebola. And, he decided that all blood samples collected during the current epidemic will stay in Congo—correcting some of the unfairness pocking the global health research world.

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