The Ebola response has been scaled back as machete-wielding militants terrorize Beni in eastern DRC—an outbreak hotspot, Amy Maxmen reports.  77 people have been killed in the recent violence.   UN staffers were evacuated after protesters—angry that the…

The world’s first Ebola vaccine was greenlit yesterday by the European Commission. Over 250,000 people have already received the vaccine—donated by Merck—under a compassionate use protocol amid the DRC’s ongoing Ebola outbreak. The vaccine—Ervebo—will now go through WHO’s…

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…

Ebola survivors, believed immune to reinfection, have played a welcome and vital role caring for Ebola patients in DRC.     But a survivor’s death in July raised “a big red flag,” the WHO’s Janet Diaz says—forcing the WHO and DRC to reconsider the practice, Reuters reports…

WHO has extended the emergency status of the DRC’s Ebola outbreak for another 3 months, Devex reports.  

Liberians are demanding better mental health services a decade after devastating civil wars—and later Ebola—created an extraordinary need for services. Benjamin Harris, one of the only psychiatrists in Liberia, found that 70% of students he interviewed had witnessed people…

Ebola in the DRC has been corralled into a much smaller geographical area—27 zones, compared to 207 at the outbreak’s peak, the WHO’s Michael Ryan told reporters yesterday. Now it must be killed—a special challenge for rural pockets where the threat of rebel attacks…

Médecins Sans Frontières criticized the WHO for its approach on Ebola vaccine distribution, calling for the establishment of an international, transparent independent vaccine management committee.   MSF feels that the WHO’s “opaque management of the vaccine supplies,” with…

The WHO took the unusual step on Saturday of releasing a statement on unconfirmed reports of possible Ebola cases in Tanzania and its unsuccessful attempts to obtain information from Tanzanian officials.