Fighting deadly diseases such as Ebola is a strong case for providing donor aid to authoritarian countries like the DRC.
Aid has never been just about helping people. It's also about gaining influence and exercising soft power.
A portable DNA sequencer in action.
Researchers have increasingly turned to DNA sequencing to help identify and track diseases like Ebola.
Ebola is a dreadful disease and is one of the deadliest infections known to medical science.
Instability in the DRC and Ebola's deadly properties is making it hard to contain the virus.
Since 2014 the Ebola outbreak in Liberia killed over 4,800 people.
It could be a matter of days before the ebola epidemic in the DRC spreads to urban centres or spills over into neighbouring countries.
WHO worker administers Ebola vaccination in Mbandaka, DRC.
The UN Security Council's response to the most recent Ebola outbreak has been weak. But what options does it have?
Nigerian children receiving the polio vaccine in Lagos.
The global target to eradicate polio is being missed because a number of countries are struggling to reach high vaccine coverage.
A new short drug treatment for tuberculosis, called BPaMZ, is showing promise in trials.
(The National Center for Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (Georgia) on behalf of TB Alliance)
We cannot end TB with century-old technologies and poor quality care. It is time to reinvent the way we are managing TB, and overcome our collective failures of the imagination.
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Banning travel might not always be the best way to respond to a disease outbreak.
Ebola vaccination team member administering Ebola vaccine in Beni, North Kivu, DRC.
UNICEF/MARK NAFTALIN HANDOUT
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has been hit with another Ebola outbreak. This may be the test case for how to deal with future outbreaks.
Congolese health workers prepare equipment before the launch of vaccination campaign against the deadly Ebola virus.
A study of recent epidemics like Zika and Ebola suggests that the media may fail to tell the public what to do during an outbreak.
An experimental Ebola vaccine is being tried to contain the current outbreak in the DRC.
There have been ten Ebola outbreaks recorded from the DRC between 1976 and 2018 from different locations. This implies that the virus is widely spread.
The Nipah virus in India is just one example of a viral outbreak in 2018.
It doesn't just seem like the world is experiencing more viral infections than before – it's a reality. And the way humans live today helps viruses thrive.
The term “epidemic” is now being used for more than infectious diseases. So what does it actually mean?
The obesity epidemic, the flu epidemic, the opioid epidemic... in the 21st century, everything seems to be an "epidemic". But what does the term actually mean?
A health-care worker wears virus protective gear at a treatment center in Bikoro Democratic Republic of Congo, on May 13, 2018.
(AP Photo/John Bompengo)
History, and math, tell us that the Ebola virus spreads exponentially quickly. This means Ebola is a global problem and all nations need to rally -- to stop the epidemic fast.
An increasingly mobile global population is making it easier for infectious diseases to spread.
Travel allows us to see the world – and bring foreign diseases home. Here's why spreading disease is easier than ever.
A health worker outside the isolation ward at Bikoro Hospital, where suspected Ebola patients are diagnosed and treated.
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Ebola has spread to a large city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Perhaps the expert handling of the Fukushima nuclear leak could provide a template for what to do next.
A Liberian burial team during the world’s biggest Ebola outbreak in 2014.
The response to the latest ebola outbreak in the DRC has been rapid, well coordinated and well resourced.
If the past is anything to go by, the DRC will effectively deal with the current Ebola outbreak. But that doesn't mean we should be complacent.
The DRC has developed good systems to diagnose Ebola. But it's surveillance systems are still weak.
Supporters celebrate Julius Maada Bio’s victory in Sierra Leone’s presidential run-off.
It's the fourth time a peaceful democratic election has taken place in Sierra Leone. But these are not the stories we hear.