The emergency in the DRC shows that despite all these positive changes, the global response to containing Ebola outbreaks is undermined by the lack of health care and public health infrastructure.
Even when cases of measles are detected in clinics, limited diagnostic and communication infrastructure can delay the response.
The current outbreak refuses to give in to efforts by an international team of health care workers, armed with vaccines and treatment that did not even exist during previous episodes.
Nearly everything known about Ebola virus persistence in the reproductive system has resulted from testing semen of West African Ebola virus disease survivors.
The DRC's state and public administration didn’t disappear, but changed: they were being built from the ground up, tailor-made to local actors’ interests.
Local communities are wary of the sudden arrival of outsiders and of their interest in regions where there's been violence for years
CITES' decision seeks to increase levels of monitoring so that we can be more and better informed about the illegal trade of Mukula and over-harvesting.
Epidemics can have massive social ramifications where prohibitions are imposed on travel, socio-cultural events and schooling.
Timing is everything when it comes to making a decision about declaring a disease outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.
The Ebola vaccine alone is not enough to deal with the outbreak in the DRC.
Bad governance and political manoeuvring increase the risk of communal conflicts
The DRC president's direct involvement can rally people who have previously doubted the reality of the outbreak.
Uganda is the testing ground for a new vaccine that could work on more strains of the Ebola virus and other haemorrhagic fevers.
Artisanal and industrial mining have a different impact on local conflict in eastern Congo.
A review of research on both the Ebola and Zika outbreaks, found less than 1% of published research discussed gender issues.
The Ebola outbreak in the DRC has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. What does this mean for the outbreak response?
African leaders who have sought ICC involvement have all seen the court as being beneficial to the survival of their governments.
The threat posed by measles is on the rise again in a number of countries in the world. One of them is the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Our work represents the first assessment of what social and economic factors are connected to environmental degradation across the entire African continent.
Natural resources are an important factor in explaining why some rebel groups forcibly recruit children into their ranks.