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Congo sees rise in deaths from malaria, measles, and cholera as Ebola outbreak swallows up resources

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l4522 (Published 03 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4522
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. London

While a massive international aid operation tries to control the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), more people are dying from diseases like malaria, measles, and cholera in the same part of the country and receiving almost no assistance, the humanitarian aid charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has said.

“People are dying because of a lack of basic services such as water, shelter, and access to healthcare,” an MSF spokesperson told The BMJ. “We have been calling on various UN agencies to scale up the assistance, but there has not been sufficient action.”

The Ebola outbreak centred in the north eastern Ituri province has killed over 1500 people since it …

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