14:00 to 15:10
STCC, Auditorium A
Covering a lingering, devastating Ebola outbreak in conflict-ridden Congo
After the off-the-charts West African Ebola outbreak of 2013-1016, it appeared a new day was dawning on Ebola control. Experimental therapies and a vaccine would complement traditional control measures, speeding containment. But those dreams have run up against a harsh reality in the North Kivu Ebola outbreak. The second largest ever, this outbreak’s setting — in a densely populated, conflict-ridden region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo — has served up setback after setback and turned Ebola response workers into targets.
In this moderated discussion + Q&A — no Powerpoints, no presentations — expect frank talk about what's working, what isn't and what it will take to turn the tide from a communications expert with DRC’s health ministry, a treatment expert with Médicins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), a journalist with long experience covering Ebola and the head of the World Health Organization’s emergencies program.