Ebola outbreak in DR Congo 2018: Socio-cultural considerations for vaccine introduction and community engagement
On the 8th of May 2018 the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo declared a new Ebola outbreak in the Bikoro Health Zone, in the Equateur Province. As part of the response WHO, MSF and the DRC Ministry of Health are rolling out a trial of an Ebola vaccine (rVSV–ZEBOV) in the area. This brief, prepared by Anthrologica summarises key socio-cultural issues related to the introduction of the vaccine. It conveys key considerations and immediate recommendations, particularly for community engagement.