Everyone passing through this checkpoint located between Beni and Butembo miust wash their hands with a chlorine solution and get their temperatures taken as part of efforts to isolate and stop the spread of Ebola within the province of North Kivu.

The 10th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the second largest outbreak in the world, was declared on August 1, 2018. This outbreak was challenging, occurring in an active conflict area and determined to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization.

Frequent attacks from multiple armed groups affected communities for years, and often halted critical response interventions. The years of armed conflict and political instability created an environment of mistrust towards responders.

Over the course of the 22-month outbreak, two different vaccines were administered to more than 300,000 people.

This is a World Bank Blogs blog originally published on their website. It is also available in French here.