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Eyewitness to the fight against Ebola

International Rescue Committee president and CEO David Miliband recently visited the IRC’s Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Congo has spent decades in the grip of violent conflict, and attacks on health centers are hindering efforts to treat patients and prevent the spread of the virus.  

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I'm convinced that the Ebola crisis taking place north of here in the cities of Beni and Butembo is far more worrying, far more dangerous than is generally realized. 

David Miliband recently visited IRC's Ebola response in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. 

IRC staff are supporting over 50 health centers to tackle Ebola.

The places where Ebola seems to be out of the grip of authorities are conflict zones.

Attacks on health centers have halted many Ebola treatment and prevention programs.

Here in Goma, people are worried that Ebola is going to arrive, it's going to be brought here.

With Ebola cases rising, the outbreak is far from under control.

It's very, very important that the govenment, the international community press the reset button, step up together, to change the approach, to win the confidence of the local community to make sure that the coordination of the effort is of the highest order.