Sunday , June 20 2021

Congo: Women are forced to have sex with vaccines against Ebola

Several NGOs working in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to stop the spread of the current Ebola outbreak, They report cases of women forced to provide sexual services in exchange for receiving the vaccine against the disease, The Guardian detailed, citing information presented at a meeting of the national working group in Beni.

In addition, the International Salvage Committee (IRC) reports that women in the region are also facing violence and condemnation the failure to prevent the spread of the diseaseHowever, the organization states that the information in this respect is based on preliminary conclusions that still need to be reviewed to ensure that women and minors are protected.

– This DRC region has a long history of sexual abuse and exploitation of women and girls"Trinna Helderman, senior health and nutrition adviser to the Medair, said in turn that" humanitarian actors "should take security measures to prevent the cases in question.

On August 1, the Congolese Ministry of Health announced a new Ebola outbreak in North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the last six months There are 806 cases of the disease – 745 confirmed and 61 probable, of which 505 have died, according to the Ministry of Health of that country.

This threat, the second largest eruption outbreak in history since the epidemic in 2014, which began in Guinea Conakry, could reach Uganda along with DRC refugees who cross the border between the two countries on a daily basis.

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