WHO names independent body to investigate Congo sex abuse claims

Sex abuse victims’ advocate will help lead commission investigating claims of sexual exploitation by aid workers in Congo Ebola outbreak

By Nellie Peyton

DAKAR, Oct 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday it was setting up a seven-person independent commission to investigate claims of sexual exploitation and abuse by aid workers during the recent Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Congo’s Health Minister Resigns Over Ebola Approach

Dr. Oly Ilunga, health minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, visiting an Ebola treatment center in March. He resigned on Monday after the government appointed a new team to coordinate the effort to contain the disease.

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo — The health minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo resigned on Monday after he had been stripped of responsibility for managing the country’s Ebola outbreak, potentially paving the way for the introduction of a second vaccine to contain the spreading disease.

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Inside the Ebola treatment centres of Congo, where survivors bring hope to those on the edge of death

Joniste Kahambu, whose three-year-old son died of Ebola, works as a 'lullaby singer' at the Butembo Ebola creche

Joniste Kahambu, whose three-year-old son died of Ebola, works as a ‘lullaby singer’ at the Butembo Ebola creche CREDIT: SIMON TOWNSLEY


For a patient diagnosed with perhaps the world’s most chilling disease, Congo’s Ebola treatment centres are a terrifying place to be.

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