Inside Story

Is Ebola spiralling out of control in the DRC?

Doctors are alarmed by the rapid spread of the worst outbreak in the country’s history.

Doctors say they’re terrified by the spread of the worst-ever Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

More than 1,100 people have died since August.

There are 1,760 reported cases; a fifth of them in the past month alone.

This is the 10th Ebola outbreak in the DRC since the disease was discovered there more than 40 years ago.

Aid workers are calling for money and protection after three people were killed in an attack on a treatment centre last week.

The World Health Organization has recorded at least 119 attacks on health workers since the start of the year.

Why is the country being repeatedly hit by the disease and why are health workers not getting enough help?

Presenter: Sami Zeidan


Al Kitenge – Congolese political analyst

Sterghios Machos – Associate professor and geneticist at Northumbria University

Axelle Ronsse – Emergency coordinator for Doctors Without Borders who was in the DRC before an attack forced her organisation to suspend work