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Ebola in DRC: “I survived, now I work to help other patients”
Three months into the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, we share two stories of how MSF is helping patients beat the deadly disease.
The epicentre of the ongoing outbreak has recently shifted from the small village of Mangina to the larger town of Beni – both in the conflict-stricken province of North Kivu. So far, there have been more than 300 cases, with almost 200 people dying from the virus.
Ebola is a serious infectious illness that causes internal bleeding and often proves fatal. It can spread rapidly through contact with small amounts of bodily fluid and its early flu-like symptoms are not always obvious.
The human element
Emmanuel Berbain is a French doctor working at MSF’s Ebola Treatment Centre in Mangina.
"Ebola’s a really specific disease, with its many cultural aspects and potential for causing a widespread epidemic. But what really makes it different is the human element, because it’s a disease that exacts a real emotional toll."
Helping fellow patients
Aline Kahindo Mukandala is a mother of four from Mangina. She survived Ebola and now works to support fellow patients going through treatment.
“The disease broke out and my mum felt sick. She’d contracted Ebola. I went to be with her in the hospital in the Mangodomou health centre. After four days there, she passed away. Two days later, I began to feel shivery and cold all over.”