Ebola vaccine offered in exchange for sex, Congo taskforce meeting told

As experts urge global warning over outbreak, women and girls in Beni report alleged exploitation.

An unparalleled Ebola vaccination programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has become engulfed in allegations of impropriety, amid claims that women are being asked for sexual favours in exchange for treatment.

Research by several NGOs has revealed that a deep mistrust of health workers is rife in DRC and gender-based violence is believed to have increased since the start of the Ebola outbreak in August.

“Across all locations there are lots and lots of people who do not think that Ebola is real, that it is just a way for humanitarian organisations to make money, or that it was just used to postpone elections,” said Erlach.

Source: Ebola vaccine offered in exchange for sex, Congo taskforce meeting told | Global development | The Guardian

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