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Congo’s women asked for sex in exchange for Ebola vaccine, research finds

12.02.19 / Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo are being asked for sexual favours in exchange for receiving the Ebola vaccination, according to research by NGOs.

The research states that gender-based violence has increased since the Ebola outbreak began in August last year, which has claimed 510 lives so far. A study by the International Research Committee claims some women are being blamed for not preventing the spread of the disease, and are being isolated during their periods.

Meanwhile the DRC’s ministry of health has said it is aware of rumours on social media that women working on the Ebola treatment programme have been given jobs in exchange for sexual favours, and advise they only meet recruiters wearing official badges.

Read more at The Guardian

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