Two hundred and forty-three children have lost their lives to Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), while 340 children are reported to have caught the disease, since the outbreak started in August last year, according to latest DRC government figures.
Of those children who have died from Ebola, 111 were girls and 132 boys. So far, 97 children have survived the disease.
A Save the Children spokesperson said: “Insecurity and violence in the east of the country, combined with fear and suspicion in some communities, is making it difficult to contain the outbreak. We have to scale up our efforts to build trust with community leaders. Everyone must understand the need to turn around this Ebola crisis.”