Reaching out to all communities is vital for Ebola prevention. The Batwa people in the DRC are hunter-gatherers, who move around frequently and live in temporary camps in the forest. Their itinerant lifestyle and their outsider status keeps them away from health facilities and leaves them exposed to disease, and especially vulnerable to Ebola. WHO community engagement teams are working alongside the DRC Ministry of Health to ensure the Batwa people understand how to protect themselves from Ebola, and to encourage them to go to healthcare facilities at the first sign of any symptoms.
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