The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that humanitarian workers sexually abused women and men during the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2018-2020. The abuse was not only enacted by UN agencies such as WHO, UNICEF and IOM, but also humanitarian organizations such as Oxfam, Doctors Without Borders, World Vision and ALIMA. The women interviewed said their attackers did not use contraception, leading to unwanted pregnancies. It was also discovered that the perpetrators forced the victims to have abortions. Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, head of the WHO, said action must be taken immediately against the perpetrators as well as accountability for their actions. He outlined three steps to ensure this. First is to support, protect and ensure justice for victims and survivors, second is to address the management and failure of humanitarian staff, and third is the overall reconsideration of structures and culture governing the organizations.

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