US delegation to visit DRC for Ebola assessment
The secretary of health and human services, Alex Azar, will travel with other high ranking US officials to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to assess the state of the Ebola crisis and to show continued US support. Azar will be accompanied by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Admiral Timothy Ziemer, a senior deputy assistant administrator at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The visit is Azar's first since the start of the outbreak over a year ago.
The group is expected to travel to northeastern DRC as well as to Uganda and Rwanda, both of which border the DRC. The delegation will meet with officials from all three countries as well as the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.