Peter Graaff is the new World Health Organization (WHO) special representative for the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, appointed Graaff, who previously served as the WHO’s director of Ebola emergency response in Liberia and West Africa.

Graaff, a Dutch national, will be based in Kinshasa and will coordinate the outbreak response with both the WHO and the DRC government. During a radio address made from Kinshasa today, Graaff said, “We are talking about ‘cases’ and ‘containment’ to use scientific terms, but behind every case there is a person, a family and a community that suffers.”

Graaff’s appointment comes just days after the DRC hit the 1,000-case mark amid a spike of virus activity.

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See also:

Mar 27 WHO statement

WHO Ebola dashboard

Mar 26 WHO situation report