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Democratic Republic of Congo: North Kivu Security Media Trends, March 2020

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This bulletin shares key trends and insights from media monitoring carried out by Novetta Mission Analytics (NMA) in North Kivu province.

As the last Ebola patient in Beni is released, rampant misinformation on COVID-19 highlights challenges health workers may face in case of local outbreak.

Key trends

COVID-19 threat dominates social media

• Concern about Ebola and security overtaken by fear of COVID-19 outbreak in Butembo region.

• COVID-19 misinformation fuels mistrust towards public MinSante health workers in Beni region, despite overall positive coverage of successful Ebola response.

• MONUSCO remains focal point of negative content.

Key points from Ebola response survey

Butembo area (4-11 March 2020):

• Foreign Ebola health responders mostly enjoy widespread support.

• Substantial concern that local Ebola response teams are inadequately prepared for COVID-19.

• Mistrust towards the Ebola response continues to play a role in keeping some civilians from visiting CTEs.

Beni area (12-18 March 2020):

• Foreign Ebola health responders mostly enjoy widespread support although to a lesser extent than in Butembo.

• Significantly less civilians are vaccinated in Beni than in Butembo, with some stating affordability as a barrier.

• Mistrust towards the Ebola response continues to play a role in keeping some civilians from visiting CTEs.