So far, there have been more than 2,500 cases of infection, and nearly 1,670 have died in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu.
Multiple armed groups and lack of local trust have hampered efforts to get the outbreak under control in the area.
“Extraordinary work has been done for almost a year under the most difficult circumstances.
“We all owe it to these responders – coming from not just WHO but also Government, partners and communities – to shoulder more of the burden,” the WHO said.
A Public Health Emergency of International Concern, according to the WHO’s International Health Regulations, is an “extraordinary event which is determined to constitute a public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease and to potentially require a coordinated international response.
The International Health Regulations constitute a binding legal agreement involving 196 countries across the globe.