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Email Threads Suggest WHO Knew about Sexual Abuse Claims in the DRC

When Shekinah was working as a nurse’s aide in northeastern Congo in January 2019, she said, she was offered a job from a World Health Organization doctor at double her salary — in exchange for sex. She said the Canadian doctor, Boubacar Diallo, who often bragged about his connections to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, made the same proposition to several of her friends. The AP has also for the first time tracked down the names of two doctors accused of sexual misconduct, Diallo and Dr. Jean-Paul Ngandu, both of whom were reported to WHO. Eight top officials privately acknowledged WHO failed to effectively tackle sex abuse during the Ebola outbreak, according to emails, recordings of internal meetings, legal documents and interviews with dozens of aid workers and WHO staffers. WHO declined to comment on any specific sex abuse allegations or how they were managed and said it had taken steps to address the problem.