News Alerts

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Aid work suspended due to deadly attack in DR Congo – NRC

Source: Norwegian Refugee Council Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo The deteriorating security situation in North-Kivu has impacted hunger levels, with food insecurity rising because agricultural activities have been put on hold as farmers fear going to their fields. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) suspended all its activities in the northeastern city of Beni and […]

UN, World Bank, and humanitarian organizations launch innovative partnership to end famine

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross, United Nations, World Bank Country: World In the past, responses to these devastating events has often come too late. The Famine Action Mechanism seeks to change this by moving towards famine prevention, preparedness and early action. Global Technology Firms to Provide Expertise on Frontier Technology to Better Predict […]

Children left orphaned or separated from their parents in DRC Ebola outbreak

Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo UNICEF and its partners have so far identified 155 children who have been orphaned or left unaccompanied as a result of the latest Ebola outbreak in the eastern DRC. KINSHASA/DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 21 September 2018 – UNICEF and its partners have so far identified 155 children […]

Uganda prepares to vaccinate against Ebola in case virus strikes

Source: World Health Organization Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda Spaces for the cold chain to store the vaccine have already been identified. The freezers, the transportation crates, storage boxes, pallets and vaccines carriers have arrived and been installed. Kampala: – 20th September 2018. As Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) preparedness activities intensify in Uganda, […]

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo remains active. While substantial progress has been made to limit the spread of the disease to new areas and the situation in Mangina (Mabalako Health Zone) is stabilizing, the cities of Beni and Butembo have become the new hotspot. Response teams continue […]

UNICEF to scale up Ebola response after new cases in commercial center in DRC

Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo UNICEF is deploying to Butembo 11 specialists in communication, education, psycho-social assistance, and water, sanitation and hygiene to help contain the disease. KINSHASA/DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 14 September 2018 – UNICEF is opening a new Ebola-response front in the Democratic Republic of Congo to provide support to […]

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

Six weeks into the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the overall situation has improved since the height of the epidemic; however, significant risks remain surrounding the continued detections of sporadic cases within Mabalako, Beni and Butembo health zones in North Kivu Province.

WHO scales up response to new threat as Ebola strikes city in DRC

Source: World Health Organization Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo “Butembo is the new hotspot. It’s important for the response to be quick and strong … with strong community mobilization to stop the virus from spreading,” said WHO. It’s been a little over a month since the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu province in the […]

Nearly 2.5 million people in eastern DRC reached with Ebola programme

Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo Ebola awareness and prevention efforts have been rolled out in seven health zones, in close collaboration with the local communities, including 1,715 local community workers. KINSHASA/DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 5 September 2018 – UNICEF and its partners have now reached 2,454,000 people with Ebola prevention messages since […]

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is at a key juncture. Recent trends (Figure 1) suggest that control measures are working. Over the past week, contact follow-up rates have substantially improved, most patients recently admitted to Ebola treatment centres (ETC) received therapeutics within hours of being confirmed, […]

WFP launches emergency food aid to Ebola victims in DR Congo

Source: World Food Programme Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo In partnership with the international relief agency, Caritas, WFP has started distributing food to patients and other people directly affected by the outbreak of Ebola virus in North Kivu province. GOMA – In partnership with the international relief agency, Caritas, WFP has started distributing food […]

“Triple threat” of conflict, community resistance and increasing Ebola cases in DR Congo complicates response to outbreak

Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo The response is hampered by major security concerns across North Kivu that limit access to people in need of assistance, treatment and care, and make contact tracing more difficult. Kinshasa/Nairobi/Geneva, 29 August 2018: The response to the current Ebola […]