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Sierra Leone to begin cholera vaccination drive in disaster-affected areas

Source: Government of Sierra Leone, World Health Organization, UN Children’s Fund, GAVI Alliance Country: Sierra Leone Two rounds of vaccination will be delivered in 25 affected communities by the Government of Sierra Leone with support from Gavi Alliance, WHO, UNICEF, the UK Government and other health partners. More than 1 million doses of Gavi-funded cholera […]

Housing and environmental failures behind shocking scale of mudslide deaths in Sierra Leone

Source: Amnesty International Country: Sierra Leone The terrible aftermath of the mudslides, which have left more than 3000 people homeless, grimly illustrates the human cost of the government’s failure to implement housing and land policies, said Amnesty. The terrible aftermath of the mudslides in Sierra Leone, which have left more than 3000 people homeless, grimly […]

WFP delivers food assistance to thousands hit by mudslides in Sierra Leone

Source: World Food Programme Country: Sierra Leone Hours after the mudslides around Freetown, WFP began distributing initial two-week rations of rice, pulses, vegetable oil and salt to some 7,500 people in the hardest-hit communities. FREETOWN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing food assistance to 7,500 people affected by the massive mudslides […]

WHO establishes emergency hub in Nairobi serving eastern and southern Africa

Source: World Health Organization Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, World In addition to ensuring effective and efficient response to outbreaks, the new initiative includes immediate evaluation of an emergency to capture areas of strength and improvement. July 14, 2017 – The creation of an emergency hub in Nairobi by World Health organization has […]

How DRC contained the latest Ebola outbreak

Source: The Conversation Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo Several factors stopped the disease from spreading, including a prompt response, immediate diagnosis and treatment, a coordinated approach and community involvement. Author Eric Osor Medical Epidemiologist , Washington State University Disclosure statement Eric Osoro does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from […]

Humanitarian actors struggle to scale up response in DR Congo due to low funding

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Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo Half of the country’s 26 provinces are affected by armed violence, ethnic conflict, diseases and natural disasters, all this within a volatile regional context and amid historically low levels of funding. Kinshasa, 7 July 2017: With half of its 26 […]

WHO declares an end to the Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

Source: World Health Organization Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo The announcement comes after 42 days without recording a new case. Related to the two-month outbreak, 4 people died, and 4 people survived the disease. Brazzaville/Kinshasa, 2 July 2017 – Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the most recent outbreak of […]

WHO declares an end to the Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

Source: World Health Organization Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo The announcement comes after 42 days without recording a new case. Related to the two-month outbreak, 4 people died, and 4 people survived the disease. Brazzaville/Kinshasa, 2 July 2017 – Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the most recent outbreak of […]

Five Lessons Learned During the Latest Ebola Outbreak in DRC

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Field news Five Lessons Learned During the Latest Ebola Outbreak in DRC June 27, 2017 Four people died in the most recent Ebola outbreak that occurred in a remote, forested area of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This small outbreak (five laboratory-confirmed and three probable cases) was quickly curtailed. Below are five lessons Médecins […]

Escalating violence in eastern CAR poses grave threat to civilians

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Source: Invisible Children Country: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo Armed group violence has escalated sharply in eastern CAR in recent weeks, particularly in Mbomou and Haute Kotto prefectures. In May alone, ex-Seleka forces and ‘anti-balaka’ militias killed 132 civilians in the towns of Bangassou and Bria. Armed groups have killed 220 civilians […]

Using Facebook data to help communities after a disaster

Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Malawi, World A new collaboration with Facebook will allow the American Red Cross and the IFRC to use aggregated Facebook data to target communities in need, deliver aid, and fight disease when a disaster occurs. In the hours and days after any disaster, humanitarian […]

After Ebola, Liberia’s health system on path to recovery

Source: World Bank Country: Liberia The development of a triage and isolation facility in a hospital in Sinoe county by the World bank helped contain a meningococcal outbreak in May 2017. STORY HIGHLIGHTS More medical training and equipment mean Liberia’s medical services have improved since the 2014 Ebola outbreak killed over 4,800 people in the […]

DRC approves use of Ebola vaccine to fight outbreak

Source: Reuters – Thomson Reuters Foundation Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo The vaccine, known as rVSV-ZEBOV and developed by Merck, is not yet licensed but was shown to be highly protective against Ebola in clinical trials published last December. KINSHASA, May 29 (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo’s health ministry has approved the use […]