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A record 123 million children were immunized globally in 2017

Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: World However, more than 19 million children are missing out on vaccinations, prompting calls from WHO and UNICEF for concerted efforts to reach all children. As over 19 million children miss out on vaccinations, UNICEF and WHO call for concerted efforts to reach all children. New York, 16 July 2018: […]

Ebola outbreak in DR Congo is ‘largely contained’: WHO

Source: UN News Service Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo Spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic said the development was an “important step” but “it is not the end … We … know that a continued aggressive response is required.” Almost two months after the start of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), […]

As DRC grapples with Ebola, Guinea keeps up its guard

Source: Voice of America Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea Guinea is more prepared now. Health workers have learned to recognize the symptoms. The general public is more aware of it, too. And Conakry’s Donka Hospital is being expanded. CONAKRY, GUINEA — Just after a morning rain, Gourma Mamadou was shopping in this capital […]

Red Cross ramps up support in DR Congo as Ebola response enters critical phase

Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo The IFRC aims to support 400,000 people over six months with focus on community engagement and surveillance, active case search, psychosocial support, infection prevention and control, disinfection, and safe burials. Kinshasa/Nairobi/Geneva, 15 June 2018 —While progress has been made […]

4 things you need to know about children and the DRC Ebola outbreak

Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo Children are some of the hardest hit by the Ebola virus. Mortality rates are particularly high among children who have been infected – as high as 95% for those under one year old. Why the devastating effects on children will outlast the outbreak by Leah […]

At one-month mark in Ebola outbreak, the focus shifts to remote areas

Source: World Health Organization Country: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo This response phase is all about expeditionary surveillance: teams of epidemiologists fanning out over hundreds of kilometers by motorcycles through the remote rainforests, 9 June 2018, Geneva – One month into the response to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of […]

Fighting Ebola in DRC: “It’s a Race Against Time”

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Field news Fighting Ebola in DRC: “It’s a Race Against Time” June 07, 2018 Paul Jawor, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) water and sanitation expert, has just returned from Equateur province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where MSF is responding to an Ebola outbreak, alongside the Congolese Ministry of Health (MoH) and […]

WFP launches food assistance for Ebola-affected people in DR Congo

Source: World Food Programme Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo Families of Ebola patients discharged from treatment centres, and of those who have had contact with them or suspected victims, are receiving up to three months’ supplies of cereals and beans. MBANDAKA – Distributions of World Food Programme rations have begun in the Democratic Republic […]

More than 300,000 people reached with awareness-raising campaign to contain deadly Ebola outbreak in DRC

Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo More than 800,000 people across the affected areas are targeted as part of an ongoing awareness-raising campaign. “information and social mobilization are key to containing Ebola”, said UNICEF Since the start of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UNICEF and […]

Update on the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo

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Field news Update on the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo May 29, 2018 Latest figures (source: DRC Ministry of Health, as of May 28, 2018) Since the Ebola epidemic in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was declared on May 8, 2018, 54 people have presented symptoms of hemorrhagic fever, including 35 confirmed Ebola […]

Update: Ebola outbreak in Equateur province, DRC

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Field news Update: Ebola outbreak in Equateur province, DRC May 29, 2018 Latest figures (source: DRC Ministry of Health, as of May 28, 2018) Since the Ebola epidemic in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was declared on May 8, 2018, 54 people have presented symptoms of hemorrhagic fever, including 35 confirmed Ebola cases and 25 […]

DRC: MSF begins Ebola vaccination trial in Bikoro to help curb outbreak

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Press release DRC: MSF begins Ebola vaccination trial in Bikoro to help curb outbreak May 29, 2018 The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) started vaccinating Ebola frontline workers yesterday in Bikoro, Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of Congo.