News Alerts

These alerts are retrieved from the CDC, WHO, MSF and international news agencies.

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 […]

DRC Ebola outbreak threatens CAR after violence forces thousands across border

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation Country: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo Attacks by Christian militias in CAR’s border town of Bangassou have driven about 2,750 people into Bas-Uele, raising the risk that the Ebola outbreak could spread across the border, a WHO representative said. By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR, May 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) […]

Polio programme helps response to meningitis outbreak in Nigeria

Source: Global Polio Eradication Initiative Country: Nigeria Polio programme staff from across Nigeria have joined efforts to combat a meningitis outbreak in Sokoto, providing support and expertise in epidemic response. Polio staff in Nigeria have contributed emergency response expertise in Sokoto State In early May 2017, polio programme staff from across Nigeria joined efforts to […]

Experts race to quell Ebola outbreak in remote DR Congo province

Source: UN News Service Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo Twenty cases of Ebola have been reported in the DRC’s Bas Uele Province. Two have been confirmed by laboratory tests and three people have died so far, the WHO says. 18 May 2017 – A race against the clock has begun to contain an outbreak of […]

RD Congo : Plus de 23 500 nouveaux déplacés en une semaine dans le Kasaï

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Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo Des risques épidémiques importants sont rapportés en raison de l’effondrement du système de surveillance épidémiologique consécutif à la fuite du personnel soignant vers les grandes villes. Ce rapport a été produit par OCHA RD Congo en collaboration avec les […]

Le Coordonnateur Humanitaire lance une alerte sur les prémices d’une nouvelle crise humanitaire en Centrafrique

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo Plus de trois mille personnes ont été déplacées par des attaques perpétrées depuis le 13 mai dans un quartier de la ville de Bangassou essentiellement habité par une population musulmane. Bangui, le 15 mai 2017 – La […]

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo (the)

On 9 May 2017, WHO was informed of a cluster of undiagnosed illness and deaths including haemorrhagic symptoms in Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele Province in the north of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), bordering Central African Republic. Since 22 April, nine cases including three deaths have been reported. Six cases are currently […]

Ebola Confirmed in DRC, MSF to Launch Emergency Intervention

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Field news Ebola Confirmed in DRC, MSF to Launch Emergency Intervention May 12, 2017 One case of Ebola has been confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Likati Health Zone of Bas-Uele Province in the north of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A total of nine cases, including three deaths so far, […]

La RD Congo toujours en proie à des maladies épidémiques

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Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo Alors qu’au moins un nouveau cas suspect de choléra ou de rougeole est rapporté tous les deux jours dans le pays, l’OMS a déclaré aujourd’hui 12 mai une épidémie d’Ebola dans la zone de Likati, Province du Bas-Uélé. FAITS SAILLANTS […]

Célébration en Guinée du succès du vaccin anti-Ebola

Source: World Health Organization Country: Guinea L’essai de vaccination en anneau, mené par l’OMS en Guinée en 2016, montre que le premier vaccin au monde contre le virus Ebola confère une protection substantielle. «Le monde est bien mieux préparé s’il devait y avoir une nouvelle flambée d’Ebola», a déclaré aujourd’hui le Dr Margaret Chan, Directeur […]