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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 […]

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 […]