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Ebola response resumes despite ‘risky environment’

Source: UN News Service Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo WHO now says that, under Government leadership and in collaboration with partner agencies, the Ebola response has resumed across all the affected regions in North Kivu Province. Despite a precarious security environment and continuing pockets of mistrust on the part of affected populations, the World […]

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

The response by WHO and partners to the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak continues despite disruptions to key services due to security incidents taking place in Beni and Butembo during the recent election on 30 December 2018. In order to ensure the safety of all staff deployed, as a precautionary measure, operations were scaled […]

How IFRC responded to the five biggest emergencies in Africa in 2018

Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, Zimbabwe The IFRC responded to 34 emergencies in 22 countries across Africa where millions were affected by natural disasters, epidemics, population movement, complex emergencies and food insecurity. […]

Oxfam forced to suspend Ebola response in DR Congo following pre-election violence

Source: Oxfam Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo “This is an extremely worrying situation, as every time the Ebola response has been suspended before we’ve seen a big spike in the number of new cases. This could mean Ebola spreading to even more people and other countries,“ – Oxfam’s acting Country Director. Oxfam has been […]

UN and aid agencies name their priorities for 2019 as crises multiply

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation Country: Bangladesh, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Myanmar, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen The UN has asked donors for $21.9 billion to address 21 humanitarian crises in 2019, including Yemen, its biggest aid operation. This appeal […]

World has failed to protect children in conflict in 2018 – UNICEF

Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Mali, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, World, Yemen Children in countries at war have been directly attack, used as human shields, killed, maimed or recruited to fight. […]

Rush to prevent Ebola outbreak in South Sudan as risk level increases to very high

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Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: South Sudan Continued population movement between the DRC and South Sudan border, lack of health system response capacity and on-going instability increases the potential of an outbreak. Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action: The Republic of South Sudan is on […]

Four humanitarian challenges for DRC’s next leader

Source: IRIN Country: Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda The electoral commission said the polls would be delayed as it was “technically unable” to hold them on time, citing violence in Mai-Ndombe province; Ebola; and undelivered ballots. Sumayya Ismail | Africa Editor As elections to replace President Joseph Kabila in the Democratic Republic of […]

In a year of deepening hunger, WFP reaches a record five million people in DRC

Source: World Food Programme Country: Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo With widening violence, massive displacement, poor harvests and endemic poverty nearly doubling the number of food-insecure people to 13.1 million, WFP expanded operations. KINSHASA – With widening violence, largescale displacement, poor harvests and endemic poverty nearly doubling the number of acutely food insecure people […]