Rwanda increases Ebola virus preparedness and response

Source: World Health Organization Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda Rwanda has increased awareness and community engagement throughout the country using different communication channels in public places such as main Roads, borders and Airports. The current outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) poses a high […]

South Sudan successfully conducts its first ever diagnostic test for Ebola

Source: World Health Organization Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan South Sudan and neighbouring countries are working to develop and test operational readiness since the beginning of the DRC outbreak in August 2018 Juba 15 October, 2018 – South Sudan has successfully conducted its first ever laboratory test for Ebola using the emergency […]

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

The response to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has seen significant improvements over the past weeks, including strong performances by field teams conducting vaccinations, and improved community engagement and risk communication in priority areas. However, as new cases continue to emerge from Beni and appear closer to […]

MSF uses new medical approaches to contain Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

Source: Médecins Sans Frontières Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo MSF has started testing blood samples of suspected cases in laboratories within the Ebola Treatment Centers which allows the teams to react faster to changing medical conditions of patients. NEW YORK, OCTOBER 11, 2018—As the Ebola outbreak in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of […]

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

The response to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is becoming increasingly undermined by security challenges in at-risk areas, particularly Beni. These incidents severely impact both civilians and frontline workers, forcing suspension of EVD response activities and increasing the risk that the virus will continue to spread. WHO […]

MSF adapts to changing needs in Greater Kasai region of DRC

Source: Médecins Sans Frontières Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo MSF has reopened the surgical unit at Kananga Provincial Reference Hospital where they have been providing health care for victims of sexual violence since May 2017. “We will continue to support and strengthen the local health system.” – Dr. Hilde Vochten, MSF Medical Coordinator in […]

Killings in eastern DRC ‘Ebola zone’ rising, says HRW

Source: Human Rights Watch Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo The attacks complicate efforts to stem an Ebola outbreak that has killed 70 people since August. The risks of the outbreak worsening are heightened, with health worker access limited. (Goma) – Unidentified fighters have killed more than 1,000 civilians in Beni territory in eastern Democratic […]

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

The response to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is at a critical juncture. WHO faces a precarious situation given recent increases in insecurity, incidents of community mistrust, and increased geographical spread.

WHO scales up new front against Ebola in DR Congo, near Uganda border

Source: World Health Organization Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda The detection of an Ebola case in the Tchomia region, which is close to Lake Albert, is a major cause for concern because of the high risk of spreading to neighbouring countries. BENI, Nord Kivu Province, 25 September 2018 (WHO) – The World Health […]

WHO scales up new front against Ebola in DR Congo, near Uganda border

Source: World Health Organization Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda The detection of an Ebola case in the Tchomia region, which is close to Lake Albert, is a major cause for concern because of the high risk of spreading to neighbouring countries. BENI, Nord Kivu Province, 25 September 2018 (WHO) – The World Health […]

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

The response to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is at a critical juncture. While substantial progress has been made, the situation is precarious given recent increases in insecurity, incidents of community reluctance and geographical spread.

WHO calls for protection of humanitarian workers and civilians in DR Congo

Source: World Health Organization Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo The increase in the frequency and severity of attacks by armed opposition groups threatens the progress made in reducing the number of Ebola cases in North Kivu and Ituri provinces. The response to the outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the […]

Aid work suspended due to deadly attack in DR Congo – NRC

Source: Norwegian Refugee Council Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo The deteriorating security situation in North-Kivu has impacted hunger levels, with food insecurity rising because agricultural activities have been put on hold as farmers fear going to their fields. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) suspended all its activities in the northeastern city of Beni and […]

UN, World Bank, and humanitarian organizations launch innovative partnership to end famine

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross, United Nations, World Bank Country: World In the past, responses to these devastating events has often come too late. The Famine Action Mechanism seeks to change this by moving towards famine prevention, preparedness and early action. Global Technology Firms to Provide Expertise on Frontier Technology to Better Predict […]

Children left orphaned or separated from their parents in DRC Ebola outbreak

Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo UNICEF and its partners have so far identified 155 children who have been orphaned or left unaccompanied as a result of the latest Ebola outbreak in the eastern DRC. KINSHASA/DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 21 September 2018 – UNICEF and its partners have so far identified 155 children […]

Uganda prepares to vaccinate against Ebola in case virus strikes

Source: World Health Organization Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda Spaces for the cold chain to store the vaccine have already been identified. The freezers, the transportation crates, storage boxes, pallets and vaccines carriers have arrived and been installed. Kampala: – 20th September 2018. As Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) preparedness activities intensify in Uganda, […]

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo remains active. While substantial progress has been made to limit the spread of the disease to new areas and the situation in Mangina (Mabalako Health Zone) is stabilizing, the cities of Beni and Butembo have become the new hotspot. Response teams continue […]

UNICEF to scale up Ebola response after new cases in commercial center in DRC

Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo UNICEF is deploying to Butembo 11 specialists in communication, education, psycho-social assistance, and water, sanitation and hygiene to help contain the disease. KINSHASA/DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 14 September 2018 – UNICEF is opening a new Ebola-response front in the Democratic Republic of Congo to provide support to […]

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

Six weeks into the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the overall situation has improved since the height of the epidemic; however, significant risks remain surrounding the continued detections of sporadic cases within Mabalako, Beni and Butembo health zones in North Kivu Province.

WHO scales up response to new threat as Ebola strikes city in DRC

Source: World Health Organization Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo “Butembo is the new hotspot. It’s important for the response to be quick and strong … with strong community mobilization to stop the virus from spreading,” said WHO. It’s been a little over a month since the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu province in the […]