DRC: Arson attack at Lwembe is latest against Ebola workers

DRC: Arson attack at Lwembe is latest against Ebola workers

There’s been another attack on a health facility in Democratic Republic of Congo, the latest in a series of such incidents targeting health and humanitarian aid workers who are responding to the 14-month Ebola outbreak in the country’s east. This time a health center in Lwembe, in the Mandima health…

Ebola workers attacked in area of new DR Congo cases

Ebola workers attacked in area of new DR Congo cases

Ebola health workers were attacked again in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, after people in the Lolwa community blamed them for the death of a 3-year-old child who was under care with a different diagnosis. The military restored order Sunday after youths vandalized the medical facility, according to Radio Okapi,…

Global Fund sees $14 billion committed to HIV, malaria fight

Global Fund sees $14 billion committed to HIV, malaria fight

Donors at the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment Conference pledged US$14 billion for the next three years to continue the fight to end HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030. The conference hosted by President Emmanuel Macron of France appealed to governments and individual donors to ensure the necessary funding to combat…

Humanitarian agencies plead for better mental health services

There is nowhere near enough mental health support for people in low- and middle-income countries who are caught in conflict and humanitarian crisis, according to leaders of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). In those countries,…

DR Congo to use 2nd experimental Ebola vaccine

Beginning in mid-October, a second experimental vaccine will be used in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as the central African nation shifts strategy in seeking to end a yearlong Ebola outbreak that has claimed 2,115 lives. “The DRC authorities, in deciding to deploy the second experimental vaccine to extend…

WHO says Tanzania is still withholding Ebola data

The confusion over cases of Ebola in Tanzania still isn’t resolved, and the World Health Organization says it’s not getting the information it needs from the East African nation nearly two weeks after it first heard of a suspected case in Dar es Salaam. That’s according to a WHO statement…

DR Congo arrests former health minister over Ebola funds

Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo say Dr. Oly Ilunga, former head of the Ministry of Health and its Ebola response, was taken into custody on Saturday as police sought to stop him from leaving the country through neighboring Brazzaville. The former minister’s detention follows initial hearings on alleged financial…

Kenya begins malaria vaccine program

Kenya has joined the nations of Ghana and Malawi in administering a new malaria vaccine, with parts of the country participating in a pilot program offered in partnership with the World Health Organization. The vaccine known as RTS,S has taken 30 years to develop and so far is the only…

Burkina Faso: ICRC warns of health impacts because of violence

Conditions in Burkina Faso are making it harder for health and humanitarian aid workers, with more than 100 health centers closing or limiting their roles because of the conflict. That’s according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which said Tuesday that roughly a half-million people now have…

Uganda confirms another cross-border Ebola case

Another Ebola case was reported in Uganda on Thursday as the ongoing outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo reached the new milestone of more than 2,000 fatalities. Uganda’s Ministry of Health said a 9-year-old Congolese girl traveled into the nation’s Kasese district at Mpwonde (above) with her mother, in order…