DRC takes new tack in troubled Beni as Ebola cases increase

With the Ebola virus death toll now at 130 in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the country’s health minister announced Saturday a new approach in seeking to contain the outbreak in the face of security challenges. Dr. Oly Ilunga said health workers are turning to community-based teams to help…

East African nations meet on Ebola as DRC toll reaches 113

The Ebola virus has now claimed 113 lives in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, as experts from seven East African countries completed meetings in Uganda focused on response to the outbreak. “The discussions focused on the measures to be taken to prevent the spread of the current Ebola epidemic…

Growing concern over Madagascar’s seasonal plague cases

There’s new concern over plague in Madagascar, where another six suspected cases were reported this week in the village of Iakora, which saw dozens of fatalities during a seasonal outbreak in 2016. The deaths all occurred during September, according to local media citing the National Gendarmerie in Ivohibe province. That’s…

Niger: NGO alarmed by high fatality rates from malaria

The twin challenges of malaria and malnutrition are proving a challenge in Niger, where health and humanitarian aid workers say 10 children per day died during the month of August. “We have never seen anything like this before, and we fear it’s just the tip of the iceberg,” said Dr….

Zimbabwe cholera crisis surpasses 5,000 cases

City official in Harare are implementing emergency measures to contain the cholera outbreak that has claimed 30 lives in less than two weeks. The reported cholera cases now exceed 5,000, with typhoid also reported in Zimbabwe. The actions include suspension of street vendors, which have numbered to 20,000 in the…

DRC sees improvement but Ebola risks remain

The situation with the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has improved, the World Health Organization says, but new cases continue to be reported and risks remain. “There have been challenges with contact tracing activities due to the constant movement of people between health…