WHO upgrades DRC Ebola crisis to an international concern

WHO upgrades DRC Ebola crisis to an international concern

The World Health Organization declared an international emergency over the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday, elevating its status while nonetheless maintaining that the global risk of outbreak remains low. The International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee said it was concerned that a year into an…

Tedros: Ebola case in Goma may be ‘game-changer’

Tedros: Ebola case in Goma may be ‘game-changer’

The report of an Ebola patient in the busy travel hub of Goma heightened the sense of urgency during a high-level meeting in Geneva on Monday, where global response leaders met to evaluate the crisis. It also spurred the decision to meet for a fourth time to reassess the level…

DR Congo: First Ebola case confirmed in Goma

DR Congo: First Ebola case confirmed in Goma

The first case of Ebola to reach the city of Goma – involving a pastor on a missionary trip that took him through several cities – was reported on Sunday in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The patient, a 46-year-old man, traveled between Bukavu and Butembo on July 4 through…

High-level Ebola meeting set for Monday in Geneva

With the Ebola crisis continuing in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and amid global calls for a “reset” on the international response, top officials will gather in Geneva on Monday for a high-level meeting organized jointly by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of…

Conflict, displacement in Ituri threaten DRC Ebola response

Renewed violence in the Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is forcing mass displacement from a region where authorities are struggling to contain the Ebola outbreak. Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi, who visited the area recently, estimated that some 400,000 persons are displaced throughout Ituri Province.  The International Organization…

Tedros in DR Congo as Ebola death toll hits 1,427

Although the World Health Organization decided Friday that the Ebola crisis does not yet warrant an international emergency declaration, the outbreak continues in Democratic Republic of Congo where they’ve now reached a total of 2,143 cases. Among them are 1,427 fatalities, according to the daily update from the Congolese Ministry…

Tedros: WHO plans emergency meeting as Ebola spreads to Uganda

The World Health Organization plans an emergency meeting on Friday, following the news that Ebola has spread from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo into Uganda. WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee will meet in Geneva to determine if the spread of the…

Faith leaders work to reduce Ebola-related violence in DR Congo

Religious leaders in the Congolese city of Butembo launched a two-day symposium on Thursday that brings together the groups resistant to the Ebola intervention and its workers, in hopes of reducing violent attacks and improving response outcomes. The meeting follows a visit to Butembo earlier this week by David Gressly,…

WHO adds Ebola coordinator to strengthen DR Congo response

The World Health Organization has appointed an Emergency Ebola Response Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as it continues a fight against an Ebola outbreak that has shown no signs of abating. David Gressly, the UN’s deputy special representative serving with MINUSCO, will focus on improving access to communities…

African doctors named for Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize

Two doctors, one working in Uganda and the other in Democratic Republic of Congo, have been named as this year’s recipients of the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize. The award established by the Japanese government honors people and organizations dedicated to research and medical advances that fight disease in Africa. Dr….

Ebola response on hold with at least 9 dead in Butembo fighting

The Ebola response in the city of Butembo, in the eastern North Kivu province of Democratic Republic of Congo, was interrupted by violence again on Wednesday. Congolese media outlets report at least nine people dead following clashes between armed rebel groups and security forces, with some accounts putting the death…