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…

ICC delivers guilty verdict in Congolese warlord case

ICC delivers guilty verdict in Congolese warlord case

Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda was found guilty on Monday of 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, according to the International Criminal Court at The Hague. Ntaganda was a member of the Union des Patriotes Congolais (UPC) and its military wing, the Forces Patriotiques pour la Libération du…

Conflict, displacement in Ituri threaten DRC Ebola response

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…

Second attack in a week destroys Ebola treatment center

For the second time in a week, an Ebola treatment facility in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo was attacked  – this time by armed men who overran a center in Butembo jointly operated by the Ministry of Health and Doctors Without Borders (MSF). There were 40 patients in the facility…

DRC health ministry condemns attack on Katwa Ebola center

The health minister in the Democratic Republic of Congo has praised the response of Ebola workers in Katwa who were attacked on Sunday, while condemning the arson that destroyed the Ebola health center there. “Our health officers showed composure and exceptional courage last night,” said Dr. Oly Ilunga, calling the…

UNSC demands end to attacks interfering with DRC Ebola response

The United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution Tuesday demanding that all armed groups in the eastern regions of Democratic Republic of Congo stop interfering with the response to a deadly and growing Ebola outbreak. “Humanitarian actors are operating under enormous difficulties to save lives,” said Taye Atske Selassie of…

New fighting targets civilians in DRC’s Ebola-hit region

New fighting that broke out Wednesday night in the North Kivu province of Democratic Republic of Congo has sent civilians fleeing again in a region where authorities are struggling to contain a deadly Ebola outbreak. This time the clashes between suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and Democratic Republic of Congo…

WHO: Ebola in DRC alarming but not yet an international emergency

The World Health Organization held an emergency meeting in Geneva on Wednesday to discuss the Ebola virus outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo, and concluded that the growing Ebola threat does not yet meet the threshold for a “public health emergency of international concern” designation. The assessment of the risk…

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…

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…