DR Congo’s crisis: Insecurity is one virus, Ebola is another

DR Congo’s crisis: Insecurity is one virus, Ebola is another

For months, health officials have issued a steady stream of warnings over the security situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where workers are racing the clock to contain an Ebola virus outbreak and treat its victims. Another disruption at the weekend is underscoring fears that the situation could become…

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

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…

New Ebola outbreak claims at least 20 lives in eastern DR Congo

A new Ebola outbreak in the Beni region of Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed at least 20 lives so far, according to the country’s Ministry of Health. Twelve experts from the ministry, based in Kinshasa, arrived in the Mangina and Mabalako communities on Thursday, with doctors, laboratory technicians, epidemiologists…

MINUSCA chief appeals for CAR humanitarian, security support

Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), said the nation remains under threat and requires the continued support of the UN Security Council in order to assist the CAR in restoring government authority, and meet humanitarian needs. Nearly one in four Central…

Tedros visits C.A.R. after DRC Ebola assessment

Tedros Adhanom, the World Health Organization Director General, returned to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday to check on the progress of Ebola treatment and containment. He then visited Central African Republic, one of nine neighboring countries taking preparedness measures. “We have made great progress in the fight…

DRC: Ebola cases rise as Tedros visits Bikoro

Tedros Adhanom, the World Health Organization Director General, was in Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday to personally evaluate the response to the country’s new Ebola outbreak. Tedros met with President Joseph Kabila, Minister of Health Oly Ilunga and other officials before heading out into the field to meet with…

Mugabe won’t be WHO ambassador as Tedros withdraws appointment

The World Health Organization director general rescinded his decision to make President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe a WHO goodwill health ambassador on Sunday, following international outcry about Mugabe being an appropriate choice for the role. “Over the last few days, I have reflected on my appointment of H.E. President Robert…