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

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…

East African nations meet on Ebola as DRC toll reaches 113

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…

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…

The world must unite against Big Tobacco’s 21st century colonialism

Since the first American explorers brought tobacco back to Europe at the turn of the 16th century, smoking has always been a first-world problem. The product may have been grown by slaves in the Americas, or farmers in Africa and Asia, but it was always marketed to a wealthy Euro-American…

Michael Wilcox

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection. He is currently writing a book about the role lobbying plays in keeping African leaders in power.

DRC approves Ebola drugs as death toll rises to 61

The Ebola death toll has risen to 61 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where health officials are working to contain the outbreak in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces. Most of the fatalities have been in Mabalako, where 50 people have died. Another three fatal cases are reported in…

Studies show promising new treatment for latent TB

Latent tuberculosis is present in a quarter of the global population, and 10 percent of infected people will develop active TB, but new studies from the Research-Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) show that shorter course of treatment timelines with a different drug are safer and more effective…

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…