Democratic Republic of the Congo crisis

How learning to talk the talk is saving lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

25 February 2020 Goma - Guinean anthropologist, David Niabalamou is so passionate about his job engaging with communities affected by Ebola that he’s learned two new languages in twelve months, earning him the affectionate nickname, David the Local, from colleagues. Having worked on the Ebola response in his native Guinea from 2014 to 2016, Niabalamou was keenly aware that language is key to earning people’s trust.

WHO/Democratic Republic of the Congo

Four countries in the African region license vaccine in milestone for Ebola prevention

14 February 2020 -- The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi, Ghana and Zambia have licensed an Ebola vaccine, just 90 days after World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification. Registration of the vaccine is expected in additional countries in the coming weeks.

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Statement on the meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee for Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

12 February 2020 -- The current situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was reviewed. Between 3 and 9 February 2020, three new confirmed cases were reported in Beni Health Zone, North Kivu. More than 2000 contacts are being followed. There has been an increase in the number of security incidents in recent months.

It was the unanimous view of the Committee that this event still constitutes a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) under the IHR (2005).

Winning community trust in Ebola control

22 January 2020 Butembo -- “Why is Ebola taking so long to end?” a man attending a community meeting outside Butembo town in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) wants to know.

66顺彩票app Listening to community concerns such as these, Hamadou Boiro, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) social anthropologists team leader, responds concisely: “It’s because there are some in your community who refuse to believe that Ebola exists and refuse to seek treatment.”

Measles vaccination

Deaths from Democratic Republic of the Congo measles outbreak top 6000

7 January 2020, Kinshasa – With the death toll from the world’s worst measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) surpassing 6000, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for more funding to stop the outbreak.

66顺彩票app Under the leadership of the Ministry of Health, WHO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and other partner aid agencies vaccinated more than 18 million children under five across the country in 2019. However, in some areas, routine vaccination coverage remains low and 25% of the reported measles cases are in children over the age of five.

WHO/Eugene Kabambi

Drop in cholera cases worldwide, as key endemic countries report gains in cholera control

66顺彩票app19 December 2019 -- The number of cholera cases decreased globally by 60% in 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced in a report that points to an encouraging trend in cholera prevention and control in the world’s major cholera hotspots, including Haiti, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Measles vaccination drive launched, North Kivu targets 2.2 million children

5 December 2019 Kinshasa – Around 2.2 million children are to be vaccinated against measles in North Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where efforts are underway to curb the world’s second-worst Ebola outbreak amid persistent insecurity.


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