Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ebola in DR Congo: conflict zones could constitute ‘hiding places’ for the deadly virus – WHO chief

Following a two-day mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday repeated his call for warring parties in conflict-riven North Kivu to stop fighting, and allow health teams access to areas affected by the recent Ebola outbreak in the region.

News in Brief 14 August 2018

  • WHO chief calls on DRC warring parties to halt fighting and prevent Ebola spreading
  • Libyan militias force thousands from displacement settlement: UNHCR
  • Asia’s food security ‘under threat’ as invasive pest spreads to Asia, says FAO
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UN chief welcomes DR Congo President’s promise to stand down

The United Nations Secretary-General has commended the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila’s decision on Thursday, not to stand in elections scheduled to take place on 23 December.

DRC Ebola latest: vaccinations to begin on Wednesday, says WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) will begin vaccinations to combat the latest deadly Ebola Virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, following confirmation that the virus shares the same Zaire strain as the most recent outbreak, on the other side of the country. UN News’s Daniel Johnson spoke with WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic. 

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News in Brief 03 August 2018

  • Fresh Yemen hospital attack raises risk of new cholera epidemic
  • Conflict in new Ebola outbreak zone of DR Congo exacerbates complexity of response: WHO
  • Brazil urged to refocus economic policies to avoid ‘harsh consequences’ on most vulnerable
  • UN refugee agency beefs up assistance to nearly 1 million displaced in Ethiopia
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Conflict in new Ebola zone of DR Congo exacerbates complexity of response: WHO emergency response chief

Protecting vulnerable people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from the latest Ebola Virus outbreak is going to be “very, very complex”, given the huge logistical challenges and ongoing conflict there, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

News in Brief 02 August 2018

  • UN chief urges restraint amid reports of post-election violence in Zimbabwe
  • New Ebola cases in DR Congo, UN health agency reports
  • Key foods see biggest price drop since late last year: FAO
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New cluster of Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - World Health Organization

The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced on Wednesday that preliminary laboratory results indicate a new cluster of cases of the deadly Ebola virus in North Kivu province.

News In Brief 26 July 2018

  • People with HIV at higher risk of losing jobs –UN report
  • DR Congo: UN Mission faces growing expectations as resources continue to shrink
  • Forced eviction in Kenya’s Kibera settlement ‘a gross violation’ of human rights
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Ebola outbreak in DR Congo declared over, now let’s tackle other health challenges: WHO chief

The Ebola virus outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been declared over, thanks to a concerted national and international effort to contain the threat, the UN’s top health official said on Tuesday.