Ebola Outbreak

DR Congo Ebola outbreak now an international Public Health Emergency, UN health agency declares

The second worst Ebola outbreak of all time, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was officially declared an international Public Health Emergency of International Concern on Wednesday, with the head of the World Health Organization calling for countries to ‘take notice and redouble our efforts”.

Ebola situation worsening in DR Congo, amidst growing ‘funding gap’ UN health agency warns

Strengthening both security and the Ebola response effort is essential to contain the growing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN health agency’s officials said on Tuesday, following a visit to the epicentre of what is already the worst outbreak in the country’s history.

News in Brief 29 March 2019

  • UN calls for calm on eve of Gaza protest anniversary
  • Cholera contingencies, a top priority in Cyclone Idai disaster
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Ebola cases rising in DR Congo, but UN health agency cites progress in community trust-building

A rise in new cases of deadly Ebola virus disease in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been announced, while authorities say that progress is being made in accessing communities that have been wary of outside help, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

News in Brief 28 September 2018

  • Ebola response back on track, despite UN alarm over uptick in DR Congo violence
  • South Sudan alert as record numbers face 'catastrophic' food insecurity
  • Deadly repercussions of lack of NGO boats in Mediterranean – IOM, UNHCR
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News in Brief 25 September 2018

  • Ebola-hit DR Congo faces ‘perfect storm’ as uptick in violence halts WHO operation
  • UN urges Syria to allow aid to reach civilians displaced near Jordanian border
  • IOM ambulances provide boost to life-saving care in Cox’s Bazar refugee camp
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News in Brief 21 September 2018

  • Vulnerable children on Greek islands must be transferred immediately – UNICEF
  • DR Congo’s Ebola-hit communities still at risk, say WHO, UNICEF
  • Harmful use of alcohol kills more than three million people each year – WHO
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News in Brief 14 September 2018

  • Mortar attack on WFP silo in Yemen ‘could affect vital aid deliveries to millions’
  • DR Congo: new cases of deadly Ebola virus, as UN steps up response
  • UN tackles contaminated wells, boreholes in Zimbabwe, as cholera strikes, killing 25
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Ebola challenges remain as virus hits remote DR Congo town surrounded by armed groups

The discovery of a new confirmed case of Ebola virus in a town surrounded by armed insurgents in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has highlighted the difficulty of protecting people from infection there,  Dr. Peter Salama, Deputy Director-General of Emergency Preparedness and Response at the World Health Organization (WHO), tells UN News.

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News in Brief 24 August 2018

  • Rohingya emergency one year on: thousands of lives saved, but challenges remain
  • DRC Ebola outbreak latest: response scaling up, but threats remain
  • Venezuela exodus is stretching neighbours’ patience, warns UN migration agency IOM
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