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DR Congo may soon see off Ebola, but COVID-19 exposes old problems

Imagine you’re an aid official in a massive developing country where COVID-19 is just the latest in a long list of life-threatening challenges to millions of people. The question is: what do you do first?

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson by Skype, UNICEF’s representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Edouard Beigbeder, explains what his priorities are and what kind of threat the new coronavirus poses so far.

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DR Congo: Agencies appeal for funding for refugee support and Ebola response

Urgent resources are needed to support countries in southern Africa and the Great Lakes region which are hosting more than 900,000 refugees and asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, and partners said in a $621 million appeal launched on Friday. 

News in Brief 4 March 2020

- Progress aside, world still a violent place for girls and women: UN report

- Iraq religious leaders working to prevent COVID-19 spread

- Countdown to end of Ebola underway in DR Congo 

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DR Congo: With Ebola on the wane, UN agencies prepare to combat coronavirus

After more than a year of battling an Ebola virus outbreak that killed more than 2,200 people, UN officials are “cautiously optimistic” that the epidemic in the northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will soon be history as the country gears up to face the emerging threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

News in Brief 14 February 2020

  • Vital Idlib aid deliveries resume after ‘heavy bombing’, say UN humanitarians  
  • Horn of Africa to Yemen is world’s busiest sea route for migrants – IOM 
  • Drop in Ebola infections encouraging but fragile says WHO 
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DR Congo Ebola outbreak still an international public health concern

The Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains an international public health concern, experts meeting in Geneva concluded on Wednesday. 

Friday’s Daily Brief:  Yemen exclusive, India rights, Chile, Ebola updates

Our top stories for Friday include an exclusive UN News interview with Yemen Envoy Martin Griffiths; India’s new “discriminatory” citizenship law; a milestone smallpox eradication anniversary; helicopters deployed in DR Congo Ebola fight; Mediterranean migrant latest, and Chile’s deadly protests: UN report finds clear pattern of repression.

DR Congo Ebola outbreak: helicopter team begins lifesaving vaccinations 

One of the major challenges in eradicating the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is the threat from numerous armed groups preventing health teams from reaching at-risk communities.  In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Dr. Michel Yao from the World Health Organization explains how the agency is deploying helicopters to remote areas, as it adapts to the volatile situation.  

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News in Brief 13 December 2019

  • Air bridge vaccination operation begins in Ebola-hit DR Congo 
  • India’s citizenship act ‘fundamentally discriminatory’, says UN rights office 
  • 40th anniversary of smallpox eradication marked on Friday 
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‘Air bridge’ vaccination operation begins for Ebola-hit communities in DR Congo 

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has seen an increase in the number of reported cases of the deadly haemorrhagic virus Ebola linked to ongoing violence by armed groups targeting remote communities, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.