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Ebola Vaccination Begins in North Kivu

Work has begun to prepare ring vaccination in the Mangina health area, 30km from the town of Beni

The Ministry of Public Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo today announced the launch of Ebola vaccinations for high risk populations in North Kivu province. The vaccinations have begun just one week after the announcement of a second outbreak of Ebola this year in the country. A total…

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Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo

A team of vaccination experts from Guinea will be deployed to support ring vaccination (once strain confirmed)

Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo: Cumulative case count as of 6 Aug: • Confirmed: 16 • Probable: 27 • Total cases: 43 • Total deaths: 34 • Under the leadership of the Minister of Health, WHO and its key partners - including UNICEF, the World Food Programme, the International…

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World Health Organisation Director General: Republic of Congo can transform its primary health care into a model for other nations

Regional experts have helped develop a national health plan, mobilized international resources, implemented priority programmes such as maternal, child and adolescent health, as well as immunization programmes

The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) has commended the Republic of Congo’s commitment to strengthening its health system through the primary health care approach, during a three-day visit to the Central African country, which ends on 27 July. “Primary health care is the foundation of universal health coverage,”…

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Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo ends: World Health Organization calls for international efforts to stop other deadly outbreaks in the country

The World Health Organization (WHO) congratulates the country and all those involved in ending the outbreak

Today marks the end of the ninth outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The World Health Organization (WHO) congratulates the country and all those involved in ending the outbreak, while urging them to extend this success to combatting other diseases in DRC. WHO Director-General, Dr…

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Egypt: Giving is in your Blood: Celebration to Thank Ramadan Blood Donors

The campaign which ran on Facebook across eight countries encouraged people to donate blood after breaking their fast at sunset.

Leaders of major international aid groups are gathering in Cairo this week to thank people across the Middle East and North Africa for a hugely successful Ramadan blood donor campaign that ran for 5 weeks starting on 14 May 2018. A celebration will take place at Cairo Opera House on…

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Egypt: World Blood Donor Day Celebration-21 July 2018

The opening ceremony will include short videos reflecting blood donation activities in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt

You are cordially invited to attend and cover the World Blood Donor Day 2018 Celebration and musical concert lead by the Iraqi Maestro Naseer Shamma, on 21 July 2018 at Cairo Opera House. WHAT: We would like to thank the generous individuals who donated blood during the #GivingIsInYourBlood campaign, in…

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South Africa: Ebola preparedness plan for countries at risk

The resource requirements by country include technical expertise and other support that will be provided by the regional and headquarters offices

WHO is supporting 9 countries bordering the Democratic Republic of the Congo to scale up their national emergency preparedness and response capacities. The ongoing Ebola outbreak poses a significant risk of spread to these countries on the basis of proximity to the current outbreak and the current capacity of their…

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Ebola treatments approved for compassionate use in current outbreak

Clinicians working in the treatment centres will make decisions on which drug to use as deemed helpful for their patients, and appropriate for the setting

On 4 June, an ethics committee in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved the use of five investigational therapeutics to treat Ebola, under the framework of compassionate use/expanded access. This is the first time such treatments are available in the midst of an Ebola outbreak. Clinicians working in…

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Ebola vaccine provides protection and hope for high-risk communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Guinean authorities gave their approval to loan more than 30 of the country’s health experts to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for the ring vaccination

It’s been ten days since Jean René* lost his brother to Ebola virus disease (EVD). "My brother’s wife has come to live with my family," said Jean René, who lives in a community about 20 kilometers north of Mbandaka, the first urban centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo to…

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World Health Organisation (WHO) Launches Business Case for Immunization in Africa at the World Health Assembly

By 2030, World Health Organisation (WHO) aims to bring all Afri­can countries to a satisfactory level of immunization maturity

At the 71st World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the Business Case for WHO Immunization Activities on the African Continent 2018-2030, which outlines how WHO will support African Member States achieve universal immunization coverage. While Africa has made tremendous progress in improving access to immunization, most countries…