Source: Global Affairs Canada |

Minister Gould concludes visit to Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo

The Minister announced Canadian assistance to provide support to families affected by the floods that have devastated areas of the country

Canada values its long-standing partnerships in Africa and remains committed to working with African partners to build a more prosperous, sustainable and peaceful world. The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, today concluded a four-day visit to the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo during which…

Source: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Novartis, GSK, Johnson & Johnson, Last Mile Health, Lilly, Living Goods, Pfizer Inc |

Public-Private Collaboration commits to Accelerate Access to Health Services in Africa, reaching 1.7 Million People

Healthcare companies and philanthropies to fund training of thousands of community health workers as part of larger initiative led by Last Mile Health and Living Goods to advance universal health coverage

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.com), Lilly (Lilly.com), Novartis (Novartis.com), Pfizer (Pfizer.com), GSK (GSK.com) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (GatesFoundation.org) have joined forces with Last Mile Health (LastMileHealth.org) and Living Goods (LivingGoods.org) to increase access to community-based primary healthcare for nearly 1.7 million people in up to six African countries,…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

Southern Africa in Throes of Climate Emergency with 45 Million People facing Hunger across the Region

As the crisis deepens, the world must step up now to save lives and enable communities to adapt to climate change, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned

A record 45 million people - mostly women and children - in the 16-nation Southern African Development Community are gravely food insecure following repeated drought, widespread flooding and economic disarray. As the crisis deepens, the world must step up now to save lives and enable communities to adapt to climate…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

WHO responds to urgent health needs of people affected by conflict in El Geneina, West Darfur

Violence between opposing tribes resulted in tens of people killed and hundreds injured

The World Health Organization (WHO) and health partners are responding to the health needs of people affected by recent conflict in El Geneina, West Darfur, Sudan. To date, WHO has delivered medicines and medical supplies for more than 120 200 people, including those in need of trauma or surgical care.…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

As of 7 January, a total of 3392 EVD cases were reported, including 3274 confirmed and 118 probable cases, of which 2235 cases died

Twelve new confirmed cases were reported from 1 to 7 January in the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri Provinces. The confirmed cases in this week were reported from nine health areas in four health zones: Butembo (42%, n=5), Mambasa (33%, n=4), Mangina (17%, n=2), and Beni (8%, n=1).…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Deaths from Democratic Republic of the Congo measles outbreak top 6000

Since the start of 2019, around 310 000 suspected measles cases have been reported

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. Under the leadership of the DRC Ministry of Health, WHO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and other…

Source: African Union Mission in Somalia |

African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) hospital receives laboratory and theater equipment

Maj. Gen. Lakara noted that the provision of quality medical services is critical for the welfare and morale of the troops

The United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) has handed over medical equipment to a health facility operated by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in Mogadishu. The health facility located within the AMISOM Halane Base provides medical services to African Union troops and Somali Security Forces involved in…

Source: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) |

USAID Administrator Mark Green's Phone Call with the Director-General of the World Health Organization, the Honorable Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ph.D

Administrator Green and the Director-General discussed additional Ebola-preparedness activities

The following is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green spoke with the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Friday to discuss efforts to respond to the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo…

Source: UN News |

Son of slain UN aid worker in South Sudan, freed and reunited with father

The boy was taken when fighting broke out on 27 October between armed groups in Isebi

The abducted four-year-old son of a UN migration agency worker who was killed in South Sudan in October has been released and reunited with his father during an emotional reunion in the capital Juba on Friday. “We are very grateful that the boy is safe and relieved that this ordeal…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

40 confirmed cases were reported from 10 health areas within five neighbouring active health zones in North Kivu province

Since the last disease outbreak news published on 19 December 2019, 29 new confirmed cases were reported from 18 to 31 December in the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu province. The confirmed cases in this week were reported from eight health areas in four health zones: Mabalako…