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World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General reconvenes International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Committee will meet on 17 July, 2019, in Geneva from 12 midday, to ascertain whether the ongoing outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern

WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has reconvened an Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005 Emergency Committee on Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.   The Committee will meet on 17 July, 2019, in Geneva from 12 midday, to ascertain whether the ongoing…

Source: Department for International Development (DFID) |

New UK aid funding to tackle Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

The UK has announced fresh support to help deal with the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Speaking at an event about the crisis in Geneva yesterday (Monday 15 July), the International Development Secretary, Rory Stewart, announced funding of up to £50 million to aid the ongoing response in North Kivu and Ituri, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as well as helping neighbouring countries to…

WHO Regional Office for Africa
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Ugandans urged to lead healthy lives to avert the growing burden of Non-Communicable Diseases

The Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng reechoed the President’s message calling on Ugandans to value their health

Uganda recently held the 2nd National Day of Physical Activity under the theme ‘My Health, My Responsibility’. The Guest of Honour, His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni called on all Ugandans to take responsibility for their health by adopting healthy lifestyles. The government of Uganda endorsed this day to be…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy |

Ebola Emergency: Humanitarian activities by Italy's Cooperation service in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Upon the initiative of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Emanuela Del Re, Italy pledged a further financial contribution of €300,000 at the Geneva Donor Conference to support the healthcare operations (medical treatment, immunisation and burials in “sanitised” conditions) carried out by the World Health Organization (WHO)…

Africa Regional Media Hub
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July 17 Briefing on West Africa ― Public Health after the 2014-2016 Ebola Outbreak, with U.S. CDC's Center for Global Health Director Dr. Rebecca Martin

She will provide a briefing on public health progress in West Africa since the 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak

EVENT: Please join us on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, for a telephonic press briefing with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Center for Global Health Director Dr. Rebecca Martin. She will provide a briefing on public health progress in West Africa since the 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak and…

Source: UN News |

Mass measles vaccination campaign begins in Ebola-hit DR Congo province

Latest health data from DRC point to around 115,000 cases of suspected measles in the country

Health workers have started a massive measles vaccination campaign in north-east Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a region that’s in the grip of the second deadliest Ebola virus outbreak on record.  UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said on Thursday that it aims to inoculate 67,000 children in Ituri province.  They’re just a small fraction…

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Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

After the first reported case in the Ariwara Health Zone on 30 June, no new cases have been observed in that health zone

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, Democratic Republic of the Congo continues this past week with a similar transmission intensity to the previous week. While the number of new cases continues to ease in former hotspots, such as Butembo, Katwa and Mandima health…

Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

Vaccination to contain severe measles outbreak underway in the Democratic Republic of the Congo amidst Ebola and mass displacement

The first sites targeted for measles vaccinations are four displacement camps in Bunia, Ituri

Health workers are urgently rolling out a complex measles vaccination campaign targeting 67,000 children in Ituri, northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a region ravaged by armed conflict that is now also the hub of the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak on record. At least 1,981 deaths due to measles have…

Source: United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) |

UNAIDS to launch 2019 Global AIDS Update in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The report will be launched by the Executive Director a.i. of UNAIDS, Gunilla Carlsson, and the Deputy President of South Africa, David Mabuza

News media are invited to attend the global launch of the 2019 Global AIDS Update, Communities at the Centre, in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, on 16 July 2019. The report contains the latest data on the progress and challenges in the AIDS response and highlights the enormous impact community health…

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Burundi: Japan, IOM Ramp Up Disease Prevention, Disaster Response and Reintegration Efforts

Enhancing Integrated Capacity and Assistance to Crisis Affected Populations on Disease Outbreaks, Natural Disasters and Returns in Burundi

In poor countries like Burundi, seasonal rains often lead to displacement—due to floods and landslides that impact subsistence farmers and small-scale traders, many of whom are vulnerable are vulnerable to losing farmland and their livelihoods in a matter of minutes. When such misfortune is accompanied by an epidemic, outbreak of…