Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

Ebola outbreak in western Democratic Republic of Congo has infected 100 people as of August 21, claiming lives of 43 of them, the World Health Organization said. The latest outbreak of the virus was declared on June 1 in Mbandaka, a city of one million people on the River Congo, just before DR Congo declared…

Burundi President-elect starts mandate

Burundi’s constitutional court has agreed that President-elect Evariste Ndayishimiye should be sworn in immediately following the sudden death of Pierre Nkurunziza, the government said in a statement posted to Twitter on June 12. The Constitution provides for the speaker of parliament to take over in such a situation. The court ruled, however, that “the interim…

AU confirms Ebola outbreak

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has a new Ebola outbreak in the northeast province of the country. Five people, including a 15-year-old girl, have died of Ebola in a fresh outbreak of the virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, UNICEF says. Nine cases total have been reported, according to the organization. https://t.co/ieHdTS5xol —…

DRC escape of Ebola patient

The Democratic Republic of Congo was two days away from announcing the end of the world’s second-largest Ebola epidemic when a new chain of infection was discovered on April 10, following more than seven weeks without a new case. Since then, health authorities have sought to contain any renewed spread of infections. But on April…

Ebola patient passed away in Uganda

The nine-year-old girl  from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), , who was tested positive this week for the Ebola virus in Uganda, died on August 30 morning. (Image: illustration). “She died around 8 AM this morning,” Yusuf Baseka, director of health services for Kasese District, southwestern Uganda told AFP. The child was in isolation…

Ebola hits South Kivu

A woman and her child were confirmed with Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s South Kivu region this week, which outlines new challenges in defeating the outbreak. Health officials expressed their concerns that the latest cases were registered more than 700 km south from the initial epicenter of the outbreak . A mother and…

FGM victims need psychological aid

African survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM) say they are in need of mental health aid, and urged governments and charities to provide support for dealing with long-term trauma. #FactFriday: youth 💪 in Gambia re breakin barriers & reachin rural coms to raise awareness, advocate & mobilize d much needed action 2 eliminate harmful practices…

WHO declines Ebola global alert

In a controversial decision, the World Health Organization (WHO) has again declined to declare Africa’s latest Ebola outbreak global alert, although the desease has killed more than 1400 people and just crossed into a new country. LIVE from WHO HQ: Press Conference on the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on #Ebola https://t.co/EwUC4OfJ1R — World Health…

Ebola fighters under attack

World Health Organization (WHO) said it feared continued “intense transmission” of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where deaths from a nine-month-old epidemic is 994 and expected to exceed 1,000 within hours. The WHO plans to introduce an unlicensed new Ebola vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson, in addition to a Merck vaccine…

Violence contributes to Ebola outbreak in Congo

Militia violence in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has prevented aid workers from reaching some suspected cases in an outbreak of Ebola that has so far took lives of 44 people, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. At least 1,500 people are in high risk group exposed to the deadly virus in North Kivu province…