The biggest emergency yellow fever vaccination campaign ever held in Africa is underway in Democratic Republic of the Congo. With high risk of transmission of the mosquito-borne disease in the densely populated capital city of Kinshasa, the vaccination campaign aims to protect as many people at risk as possible and stop the outbreak before the rainy season begins in late September.
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Interview with Florent Uzzeni, deputy head of MSF’s emergency unit in Geneva, Switzerland
26 August 2016
On 20 August, after four months of addressing a massive malaria outbreak, MSF concluded its medical activities in the Pawa and Boma-Mangbetu health zones in the Haut-Uélé province in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Florent Uzzeni, deputy head of MSF’s emergency unit in Geneva, explains this decision.
With MSF withdrawing from Haut-Uélé, does this mean that the malaria outbreak is over?
News in Brief
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, preparatory talks for a national dialogue were started by facilitator Edem Kodjo on August 23 in order to relieve the political tensions in the country.
However, few key members of the opposition attended and the “Rassemblement” umbrella called for a nationwide “ville-morte”.
The call was answered in some parts of Kinshasa, but ignored in other big Congolese cities. During the demonstrations in Kinshasa, two people were injured and 32 people were arrested.
Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Wednesday 8/24/2016 - 19:57 GMT
The United Nations condemned Wednesday the arrests of 32 people in DR Congo after a nationwide opposition-led strike call gripped parts of the country, calling some of them "arbitrary".
The arrests happened Tuesday in the capital Kinshasa and in Mbuji-Mayi in the centre of the country, said Jose Maria Aranaz, who heads the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO).
Butembo, DR Congo | AFP | Wednesday 8/24/2016 - 18:49 GMT
by Albert KAMBALE
An angry lynch mob burnt to death two people Wednesday who were suspected of links to rebels accused of murdering villagers in northeast Congo.
"I condemn the death of these two people who were lynched then burned by the crowd," Sikuli Uvasaka Makala, mayor of Butembo where the lynching took place, told AFP.
"You are killing innocent people," he told the crowd.
23 August 2016 – Noting today’s meeting of the national dialogue preparatory committee in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated a call for an inclusive political dialogue to overcome an impasse in the electoral process.
Beni, DR Congo | AFP | Tuesday 8/23/2016 - 14:23 GMT
Two people were killed in a machete attack in an eastern region of Democratic Republic of Congo late Monday where rebels have been blamed for a series of civilian massacres, the army said.
The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a partly Islamist armed group of Ugandan origin, is accused of carrying out the brutal slayings, the latest of which took place overnight August 13-14 and left 51 people dead.
KINSHASA, 14 August 2016 -- Capacity-building and community engagement by district chief medical officers and community organizers in Kinshasa’s 32 health districts gathered pace on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 August in the city and province of Kinshasa, ahead of the planned launch of the mass yellow fever preventive immunization campaign in Kinshasa on Tuesday 16 August at Assossa field in the community of Kasa-Vubu.
Beni, DR Congo | AFP | Saturday 8/20/2016 - 18:24 GMT
by Albert KAMBALE
Six suspected members of a Ugandan rebel group went before a Congolese military court on Saturday accused of taking part in the killing last weekend of 51 people, the latest in a string of massacres in the restive east of the country.
The illicit proliferation, excessive accumulation and misuse of weapons and ammunition pose a persistent problem for peace and security at the international, national and regional level causing the violent death of half a million people every year, with 70,000 people dying during armed conflict.
In order to reduce the negative impact on peace and security and to promote sustainable development, governments must address inadequate or obsolete regulation of weapons and ammunition as well as a poor control of licit or illicit stockpiles.
Beni, DR Congo | AFP | Thursday 8/18/2016 - 14:03 GMT
by Albert Kambale
Authorities slapped a dawn-to-dusk curfew on two northeast Congo towns Thursday, following deadly clashes over the government's failure to prevent repeated civilian massacres.
Interior Minister Evariste Boshab announced the 7:00 pm to 6:00 am curfew on Butembo as well as Beni were he flew into following the massacre of 51 civilians in the town last weekend.
The slaying in which victims were the latest in a string of massacres that has left more than 700 dead since 2014.
Aid workers carry out life-saving often in dangerous and difficult circumstances. Over the past 16 years, 427 aid workers were killed, wounded or kidnapped in West and Central Africa. The number of victims follows a worrying upward trend with spikes in attacks recorded in recent years. Countries with the highest number of victims are the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Nigeria, Chad and Mali. The majority of victims were national staff, who account for the bulk of humanitarian workers and are often the most exposed to risks
News in Brief
Over the past two weeks, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, visited his counterparts in Uganda and Rwanda. Security appeared to be high on the agenda and both neighbouring countries committed to greater security and intelligence cooperation with the DRC. During a bilateral meeting between Ugandan and Rwandan police forces, the need for closer cross-border cooperation was also emphasized.
République Centrafricaine : Du 27 juillet au 05 août 2016, environ 36 cas de diarrhées aiguës aqueuses avec déshydratation sévère dont 8 décès ont été enregistrés dans le village Mourou-fleuve, sous-préfecture de Ndjoukou. Du 05 au 10 août 2016, 9 autres cas de diarrhées aiguës aqueuses avec déshydratation sévère dont 5 décès ont été enregistrés dans les villages Zawara, Danga et Massamba dans la sous-préfecture de Damara et un cas au quartier Bruxelles du deuxième arrondissement de Bangui.
The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Ramlan Bin Ibrahim (Malaysia):
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the killing of at least 50 civilians on 13 August in the area of Rwangoma village, North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, by suspected members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Wednesday 8/17/2016 - 16:11 GMT
Three workers with the Catholic aid organisation Caritas were released Wednesday, a day after their abduction in a troubled region of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the charity said.
"The three Caritas-Congo workers kidnapped near Mweso have been released," said Caritas-Congo spokesman Guy-Marin Kamandji, without giving details on the circumstances of the release.
Beni, DR Congo | AFP | Wednesday 8/17/2016 - 19:46 GMT
by Albert KAMBALE
Three people, including a policeman, were killed Wednesday in clashes in a town in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after a massacre sparked angry accusations of security failures by the government, local officials said.
Several hundred people rallied on the main street of Beni at the end of a three-day mourning period called by civil groups over the murder of dozens of people on Saturday night.
London/Kinshasa, 17 August 2016 – Some 7.5 million people are to be vaccinated against yellow fever over the coming ten days in Kinshasa, capital of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in a large-scale campaign by Congolese authorities and supported by international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). The outbreak in DRC has seen 74 confirmed cases of yellow fever and 16 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The upcoming campaign will bring the number of people vaccinated against the disease in the country to 10.5 million.
_Lubumbashi _– After ten years of working in the centre of ‘the Triangle’, the area between Mitwaba, Manono, and Pweto, Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) is handing over its activities to the Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the Triangle, MSF supported the referral health centre of Shamwana and seven surrounding health centres.