Democratic Republic of the CongoOngoing
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Headlines (most recent)
- Action Against Hunger: Hundreds of thousands who fled violence in DR Congo in desperate need, 11 aid agencies warn. 17 Oct 2019
- MSF: Ebola outbreak threatens fragile local health system in eastern DR Congo. 15 Oct 2019
- UNICEF: UNICEF boosts medical aid in DR Congo as measles deaths top 4,000. 9 Oct 2019
- UNHCR: UNHCR aids thousands of Congolese refugees returning home from Angola. 8 Oct 2019
- Save the Children: The Democratic Republic of Congo celebrates its 1000th Ebola survivor. 4 Oct 2019
Most read reports
- Action Against Hunger: Hundreds of thousands who have fled violence in DR Congo, in desperate need as lean season approaches, 11 aid agencies warn. 17 Oct 2019
- MSF: Ebola outbreak threatens fragile local health system in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. 15 Oct 2019
- IITA: Obasanjo urges DR Congo to invest in agriculture to help Africa cut $50 billion food import bill. 9 Oct 2019
- NRC: Dialogue key to tackling armed conflict in DRC. 21 Oct 2019
- WHO: Déclaration sur la réunion du Comité d’urgence du Règlement sanitaire international (RSI) concernant la maladie à virus Ebola en République démocratique du Congo du 18 octobre 2019. 21 Oct 2019
This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 72 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:
This week, 2,214 people arrived on the Aegean islands, an increase from last week’s 1,649 arrivals and from last year’s 1,191 arrivals during the same period.
The average daily arrivals this week equalled 316, compared to 236 in the previous week.
Population on the Islands
Some 33,700 refugees and migrants reside on the Aegean islands. The majority of the population on the Aegean islands are from Afghanistan (37%), Syria (18%) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (8%).
by Daniel Forti and Priyal Singh
The United Nations and the African Union (AU) have worked in tandem since the AU’s establishment in 2002. During this time, their partnership has evolved to focus increasingly on conflict prevention and crisis management, culminating in the 2017 Joint UN-AU Framework for Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security. But while the organizations’ collaboration on peacekeeping has been extensively studied, other dimensions of the partnership warrant a closer look to understand how to foster political coherence and operational coordination.
After decades of conflict and short-lived peace agreements in the eastern region of Ituri (DR Congo), an innovative stabilisation strategy provides new hope for lasting peace. NORDEM expert, Ingebjørg Finnbakk, plays a key role in its implementation.
The DTM Monthly Regional Update contains consolidated summary updates and highlights from DTM field operations in July 2019. This document covers updates from the regional network of flow monitoring of migrants, as well as the tracking and monitoring of internal displacement in the different countries. It is published on a monthly basis and covers East and Horn of Africa.
● DTM continues to operate 24 FMPs at the borders with DRC, Uganda and CAR, of which six run in cooperation with DTM
Uganda on the Ugandan side of the border.
WASH ● Conducted a 2 day EVD Orientation Training for 29 Community Leaders and Key informants from the areas of Attende, Gimunu, Marakonye and Koya in Yei town ● Conducted community engagement meetings among communities in Kerwa, Pure, Khorijho, Kaya and Salia Musala ● Completed Round 3 IPC/WASH Assessment for Kaya PHCC and Kerwa
The Scaling Fences: Voices of Irregular African Migrants to Europe report presents the results of an extensive study exploring the perspectives and experiences of 1970 individuals who migrated through irregular routes from Africa to Europe, originating from 39 African countries.
Its aim is to contribute to a better understanding of the relationship between migration and development. The Scaling Fences report is the second major review of contemporary development issues affecting Africa to be published by UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa.
Filippo Grandi commends the African nation for its generosity towards refugees and calls for additional humanitarian and development support during a two-day visit.
By Catherine Wachiaya in Lusaka, Zambia
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi called for additional humanitarian and development support for Zambia, where he witnessed first hand the country’s progressive policies on refugee integration during a two-day visit.
Rainy season flooding affects an estimated 365,000 people
EVD National Task Force conducts simulation to assess EVD preparedness
Food security projected to improve through December, worsen in early 2020
The meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) to review the current Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo took place on Friday, 18 October 2019, from 12:00 to 16:00 Geneva time (CEST).
Proceedings of the meeting
Ending the tenth Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo means searching, sometimes at extraordinary lengths, for people who possibly may have been infected by someone they know but are afraid to be treated. Some people have taken to hiding in the forests; some keep moving to evade health workers and World Health Organization (WHO) community engagement officers, like Jonathan Katembo above, trained to search for people who came into contact unknowingly with a person infected with the virus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announcement recommending a conditional marketing authorization for the rVSV-ZEBOV-GP vaccine, which has been shown to be effective in protecting people from the Ebola virus.
Today’s announcement by EMA, the European agency responsible for the scientific evaluation of medicines developed by pharmaceutical companies, is a key step before the European Commission decision on licensing. In parallel, WHO will move towards prequalification of the vaccine.
- Preparations for World Polio Day taking place next week on 24 October are in full swing. On that day, the Global Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication (GCC) is expected to declare poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) as globally eradicated. The event will be broadcast on the internet.
Reporting Period July 2019
Active Flow Monitoring Networks
Burundi 11 FMPs
Djibouti 7 FMPs
Ethiopia 5 FMPs
Somalia 7 FMPs
South Sudan 34 FMPs
Uganda 21 FMPs
UNHCR and partners began to assist the voluntary repatriation of Burundian refugees in September 2017 as a durable solution for those refugees who indicate a desire to return home. The vast majority of returns have been from Tanzania, with smaller numbers assisted to return from Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Almost all returns from Rwanda and Uganda have so far been self-organized.