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17 Jul 2018 description
report Voice of America

GENEVA — The World Health Organization says it expects the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo to be over on July 24. That will mark 42 days, two incubation periods of 21 days each, since the last patient infected with the Ebola virus was released from care.

The countdown toward the end of the Ebola outbreak in the DRC started on June 12. If no other cases of this fatal disease are identified by July 24, the DRC’s Ministry of Health will announce the end of the disease the following day in an elaborate ceremony in the capital, Kinshasa.

09 Jul 2018 description
report The Guardian

Sam Mednick in Goma
Mon 9 Jul 2018 05.58 EDT

Beset by political and economic turmoil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo faces a fresh threat in the form of brutal abductors who hold children to ransom

It’s been a year since Chantal buried her eight-year-old son. “I lost my mind that day,” says the 46-year-old, wiping tears from her cheeks.

Read more on The Guardian

04 Jul 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation Andrew Edward Tchie, Conflict and Policy Advisor on Syria, Senior Visiting Research Fellow, King's College London Centre for Conflict and Health, Visiting Researcher at PRIO, and PhD Candidate at University of Essex., University of Essex

20 Jun 2018 description
report Voice of America

CONAKRY, GUINEA — Just after a morning rain, Gourma Mamadou was shopping in this capital city's crowded, open-air Kaloum market. The young man said he was well aware of the current Ebola outbreak simmering some 4,000 kilometers to the southeast in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the World Health Organization reports it has killed 28 people since April.

The outbreak may be relatively far away, but fear of Ebola is not.

17 Jun 2018 description
report Voice of America

MBANDAKA, CONGO —

For 25 years, Patrick Matondo has earned a living buying and selling monkeys, bats and other animals popularly known as bush meat along the Congo River. Standing on the riverbank in Mbandaka, a city affected by the deadly new outbreak of the Ebola virus, the father of five said that for the first time he's worried he won't be able to support his family.

"Since Ebola was declared, business has decreased by almost half. It's really, really bad," the 47-year-old said, hanging his head.

17 Jun 2018 description
report The Conversation

The ConversationCaroline Lenette Senior Lecturer, UNSW

Storytelling is innate to humans. For millennia, ever since cave paintings were used to record practices, storytelling in all its different forms and genres has contributed to rich cultural traditions from one generation to the next.

15 Jun 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Jean-Philippe Marcoux

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Jun 15 2018 (IPS) - After more than 20 years of brutal conflict, few might believe that things could get worse in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). And yet they most dishearteningly are.

In the last year, we have witnessed a continuous escalation of violence that has spread to half of the country, endangering millions. Some 2 million children suffer from acute hunger, and the DRC is home to the largest number of displaced people in Africa.

15 Jun 2018 description
report Voice of America

AFRICA
June 15, 2018 9:00 AM
Lisa Bryan

PARIS — Michel Chikwanine is a long way from where he grew up in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, but not from the memories of war. They haunt him every night — ever since he was captured by rebels in the city of Beni at the age of five.

Chikwanine's father had an imposed an early-evening curfew, but Chikwanine disobeyed it to play soccer with his friends.

Watch video Former Congo Child Soldier Warns Against Normalizing Conflict

14 Jun 2018 description
report The Conversation

The ConversationYap Boum, Professor in the faculty of Medicine, Mbarara University of Science and Technology

No one said tracking the movements of a patient, suspected to be a carrier of the deadly Ebola virus, through the dense forests of the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was going to be easy.

06 Jun 2018 description
report EastAfrican

By Arnaldo Vieira

Angolan authorities have shut the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Malanje Province to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, media confirmed.

Malanje Province is located 383km northeast of Luanda and is a major point of interaction between Angolans and the Congolese.

According to VOA Radio, the border points on the Angolan side would have 12 police officers, 12 immigration personnel, four nurses and four firefighters and civil protection services officials to ensure the Ebola virus was not allowed in.

03 Jun 2018 description
report Monitor-Uganda

In Summary
- Traffic police director, AIGP Dr Steven Kasiima, said they were yet to register traffic mishaps except a few motorcyclists and drivers who were arrested for deviating from the day's traffic flow rules.

By JOSPEH KATO

WAKISO. A total of 19 pilgrims suspected to be cholera patients are under surveillance at Naguru hospital according to Dr John Baptist Waniaye, commissioner for emergency medical services at ministry of health.

01 Jun 2018 description
report New Vision

The screening is taking place at both the border districts and in Namugongo before entrance into the shrines.

NAMUGONGO - All pilgrims arriving from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are undergoing screening for Ebola, according to a statement from the ministry of health.

The screening is taking place at both the border districts and in Namugongo before entrance into the shrines.

This comes after the Health Ministry in the DRC the declared the ninth outbreak of Ebola virus in the country, in early May.

29 May 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

Por Thalif Deen

ESTOCOLMO, 29 may 2018 (IPS) - La crisis alimentaria se agrava en un contexto de crecientes conflictos militares, y la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) redobla esfuerzos para erradicar el hambre extrema para 2030, con la colaboración de la sociedad civil.

Incluso se llamó al Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU en abril a esforzarse más para “romper el vínculo entre hambre y conflictos”.

28 May 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Thalif Deen

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, May 28 2018 (IPS) - The United Nations is continuing to fight a relentless battle to eradicate extreme hunger – particularly in the world’s poorest nations—by 2030.

But it is battling against severe odds: an estimated 800 million people still live in hunger— amidst a warning that the world needs to produce at least 50 percent more food to feed the growing 9.0 billion people by 2050—20 years beyond the UN’s goal.

25 May 2018 description
report Voice of America

WASHINGTON — Two Ebola patients who fled a hospital quarantine area in the Democratic Republic of the Congo later attended a prayer meeting, potentially exposing at least 50 participants to the dangerous virus.

24 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- The ministry sets up special health facility zones in communities near Lake Tanganyika.
- A team of experts has been dispatched to the six regions bordering DR Congo to help in surveillance and control.
- The deadly virus outbreak has so far killed 27 people in DRC.

By BEATRICE MATERU

Tanzania has intensified its surveillance at all points of entry following the Ebola outbreak that has so far killed 27 people in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

23 May 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage

UNITED NATIONS, May 23 2018 (IPS) - With the landmark Paris Agreement now almost two years old, funding for climate-related activities continues to be a challenge. However, efforts have been underway to bring two seemingly very different sectors together to address climate change.

While developed countries have committed to channeling 100 billion dollars to developing countries by 2020, trillions may be needed in order to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

20 May 2018 description
report EastAfrican

By MICHAEL CHAWE

Seven Congolese refugees in Zambia died following a boat accident as they sought to escape from a transit centre north of the country, police said.

Zambia police issued a statement saying: "Seven Democratic Republic of Congo nationals have drowned on Lake Mweru in Chiengi District of Luapula Province after their boat capsized due to heavy winds."

20 May 2018 description
report Voice of America

Congo's health ministry announced one new death from Ebola Sunday, bringing to 26 the number of deaths from the deadly outbreak in Equateur province in the country's northwest.

Four new cases of the Ebola virus have been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to country's health ministry most recent statement.

A total of 46 cases of the hemorrhagic fever have been reported in the current outbreak: 21 confirmed cases of Ebola, 21 probable and four suspected.

18 May 2018 description
report The Guardian

Congo has nipped Ebola in the bud before, but an experimental vaccine and testing conditions now promise a different challenge

More than 4,000 doses of an experimental vaccine against Ebola have arrived in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a bid to check the spread of an outbreak that is alarming experts after it travelled from a remote rural area into a million-strong city.