Democratic Republic of the CongoOngoing
Appeals & Response Plans
- DR Congo: Ebola Outbreak - Aug 2018
- DR Congo: Ebola Outbreak - May 2018
- DR Congo: Polio Outbreak - Feb 2018
- DR Congo: Floods - Jan 2018
- DR Congo: Landslide - Aug 2017
- DR Congo: Ebola Outbreak - May 2017
- West Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- DR Congo: Floods - Nov 2016
- Angola/DR Congo: Yellow Fever Outbreak - Jan 2016
- DR Congo: Floods - Nov 2015
Most read reports
- UNHCR warns of massive shelter needs of DR Congo’s displaced
- DRC: UN Human Rights Chief calls for measures to prevent further violence ahead of crucial election
- RD Congo - Ituri et Nord-Kivu : Détails des flux financiers de la riposte à la Maladie à Virus Ebola (Semaine 48 : du 26 nov. au 02 déc. 2018)
- CERF allocates $10 million to support regional Ebola response in central Africa
- UNICEF DR Congo Ebola Situation Report North Kivu and Ituri - 30 November 2018
Author: Mosoka Fallah - Deputy Director General at National Public Health Institute of Liberia and Visiting Scientist, Harvard Medical School
Disclosure statement: Mosoka Fallah-consults for MERCK/MSD as an Expert from Africa on the process of the Ebola vacine licensing.
By Anita Powell
BENI, DRC — The Democratic Republic of Congo is in the throes of its worst-ever Ebola outbreak, with more than 420 cases in the country’s volatile east, and a mortality rate of just under 60 percent. But this outbreak — the nation’s tenth known Ebola epidemic — is unusual because more than 60 percent of patients are women.
Among them is Baby Benedicte. Her short life has already been unimaginably difficult.
- Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya are home to more than two million refugees from Somalia, South Sudan, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Burundi and Eritrea.
- The bulk of this population — about 1.47 million people — is in Uganda, despite its economy and land size being smaller than those of Kenya and Tanzania.
- The refugees are fleeing civil war and famine, only to find themselves unsettled, plagued by funding shortfalls from international donors, xenophobia and corrupt officials
By Pauline Kairu
Dr Eric Mukama
As a doctor in DRC, I know the harsh reality of attempting to fight an epidemic on the frontline of a conflict zone
I have been responding to different disease outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for 18 years, yet I have never seen anything as challenging as containing Ebola in an armed-conflict zone.
October 30, 2018 3:35 PM
In Nigeria, Boko Haram militants recently abducted and killed two aid workers. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, civilians threw stones at Ebola health workers, a day after rebels shot and killed two medics with the Congolese army.
London-based research group Humanitarian Outcomes says 139 humanitarian aid workers were killed worldwide in 2017, with another 102 wounded and 72 kidnapped. Data show the bulk of attacks against relief workers took place in South Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan and the Central African Republic.
An emergency WHO committee said that the outbreak was likely to worsen significantly unless the response was stepped up
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Children in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are dying from Ebola at an unprecedented rate due largely to poor sanitary practices at clinics run by traditional healers, the health ministry said on Sunday.
Read more on Thomson Reuters Foundation
By Taddeo Bwambale
Health officials have stepped up surveillance against the deadly disease which has claimed over 100 people in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
A health surveillance team has been deployed at Uganda’s border points with Congo since the outbreak started about two months ago. Uganda has had no Ebola outbreak since 2012.
Dr Henry Mwebesa, the director general of health services said the health taskforce had so far screened 220 suspected cases of Ebola but none has tested positive for Ebola.
By JONATHAN KAMOGA
A wave of insecurity and political unrest hit the Great Lakes region early in 2016: South Sudan had plunged into yet another war, Burundi was cracking down on dissidents following a botched coup, while the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic were also in turmoil.
The wars in these countries forced an influx of refugees into Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. Uganda hosts more than one million refugees from South Sudan and another 300,000 from DR Congo.
The region’s leaders are now looking to end the conflict.
By Tharanga Yakupitiyage
UNITED NATIONS, Sep 27 2018 (IPS) - Reversing years of progress, global hunger is on the rise once again and one of the culprits is clear: conflict.
A high-level side event during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly brought together, U.N. officials, governments, and civil society to assess and recommend solutions to the pressing issue of conflict-based food insecurity.
Debarati Guha-Sapir, professor, Francesco Checchi, professor
Science must prevail
NEW YORK, 24th September, 2018 (WAM) -- The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has signed a cooperation agreement with the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, to support the humanitarian response plan in Yemen, Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of Congo, in addition to support ICRC’s budget, totaling AED40.4 million (US$11 million).
- UNHCR has toned down calls pushing for more refugees to be repatriated.
- Since last year the agency assisted more than 44,000 refugees to voluntarily repatriate to Burundi, with the vast majority coming from Tanzania.
- However, about 1,000 refugees continue to arrive in neighbouring countries each month, citing insecurity, harassment, and fear.
By MOSES HAVYARIMANA
WASHINGTON — The Democratic Republic of Congo has yet another Ebola outbreak, its 10th since the virus was first identified in 1976. This latest outbreak started in early August in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the fatality rate is 70 percent.
But this outbreak is far different from the one that devastated West Africa a few years ago.
By Wilson Asiimwe
Leaders in Kabarole have agreed to construct an Ebola isolation unit in Bukwali near Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital.
Addressing the press last week, Stephen Asiimwe, the Resident District Commissioner for Kabarole and chairman Ebola task force, said the isolation centre will serve all the districts in the Rwenzori region.
Author Alexander N Hasenstab PhD researcher, University of Portsmouth
A recently published fact sheet offers an alarming overview of recent trends of violence against aid workers.
KINSHASA — Young Congolese were at the forefront of calls for President Joseph Kabila to not seek re-election. Now that Kabila has agreed to step aside, young voters are gearing up for the December 23 poll and demanding a free and fair election.
In the DRC, more than half of the country’s 80 million people are below age 25, and many say they feel they have been ignored by successive governments.
As a result, many are skeptical of local politicians.
- Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (Midimar) said it has dispensed some 2,760 cards to mainly Burundian and some Congolese refugees.
- The ID issuance began on Thursday after the conclusion of a joint refugee verification exercise to capture biometric data by the government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
By Ivan R. Mugisha
Rwanda has issued more than 2,500 identity cards to refugees in the country to enable them move freely and access social services and jobs.
August 18, 2018 4:16 PM
WASHINGTON — With the Democratic Republic of Congo facing its second major Ebola outbreak this year, emergency responders have worked to contain the spread of the disease. Scientists, meanwhile, are testing the effectiveness of experimental vaccines in the field.
Alongside these efforts, researchers in the DRC are collecting data that will improve how we respond to, and prevent, future outbreaks of Ebola and other infectious diseases.
- On August 1, Beni declared an outbreak of Ebola epicentred in Mangina.
- The Congolese health ministry said Wednesday the death toll in the east had reached 42 out of 66 probable and confirmed cases.
- Ebola causes serious illness including vomiting, diarrhoea and in some cases internal and external bleeding.
BENI, DR Congo
First came the war, which developed into a brutal, bloody tussle between militias who abused civilians or killed them.
by Adelheid Onyango and Bibi Giyose
Adelheid Onyango is Adviser for Nutrition at the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa and Bibi Giyose is Senior Nutrition and Food Systems officer, and Special Advisor to the CEO of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).