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21 May 2018 description
report Start Network

by Laura-Louise Fairley

An outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has spread into the major north-western city of Mbandaka, only 50km from the border with Republic of the Congo, raising fears of a wider epidemic. The Start Fund has responded immediately, awarding £250,000 to Oxfam to undertake a rapid emergency intervention in this remote area of the DRC where they have a long-established presence and the trust of the local community. Oxfam will be responding as part of a wider government-led response to the outbreak.

21 May 2018 description

This Emergency Appeal seeks a total of 1,630,297 Swiss francs to enable the IFRC to support the Red Cross of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC RC) to respond to the ongoing Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and deliver humanitarian assistance to 716,850 people in an emergency health intervention for 6 months. The emergency operation focuses on epidemic control with emphasis on community-based surveillance and contact tracing, safe and dignified burials (SDB), risk communication and community engagement, disinfection of households and psychosocial support.

21 May 2018 description

Mauritania hosts over 2,000 urban refugees and asylumseekers and more than 56,000 Malian refugees in Mbera, a camp established in 2012 in the arid south-eastern region close to the Malian border.

Despite the conclusion of a peace agreement in 2015, large-scale returns of Malian refugees are not expected due to persistent violence in northern Mali. In April alone, 768 new arrivals were registered in Mbera.

As the situation in northern Mali continues to be unstable, Mauritania struggles to cope with the growing needs of new refugees and the vulnerable host communities.

19 May 2018 description
report Caritas

Caritas is extremely concerned and actively responding to the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo amid fears that it could escalate into an epidemic.

Government officials confirmed the outbreak on 8 May and have since indicated that the disease in the central African country is now in a “new phase” after cases of the deadly virus were identified in the city of Mbandaka in the Bikoro region.

18 May 2018 description

Registration of newborns resumed in Lóvua. On Wednesdays, a team from the civil registry will be registering newborn refugees in the settlement.

A Joint Assessment Mission by authorities and partners is on-going until the end of May. The findings will allow the redesign of emergency food-security and nutritional response beyond July 2018.

The borehole drilling has started in Lóvua settlement after a fourmonth delay.

KEY FIGURES

18 May 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

  • D. R. Congo: The situation remains stable across the country with 271 cases reported at week 17, and 321 cases at week 18, from 13 Provinces. However, several localized outbreaks persist calling for continued community control efforts.

  • Nigeria: At week 17, 527 cases were reported from 6 States especiqlly Bauchi, Ebonyi, and Yobe.

18 May 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• One of three suspected cases in Wangata Health Zone in Mbandaka, the capital of Equator province with a population of more than 1 million inhabitants was confirmed by PCR.

• Since 3 May 2018, 44 suspected cases of viral hemorrhagic fever have been reported, including 23 deaths (probable cases) in three out of the four health zones under investigation in Equateur province (Bikoro, Iboko,
Wangata and Ntondo).

18 May 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

KINSHASA/DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 18 May 2018 – Scaling up in response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UNICEF, with the DRC Government and partners, is mobilizing hundreds of community workers to raise awareness among children and families of how to protect themselves against the disease.

17 May 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Refugees continue to arrive from South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In the reporting period, around 1,100 refugees from DRC arrived every week compared to 683 in March 2018. 5,095 new refugee arrivals from South Sudan came to Uganda in April compared to 6,397 received in March but slightly higher than 4,947 refugees received in February 2018.

• 82% of all new refugees in Uganda are women and children.

17 May 2018 description

424,319 Total number of refugees from Burundi in the four main hosting countries (Tanzania, Rwanda,
DRC, Uganda), as of 30 April 2018.

2,882 Burundian refugees assisted to return from Tanzania in April 2018, totalling 10,788 assisted to return to date in 2018.

710 New Burundian refugee arrivals /registrations recorded in April 2018.

23,890 Burundian refugees assisted to return from Tanzania since September 2017.

17 May 2018 description
  • 185,624: Number of refugees registered in Kakuma camp and Kalobeyei settlement as at 30 April 2018.
  • 4,157: Number of new arrivals with heightened protection needs registered in 2018.
  • 3,160: Number of Somali refugees assisted to return to Somalia since February 2016

Update on Achievements

Highlights

17 May 2018 description

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is stepping up its response to tackle the latest outbreak of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and limit the spread of the disease.

15 May 2018 description

1. Situation update

Grade 2
Cases 41
Deaths 20
CFR 48.8%

On 8 May 2018, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Bikoro Health Zone, Equateur Province. This is the ninth outbreak of Ebola virus disease over the last four decades in the country, with the most recent one occurring in May 2017.

Context

15 May 2018 description

Faits saillants

 La dégradation des routes dans le sud du Sud-Kivu retarde les actions humanitaires

 La persistance des tensions entraîne des mouvements de population dans les hauts-plateaux de Bijombo

Aperçu de la situation

15 May 2018 description

A new refugee influx from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) began in mid-December 2017, following the eruption of interethnic violence in Ituri – adding to the ongoing influx from North Kivu.

All new arrivals from the DRC are granted refugee status by the Government of Uganda on a prima facie basis. Partners provide reception assistance and relocation to settlements.

The Uganda Operation is currently reviewing the DRC chapter of the Uganda integrated RRP, based on the new planning figures of 150,000 new refugee arrivals by 31 December 2018.

15 May 2018 description

88, 970 SOUTH SUDANESE REFUGEES IN DRC (DEC 2017)

US$72.0 M REQUIRED IN DRC IN 2017

9% FUNDING RECEIVED (DEC 2017)

4 RRRP PARTNERS IN DRC

SITUATION OVERVIEW

15 May 2018 description

Le Ministre de la Santé, le Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga, est arrivé à Mbandaka avec sa délégation ce samedi 12 mai 2018. Le Ministre était accompagné du Directeur Général de la Direction Générale de Lutte contre la Maladie (DGLM), le Dr Ndjoloko Tambwe Bathe, du Représentant de l’OMS en RDC, le Dr Allarangar Yokouidé, et du Représentant de l’UNICEF, le Dr Gianfranco Rotigliano.

14 May 2018 description

Equateur province in DRC has been affected by an outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD). The outbreak is believed to have begun in early April and was officially declared on 8 May. Since 3 May, 39 suspected cases have been reported, two of which have been laboratory confirmed. The full scale of the outbreak is still being determined as poor infrastructure and the remote location constrain response to the outbreak.

Anticipated scope and scale