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13 Jan 2019 description

by Nita Bhalla | @nitabhalla | Thomson Reuters Foundation Friday, 11 January 2019 14:55 GMT

Accommodation in Nairobi, where LGBT+ refugees were forced to flee after attacks at a camp, was criticised as unsanitary and crowded

By Nita Bhalla

NAIROBI, Jan 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - LGBT+ refugees in Kenya on Friday accused the United Nations of failing to provide adequate shelter and protection after they were forced to flee attacks at a refugee camp and relocated to an abandoned school on the outskirts of the capital, Nairobi.

12 Jan 2019 description
report The Guardian

The daughter of a pregnant woman who was cured of Ebola has survived and tested negative for the virus, in a case that has been described as a medical miracle.

Sylvana, born on 6 January and weighing 3.7kg, is the second baby in the world known to have survived after being born to a woman who had Ebola. It is the first case in which both mother and baby have survived.

Read more on The Guardian

31 Dec 2018 description
report Voice of America

Ballot counting is underway in Sunday's long-delayed presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo that could mark the country's first peaceful transition of power after nearly six decades of independence.

20 Dec 2018 description
report Voice of America

Initiative in Africa tests a market approach to foster displaced people's self-reliance.

Mohammed Yusuf Carol Guensburg

Kakuma, Kenya

Jerome Mbusuka fled violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and found safety in a sprawling refugee camp here in Kenya's northwest corner. He also found work as a barber.

A solar panel provides electricity for the clippers he uses to trim customers' hair. "Without solar, it could have been difficult to do business here in Kakuma," the 23-year-old says.

20 Dec 2018 description
report Monitor-Uganda

By NOBERT ATUKUNDA

Kampala. At least 2,000 frontline health workers in the seven high risk districts, including Kasese, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko have been vaccinated against the deadly Ebola disease as a preventive measure against the disease that has ravaged neighbouring DR Congo (DRC).

Speaking at a press conference in Kampala yesterday, Dr Ruth Jane Aceng, the Health minister, said the health workers are at high risk of acquiring the disease as they are more exposed considering the kind of work they do.

19 Dec 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Connor Bamford, Virologist, University of Glasgow

Disclosure statement
Connor Bamford does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

13 Dec 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

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.

05 Dec 2018 description
report Voice of America

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.

16 Nov 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • 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

07 Nov 2018 description
report The Guardian

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.

31 Oct 2018 description
report Voice of America

October 30, 2018 3:35 PM
William Eagle

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.

28 Oct 2018 description

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.

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18 Oct 2018 description
report New Vision

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.

15 Oct 2018 description
report EastAfrican

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.

27 Sep 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

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.

25 Sep 2018 description

Debarati Guha-Sapir, professor, Francesco Checchi, professor

Science must prevail

24 Sep 2018 description

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).

23 Sep 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- 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

14 Sep 2018 description
report Voice of America

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.

Experimental treatments