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08 Jun 2018 description

1 New event

54 Ongoing events

46 Outbreaks

9 Humanitarian crises

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 55 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

07 Jun 2018 description
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Highlights

• On 6 June 2018, a high-level visit including the Minister of Health, WHO Deputy Director-General, WHO Representative and UNICEF Representative took place to assess the response in the affected health zones.
• As of 6 June 2018, 1,579 people have been vaccinated in the three affected health zones of Wangata, Bikoro and Iboko of Equateur province.
• A guideline on food support linked to psychosocial care to households affected by EVD was finalized jointly with partners.

07 Jun 2018 description
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Relatives ride in on motorbikes, bust three patients out of an Ebola treatment centre, and take them to a church to be prayed over by 50 people. Later, one dies at home, another in hospital, while the third lives but could have infected an untold number of people.

07 Jun 2018 description
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Dr Hilaire Manzibe, head physician at the Mbandaka Hospital, is among the first to have been vaccinated in the Ebola crisis in the Province of Equateur in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “Through vaccination we can protect ourselves and the others against the disease”, he explains. “Vaccinating is protecting. Vaccinating is loving.”

07 Jun 2018 description

MBANDAKA - Distributions of World Food Programme rations have begun in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s Ebola-hit Equateur Province as part of an effort to support those directly affected by the latest outbreak of the deadly virus and limit risky population movements.

07 Jun 2018 description

IMPROVING NIGERIA’S PREPAREDNESS FOR AN EBOLA OUTBREAK

Since the declaration of the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria has continued to improve the level of preparedness in the country. The Emergency Operations Centre at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) remains on alert mode, closely monitoring the situation in the DRC.

This week, preparedness activities in Nigeria were focused largely on strengthening screening measures at the major ports of entry, as well as capacity building of responders.

07 Jun 2018 description
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Le Dr Hilaire Manzibe, Médecin Directeur de l’Hôpital de Mbandaka, est parmi les premiers à avoir été vaccinés contre Ebola dans la Province de l’Équateur en République démocratique du Congo (RDC). « Grâce à la vaccination, nous pouvons nous protéger et protéger les autres contre la maladie », explique-t-il. « Vacciner, c’est protéger et vacciner, c’est aimer ».

06 Jun 2018 description

Since the last Disease Outbreak News on 30 May 2018, two additional cases have been laboratory confirmed for Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; both cases were reported from Iboko Health Zone. Recently available information has enabled the classification of some cases to be updated1 .

06 Jun 2018 description

IOM’S RESPONSE FOCUS

  • Population Mobility Mapping (PMM) at border-crossings and in the affected province

  • Points of Entry (POE) surveillance (health screening)

  • Infection Prevention and Control measures (hygiene promotion) at POE

  • Risk communication at POE

  • Cross-border coordination between DRC, Central African Republic (CAR) and Republic of the Congo (ROC)

06 Jun 2018 description

FAITS SAILLANTS

  • La RDC expérimente sa neuvième épidémie d’Ebola. La riposte a demeuré efficace suite à la mobilisation de la communauté humanitaire et l’expertise nationale en la matière.

  • L’insécurité dans le Maniema et le Sud-Kivu : les écoles se vident à la fois des élèves et des équipements. Les élèves sont encore en déplacement alors que leurs bancs restés vides ont servi de bois de chauffage aux assaillants.

06 Jun 2018 description
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Since the start of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UNICEF and its partners have reached more than 300,000 people with lifesaving information about how to avoid contracting the deadly virus, as part of an ongoing awareness-raising campaign targeting more than 800,000 people across the affected areas.

Campaign activities include community workers making in-person home visits, outreach to particularly vulnerable people such as taxi drivers, and the mobilization of community leaders, churches and mass media.

06 Jun 2018 description
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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.

06 Jun 2018 description
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Depuis le début de l’épidémie d’Ebola en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), l’UNICEF et ses partenaires ont atteint plus de 300.000 personnes avec des informations vitales de protection contre la maladie à virus Ebola, dans le cadre d’une campagne de sensibilisation visant à atteindre plus de 800.000 personnes dans les zones affectées.

06 Jun 2018 description
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Un document de HRW traite de la protection, de la mise en quarantaine et de la transparence

06 Jun 2018 description
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Q & A Covers Protection, Quarantines, Transparency

(Kinshasa) – The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo should ensure human rights protections in controlling the recent Ebola outbreak, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing a question-and-answer document about the response to the virus. Since 1976, more than 800 people have died in Congo during eight previous Ebola outbreaks.

06 Jun 2018 description
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On May 8, 2018, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s health minister declared an outbreak of Ebola, the highly deadly disease that killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa between 2014 and 2016. The first cases were reported in the remote town of Bikoro, in northwestern Equateur province.

05 Jun 2018 description

1. Situation update

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo remains active. On 3 June 2018, six new suspected EVD cases have been reported in Bikoro (5) and Wangata (1) Health Zones. Three laboratory specimens (from suspected cases reported on 2 June 2018) tested negative. No new confirmed EVD cases and no new deaths have been reported since our last situation update on 1 June 2018.

05 Jun 2018 description

In response to the ongoing outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, WHO in collaboration with the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and other partners, has developed a comprehensive strategic response plan for points of entry. The aim of the plan is to avoid the spread of the disease to other provinces or at the international level.