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18 Oct 2018 description

Thus far, 2018 has been historic in many ways. Eritrea and Ethiopia signed a landmark declaration of peace and friendship on 9 July, casting aside decades of hostility in a matter of weeks. The announcement of the end to the state of war was met by widespread jubilation in both countries, and was matched by concrete acts of rapprochement, which included reopening telephone and air links as well as the Eritrean embassy in Ethiopia.

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.

18 Oct 2018 description

1. Background

Gbudue State of South Sudan consists of Yambio and Nzara counties. The State shares border with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Central Africa Republic with links to DRC through trade and returnees from DRC who constitute a risk for EVD importation. Although the security situation in the state is reportedly improving, intensifying preparedness activities is vital including state level advocacy to the lower level such as chiefs, community and religious leaders.

18 Oct 2018 description
report Direct Relief

Health officials in the region are working to quell the outbreak.

By Andrew Schroeder

The current Ebola virus outbreak in the North Kivu area of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is already the second worst in that country’s history. As of the October 16 update from the Congolese Ministry of Health, 216 cases of Ebola virus have been recorded in the area and 139 people have died from the disease.

18 Oct 2018 description

Au titre du Règlement sanitaire international (RSI (2005)), le Directeur général de l’OMS a réuni le Comité d’urgence à propos de la flambée de maladie à virus Ebola (MVE) en République démocratique du Congo. La réunion s’est tenue le mercredi 17 octobre 2018 de 13 heures à 17 heures (heure de Genève).

Conclusion

17 Oct 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Authorities close IDP sites in Kalemie

  • Insecurity leads to acute food insecurity and malnutrition in conflict-affected areas of DRC

  • GoDRC MoH records nearly 160 confirmed and probable EVD cases in Ituri and North Kivu

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

17 Oct 2018 description

The meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo took place on Wednesday, 17 October 2018, from 13:00 to 17:00 Geneva time (CET).

Conclusion

17 Oct 2018 description

Kinshasa/Nairobi/Geneva, 17 October 2018 – Conflict and insecurity are hampering Ebola responders’ work, raising fear that the outbreak may reach a tipping point that sees the virus to spread to more provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) and neighbouring countries, warns the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

In response to this, as well as a recent upsurge of Ebola cases in DR Congo, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is scaling-up community-level preparedness in four countries.

17 Oct 2018 description
report UN News Service

Dès le lendemain de la déclaration de l’épidémie mortelle à virus Ebola au Nord-Kivu, à l’est de la République démocratique du Congo, le premier août dernier, la Mission des Nations Unies dans le pays s’est activée pour appuyer la riposte du gouvernement congolais.

16 Oct 2018 description
report UN News Service

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has called an Emergency Committee meeting on the Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has already claimed around 130 lives.

The WHO has assessed the national and regional risk of the current Ebola outbreak in DRC as “very high,” although the global risk remains low and, so far, the UN’s health watchdog has not called for any trade or travel restrictions to be imposed.

16 Oct 2018 description
report Save the Children

Media Contact: Negin Janati 203.212.0044 (M)

Aid workers trying to contain spread of deadly disease face difficulties within communities

Aid workers on the frontline of the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are being met with significant suspicion in many communities in North Kivu - contributing to the 33 new confirmed cases of the disease last week, the worst on record since this most recent outbreak began in August.

16 Oct 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

-The Uganda Ministry of Health and partners have intensified preparedness and response interventions following a confirmed case of Ebola Virus Disease in Tchomia health zone, near Lake Albert where the Democratic Republic of the Congo borders with Uganda.

  • Over 2,200 reports and questions on Ebola were received via SMS from U-Reporters. Most U-Reporters confirmed that they had heard about Ebola through radio, television, community awareness campaigns and posters.

16 Oct 2018 description

BENI (Province du NORD KIVU), 15 OCTOBRE 2018. L'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) a remis quatre ambulances au Ministère de la Santé en vue de soutenir la coordination provinciale de la lutte contre la maladie à virus Ebola dans le Nord Kivu. ‘‘Ces ambulances doivent servir aux équipes de riposte pour transporter les malades de la communauté vers le centre de traitement Ebola. Cette contribution permettra de réduire de façon significative le délai de réponse de nos équipes lorsqu’une alerte est donnée.

16 Oct 2018 description
report UN News Service

Le Directeur général de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a convoqué un Comité d’urgence du Règlement sanitaire international concernant la flambée de maladie à virus Ebola au Nord-Est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC).

Le Comité se réunira ce mercredi 17 octobre à Genève pour déterminer si cette flambée constitue une urgence de santé publique de portée internationale et quelles recommandations devraient être formulées pour gérer cette épidémie.

15 Oct 2018 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 58 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

15 Oct 2018 description

1. Highlights

  • South Sudan with support from WHO and partners has heightened the preparedness capacities in response to the raised EVD risk assessment from high to very high.

  • The WHO Representative to South Sudan, Dr Olushayo Olu led a team to Yei River state to reinforce the WHO’s commitment to establishing an ETU in Yei River state and also opened a WHO field office to coordinate the EVD preparedness activities.

15 Oct 2018 description

Faits saillants

  • Plus de 100 000 personnes déplacées et retournées bénéficient d’une assistance alimentaire en Ituri en octobre.

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