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13 Dec 2018 description
report UN Security Council

SC/13618

Security Council
8421st Meeting (AM)

Humanitarian Affairs Official Says Embattled Cameroon Regions Witnessing One of Africa’s Fastest-Growing Displacement Crises

Central and West African countries must develop strategies with which to tackle the root causes of insurgency, the senior United Nations official in the region told the Security Council today as it considered the activities of the United Nations regional office.

13 Dec 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • UNICEF’s response to the North Kivu and Ituri Ebola outbreak can be found on a weekly basis on Ebola’s latest situation report

  • Based on various sources, 669,820 Congolese nationals were returned from Angola, with an estimated 30% being children under 18 years old. UNICEF conducted multi-sectoral assessments and provided cash, emergency shelter, and WASH assistance.

13 Dec 2018 description

The Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is occurring in an unforgiving context. Non-engagement from communities and conflict continue to hamper response activities in some affected areas. Moreover, poor infection prevention and control (IPC) practices across numerous private and public health centers remain a major source of amplification of the outbreak and risk to health and other frontline workers.

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.

13 Dec 2018 description
report UN News Service

Le Fonds central d’intervention d’urgence des Nations Unies (CERF) va allouer 10 millions de dollars pour appuyer la riposte régionale à Ebola en Afrique centrale.

L’annonce a été faite mercredi par Mark Lowcock, le Secrétaire général adjoint aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnateur des secours d'urgence, qui a autorité sur le CERF.

12 Dec 2018 description

Situation Update

The Ministry of Health (MoH), WHO and partners continue to respond to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. By using proven public health measures as well as new tools at hand (immunization and therapeutics), WHO remains confident the outbreak can be contained and brought to an end, despite multifaceted challenges.

12 Dec 2018 description

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock today announced a US$10 million regional contribution from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) towards mitigating the possible impact of the current Ebola outbreak should it spread to countries neighbouring the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

12 Dec 2018 description
report Oxfam

In response to the number of Ebola cases in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reaching 500, Chals Wontewe, Oxfam's Country Director in the DRC, said:

"DRC is battling to keep Ebola under control; cases are increasing at a quicker rate and the virus has spread further.

"Although the outbreak is still far from the scale of the West Africa epidemic, we're operating in an extremely complex environment and facing the very real threat of more violence and instability in the run up to the elections.

12 Dec 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

« Je vais de porte à porte pour informer les familles sur la vaccination contre Ebola », explique Julien, mobilisateur social impliqué dans la lutte contre la maladie à virus Ebola à l’est de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC).

11 Dec 2018 description

By Sara Staedicke

Despite the major focus by media and publics on a handful of refugee crises around the world—the Syrian, Afghan, and Venezuelan ones among them, and recently Yemen—displacement situations worsened during 2018 in a number of countries that received much less attention, and perhaps as a result less in the way of humanitarian aid.

11 Dec 2018 description

Foreword

In 2018, the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) drastically worsened, spreading to previously unaffected areas and impacting the Great Lakes region. The ongoing conflicts across much of eastern and central DRC continue to cause significant displacement, damage to property and tragic loss of human life.

11 Dec 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

KINSHASA, DAKAR, NEW YORK, GENEVA, 11 December 2018 – Children now account for more than one third of the Ebola cases in affected regions of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UNICEF said today. The UN children’s agency also reported that one in ten Ebola cases is under five-years-old, while children who contract the Ebola virus are at higher risk of dying from the disease than adults.

11 Dec 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 57 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Lassa fever in Nigeria
  • Measles in Mauritius
  • Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

11 Dec 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

KINSHASA/DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVE, 11 décembre 2018 – Les enfants représentent plus d’un tiers des cas d’Ebola dans les régions touchées par l’épidémie dans l’est de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), a annoncé aujourd’hui l’UNICEF. Le Fonds des Nations Unies pour l’Enfance a également signalé qu’un cas d’Ebola sur dix avait moins de cinq ans, tandis que le taux de mortalité auprès des enfants qui contractent le virus Ebola est plus élevé qu’auprès des adultes.

09 Dec 2018 description

Juba 8 December, 2018 – The Ministry of Health of the Republic of South Sudan with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), DFID, GAVI vaccine alliance and other partners, is set to vaccinate targeted healthcare and frontline workers operating in high risk states bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) against Ebola virus disease (EVD) as part of national preparedness efforts.

09 Dec 2018 description

INTRODUCTION

The Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE) has been a gamechanger for WHO. It allows WHO to respond rapidly to disease outbreaks and health emergencies - often in 24 hours or less. This saves lives and helps prevent unnecessary suffering. Furthermore, a quick response dramatically reduces the costs of controlling outbreaks and emergencies, as well as the wider social and economic impacts.