Democratic Republic of the Congo crisis
Statement from the Emergency Committee on Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo
17 October 2018 - The meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) regarding the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo took place on 17 October 2018.
It was the view of the Committee that a Public Health Emergency of International Concern should not be declared at this time. But the Committee remains deeply concerned by the outbreak and emphasized that response activities need to be intensified and ongoing vigilance is critical.
WHO has revised its risk assessment for the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
28 September 2018 -- This outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is affecting north-eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which border Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan. Potential risk factors for transmission of EVD at the national and regional levels include the transportation links between the affected areas, the rest of the country, and neighbouring countries; the internal displacement of populations; and the displacement of Congolese refugees to neighbouring countries. The security situation in North Kivu and Ituri continues to hinder the implementation of response activities.
26 September 2018 -- The response to the outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is at a critical juncture, threatened by worsening insecurity, mistrust from affected communities, and extension into previously unaffected areas. As of 25 September, the disease had affected 151 people, and killed 101.
Progress and challenes of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
25 September 2019 -- Listen to the press briefing audio file by Dr Peter Salama, WHO Deputy Director-General, Emergency Preparedness and Response on WHO's response and challenges to respond to the Ebola crises.
Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
31 August 2018 --The Recent trends suggest that control measures are working. Over the past week, contact follow-up rates have substantially improved, most patients recently admitted to Ebola treatment centres (ETC) received therapeutics within hours of being confirmed, and ring vaccination activities have scaled to reach contacts (and their contacts) of most confirmed cases reported in the last three weeks. However, the outbreak trend must be interpreted with caution. Since the last Disease Outbreak News on 24 August 2018, 13 additional confirmed and probable cases have been reported, the majority (n=8) were from the city of Beni.
Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
17 August 2018 - On 1 August 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the town of Mangina, Mabalako Health Zone, North Kivu Province. Confirmed cases have since between reported from Beni and Mandima health zones, Ituri Province; however, all confirmed exposures and transmission events to date have been linked back to the outbreak epi-centre, Mangina. North Kivu and Ituri are among the most populated provinces in the country, share borders with Uganda and Rwanda, and experience conflict and insecurity, with over one million internally displaced people and migration of refugees to neighbouring countries.
Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – Operational readiness and preparedness in neighbouring countries
14 August 2018 - Following the declaration on 1 August 2018 of a new Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu, WHO conducted a formal rapid risk assessment, which determined that the public health risk for this outbreak is high at the regional level. This assessment took into consideration that, with eight million inhabitants, North Kivu is one of the most densely populated provinces in the country. North Kivu borders four other provinces (Ituri, South Kivu, Maniema and Tshopo), as well as Uganda and Rwanda. Moreover, the province has been experiencing intense insecurity and a deteriorating humanitarian crisis, with over one million internally displaced people and high rates of cross border movement to and from neighbouring countries.
Revised National plan for the response to the Ebola virus disease epidemic in North Kivu province in English
Plan national révisé de riposte contre l'epidemie de la maladie a virus Ebola dans al province du Nord Kivu et de l’Ituri
News and Features
Beni: Ministry of Health and WHO condemn violence against civilians and health professionals in Ebola affected areas [in French]
WHO calls for protection of humanitarian workers and civilians in Democratic Republic of the Congo
WHO is providing technical support for six provinces in Ebola prevention [in French]