Humanitarian Health Action

Democratic Republic of the Congo news releases and feature stories

2016

  • 17 October 2016

    Cholera outbreak: Mongala health devision desinfects households and raises cholera awareness

    With the technical and logistical support from WHO, two health areas in the province of Mongala affected by cholera, were disinfected. The local health communities were engaged to this activity and awareness of hygiene and sanitation where raised to the households and people in the area.

  • 7 October 2016

    Floow-up of the measles vaccination campaign

    The provincial Minister of Health, Social Affairs and Humanitarian Action, Mr Vital Kabuiku, launched 5th of October the 2nd phase of the measles vaccination campaign targeting over 1,5 million children between 6 and 59 months of age. The campaign covers all 35 health zones of Kinshasa and runs from 6th to 10 October, with the support of WHO and other health partners like UNICEF, GAVI, etc.

  • 6 October 2016

    WHO assessment on cholera cases in Bolobo and Yumbi

    A team of WHO experts and the provincial epidemiologist visited Yumbi and Bolobo health zones in the Mai Ndombe province, 300 km north-east of Kinshasa. This purpose of this visit was to assess the health situation, health needs and gaps to ensure best possible response to the cholera outbreak in the area. There immediate needs are to increase personnel for water chlorination, hygienists and involve community volunteers to raise awareness of the disease.

  • 4 October 2016

    Feature story on cholera in a village in Sud-Ubangi

  • 28 September 2016

    Destruction of waste after the yellow fever vaccination campaign

    After the mass vaccination campaign the Ministry of Public Health and WHO has destroyed about 10 540 tons of waste from vaccination campaign, including safety boxes, needles and vaccine containers. It was crucial for WHO to support the national authorities to follow all security conditions to eliminate this waste properly and completely.

  • 28 September 2016

    Cholera epidemic on the outskirts of Kinshasa on the river Congo

    Since the beginning of the year 2016 there has been a total of 20 135 cholera cases with 585 deaths in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by the capital Kinshasa. The key issues are: Lack of drinking water points in ports and on board vessels; Acute shortage of latrines accessible to passengers at various ports; No washing hands points in the various ports and on board ships; Exhaust boats to sanitary control; Insufficient water filtering devices in boats, except those belonging to public authorities Lack of nursing staff and first aid kits on board vessels; Promiscuity and boats overloaded; Low maintenance sanitation, usually full and not emptied.

  • 21 September 2016

    Suspected Cholera cases in North Uangi

  • 20 September 2016

    A Cholera awarenes campaing in the Mai-Ndobe province

  • 20 September 2016

    Cholera epidemic response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Since the beginning of the year 2016 there has been a total of 18 252 cholera cases with 516 deaths in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by the capital Kinshasa. WHO has deployed nearly 40 national experts (epidemiologists, social mobilizers and risk communicators, logicians, water specialists and sanitation etc.) to deal with this epidemic. Thirty cholera kits were also acquired by WHO for distribution in the most affected provinces.

  • 31 August 2016

    Yellow fever vaccination campaign in Kinshasa: More than 7 million vaccinated in 2 weeks

    As the rainy season begins in the city of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the biggest ever yellow fever emergency vaccination campaign in Africa is drawing to a close. More than 7 million people in Kinshasa province have been successfully vaccinated in the last 2 weeks. But in the country’s remote areas on the Angola border, the campaign is still being rolled out, targeting a further 3 million people at risk with the aim of ending this outbreak of the potentially fatal disease.

  • 26 August 2016

    Yellow fever vaccination campaign in Democratic Republic of the Congo: Logistics pathway

    The biggest emergency yellow fever vaccination campaign ever held in Africa is underway in Democratic Republic of the Congo. With high risk of transmission of the mosquito-borne disease in the densely populated capital city of Kinshasa, the vaccination campaign aims to protect as many people at risk as possible and stop the outbreak before the rainy season begins in late September.

  • 25 August 2016

    Yellow fever campaign in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • 19 August 2016

    Yellow fever situation report

    A yellow fever outbreak was detected in Luanda, Angola late in December 2015. The first cases were confirmed by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa on 19 January 2016 and by the Institut Pasteur Dakar (IP-D) on 20 January. Subsequently, a rapid increase in the number of cases has been observed.

  • 19 August 2016

    Cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • 17 August 2016

    Cholera press release

  • 17 August 2016

    Yellow fever press release

  • 16 August 2016

    Yellow fever press release

  • August 2016

    Mass vaccination campaign to protect millions against yellow fever in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo

    One of the largest emergency vaccination campaigns ever attempted in Africa will start in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo this week as WHO and partners work to curb a yellow fever outbreak that has killed more than 400 people and sickened thousands more.

  • 28 July 2016

    Mobile labs deliver faster yellow fever test results

    “Treating a yellow fever patient is reliant on having the right diagnosis. This is dependent on having the necessary laboratory capacity to quickly identify the disease,” says Dr Pierre Formenty, an expert in haemorrhagic fevers at WHO and Manager of the Emerging Dangerous Pathogens Laboratory Network.

  • 27 July 2016

    Supporting the delivery of healthcare in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Some 49 partners are working together to respond to a multifaceted crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Known as the Health Cluster, this group of non-governmental and UN organizations is working together, under the co-leadership of the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization, to reach 6 million people with health services in 2016.

    Dr Ahmed Zouiten, from the Global Health Cluster secretariat, recently visited DR Congo to see what additional support is needed.

  • 19 July 2016

    Yellow fever epidemic in Democratic Republic of the Congo: WHO first line in the Kwango province

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo faces many challenges in responding to the yellow fever outbreak. Access to areas along the Angolan border is extremely difficult and there is a lack of essential resources, such as fuel to run electricity generators.

  • 12 July 2016

    Yellow fever outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo faces many challenges in responding to the yellow fever outbreak. Access to areas along the Angolan border is extremely difficult and there is a lack of essential resources, such as fuel to run electricity generators.

  • 8 July 2016

    Yellow fever outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    WHO team went to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola border to speak with communities about the risk of yellow fever.

  • 20 June 2016

    Yellow fever outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: official statement by the Ministry of Health

    Dr Felix Kabange Numbi , Minister of Health made ​​a statement Monday, June 20 officially confirming the existence of an epidemic of yellow fever in three provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Kongo in Kinshasa, Kongo Central and Kwango.

  • 2 June 2016

    Yellow fever vaccination campaign: WHO's and health partners strong participation

    WHO Representative underlines WHO's and other health partners strong commitment in the management and control of the Yellow fever outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. With 35 new confirmed cases (out of the total 56 confirmed cases in the country) in nine health zones of the Kongo-Central province, it remains the most heavily affected area.

  • 27 May 2016

    News letter on Yellow fever vaccination

    More than 1.9 million people are at risk of Yellow fever in 11 health zones in the central areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in the Kinshasa province. The Ministry of Health, WHO and other health partners has started a targeted emergency vaccination campaign against the Yellow fever targeting the most vulnerable.

  • 27 April 2016

    News letter on Malaria in Goma

    The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is supporting increasing number of health areas to control malaria.

  • 16 April 2016

    News letter on yellow fever from Angola

    Cases of yellow fever imported from Angola reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with very high risk of local transmission of the epidemic in Kongo Central and Kinshasa (Ministry of Health and WHO)

  • 16 April 2016

    News letter on yellow fever risk

    Cases of yellow fever imported from Angola reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with very high risk of local transmission of the epidemic in Central and Kongo - Kinshasa (Ministry of Health and WHO)

  • 1 April 2016

    New WHO Representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Dr Yokouidé Allarangar, WHO Representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, presented to HE Mr. Raymond Tshibanda Mulongo N'Tunga , Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation his accreditation letter.

  • 23 March 2016

    WHO Representative visits Kafubu health district

    Cases of yellow fever imported from Angola reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with very high risk of local transmission of the epidemic in Kongo Central and Kinshasa (Ministry of Health and WHO)

  • 16 March 2016

    The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its health partners work together against the neglected tropical diseases

    Dr Yokouide Allarangar, WHO Representative in the Democratic of Republic of the Congo opened a forum for health partners to discuss a fight against the neglected tropical diseases and preventable chemotherapy in Kinshasa.

  • 8 March 2016

    Health news in the Democractic Republic of the Congo

  • 22 February 2016

    CERF funds allocated to WHO improves asccess to health services

    CERF funds allocated to WHO has improved access to primary and secondary health services for new and Congolese refugees repatriated from Burundi, including IDPs in the province of South Kivu

  • 17 February 2016

    Dr Allarangar Yokouide WHO's new representative meets the Minister of Health Dr Felix Kabange Numbi

2015

  • 30 December 2015

    Destruction of cryotubes containing islated strains of polio virus

    "We must ensure that all these materials for storage of biological samples are properly destroyed and that none does germ free in nature," said Dr. KEBELA, adding that "zero risk" does not exist in this area.

  • 25 June 2015

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo: Better together

    25 June 2015 – Efforts to save lives and reduce suffering in the Democratic Republic of the Congo received a critical boost this week with the launch of a pilot project to strengthen coordination among health partners. Thanks to a grant of €3 million over three years from the Government of Germany, the World Health Organization is bolstering the existing Health Cluster through the establishment of a dedicated team to coordinate health partners on the ground.

2014

  • December 2014

    Democratic Republic of the Congo: The country that knows how to beat Ebola

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo has a long experience with Ebola – this was the seventh outbreak of the disease here. The country had the knowledge and the people needed to stop an outbreak – plus strong technical assistance and support from WHO. The year 2014 saw two parallel outbreaks of Ebola virus disease in Africa. The West African outbreak – which began in December 2013 and mainly affects Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – continues to this day. A separate and unrelated outbreak in Boende, Equateur Province, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – first reported to WHO on 24 August – was officially declared at an end on 21 November, less than three months later.

  • 21 November 2014

    WHO declares end of Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    On 24 August, WHO was notified by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Jeera County, Equateur Province. This outbreak, which is unrelated to that affecting West Africa, caused a total of 66 cases of EVD including 8 among health care workers. By November 20, 42 days had passed since the last case tested negative twice and was discharged from hospital. Having reached that 42-day mark, the Democratic Republic of Congo is now considered free of Ebola transmission.

  • September 2014

    Democratic Republic of Congo: "classic" Ebola in a country experiencing its seventh outbreak

    Immediately after the first case of Ebola virus disease in Guinea was announced, on 23 March, WHO activated its network of specialized biosafety level 4 laboratories that are equipped and staffed to safely work with the world’s most hazardous pathogens. The Ebola virus is among them. Those labs would play a key role in characterizing and differentiating the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, or DRC.

  • 18 September 2014

    Joint Mission to Boende on Ebola Virus Disease outbreak

    The Ministry of Health, health partners and WHO went on a joint mission to the Boende health district in north-western Democratic Republic of the Congo where there has been found some Ebola virus cases. The aim of the mission was to study ways to deploy medical staff and supply medical equipment to control the Ebola virus. By 17 September 2014 there has been a total of 71 Ebola virus cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and 40 deaths.

  • 2 September 2014

    Virological analysis: no link between Ebola outbreaks in west Africa and Democratic Republic of Congo

    The outbreak is located in the remote Boende district, Equateur province in the north-western part of the country. Results from virus characterization, together with findings from the epidemiological investigation, are definitive: the outbreak in DRC is a distinct and independent event, with no relationship to the outbreak in west Africa. As the Gabon laboratory report clearly stated, “the virus in the Boende district is definitely not derived from the virus strain currently circulating in west Africa.”

  • 2 September 2014

    Democratic Republic of th e Congo health news release in French

    'It is crucial that the Ebola virus disease remains confined in one area of health Boende and it does not reach Mbandaka, the provincial county seat…' 'was by the Minister of Health Dr Felix Kabange Numbi, on his arrival in Mbandaka (Northwest) the 1st of September 2014.

  • 24 April 2014

    Fièvre jaune en République démocratique du Congo

    Le 12 mars 2014, deux événements impliquant la fièvre jaune ont été notifiés dans le nord et le sud de la RDC. Six cas confirmés en laboratoire d’infection par le virus de la fièvre jaune ont été signalés. Sur ce chiffre, trois venaient de la zone sanitaire de Bondo1, Province orientale, deux de la zone sanitaire de Buta, Province orientale et un de la zone sanitaire de Kikondja, Province du Katanga. Au total 139 cas suspects, probables et confirmés, dont six décès, ont été notifiés.