Democratic Republic of the Congo crisis
Going from school to school to raise awareness about Ebola
29 March 2019 -- “I noticed that many children don’t fully understand Ebola,” she says. “That's why I decided to go from school to school to raise children’s awareness about the disease.” - Ghislaine, a WHO Risk Communication and Community Engagement specialist, is committed to protecting children from Ebola in her home town in Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
WHO reaffirms commitment to the Democratic Republic of the Congo as Ebola outbreak nears 1000 cases amid increased violence
March 2019 -- As the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo approaches 1 000 cases amid increased violence, WHO reaffirmed its commitment both to ending the outbreak and working with the government and communities to build resilient health systems. Since the outbreak was declared in August 2018 there have been 993 confirmed and probable cases and 621 deaths in North Kivu and Ituri provinces.
WHO Director-General reiterates commitment to Ebola response despite another attack
9 March 2019 -- WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today visited an Ebola treatment centre in Butembo, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, that was attacked by armed groups last week and again earlier today. He spoke with personnel in the centre and thanked them for their dedication.
WHO expresses concern over damage to Ebola treatment facilities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
28 February 2019 –The World Health Organization (WHO) is deeply concerned about the recent attacks on the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)-run Ebola treatment centres on 24 February in Katwa and on 27 February in Butembo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Such attacks are deplorable for their immediate impact on lives and for the risk of spreading the disease further. They are profoundly disrespectful of the dedicated work of local, regional and international responders.
26 February, Geneva - WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today called on donors to continue funding the response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or risk backsliding. There is an urgent need for US $148 million for all partners involved in the response to continue their work. So far, under US $10 million has been pledged.
13 February 2019 -- The Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo launched officially the Strategic Response Plan (Phase 3) against the Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic in the North Kivu Provinces and Ituri for the next 6 months. International Donors, United Nations Agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations gathered in Kinshasa together with the Minister of Health to mobilize funds. The aim is to stop the transmission and the spread of the disease in other provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well a spread to the neighboring countries.
Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
31 January 2019 -- The Ministry of Health (MoH), WHO and partners continue to respond to an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD), despite persistent challenges around security and community mistrust impacting response measures. Relatively high numbers of cases were reported in recent weeks (Figure 1), mostly driven by the outbreak in Katwa Health Zone; the current focus of large scale response activities. Smaller clusters continue to be reported beyond Katwa Health Zone, including from Beni and Oicha; however, teams have quickly and systematically responded to these clusters to prevent onward transmission and guard against further geographical expansion of the outbreak. Teams are also working actively to strengthen community trust and participation in all affected areas.
Stratégie de Coopération de l’OMS avec le pays République Démocratique du Congo
- Plan de Réponse Humanitaire 2019
The Strategic Response Plan for the Ebola virus disease outbreak 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
Statement on disruptions to the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Malaria control campaign launched in Democratic Republic of the Congo to save lives and aid Ebola response
Democratic Republic of the Congo begins first-ever multi-drug Ebola trial
Survivors programme for Ebola patients