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Women Join Hands To Oust Ebola From The Democratic Republic of Congo

Women Join Hands To Oust Ebola From The Democratic Republic of Congo

Twice a week, Mama Mwatatu rises early and makes a two-hour trek from her home in Beni’s Cité Belge neighbourhood in North Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the local radio station. For the past 12 years, she has hosted a call-in radio talk show called “Women and Development” and has a devoted […]

Ebola Outbreak In DRC Is Second Worst In History

Ebola Outbreak In DRC Is Second Worst In History

 Today (November 29, 2018) the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reached 426 cases, surpassing the number of cases in the 2000-2001 Uganda outbreak and making it the second worst in history after the 2014 West Africa outbreak which killed over 11,000 people. The emergency response has been complicated by ongoing […]

WHO Braces For Six More Months Of Ebola In DRC

WHO Braces For Six More Months Of Ebola In DRC

Over 200 people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola on record in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the WHO said, warning that it could be six more months before efforts to contain the spread succeed. The latest outbreak of the deadly virus in north eastern DRC has killed over 209 people, World Health […]

USAID Commits Additional U.S.$7 Million To Combat Ebola

USAID Commits Additional U.S.$7 Million To Combat Ebola

Today, the United States announced that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is contributing up to $7 million at this stage to combat the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at this stage.   This additional funding, combined with the $1 million USAID committed last week, will provide a total of […]

Democratic Republic of Congo Confirms Two Ebola Cases, 10 More Cases Suspected

Democratic Republic of Congo Confirms Two Ebola Cases, 10 More Cases Suspected

Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed two cases of Ebola in the northwestern town of Bikoro and at least 10 more cases are suspected, the head of the national institute for biological research, Jean Jack Muyembe, said on Tuesday. A source at the ministry of health also said two cases had been confirmed and added […]

Gender Ministry Launches Girls Ebola Support Project

Gender Ministry Launches Girls Ebola Support Project

The Ministry of Gender Children Social Protection with funding from the World Bank has for the first time launched the Girls Ebola Recovery Livelihood Support or (GERLS) project in the country. The project will benefit 200 adolescent girls and young women in the three counties including Montserrado, Margibi, and Grand Bassa that are interested in […]

Liberian Nurses Learn To Spot Danger Signs In Babies As Healthcare Gets Shot In Arm

Liberian Nurses Learn To Spot Danger Signs In Babies As Healthcare Gets Shot In Arm

The Well Baby clinic in Buchanan is busy. But that’s not unusual. The clinic, a two-hour drive from Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, sees between 700 and 1,000 mothers and children each week. Nurse Cellian Fahncole sits in a consulting room off the main waiting room. She is examining a baby girl and asking the mother a […]

Mental Health Experts In Sierra Leone Aim To Pluck Out Heart Of Ebola Mystery

Mental Health Experts In Sierra Leone Aim To Pluck Out Heart Of Ebola Mystery

When Ebola struck Sierra Leone in 2014, its terror lay in its mystery. It was a gruesome disease that no one had seen before, and claimed lives without apparent cause or cure. But Mohamed Moray had a broader perspective. “It was just like the war,” he says, referring to the civil conflict of the 1990s, […]

Liberia After Ebola – Turning Midwives Into Surgeons

Liberia After Ebola – Turning Midwives Into Surgeons

Before the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, the country had a total of 50 doctors for its population of 4.3 million. In comparison, there are 50 doctors available to every 100,000 people in the US. This, taken together with Liberia’s extremely high maternal mortality rate, which sees three women dying every day, means […]

Investing In ​​Health Is Not​ Cheap, But It Is Not A Luxury Either

Investing In ​​Health Is Not​ Cheap, But It Is Not A Luxury Either

While Ebola, Zika and yellow fever may seem like distant threats to most people living in the developed world, the lessons from these global crises should resonate across health services in all countries. At the G7 meeting in Ise-Shima, Japan, and the world health assembly in Geneva this week, world leaders and health policymakers have […]

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