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DR Congo: The country that knows how to beat Ebola

World Health Organization - December 11, 2014

WHO health workers getting ready to treat Ebola patients this year in Kibali, Equateur Province“In DRC there was 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,” says Dr Joseph Waogodo Cabore, WHO Representative to DRC. “It is an impressive achievement, considering that overall, the country’s health system has serious weaknesses.”
Ebola Epidemic Resurfaces in DR Congo's Equateur Province

Radio Okapi - August 25, 2014

DR Congo's health minister Felix Kabange NumbiDR Congo is facing an Ebola epidemic for the seventh time since 1976. Officials announced on Sunday that the disease had resurfaced in Dejra, Equateur Province. The Minister of Public Health, Felix Kabange Numbi, said that the experience gained from the previous six epidemics will be put to use to contain the disease. The Djera area has been put under quarantine.
End of Ebola outbreak

WHO - February 17, 2009

IturiThe Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has on 16 February 2009 declared the end of the Ebola epidemic in the Mweka and Luebo health zones in the Province of Kasai Occidental . The last person to be infected by the virus died on 1 January 2009. This is more than double the maximum incubation period (42 days) for Ebola.
UN calls on rebels to resume talks with Government

UN News - January 2, 2009

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoThe United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today called on the main rebel group in the east of the vast country to resume talks with the Government next week in a bid to end fighting that has forced over 250,000 from their homes since August.
Government announces end of Ebola outbreak

IRIN - November 20, 2007

Ebola - CongoHealth officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said an outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever, which claimed the lives of 21 of the 26 people infected in the Kasai Occidental province, is now over.
United States Support to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

US Department of State Office of the Spokesman - October 31, 2007

We support the Congolese people in their efforts to promote peace and democratic values in the post-transition period. Our assistance helps to consolidate peace through efforts to revitalize the economy, enhance national security, deliver basic services, and strengthen governance and rule of law. In FY07, we provided over $462 million in assistance to the DRC, including $77 million in development, and security assistance, $85 million in humanitarian assistance (including refugee support) and $300 million to support the peace keeping mission.


Monitoring of Ebola "must continue"

IRIN - October 3, 2007

Ebola outbreak in CongoHealth specialists agree that surveillance and monitoring of an Ebola epidemic have to be maintained, despite falls in the numbers of people affected in the province of Kasai Occidental in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
CDC scientists travel to Democratic Republic of the Congo to fight Ebola outbreak

CDC - October 1, 2007

CDC - AtlantaScientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deployed to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to support efforts to control an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in a remote province. Early reports described a range of symptoms in patients, making accurate clinical diagnosis impossible. Upon receipt of samples from the affected area, CDC scientists at the Special Pathogens Branch were able to diagnose Ebola virus infection in some patients. Evidence of Shigella dysenteriae and Salmonella typhi infection was also observed.
Ebola in DRC: Nearing control of the outbreak, but vigilance still required

MSF - October 1, 2007

Kasai OccidentalMédecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has seen a decrease in the number of admissions in its isolation unit in Kampungu, a village of 9,000 inhabitants which is the epicentre of the outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Medics Struggle to Limit DRC Ebola Outbreak

VOA News - September 21, 2007

Kasai OccidentalA suspected Ebola death has been reported in another province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, raising fears that the virus may be spreading. But the World Health Organization says that with new mobile laboratories in the country and an effective awareness campaign taking place, isolating Ebola cases should now become easier.



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