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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.
Tshisekedi's Mental Health Called into Question after Incoherent Statements

Congo News Agency - November 8, 2011

Etienne TshisekediGovernment spokesman Lambert Mende called into question the mental health of veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi on Monday, a day after the main challenger to President Joseph Kabila in the November 28 presidential election made incoherent and incendiary statements during an interview.
UN high-level HIV-AIDS meeting continues with progress reports

Xinhua - June 9, 2011

Victor Makwenge KaputVictor Makwenge Kaput, health minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, said that although the government had made progress in supporting individuals living with HIV and protecting the uninfected, it continues to face many challenges. Indeed, HIV prevalence stood at 3.7 percent for pregnant women and 3 percent for the general population.
Rape study 'questionable'

BBC News - May 18, 2011

Women March against Sexual Violence in eastern CongoA new study on rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo is based on out-of-date and questionable figures, a Swedish academic has told the BBC. Ms Eriksson Baaz, a researcher on women's rights in DR Congo from the University of Gothenburg, says extrapolations made in the study cannot be backed up scientifically.
2010 Human Development Report analyses long-term development trends

UNDP - November 4, 2010

UNDPDespite often severe adversities, many African countries have made often overlooked progress in recent decades. However, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia and Zimbabwe are the only countries with lower Human Development Index values today than in 1970, due to the deadly combination of conflict and AIDS driving down life expectancy.
DR Congo improves education, child survival but greater efforts needed - UN

UN News - October 6, 2010

Students in DR CongoThe Democratic Republic of Congo has made significant progress in education and child survival in recent years, but much more needs to be done to achieve the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to a new United Nations-backed study. Three out of four children now go to school, a 23 per cent increase over 2000 with near parity for girls and boys, the fourth Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (UNICEF), reported.
President Kabila Pays Respects to Sange Victims

Congo News Agency - July 5, 2010

Joseph Kabila in Bukavu - CongoPresident Joseph Kabila arrived in Bukavu on Monday morning and went straight from Kavumu airport to the bedsides of the victims of Friday night oil tanker explosion in Sange, who had been transferred to hospitals in the capital of South Kivu province.
Goma: MONUC's hospital provides essential support to the mission and the FARDC

MONUC - November 18, 2009

MONUC hospital in GomaThe MONUC Indian Level 3 Hospital in Goma, is a modern state of the art facility that treats MONUC staff and FARDC casualties, assists medical NGOs and treats the local population. Since its inception in March 2005, hospital staff have worked in a professional, systematic and diligent manner, giving the hospital the reputation of a premier healthcare facility.
WHO: DR Congo has no influenza A/H1N1

Xinhua - May 28, 2009

Swine flu - CongoLast week, WHO officials reported suspected cases surfacing in Lubumbashi, Katanga and Goma in DR Congo's eastern North Kivu Province, while having samples sent to a South African laboratory for examination. WHO was informed on Tuesday that the samples had been tested negative, keeping DR Congo off the list of countries being hit by the novel flu virus.



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