Ebola virus disease

Fighting malaria amidst an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

7 December 2018 – Malaria is threatening the health of people in parts of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo where health workers are also battling an Ebola outbreak. In response, WHO, the government and partners ran a 4-day-campaign in the Northern Kivu province town of Beni starting on November 28, to reach 450,000 people with anti-malarial drugs and insecticide-treated mosquito nets.

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Photo of participants during a Good Clinical Practice (GPC) training on vaccination, Juba, 4-7 December 2018.

South Sudan set to vaccinate targeted healthcare and frontline workers operating in high risk states against Ebola

8 December 2018 - The Ministry of Health of the Republic of South Sudan with support from WHO, DFID, GAVI vaccine alliance and other partners, is set to vaccinate targeted healthcare and frontline workers operating in high risk states bordering the Democratic Republic of the Congo against Ebola virus disease as part of national preparedness efforts. To facilitate the process, a training for the Vaccination team was incorporated into the micro plan developed by the vaccine technical working group.

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Image of information leaflet for malaria control, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, November 2018.

Malaria control campaign launched in Democratic Republic of the Congo to save lives and aid Ebola response

28 Novemeber 2018 - A spike in malaria cases is threatening the health of people in parts of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where health workers are also battling an Ebola outbreak. In response, a four-day mass drug administration (MDA) campaign was launched today in the Northern Kivu province town of Beni, with a target to reach up to 450 000 people with anti-malarial drugs combined with the distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo begins first-ever multi-drug Ebola trial

26 November 2018 - The Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today announced that a randomized control trial has begun to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of drugs used in the treatment of Ebola patients.

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WHO statement on latest attacks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

17 November 2018 - Following deadly attacks on Friday in the town of Beni, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ebola response activities are continuing. While all WHO, Ministry of Health and partner staff are safe and accounted for, 16 WHO staff were evacuated to Goma for psychological care after their residence was hit by a shell which did not explode. Ebola response operations were on-going but limited in Beni on Saturday.

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Dr Tedros, Mr Lacroix and Ministry of Health of DRC giving their remarks to the press, Beni, DRC, 7 November 2018.

New measures and strong partnership having positive impact on Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

8 November 2018 - New measures to overcome challenges in the response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are having a positive impact, although the outbreak remains dangerous and unpredictable, the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping and the World Health Organization (WHO) said after a joint mission to assess the outbreak.

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A member of the vaccinating team vaccinates a health worker in Rwebisengo, Uganda. November 2018.

Uganda vaccinates frontline health workers against Ebola

7 November 2018 - The Ministry of Health (MoH) with support from WHO has started vaccinating frontline health workers against the Ebola virus disease. The exercise has begun today in Ntoroko district and will initially be implemented in the five high-risk districts bordering the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The vaccine is currently being administered in DRC and is demonstrating positive protective results and potency against the Ebola virus-Zaire type.

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Preparedness and R&D

Preparedness for emergencies

WHO is working with countries in implementing plans to prevent and respond to a possible epidemic of Ebola virus disease.

R&D Blueprint

Clinical trials are bringing the world close to having its first safe and effective Ebola vaccine; researchers are learning more about the effects of Ebola on survivors.

Past outbreaks

Ebola outbreak 2017

Information resources, documents and updates published during the 2017 Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Ebola outbreak 2014-2015

Information resources, documents and updates published during the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Partners and networks

WHO coordinates the international health response to emergencies and humanitarian crises, but we cannot do this work without our partners who help us deliver health services in even the most difficult situations.

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