Ebola virus disease

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Doubling down on Ebola

19 March 2019 - It has been eight months since an outbreak of Ebola was declared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s North Kivu province. In the midst of conflict, and in some of the most challenging conditions, Ebola responders are working round the clock to ensure people can get the information, the care and the treatment they need.

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WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a visit to an Ebola treatment centre in Butembo, DRC, March 2019.

WHO Director-General reiterates commitment to Ebola response despite another attack

14 March 2019 - WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus visited an Ebola treatment centre in Butembo, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, that was attacked by armed groups last week and again days later. He spoke with personnel in the centre and thanked them for their dedication.

Following to the three-day mission Dr Tedros held a press briefing on the current situation and response priorities for WHO and partners.

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A burnt down Ebola facility after an attack, Democratic Republic of the Congo, February 2019.

WHO expresses concern over damage to Ebola treatment facilities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

28 February 2019 - 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 DRC. Following the most recent Butembo attack, WHO and partners are working to ensure the safety of the patients and staff. Patients have been transferred to the Katwa transit centre, which WHO is expanding to house and treat these additional patients. It is a priority of the response to ensure quality clinical care for the patients.

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WHO Ebola team talking to each other at Komanda camp in DRC

Ebola response in Democratic Republic of the Congo risks slowdown

26 February 2019 - 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. The call comes a week ahead of Dr Tedros’ next mission to DRC. He is scheduled to meet President Tshisekedi in Kinshasa before travelling to the Ebola-stricken areas of Butembo and Katwa.

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How Ebola treatment has changed

20 February 2019 - During the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, advances have been made in the clinical care of patients affected with the disease. To find out what has changed, we hear from Dr. Janet Diaz, WHO Clinical Management Lead.

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WHO personnel are preparing Ebola vaccine for health care workers in South Sudan, January 2019.

South Sudan vaccinates health workers against Ebola

28 January 2019 - The Ministry of Health of South Sudan, with support from the WHO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other partners, today started vaccinating health workers and other front-line responders against Ebola as part of preparedness measures to fight the spread of the disease.

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Woman holding her child in her arms next to an Ebola poster, DRC 2019.

Women are key in Ebola response

27 January 2019 - The current Ebola outbreak in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the tenth in the country since the disease was identified there in 1976, and the largest they have experienced.

Response efforts have been complicated by insecurity and armed conflict. Another challenge is how this outbreak has disproportionately affected women in some of the cities and towns, though not all.

To face this challenge, local women have taken a leadership role in explaining the disease, and learning how to stop its spread.

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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

Équateur Province outbreak, 2018

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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