Ebola virus disease

Dr Tedros with Ebola response team in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

WHO Director-General concludes New Year visit to Ebola-affected areas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

3 January 2018 - WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus traveled over the New Year to Ebola-affected areas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to review the response at this critical phase. Efforts to end the outbreak are continuing after recent disruptions, but further interruptions could have serious consequences, he warned.

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A community engagement worker talks to a local woman in Beni, North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Statement on disruptions to the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

28 December 2018 - WHO and partners are continuing to respond to the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, despite a deterioration of the security situation since yesterday morning.

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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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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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