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AFRICA: Over 3,000 refugees displaced from Congo camp in Uganda

AFRICA: Over 3,000 refugees displaced from Congo camp in Uganda

AFRICA, Democratic Republic of Congo, UGANDA
KAMPALA — More than 3,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) arrived in Uganda between Wednesday and Friday last week (1 – 3 July) during a temporary opening of two border crossing points at Golajo and Mount Zeu, north-western Uganda. The new arrivals were previously part of a larger group of approximately 45,000 people, according to local DRC authorities, who had attempted to flee towards the Ugandan border with the DRC shortly after deadly clashes erupted between armed militia groups in Ituri province on 17 and 18 May. While some have been able to return to their areas of origin, UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley says othersers had remained close to the border, unable to cross for more than a month due to closure of borders on the Uganda side to contain the s...
AFRICA: DRC Confirms end to Ebola in the east.

AFRICA: DRC Confirms end to Ebola in the east.

Democratic Republic of Congo, HEALTH
Congolese Health Minister Eteni Longondo on Thursday officially proclaimed the end of the Ebola epidemic in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the second most serious since the discovery of the virus in 1976. Declared on 1 August 2018, this tenth epidemic of haemorrhagic fever on Congolese soil has killed 2,277 people, said the Minister of Health, who spoke of the epidemic “the longest, most complex, and deadliest” in the country’s history. Only the epidemic in West Africa in 2013-2016 had claimed more victims. But Thursday’s milestone announced in the east of the country was overshadowed by the enormous health challenges still facing the vast African nation: the world’s largest measles epidemic, the rising threat of Covid-19, and another new Ebola outbreak in the north. T...
AFRICA: Two Congolese doctors detained over fake virus diagnosis.

AFRICA: Two Congolese doctors detained over fake virus diagnosis.

AFRICA, COVID-19, Democratic Republic of Congo, HEALTH
The death of a young woman in Brazzaville over fake covid-19 diagnosis has sparked fury. André Ngakala Oko, prosecutor of the Congo Republic on Monday visited the Albert Leyono Municipal Clinic, one of the facilities treating coronavirus patients. He then ordered the opening of a judicial inquiry to shed light and establish responsibility for the death of Chloé Bafoui-din-soni. Two doctors working in the hospital were immediately arrested. “There was a man’s death. There’s a woman who was found dead. Following the death of this lady, I am ordering an inquiry. There were two doctors who were arrested and must answer for the acts of which they are accused. For now, I do not have anything to say yet. Let’s wait for the investigation to be completed,’‘ Oko told Africanews correspondent,...
Coronavirus – Democratic Republic of Congo: USAID announces nearly $23.4 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance to contain Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Coronavirus – Democratic Republic of Congo: USAID announces nearly $23.4 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance to contain Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Democratic Republic of Congo, HEALTH
The United States is the largest donor country to the Ebola response.  USAID's Disaster-Assistance Response Team (DART) is the lead coordinator of the U.S. Government's response to Ebola and they continue to work with the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, humanitarian partners, and the Government of the DRC to help contain this outbreak.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. National Institutes of Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have also contributed to the response, including through research and technical assistance and providing training to many of the DRC's courageous frontline health-care providers. While our efforts have yielded significant progress in reducing the number of cases, the response is not over and the complexity of t...
AFRICA: The Republic of Congo starts a new after the lockdown

AFRICA: The Republic of Congo starts a new after the lockdown

AFRICA, Democratic Republic of Congo
Since May 18 the Congolese population has been gradually returning to money making activities after 48 days at a standstill. The Republic of Congo government recently lifted a few lockdown measures initially put in place to fight the spread of the coronavirus. The resumption of public transport is great news for Pavel Samba who has been a taxi driver for the last 15 years. The easing of lockdown measures comes as a relief as he knows no other way to make a living. “This time was not easy. Its something you can never imagine can happen to you. It all happened so suddenly. I’m a tenant and I’m renting a house. Even during the lockdown, the landlord had sent me a message asking me to pay. I asked him to be patient and that I would come to regularise the amount once the lockdown w...
Coronavirus – Democratic Republic of the Congo: Child vaccinations down in DR Congo, and COVID-19 is not helping: UNICEF

Coronavirus – Democratic Republic of the Congo: Child vaccinations down in DR Congo, and COVID-19 is not helping: UNICEF

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Democratic Republic of Congo, UNITED NATIONS
Fewer children are getting vaccinated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the COVID-19 pandemic is almost certainly going to make matters worse, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says. If the trend continues, it could trigger a resurgence in deadly childhood diseases such as polio, chickenpox, measles, yellow fever, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and meningitis. In a statement released on Friday, UNICEF said that a decline in vaccinations in January and February, compared to the same two months in 2019, was likely due to such established challenges as low coverage, insufficient supplies and a poor system for keeping vaccines cool whilst in storage and transit. Coronavirus effect COVID-19 will “almost certainly worsen the situation,” with ...
Merck Foundation partners with Democratic Republic of Congo First Lady to support livelihood of women and casual workers affected by Coronavirus lockdown

Merck Foundation partners with Democratic Republic of Congo First Lady to support livelihood of women and casual workers affected by Coronavirus lockdown

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, Democratic Republic of Congo
Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany partners with H.E. Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi, The First Lady of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to support livelihood of women and families of casual and daily workers who are most affected by the Coronavirus (COVID -19) lockdown. Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation explained, “Lockdown to control coronavirus is going to hit most casual and daily workers very hard. Therefore, Merck Foundation decided to support African governments strategy to save the people's living and livelihood. We have also undertaken similar relief activity in Egypt as well as in Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and Niger in partnership with their First Ladies to further support 600 to 1000 poor families in Each country as part of...
Coronavirus – Democratic Republic of the Congo: Mobilisation against COVID-19 draws on Ebola Response Experience

Coronavirus – Democratic Republic of the Congo: Mobilisation against COVID-19 draws on Ebola Response Experience

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Democratic Republic of Congo
While the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is confronting the public health emergency posed by COVID-19, the country is still facing the last phase of its Ebola virus epidemic.\ The first case of COVID-19 was reported on 10 March 2020 in Kinshasa. Since then, the number of COVID-19 patients has increased, exceeding 700 cases at the beginning of May.   Meanwhile the International Organization for Migration (IOM) remains on the frontlines facing the country’s tenth Ebola virus outbreak since August 2018, working side-by-side with the government and health actors to bring the emergency in eastern DRC to an end.    At borders crossings, entrances to major cities and other busy transit hubs, IOM brings its expertise in supporting the National Border Hygi...
Coronavirus: 101 prison inmates test positive in Congo

Coronavirus: 101 prison inmates test positive in Congo

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Democratic Republic of Congo, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Health Ministry says that 101 inmates have tested positive for coronavirus in the N’dolo military prison. “56 (additional) people in Ndolo military prison were confirmed with COVID-19” on Saturday, while 43 cases had been diagnosed at the prison on Thursday and Friday," a statement said. Only three infected inmates have been admitted to a hospital outside the facility. Six inmates are under close supervision in the prison while the rest have mild symptoms. It was also revealed that three wings of the prison were disinfected on Monday. With the new figures, there are 682 confirmed cases of COVID-19  with 34 deaths in  the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Coronavirus – Democratic Republic of Congo: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Approves US$363.27 Million Disbursement to the Democratic Republic of Congo to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

Coronavirus – Democratic Republic of Congo: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Approves US$363.27 Million Disbursement to the Democratic Republic of Congo to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, Democratic Republic of Congo, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, April 23, 2020/ -- The IMF approves the disbursement of US$363.27 million under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF) to help the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) meet urgent balance of payments stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic; The DRC is experiencing a severe shock, as the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, with the near-term outlook deteriorating quickly; The authorities have responded quickly, scaling up health-related spending and deploying a series of containment and mitigation measures. The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a disbursement under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF) equivalent to SDR 266.5 million (about US$363.27 million, or 25 percent of quota), to help the De...
Covid-19 claims a life of a Congolese music legend

Covid-19 claims a life of a Congolese music legend

AFRICA, celebrity, CELEBRITY GOSSIP, CORONAVIRUS, Democratic Republic of Congo, Entertainment, HEALTH
Legendary soukous star Aurlus Mabele has died. The world is mourning the death of a Congolese music legend who passed on March 19 in Paris. The Afro-Pop star was aged 67 and has been battling a throat tumor for about 15 years. He also suffered after a stroke in 2005. He was one of the first Paris-based soukous stars and set the standard with several LPs in the 80s. The news of his death was announced by his nephew, Robert Brazza on his Facebook page. He posted the news on Thursday evening. Brazza mourned the musician who thrilled fans in and out of Africa with his hit tunes  “My sadness is great tonight but my gratitude is more. You were the pace, you were a joy, you were the kindness. Forever. Go in peace Aurlus Mabelle. I know auntie Nzambi has already welcomed you in ...
SPORTS: Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) lighting up Congolese football

SPORTS: Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) lighting up Congolese football

Democratic Republic of Congo, Soccer, Sports
Two stabilised hard ground football pitches in Kinshasa have been illuminated for the very first time thanks to solar panels installed with the support of the FIFA Forward ProgrammeZURICH, Switzerland, March 5, 2020/ -- Solar panels helping light pitches in Congo DR; Project supported by FIFA Forward Programme; "FIFA’s goal is to increase participation in football worldwide".Two stabilised hard ground football pitches in Kinshasa have been illuminated for the very first time thanks to solar panels installed with the support of the FIFA Forward Programme.Following an unveiling ceremony attended by President of the Football Association of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Constant Omari and FIFA Chief Member Associations Officer Véron Mosengo-Omba, local youth teams took part...
HEALTH: The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s last Ebola patient discharged.

HEALTH: The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s last Ebola patient discharged.

AFRICA, Democratic Republic of Congo, HEALTH
Although the patient has been allowed to leave, 46 people who had come in contact with her are still being monitoredGOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, March 3, 2020/ -- The last Ebola patient in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was discharged today from a treatment centre in the north-eastern town of Beni. With no more confirmed cases, a 42-day countdown to declaring the end of the world’s second-deadliest Ebola epidemic began on 2 March.Although the patient has been allowed to leave, 46 people who had come in contact with her are still being monitored. All the aspects of the Ebola response remain in place to ensure that any new cases are detected quickly and treated. The end of the outbreak can only be ascertained when no infections arise 42 days after the ...
AFRICA: UN warns of ‘possible hunger threat’ as locusts reach DR Congo

AFRICA: UN warns of ‘possible hunger threat’ as locusts reach DR Congo

AFRICA, Democratic Republic of Congo, locusts
This is the first time the voracious insects have been seen in the Central African country since 1944. Kenya, Somalia and Uganda have been battling the swarms in the worst locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in 70 years. The U.N. said swarms have also been sighted in Djibouti, Eritrea and Tanzania and recently reached South Sudan, a country where roughly half the population already faces hunger after years of civil war. A joint statement Tuesday from FAO director-general Qu Dongyu, U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock, and World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley called the swarms of locusts “a scourge of biblical proportions” and “a graphic and shocking reminder of this region’s vulnerability.” The FAO said mature locusts, carried in part by t...
DRC: 40 ADF militia fighters captured

DRC: 40 ADF militia fighters captured

AFRICA, Democratic Republic of Congo, FEATURE STORIES
DR Congo troops have captured 40 fighters from a militia blamed for killing hundreds in massacres across the restive eastern part of the country, the UN mission MONUSCO said Wednesday. The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) is the main militia force operating in eastern DR Congo and has been carrying out reprisal attacks on civilians in response to a crackdown by the military, known as FARDC. "A joint operation against ADF has allowed the FARDC to capture 40 fighters close to Makeke," Lieutenant-Colonel Claude Raoul Djehoungo, a MONUSCO spokesman said. The operation in the Beni region on February 9 came after at least seven civilians were killed in the latest suspected ADF massacre in the area. More than 300 people have been killed in ADF attacks in eastern DR Congo si...
AFRICA: 36 killed in suspected militia massacre near Uganda- DR Congo border

AFRICA: 36 killed in suspected militia massacre near Uganda- DR Congo border

AFRICA, Democratic Republic of Congo, UGANDA
Thirty-six people have been killed in a suspected militia attack in the eastern DR Congo region of Beni, where hundreds have died in violence since November, a local official said Wednesday. Congolese troops have been carrying out a military operation on an armed group in the east of the country -- long plagued by various militias -- and militiamen have responded with a series of massacres against civilians. "They were all hacked to death. This brings (the toll) to 36 bodies," local Beni governor Donat Kibwana told AFP, updating casualties from Tuesday's attack. Officials had earlier reported 15 fatalities. Two people with skull fractures caused by machetes have been admitted to the hospital in Oicha for surgery, an AFP reporter there said. The main attack took ...
AFRICA: DRC police quell protest in Kinshasa

AFRICA: DRC police quell protest in Kinshasa

AFRICA, Democratic Republic of Congo
Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo prevented a forbidden march in Kinshasa on Friday. They kept a close watch on its instigator, opponent and former presidential candidate Martin Fayulu. The latter denounced the massacres in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. "They took the money from me, they hurt me. I wasn't even in the march. Do you see how hurt I am? One person was slightly injured in the head by police officers who dispersed the gathering by firing tear gas. “They took the money from me, they hurt me. I wasn’t even in the march. Do you see how hurt I am? Do you see how hurt I am? I wasn’t even in the march”, an injured student, Jean-Paul said in tears. “We’re here for a cause. The cause is balkanization. On the administrative level the DRC is...