2-12 | The Ebola Treatment Centres operated by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Katwa and Butembo, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, are participating in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of four potential Ebola-treatments in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
1-17 | Médecins Sans Frontières nurse Isa Sadiq Bwala is just back from Rann, in northeastern Nigeria, where he went to assess people’s medical needs after the 14 January attack on the town. Most of Rann’s residents have sought safety in Bodo, Cameroon, where an MSF team is providing them with medical care. “What struck me when we arrived was the silence.
1-7 | The long awaited presidential elections of DR Congo that were originally supposed to take place on 22 December were delayed until 30 December. This decision caused tensions throughout DRC, especially in areas such as Beni and Butembo in eastern North Kivu Province. On Wednesday 26 December, the national electoral commission (CENI) announced that elections will be further postponed in three areas including Beni and Butembo because of the ongoing Ebola outbreak and risks of attacks.
11-19 | Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared the country's largest-ever Ebola outbreak. The outbreak starting from 1 August 2018 is centred in northeastern North Kivu province. According to the latest figures provided by DRC Ministry of Health, there are 366 cases in total, with 319 confirmed cases, of which 167 died of Ebola. Retrospective investigations point to a possible start of the outbreak back in May – around the same time as the Equateur outbreak earlier in the year.
10-10 | On 1 August 2018, an Ebola epidemic was declared in North Kivu, in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo: it is the 10th Ebola outbreak in the country and the second one this year. MSF quickly launched its intervention, within the response plan of the Congolese ministry of Health. The epidemic is not under control yet and new cases appeared more than hundred kilometres away from the epicentre.