9-9 | Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has treated 65 patients confirmed to be suffering from Ebola in its first month of intervention in North Kivu. This is more than 80% 1 of the total number of confirmed patients hospitalized in Ebola Treatment Centres so far this epidemic. Of the patients confirmed Ebola positive in Mangina Ebola Treatment Centre, 29 have recovered and returned to their families whilst three patients remain under treatment. “We are at a crucial point in the epidemic” said Berangère Guais, MSF’s Emergency Coordinator in Beni.
8-16 | Taking a new step in its response to the current Ebola outbreak in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened a treatment centre on Tuesday 14 August in Mangina, a small town considered to be the epicentre of the outbreak. All patients from the isolation unit where MSF was working to improve biosafety have been transferred to the twelve tents of the new Ebola treatment centre.
5-30 | Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) 1yesterday （28 May） started vaccinating Ebola frontline workers in Bikoro, Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where the organisation has been working with the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) over the past few weeks. This trial vaccination will also be offered to contacts of patients. The Ebola vaccine (rVSVDG-ZEBOV-GP) is being used as part of the overall strategy to control the Ebola outbreak.
5-17 | The Ebola outbreak continues in the Equateur province, with one new laboratory-confirmed case from the city of Mbandaka, which has a population of more than a million and is a busy port city located on the Congo River. This new case is linked with the epicentre of the epidemic, the east of Lake Tumba. Since the beginning of the epidemic, 44 overall people who have presented symptoms of haemorrhagic fever, 3 confirmed as Ebola, and 23 deaths have been notified by the national health authorities in the region.
Meningitis in Nigeria: "In a massive vaccination campaign like this, you even have to think about what pens you will use"
6-12 | Testimony by Daniela Muñoz, logistics coordinator of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Every single last detail must be controlled when you organise mass vaccination campaigns such as the meningitis intervention that Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is currently undertaking in the northern Nigerian state of Yobe. Successfully vaccinating 136,000 people in a week, in remote areas and with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius, requires thinking even about the pens that one will need.