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.
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.
8-24 | One year since over 700,000 Rohingya refugees were forced to flee from Myanmar into Bangladesh, the denial of their legal status, coupled with unacceptable living conditions in haphazard makeshift camps, continues to trap refugees in a cycle of suffering and poor health.