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  • In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, WHO and partners rapidly and effectively coordinate the response to Ebola

    Multidisciplinary teams in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are faced with numerous challenges as they respond to an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the remote, forested regions in the northern part of the country. WHO and other partner agencies led by the Ministry of Health have secured and set up a base to coordinate their work and end the outbreak as quickly and as safely as possible.

  • In equatorial Congo, WHO and its partners respond to an Ebola outbreak

    In the tiny village of Gukpale, deep in the equatorial forests of Bas-Uele province in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a doctor from the Ministry of Health talks to a young man who has fallen ill.

  • New technology allows for rapid diagnosis of Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Laboratory testing of samples is essential to rapidly assess the scope and spread of any Ebola outbreak. Since the major outbreak in West Africa in 2014, an increasing number of diagnostic tools have become available to perform rapid initial testing of samples. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is using these new tools, as well as classic ones, to respond to an ongoing outbreak of the virus in a very remote area of the north east of the country.

  • The Minister of Public Health on mission to Likati with WHO and UNICEF

    Kinshasa/Likati | 18 May 2017 – The Minister of Public Health, Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga, travelled on 17 May 2017 to the Likati health area in Aketi, Bas-Uélé Province, located more than 1300 kilometres from Kinshasa, in the Nord of DRC, to coordinate the response provided following the confirmation of the occurrence of the Ebola virus disease.

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About ebola virus disease

ebolaEbola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a death rate of up to 90% caused by Ebola virus, a member of the filovirus family.

The Ebola virus can cause severe viral haemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF) outbreaks in humans with a case fatality rate of up to 90%. There are four main subtypes of Ebola virus in the African Region: Bundibugyo, Ivory Coast, Sudan and Zaire. The Bundibugyo, Sudan and Zaire species have all been associated with large Ebola HF outbreaks in the Region.

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Ebola Response Report 2016

Building the legacy of Ebola: Survivors, health systems, and a blueprint for research and development

This report describes the work done by WHO from January 2015 up to the end of December 2016 to address the long-term issues of survivor care, health-systems strengthening and research. This work would not otherwise have been possible without the foresight and commitment of donors  who, having contributed generously to the WHO-led response to the outbreak, recognised the importance of dealing with its consequences.

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