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Ebola clinical trials begin in DR Congo

Congolese authorities last weekend approved clinical trials for four experimental Ebola treatments in the Central African nation. According to local media, health workers have already administered therapeutic treatments to more than 150 Ebola patients since August. The treatment will be free of charge, the health ministry said in a statement. “Precious information about the effectiveness […]

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DRC: cholera outbreak claims 857 lives – WHO

The Democratic Republic of Congo has recorded 857 cholera deaths since the beginning of the year, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday. The statistics released by the UN body show over 25,000 officially registered cases in the war-torn nation. At least one case has been reported in 21 of the country’s 26 provinces, with […]

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Congos ink deal to build $550 Mln Bridge

The African Development Bank, Congo and the Republic of Congo have signed an agreement to build a bridge across Africa’s mighty Congo River, the first to link the capital cities of Kinshasa and Brazzaville. The deal was signed on the sidelines of the Africa Investment Forum (AIF) in Johannesburg. The African Development Bank said it […]

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DRC opposition to unite behind single presidential candidate

Opposition candidates in the Democratic Republic of Congo are gathering in Switzerland this week to unite behind a candidate for the December 23 presidential polls in the mineral-rich nation. Felix Tshisekedi, the son of DR Congo’s late veteran opposition figurehead Etienne Tshisekedi, who leads the Union for Democracy and Social Progress, UPDS, has emerged as […]

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DRC: Security Council urges responder-safety focus, as Ebola outbreak worsens

The United Nations Security Council has voiced “serious concern” over the impact of deteriorating security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on the response to the deadly Ebola outbreak and fears that the virus could spread further into the country and the wider region. A large country in central Africa, DRC has […]

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Over 330,000 Congolese migrants at risk after mass deportations from Angola – UN rights chief

The United Nations human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, on Friday warned that the forcible mass expulsion of Congolese migrants from Angola has resulted in “serious human rights violations by security forces on both sides of the border” and left at least 330,000 returnees in an “extremely precarious situation”. This month, some 330,000 people have reportedly […]

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Ebola in DR Congo: UN chief ‘outraged’ by recent killings of civilians, health workers

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres said on Monday he is “outraged by the continued killing and abduction of civilians by armed groups” near Beni, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s North Kivu region, which has been grappling with an Ebola outbreak since August. Mr. Guterres condemned Saturday’s attack in the town of […]

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Congo: Ebola outbreak to worsen—WHO

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo is likely to worsen significantly, World Health Organization’s emergency committee of experts said on Wednesday. There have been 139 deaths and 215 probable and confirmed cases in the outbreak, which was declared on Aug. 1. According to the WHO, the outbreak could spread at any time to […]

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WHO calls crisis meeting over deadly Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has called an Emergency Committee meeting on the Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has already claimed around 130 lives. The WHO has assessed the national and regional risk of the current Ebola outbreak in DRC as “very high,” although […]

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DR Congo: Electoral process advancing despite threat of armed groups, UN envoy

December elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remain on course, but still face “major challenges”, including violence from armed groups in the country’s east, the top United Nations official in the country said on Thursday. The situation is most worrying in Beni, where civilians, security forces, and the UN peacekeeping mission in […]

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