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Second Ebola vaccine to be introduced in DRC in mid-October – WHO

Sep 23, 2019 - 4:02 PM

(UPDATED) The announcement comes as the aid group Doctors Without Borders accuses the WHO of rationing the first Ebola vaccine in the Democatic Republic of the Congo

WHO accused of rationing Ebola vaccine in DR Congo

Sep 23, 2019 - 12:58 PM

'One of the main problems currently is the fact that in practice the vaccine is rationed by the WHO and that too few people at risk are protected today,' Doctors without Borders says

DR Congo ex-minister accused of $4.3 million embezzlement

Sep 15, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Authorities say former health minister Oly Ilunga is accused of 'misdemeanours of the mismanagement of funds allocated to the Ebola response'

36 people missing after boat sinks in Congo river

Sep 15, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Authorities say the cause of the accident is still unknown

DR Congo ex-health exec nabbed for stealing Ebola funds

Sep 14, 2019 - 10:56 PM

Officials say former health minister Oly Ilunga was about to flee the country when he was arrested

EBOLA VACCINE. Nurses working with the WHO (World Health Organization) administer the Ebola vaccine to a local doctor at the town all of Mbandaka on May 21, 2018 during the launch of the Ebola vaccination campaign. Photo by Junior Kannah/AFP

U.N. chief vows continued support for DR Congo army

Sep 01, 2019 - 7:18 PM

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres says the UN peacekeeping mission, the Congolese army, and national police 'will continue to work together to return peace and security to the region'

ON GUARD. Blue helmet members of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo MONUSCO sit on the back of a UN pick-up truck on October 23, 2014 in Beni. Photo by Alain Wandimoyi / AFP

DR Congo unveils new government after months-long delay

Aug 26, 2019 - 8:27 PM

'The government is finally here. The president has signed the decree and we will begin work soon,' says Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga

First Ebola cases surface in DR Congo's South Kivu province

Aug 17, 2019 - 7:58 PM

The Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola epidemic has claimed more than 1,900 lives since erupting last August 2018

EBOLA. In this file photo taken on November 6, 2018 in Bunia, in Ituri province, a health worker puts on his personal protective equipment before entering the red zone of a Doctors Without Borders-supported Ebola Treatment Centre, where he will check up on patients.

Bolick on fire but Gilas succumbs to Congo in Spain

Aug 10, 2019 - 8:43 AM

Gilas Pilipinas misses a chance to face Spain's powerhouse national team of NBA players following a loss to Congo in the Torneo de Malaga

YOUNG GUN. Robert Bolick proves he belongs in the national team. Photo from Facebook/OneSportsHDPH


Norwood a game-time decision for Gilas vs Congo in Spain

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:13 PM

Gabe Norwood continues to nurse a mild groin injury that sidelined him in a friendly match against Ivory Coast

UNCERTAIN. Gabe Norwood may miss another game for Gilas Pilipinas in Spain. Photo from FIBA


Gilas crushes Congo behind Blatche, Aguilar in Spain camp

Aug 07, 2019 - 8:16 AM

Gilas Pilipinas takes Congo to school, virtually securing the victory even with a quarter to spare

TOO HOT. Andray Blatche carries the scoring cudgels for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Facebook/OneSportsHDPH


Rwanda shuts DR Congo border after Ebola cases in frontier city

Aug 01, 2019 - 11:24 PM

The announcement coincides with the first anniversary of an epidemic that has claimed more than 1,800 lives, stoking dread that the disease may spread from eastern DRC to vulnerable neighbors

BORDER. This August 1, 2019 image shows the deserted no man's land at the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda in Goma. Rwanda has shuttered its frontier with Ebola-hit Democratic Republic of Congo after a third case of the deadly virus was detected in the border city of Goma, the Congolese presidency said on August 1, 2019. Photo by Pamela Tulizo/AFP

DR Congo Ebola epidemic widens on eve of first anniversary

Aug 01, 2019 - 11:42 AM

A total of 1,803 lives have been lost in the second worst outbreak of Ebola on record

Health workers wear protective gear to mix water and chlorine in Goma on July 31, 2019. A second person has died of Ebola in the eastern DR Congo city of Goma, a major transport hub, the country's pointman for the epidemic told AFP on July 31, 2019. PAMELA TULIZO / AFP

DR Congo health minister resigns after replaced as Ebola spearhead

Jul 23, 2019 - 12:00 PM

'As a result of your decision to place the response to the Ebola outbreak under your direct supervision... I hereby submit my resignation as health minister,' Oly Ilunga wrote in a resignation letter to President Felix Tshisekedi.

EBOLA VACCINE. Nurses working with the WHO (World Health Organization) administer the Ebola vaccine to a local doctor at the town all of Mbandaka on May 21, 2018 during the launch of the Ebola vaccination campaign. Photo by Junior Kannah/AFP

DR Congo Ebola outbreak an emergency of global concern – WHO

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:53 AM

'It is time for the world to take notice,' says World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, accepting the advice of his advisory board to invoke the emergency provision

ALERT. A motor taxi driver gets his hands washed at an Ebola screening station on the road between Butembo and Goma on July 16, 2019 in Goma. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Ebola patient in DR Congo city of Goma has died – governor

Jul 16, 2019 - 11:55 PM

The case – the first in a major urban hub in the region's nearly year-old epidemic of the disease – sparks deep concern in neighboring Rwanda and at the United Nations

SCREENING. Congolese are seen lining up to wash their hands and get their temperatures taken at a Ebola screening station on the road between Butembo and Goma on July 16, 2019 Photo by JOhn Wessels/AFP

DR Congo urges calm after Ebola case in key city

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:06 AM

The UN's World Health Organization (WHO) describes as a 'potential game-changer' the Ebola case in Goma, a border city with a population of one million which has transport links to other parts of the DRC and beyond

VACCINE. A man receives a vaccine against Ebola from a nurse outside the Afia Himbi Health Center on July 15, 2019 in Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Pamela Tulizo/AFP

Congolese 'Terminator' rebel guilty of war crimes

Jul 08, 2019 - 6:29 PM

ICC head judge Robert Fremr says Bosco Ntaganda was a 'key leader' who gave orders to 'target and kill civilians' in DR Congo's volatile, mineral-rich Ituri region in 2002 and 2003

GUILTY. Former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda arrives for his trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands, on July 8, 2019. Photo by Eva Plevier/various sources/AFP

Ebola death toll breaks 1,500 mark in DR Congo

Jun 25, 2019 - 8:27 AM

As of Sunday, June 23, 1,506 people have died out of 2,239 recorded Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo

A health worker wears protective gears at the Mpondwe Health Screening Facility in the Uganda border town with the Democratic Republic of Congo, on June 13, 2019. A grandmother in Uganda has died from Ebola, health officials said on June 12, 2019, the second fatality in the country since a major outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo crossed the border. ISAAC KASAMANI / AFP

Tanzania 'in danger' following Ebola cases in neighbor Uganda – minister

Jun 16, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Tanzania Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu says the alert is necessary given the frequent interactions between Tanzanian and Ugandan people 'via the official borders or by other, unofficial channels'

EBOLA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) puts on her Personal Protective Equipment during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani /AFP

WHO emergency panel meets on Ebola after Uganda deaths

Jun 14, 2019 - 11:25 PM

The current Ebola crisis, which began in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last August, has recorded more than 2,000 cases, including 1,411 deaths

FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) gets ready as she checks her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in front of the mirror during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani/AFP

Boy dies of Ebola in Uganda as virus spreads from DR Congo

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:54 PM

The World Health Organization confirms that Uganda has now recorded 3 cases of Ebola, in the first spread across the country's porous western border with the Democratic Republic of Congo

FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) gets ready as she checks her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in front of the mirror during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani/AFP

Ebola cases in DR Congo break 2,000 mark

Jun 05, 2019 - 12:29 AM

There have been fewer attacks on Ebola teams by armed groups, which means health workers have 'recovered some of the lost time to contain the spread of the epidemic'

EBOLA DEATHS. Health workers prepare to bury a coffin containing a victim of the ebola virus on May 16, 2019 in Butembo. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

High-security Ebola burials spark dismay, anger in DR Congo

May 21, 2019 - 12:09 PM

Funeral ceremonies for ebola victims are carried out in sanitized conditions, with relatives and friends kept at a distance. This is a traumatic break with traditions that demand the body of a loved-one be seen or touched.

BURYING EBOLA VICTIMS. A police officer escorts the coffins containing two victims of ebola as they enter a graveyard on May 16, 2019 in Butembo. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Gunmen kill 19 at fish market in northeast DR Congo

May 19, 2019 - 11:04 PM

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack

U.N. official blasts violence against Ebola teams in DR Congo

May 11, 2019 - 9:39 PM

The Ebola fightback has already been hampered by an uptick in insecurity and attacks on medical teams amid resistance within some communities to preventative measures, care facilities, and safe burials

RED ZONE. A health worker puts on his personal protective equipment (PPE) before entering the red zone of a MSF (Doctors Without Birders) supported Ebola Treatment Center (ETC), where he will check up on patients on November 6, 2018 in Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

10 million people displaced internally by conflict in 2018

May 11, 2019 - 12:01 PM

'It is really a mind-boggling figure,' NRC chief Jan Egeland tells reporters. 'It takes extreme violence and fear of disasters to force a family out of their home, their land, their property, their community.'

Somali internally displaced people (IDPs) wait in a line for food distribution in Mogadishu on May 22, 2018. File photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab / AFP

Ebola death toll to pass 1,000 – U.N.

May 04, 2019 - 12:01 AM

'We are anticipating a scenario of continued, intense transmission,' says Michael Ryan, the executive director of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme

EBOLA. In this file photo taken on March 9, 2019 health workers are seen inside the 'red zone' of an Ebola treatment center in Butembo. File photo by John Wessels/AFP

DR Congo mourns as 127 feared dead in boat sinking

Apr 18, 2019 - 10:25 PM

13 are confirmed dead, while 114 are still missing after a boat capsized in Lake Kivu

Ebola death toll in DRC passes 750: WHO

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Poor security owing to the presence of armed groups, coupled with resistance of some communities to seeking treatment, hampers the fight to stem the spread of the disease.

AFTERMATH. In this file photo taken on March 9, 2019 health workers are seen inside the 'red zone' of an Ebola treatment center, which was attacked in the early hours of the morning in Butembo. Photo by John Wessels / AFP

Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo 'spreading faster' – Red Cross

Apr 12, 2019 - 1:46 PM

The latest outbreak of the virus has killed more than 700 people

EBOLA IN CONGO. In this handout photograph released by UNICEF on May 13, 2018, a health worker wears protective equipment as he looks on at Bikoro Hospital - the epicenter of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo - on May 12, 2018, which has sealed off a ward to diagnose suspected Ebola patients and provide treatment. Photo by Mark Naftalin/UNICEF/AFP

Ebola toll tops 700 in DR Congo

Apr 06, 2019 - 8:05 PM

The current outbreak is the second worst to date

Vietnam seizes 9 tons of suspected ivory from Congo

Mar 29, 2019 - 2:21 PM

The ivory-stuffed timber logs are discovered Tuesday at Danang's main port on a ship from the Republic of Congo in central Africa

IVORY. This picture released by Vietnam News Agency on March 28,2019 shows Vietnamese customs officials inspecting seized suspected ivory inside a timber shipment in a warehouse in Danang.  Photo by Vietnam News Agency/AFP

Ebola outbreak 'under control' in part of eastern DR Congo

Feb 21, 2019 - 7:02 AM

The health ministry of the Democratic Republic of Congo says there are no new confirmed cases of Ebola in the Beni area for the past 21 days

QUARNTINE. In this file photo taken on June 13, 2017, Health workers work at an Ebola quarantine unit in Muma, after a one case of Ebola was confirmed in their village. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Shootings kill 8 in eastern DR Congo

Feb 17, 2019 - 10:21 PM

'The population is angry at the authorities' lethargy,' a youth leader says

DR Congo election loser calls for rematch

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:03 AM

Fayulu says the DRC's Independent National Election Commission (CENI) had 'quite simply fabricated the results it published'

FAYULU SUPPORTERS. Supporters of the runner up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's presidential elections, Martin Fayulu, sing and dance ahead of a rally against the presidential results on February 2, 2019 in Kinshasa. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Ebola death toll surges in DR Congo

Jan 26, 2019 - 9:08 AM

The rising death toll emphasizes the challenge of controlling the epidemic in the strife-torn east and is just one of a host of complex issues facing the new president

EPIDEMIC. An unconfirmed Ebola patient rests in the Ebola Treatment Center on August 15, 2018 in Beni. Photo by John Wessels / AFP

DR Congo ushers in new president in historic transition

Jan 24, 2019 - 9:38 PM

(UPDATED) 'The campaign we had to run... got the better of me,' says Felix Tshisekedi, apologizing for the interruption

HISTORIC. In this file photo taken on October 12, 2017 Felix Tshisekedi, leader of the main Democratic Republic of Congo opposition party, The Union for Democracy and Social Progress, speaks during a press conference in his residence in Kinshasa. File photo by John Wessels/AFP

DR Congo presidential inauguration set for January 24

Jan 23, 2019 - 8:38 PM

It will be the first peaceful transition of power in the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which gained independence from Belgium in 1960

Felix Tshisekedi gestures as he is surrounded by his wife, relatives and supporters of his UDPS party, a few minutes after he was declared winner of the presidential election following the announcement of the provisional results by the Independent National Electoral Commission, in his father's historic residence in Limete, Kinshasa on January 10, 2019. File photo by Caroline Thirion/AFP

DR Congo court confirms Tshisekedi winner of disputed presidential election

Jan 20, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The Constitutional Court says Felix Tshisekedi had won by a simple majority, paving the way for him to take over from longterm leader Joseph Kabila

WINNER. In this file photo, presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi leaves after a meeting between CENI, SADC and other presidential candidates in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo on December 29, 2018, one day ahead of the General Elections. File photo by Luis Tato/AFP

DR Congo court to rule on disputed poll, snubbing African Union

Jan 19, 2019 - 11:44 PM

The dispute over the December 30 presidential vote has raised fears that the political crisis could turn into a bloodbath

DISPUTED POLLS. A supporter of Felix Tshisekedi, DR Congo's opposition politician declared winner of the December's presidential poll, demonstrates in the streets of Kinshasa on January 19, 2019 as they wait for an expected ruling in a case of another opposition candidate challenging the controversial result announced by the Commission electorale nationale independante (CENI). Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

DRC opposition chief wins vote as rival, church cry foul

Jan 10, 2019 - 1:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Election officials name Felix Tshisekedi, son of the country's long-term opposition leader, provisional winner of the troubled vote to replace President Joseph Kabila

WINNER. Presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi leaves after a meeting between CENI, SADC and other presidential candidates in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo on December 29, 2018, one day ahead of the General Elections. File photo by Luis Tato/AFP

DR Congo on edge as deadline for election result looms

Jan 05, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Frustrations have been building steadily since the election after the authorities cut Internet access and blocked broadcasts by Radio France Internationale

A woman transports an electronic voting machine from a polling station in Kinshasa, on December 31, 2018 the morning after the presidential elections. - The Democratic Republic of Congo on December 31, 2018 began counting ballots from a presidential election marked by delays and fears of violence and vote-rigging, straining hopes for its first-ever peaceful transfer of power. (Photo by Marco LONGARI / AFP)

DR Congo curbs French radio station RFI in tension vote

Jan 02, 2019 - 8:28 PM

Authorities revoke Radio France Internationale correspondent Florence Morice for alleged violation of electoral law and code of good conduct for foreign journalists

REVOKED. The DR Congo government withdraws RFI correspondent Florence Maurice's coverage accreditation over alleged breach of election laws. Photo from Twitter

Western powers urge DR Congo to restore Internet

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Internet access is cut on Monday afternoon for an indefinite period on the orders of the government, says internet operator Global

POLL. A woman transports an electronic voting machine from a polling station in Kinshasa, on December 31, 2018 the morning after the presidential elections. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP

Volatile DR Congo votes after two-year delay

Dec 30, 2018 - 2:20 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Analysts say the threat of violence is great, given the many organizational problems and wide-ranging suspicion of President Joseph Kabila, who is stepping down

POLLS. A man casts his vote at the Katendere voting centre in Goma on December 30, 2018. Photo by Patrick Meinhardt/AFP

Volatile DR Congo braces for troubled election

Dec 28, 2018 - 2:05 PM

If all goes well, one will be sworn in on January 18 – the very first time that the DRC will have achieved a peaceful transition of power since gaining independence in 1960

ELECTIONS. Supporters of Democratic Republic of Congo joint opposition presidential candidate Martin Fayulu sing and dance as they wait for him to address the crowd after his arrival in Kinshasa to launch his campaign on November 21, 2018. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Strike call, protests in DR Congo after new election delay

Dec 27, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Demonstrators took the streets after the Democratic Republic of Congo's national election panel announced that elections will be postponed in several areas until March

DELAYED ELECTIONS. Electoral banners are displayed in the Ndjili district of Kinshasa on December 19, 2018, after campaigning for Democratic Republic of Congo's general elections was called off in Kinshasa by the authorities on security grounds. File Photo by Luis Tato/AFP

U.N. hopes Congolese can 'freely' vote after delay

Dec 23, 2018 - 7:33 PM

The United Nations Security Council calls on all parties to 'engage peacefully and constructively in the electoral process'

ICC prosecutor says risk of 'grave crimes' in Congo ahead of vote

Dec 20, 2018 - 9:36 PM

Problems pile up ahead of the Congolese vote, with violence at electoral rallies, inter-ethnic conflict, militia attacks in the east and an Ebola outbreak