"DRC Ebola News (8/26/19)." CSIS Commission on Strengthening America's Health Security, Center for Strategic and International Studies, August 26, 2019. Accessed September 16, 2019. https://healthsecurity.csis.org/articles/drc-ebola-news-8-26-19/
There were 8 new cases as of August 25th.
As the case number approach 3000, Mike Ryan, WHO’s executive director of emergency programs, voices the need to reflect and change the direction of the outbreak.
The World Bank announced US$50 million in funding to be released to WHO for the current outbreak.
Seven months after President Felix Tshisekedi’s inauguration, DRC has announced a new coalition government.
DRC MoH Statistics/WHO AFRO Dashboard
Total cases: 2,978
- Confirmed cases: 2,873
- Probable cases: 105
- Suspected cases: 397
WHO: Ebola numbers underscore need for changes, funding
At a media briefing in Geneva on Friday, Mike Ryan said there are worrying extensions of the disease and responders need donor funding to bring the outbreak under control. Though the vaccine is highly effective and two experimental Ebola treatments were found to be very promising, their impact is limited if patients aren’t treated and if vaccinators can’t reach contacts, either due to community resistance or insecurity, he said. Ryan said the price tag for the public health part of the response is $278 million, and the WHO has asked for $120 million. So far, the WHO has received $15.33 million, and officials believe $62 million are in the pipeline, based on donor pledges, resulting in a $60 million gap.
Shortly after Ryan’s briefing the World Bank announced $50 million to close the funding gap through the end of September. The amount includes $30 million from the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility and $20 million from the World Bank. In a statement, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus lauded the World Bank and added that the WHO eagerly anticipates further funding from other donors. The World Bank said the grants are part of a larger financial package worth about $300 million that it announced in July.
DRC announces new government 7 months after president inaugurated
The power-sharing agreement saw 23 members of the executive drawn from Tshisekedi’s Direction For Change party, and the remaining 42 from former long-time president Joseph Kabila’s Common Front for Congo (FCC) coalition. Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba said the delay in forming the government was a result of both sides needing time to “remove everything that could be an obstacle” to its “functioning”. About three-quarters of those in the new administration were serving in government for the first time, he added, hailing this as an “important innovation”. Tshisekedi took office in January after winning a December 30 election which observers said was marred by irregularities and opponents denounced as rigged.
Tweet by Mark Green– 8/26/19
Last week I was in the #DRCongo where I urged government officials for immediate action to address the underlying issues impeding efforts to end the #Ebola outbreak. Read my op-ed here about how we are responding:
Tweet by Helen Branswell– 8/24/19
8. Finally, I’m posting this map, mainly because it’s clear and so few are. It also gives a decent sense of 1) how stretched out this outbreak is & 2) where most of the cases are. Grey & white=none. Other than that, the darker the tone, the more cases.
Tweet by Gavi– 8/23/19
“The Ebola vaccine is very helpful for #GlobalHealthSecurity because if you build up immunity to Ebola then you won’t see big outbreaks that take the lives of citizens and healthcare workers.” -Wilhelmina Jallah, Minister of Health for #Liberia #VaccinesWork