"DRC Ebola News (9/20/19)." CSIS Commission on Strengthening America's Health Security, Center for Strategic and International Studies, September 20, 2019. Accessed June 12, 2020.

Daily update for September 20th, 2019 on the Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

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There were 7 new cases as of September 19th.

The intensity of the Ebola virus transmission in DRC increased slightly from last week.

There was a major security incident in Lwemba, within Mandima Health Zone, from 14-17 September.

Yesterday David Gressly announced his pledge to raise the funds needed to eradicate Ebola in Ituri after visiting the province.

DRC MoH Statistics/WHO AFRO Dashboard (as of September 19)

WHO AFRO Dashboard

Total cases: 3,157

  • Confirmed cases: 3,046
  • Probable cases: 111
  • Suspected cases: 445

Deaths: 2,108

Vaccinated: 223,231

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo



The security event was a community response to the death of a local healthcare worker from Ebola. Due to the violence that occurred during the incident, all activities have been suspended in the Lwemba area until further notice. This could lead to gaps or delays in the reporting of new Ebola cases in this hotspot area. Security incidents underscore the need for continued and proactive engagement and sensitizing of local communities throughout areas with active transmission and high-risk areas.

Under the WHO Pillar 1 of the current Strategic Response Plan, the estimated funding requirement for all partners for the period July to December 2019 is US$ 287 million, including US$ 120-140 million for WHO. As of 19 September 2019, close to US$ 60 million have been received by WHO, with further funds committed or pledged. Currently available funds will close the financing gap just up until the end of October 2019. Further resources are needed to fund the response through to December 2019.

RDC : David Gressly s’engage à mobiliser les fonds nécessaires pour éradiquer Ebola

Radio Okapi


David Gressly, United Nations Coordinator for Ebola in the DRC, says he will travel to New York City in the coming days to present the Ebola situation and seek the necessary resources to support the efforts of the partners involved in this fight. During his tour in Ituri, he expressed his delight with the discussions he had with partners on ground and community leaders. This week, Gressly also met with Secretary Azar and other officials from the current US Administration in Butembo, North Kivu.


Tweet by Helen Branswell– 9/19/19


4. The North Kivu-Ituri #Ebola outbreak has crossed a tragic threshold. At least 900 children have been infected in this outbreak to date. The @WHO report says 898 to Sept. 17 but there were 2 more yesterday, a 2 yo & an 18 mo. Both are dead.

Tweet by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus– 9/18/19


Ebola, cholera, measles - the most severe disease outbreaks usually occur in the places with the weakest health systems. As leaders we must “fix the roof before the rain comes” and take responsibility for emergency preparedness #AWorldatRisk

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