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"DRC Ebola News (9/24/19)." CSIS Commission on Strengthening America's Health Security, Center for Strategic and International Studies, September 24, 2019. Accessed October 11, 2019. https://healthsecurity.csis.org/articles/drc-ebola-news-9-24-19/

Daily update for September 24th, 2019 on the Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Photo Credit: Mike Stone/Getty Images

There were 2 new cases as of September 23rd.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) accuses the World Health Organization (WHO) of restricting availability of the Ebola vaccine in DRC.

Tanzanian government summons WHO’s local representative over assertion that the government refused to share information on suspected cases.

Health Experts Fight Ebola in Congo, and Each Other

DRC MoH Statistics/WHO AFRO Dashboard (as of September 23)

WHO AFRO Dashboard

Total cases: 3,171

  • Confirmed cases: 3,059
  • Probable cases: 112
  • Suspected cases: 342

Deaths: 2,118

Vaccinated: 226,231

Doctors Without Borders Calls For More Transparency In Distribution Of Ebola Vaccine

NPR

By Paolo Zialcita, 9/23/19

In a statement released yesterday, MSF’s director of operations said that at least 2,000 people could be receiving the vaccine each day, instead of the maximum of 1,000 who are vaccinated daily currently. MSF has also called for the establishment of an “an independent, international coordination committee to facilitate more transparent management of the Ebola vaccination program”. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, wrote that such a committee could apply only to commercially licensed vaccines; the current vaccine requires more scientific research before being licensed. Ryan also defended WHO’s strategies, saying the UN agency is not limiting vaccine access but rather implementing recommendation by an independent advisory body of experts (SAGE) in agreement with the DRC government.

Tanzania summons World Health Organization rep over Ebola complaint

Reuters

By Fumbuka Ng’wanakilala, 9/24/19

A Tanzanian government spokesman said on Twitter that WHO country representative Tigest Ketsela Mengestu was summoned by deputy foreign affairs minister Damas Ndumbaro in Dar es Salaam. “The representative insisted that the WHO has not declared that there is Ebola in Tanzania, nor does it have any evidence on that and pledged to cooperate with the government,” he said. Officially, the Tanzanian government had said it had no confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola. The government did not address the death of the woman directly and did not provide further information.

Twitter

Tweet by Senator Bob Menendez– 9/24/19

@SenatorMenendez

Last night, the Senate approved my Ebola Eradication Act! ✅ This is one of the most pressing public health emergencies anywhere in the world & I’m pleased that the US will finally be able to mount a powerful, uninhibited response to this crisis. MORE: http://bit.ly/2mn8upX

Tweet by U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee– 9/23/19

@SenateForeign

The fight against #Ebola requires regional & international cooperation. Tanzania’s @MagufuliJP and @ForeignTanzania should make information available in line with its commitments under the global health security agenda to prevent infectious disease from spreading across borders.

Tweet by Amy Maxmen– 9/23/19

@amymaxmen

This report has incredible and awful details on the ongoing, largely ignored crisis in eastern DRC by @KivuSecurity. This suggests the rate of killings in just 2 Congo provinces, N and S Kivu, exceeds the rate of killing in Yemen …https://kivusecurity.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/reports/28/KST%20biannual%20report%20August%2012%20%281%29.pdf

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