Ebola survivor with bike helps ease fear in Congo

A motorcyclist and Ebola survivor is helping doctors overcome the local suspicions and fear which block their efforts to quarantine and treat patients with the deadly virus in Congo. (Oct. 21)

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Ebola outbreak in DRC remains emergency of “international concern” : WHO | AFP

The Ebola epidemic in DR Congo remains a “public health emergency of international concern” for three more months, World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus says at a press conference in Geneva. IMAGES

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High-stakes conflict threatens DR Congo gorillas | AFP

In the forests of Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bonané and other endangered eastern lowland gorillas are at the heart of a conflict. Their home is a haven in the province of South Kivu – a battleground for rival militias for a quarter of a century. For the past year, park rangers have been at war with Pygmy leaders. The indigenous leaders claim that they were robbed of their ancestral lands in the 1970s when the park was extended.

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How Ebola attacks the body | AFP Animé

Videographic on Ebola. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is to introduce a second vaccine next month to combat the Ebola virus, which has killed more than 2,100 people in the country, the World Health Organization said Monday.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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The Ebola virus | AFP Animé

Short videographic on Ebola. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is to introduce a second vaccine next month to combat the Ebola virus, which has killed more than 2,100 people in the country, the World Health Organization said Monday.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Ebola virus | AFP Animé

Videographic on Ebola. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is to introduce a second vaccine next month to combat the Ebola virus, which has killed more than 2,100 people in the country, the World Health Organization said Monday.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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French President greets Congo President | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron greets President of the Republic of Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso. IMAGES

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Study results suggest 2 Ebola drugs saving lives

Health authorities in Congo have halted an Ebola treatment study early with good news: Two of the four experimental drugs seem to be saving lives. (Aug. 13)

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DRC and Rwandan health ministers meet to discuss Ebola spread | AFP

Diane Gashumba and Pierre Kangudia, respective health ministers of Rwanda and the DR Congo, meet in the Rwandan border town of Gisenyi to discuss the ongoing Ebola epidemic. IMAGES

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Health checks ongoing at DRC-Rwanda border amid Ebola flare-up | AFP

Ebola response workers stationed at the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda conduct health checks on people moving across the busy frontier. The current epidemic in eastern DR Congo marked its first anniversary on Thursday with two more cases in the densely-populated border city of Goma. IMAGES

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WHO asks for DRC population to be ‘committed’ in fight against Ebola | AFP

The World Health Organisation deputy director general Ibrahima Socé Fall calls for the population in Goma, to be ‘committed’ in the fight against the epidemic of Ebola in eastern DR Congo. He was speaking before the announcement of a death in a major city and the quarantining of 15 people in a province that had previously escaped the disease.

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Traditional practices in DRC hamper Ebola fightback | AFP

In Goma, eastern DR Congo, health workers are redoubling their efforts following the first death caused by Ebola in this border city. Health authorities face several challenges in this densely populated region, where many pastors believe in the practice of healing through physical touch, which only helps spread the disease.

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Distrust undermines effort to fight Ebola in Congo

More than a year and 171,000 doses of a new vaccine have done little to stop the spread of Ebola in Congo. Health workers say many people fear the vaccine was created to kill them, while others cling to the ways of traditional healing. (July 24)

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Congo Ebola outbreak, a global health emergency

Ebola outbreak in Congo declared international health emergency after more than 1,600 deaths. (July 17)

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WHO holds vaccination campaign in Goma after Ebola patient death | AFP

WHO health workers vaccinate people who have been in contact with the a patient who died after being diagnosed with Ebola in the eastern DR Congo city of Goma. The case — the first in a major urban hub in the region’s nearly year-old epidemic of the disease — has sparked deep concern in neighbouring Rwanda and at the UN.

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Ebola case in DRC’s Goma ‘a warning’: WHO | AFP

A confirmed Ebola case in the key Democratic Republic of Congo city of Goma is “a warning” about the dangers of the outbreak, a top UN official says. SOUNDBITE

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DR Congo police break up banned opposition march in Kinshasa | AFP

Police in the DR Congo capital Kinshasa attempt to break up an opposition march, blocking a car carrying former presidential candidate Martin Fayulu. Around 50 police officers surrounded the vehicle in the middle of a main thoroughfare, Boulevard Lumumb, and used force to attempt to remove Fayulu supporters from their escort vehicles. IMAGES of police attempting to stop the protest

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Former DR Congo VP Bemba returns to Kinshasa | AFP

Former Congolese vice-president and opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba makes his second comeback to Kinshasa since his conviction was overturned in June 2018 by the International Criminal Court, after spending over 10 years in prison. He will address his supporters during a political rally in the afternoon. IMAGES

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Kinshasa: Commuting hell in DR Congo’s capital | AFP

Cities almost everywhere have transport problems — just ask people stuck in traffic jams or overcrowded trains for their opinion. But daily travel in Kinshasa, capital of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), may well have the best claim on World’s Worst Commuter Nightmare.

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Red Cross teams work to raise awareness of Ebola in Uganda | AFP

Red Cross teams work to raise awareness of the Ebola virus in the Uganda-DRC border area. Uganda has recorded three cases of Ebola in the first known cross-border spread since an outbreak began in eastern Congo last August. IMAGES from December 2018 of Red Cross workers raising awareness in Uganda

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How Ebola attacks the body | AFP Animé

Videographic on the deadly disease Ebola. DR Congo’s health ministry said late Monday that it had recorded more than 2,000 cases of Ebola, two-thirds of which had been fatal, since the disease broke out in the country’s east 10 months ago. VIDEOGRAPHIC

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The remains of DR Congo’s Etienne Tshisekedi arrive in Kinshasa | AFP

The remains of former DR Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi arrive in Kinshasa from Belgium for a funeral in his home country. Tshisekedi, a revered opponent of authoritarianism in the DR Congo, died in Belgium in 2017. His son, now President Felix Tshisekedi, had vowed to repatriate his remains.

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