13 June 2013: Since 2011, large measles outbreaks have swept through the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), claiming the lives of an estimated 4,000 people. Forty-nine of the country’s 515 health districts are currently in epidemic, and they have reported 750 deaths in the first half of 2013.
The provinces of Equateur, Orientale, North Kivu and South Kivu account for 79 per cent of all reported cases of measles in the DRC. With 554 deaths out of the total 750, these provinces are also the deadliest, with a case fatality rate of 73 per cent.
5 June 2013: The ongoing armed and political conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) has caused a major humanitarian crisis in the region, affecting an estimated 4.5 million people. Frequent attacks on civilians have forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes to neighbouring countries. Some 37,000 people have fled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) via 26 entry points along the countries’ shared border.
CERF gives $750,000 in response to Ebola in DRC
26 September 2012: An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has killed 32 people in Orientale Province in north-eastern Congo, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
There are another 82 suspected cases in the country.