AU to pool African resources to support Ebola response in DRC

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Until now more than 1,700 people in DRC have been killled due to Ebola that emerged about a year ago, said DRC's health ministry.

Strongly condemning the attacks against public health centers and health workers in the eastern part of the DRC, the Council urged all armed groups in Eastern DRC to observe an immediate ceasefire to allow public health workers to fulfill their mandate, consisting in saving lives of innocent civilians.

Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management and the EU's Ebola Co-ordinator, said: "The fight against the epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo stands at a crucial juncture".

New healthcare worker and nosocomial infections continue to be reported in Beni and other affected health areas, despite substantial infection prevention and control interventions, with 141 reported so far. We are providing new support to the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organisation, and humanitarian partners on the ground.

Against the backdrop of a wider deteriorating humanitarian crisis, European Union assistance will also address urgent humanitarian needs in Ebola-affected and high-risk areas by providing food, nutrition and access to health services and clean water.

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According to the Ministry, there have been no cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the country but there is a high risk of virus entering and transmission in the country.

According to MSF, reported cases since early June average between 75 and 100 each week.

The WHO declared the Ebola outbreak an worldwide health emergency earlier in July, after the haemorrhagic fever spread to Goma, a major urban centre near the border with Rwanda.

"Ebola is a disease that can be controlled without a vaccine". Since February 2019, the European Union is supporting with nearly €6 million the provision of free health care services over a period of six months in eight Ebola-affected areas within the framework of the current Ebola Response Plan.

The US $300 million in World Bank financing announced today comes in addition to the US$100 million disbursed by the World Bank and the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) in response to the current Ebola Outbreak in DRC since August 2018 Details on the Bank's total financing for the DRC Ebola response to date are available here.

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