Health in Congo Kinshasa

  • Doctors in DRC suspend strike after deal with government

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2017/09/09 Congolese doctors suspended a two week strike over better pay in public hospitals on Wednesday (September 06), the major medical union has said. SYNAMED, Congo’s major doctors union said the Democratic Republic of Congo’s government had agreed to their demands for a fee increase. Currently, Congo’s doctors working in public hospitals earn about 350 USD a month, and want their pay increased to 1,000 USD a month, to help them adjust to the high rate of inflation.
  • WHO lauds Africa’s progress in malaria, HIV control

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/29 The World Health Organisation (WHO), has commended the African region for making significant evolution in malaria control in the last five years. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, said malaria incidence and mortality rates had declined by 42 % and 66 % respectively between 2000 and 2015. Moeti made the commendation in Kigali, Rwanda, while speaking at the Initial Africa Health Forum, launched by WHO, Africa and the Government of Rwanda.
  • WHO Africa Health Forum App Leads the Way

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/16 You can meet the majority interesting people at conferences. If you can make your way through the sea of people to get to them. The initial Africa Health Forum organised by the World Health Organisation African region was no different - hundreds and hundreds of enthusiastic participants filling the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda, determined to find their way to universal healthcare (UHC) on the continent. The forum promised to examine WHO AFRO's vision for health and development across the continent, explore concrete ways for partners to contribute to the work of the organization, meet the challenges that young people face, and provide a platform to talk about innovative strategies for the public health challenges that Africa just can't seem to shake.
  • Congo-Kinshasa: Congo Is Ebola Virus Free, Says Minister

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2017/07/02 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared its month Ebola outbreak over on Saturday next 42 days without recording a new case of the virus. "I declare on this day, at midnight, the end of the outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever of the Ebola virus in DRC," Minister of Health in the country, Mr Oly Ilunga, said in a statement. Health officials say Congolese health authorities approved the use of a new experimental vaccine but from presently on declined to deploy it due to the small scale of the outbreak and logistical challenges.
  • Discover #YellowSunday, the campaign to support, train and empower women in Democratic Republic of the Congo

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2017/05/18 #YellowSunday, a Congolese–led initiative, is hoping to raise funds to enable 1,000 women living in conflict and post-conflict zones in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to train as nurses. The Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations, which labelled the DRC as the worse place to be a woman, in 2015 found that additional than 60% of Congolese women aged 15-49 had experienced violence. Several million women and girls have been subjected to rape, which is used as a weapon of war. In a country that is the size of Western Europe, there are only 28,789 nurses for an estimated people of 77 million – one of the lowest ratios in the world.
  • AIDS still number one cause of death in Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2016/07/20 The United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has disclosed that despite successes chalked in the fight against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a lot additional needed to be done particularly in Africa. UNICEF’s Executive Director, Anthony Lake, revealed that adolescents were generally dying of AIDS at an alarming rate and that the disease remained the leading cause of death in Africa.
  • Cholera outbreak kills 52 in DR Congo

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2015/09/29 At least 52 people have died out of 1,078 cases of cholera that have been reported since January in Maniema province, central Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), the country's Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi said on Wednesday. "This is the initial time that Maniema province has had a cholera outbreak, and that is why it was the responsibility of the central government to make the announcement," the minister said in Kinshasa.
  • Global Malaria Target Met Amid Sharp Drop in Cases

    BOTSWANA, 2015/09/22 Malaria death rates have plunged by 60 % since 2000, but the ancient killer remains an acute public health problem with 15 nations mainly in sub-Saharan Africa accounting for some 80 % of cases and deaths globally, according to a new United Nations statement released today. “World malaria control is one of the great public health success stories of the completed 15 years,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO). “It’s a sign that our strategies are on target, and that we can beat this ancient killer, which still claims hundreds of thousands of lives, mostly children, each year.”
  • Unicef, UN Health Agency Report Increase in Immunization Figures for World's Children

    BOTSWANA, 2015/07/18 An increasing number of children are receiving life-saving vaccinations around the world, according to the new data released by two United Nations agencies. In a press release issued before today, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) confirmed that the number of nations reaching and sustaining 90 % vaccination coverage for their children with the required three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis containing vaccines (DTP3) had doubled since 2000. In 2000, 21 million children did not receive even a initial dose of DTP, a figure that has presently dropped to 12 million, the WHO and UNICEF said.
  • Switzerland-WHO: No link between Ebola outbreaks in DRC, West Africa

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2014/09/03   'The virus is the Zaire strain, in a lineage most closely related to a virus from the 1995 Ebola outbreak in Kikwit, DRC,' . It said results from virus characterisation, together with findings from the epidemiological investigation, were definitive: the outbreak in DRC is a distinct and independent event, with no relationship to the outbreak in west Africa. WHO said the Zaire strain of the virus is indigenous to that country.