May 2020 Newsletter – download here
We thought Ebola was finished. There need to be 42 clear days without a case. But at day 40 there was a case in Beni. On 11th April 2020, the Ministry of Health confirmed the death from Ebola of a 26-year-old man in the city of Beni in North Kivu province. An 11-month-old girl treated at the same health centre also died, it was announced on Sunday, and a 7-year-old girl is currently being treated for the virus.
It marks a significant blow for the Central African country, which had previously recorded its last Ebola case on 17 February and was on the verge of ending an outbreak that has killed more than 2200 people since August 2018.
Meanwhile measles has killed 6,000, mostly children. A vaccination programme would have prevented them all.
There are isolated cases of Covid-19 in DRC, but no widespread infection at this time.