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Congo-Kinshasa:Cholera Threatens Congo's Capital As Hundreds Die From Lack of Treatment
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Democratic Republic of Congo is racing to contain a cholera outbreak that has swept through villages ravaged by conflict and is now spreading quickly in the overcrowded capital, officials and health workers said on Tuesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 15, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda:Shock As 9-Year-Old Dies of Strange Disease in Nakaseke
[Monitor] Nakaseke -Fresh fears of an attack by a strange disease with signs similar to the Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic fever are fast spreading in Nakaseke District after a 9-year old girl collapsed and died at Butalangu village just about 1km from the District headquarters on Thursday evening. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 15, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Women-friendly spaces offer safe haven for Congolese refugees in Angola
LOVUA, Angola – In a simple white tent in the L óvua refugee settlement in Angola, women and girls who fled the brutal conflict in Kasai, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, can find safe haven and support.The tent is one of two women-friendly spaces UNFPA has established in the settlement. These spaces offer women and girls a safe place to talk, receive information and participate in recreational activities.“When I take part in the activities here, I forget my worries and all my memories from Congo for a while,” said 17-year-old Musito. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - January 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Cholera Threatens Congo's Capital as Hundreds Die From Lack Of Treatment Cholera Threatens Congo's Capital as Hundreds Die From Lack Of Treatment
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Beyond the hype? The response to sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2011 and 2014 - Hilhorst D, Douma N.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has witnessed a high prevalence of sexual violence since the wars of the mid-1990s. The huge response to it commenced around the turn of the century, but turned to 'hype' towards 2010. The paper defines 'hypes' as... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Solar power brings light to Congolese refugees in Angola
LOUVA, Angola –Since the outbreak of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ’s Kasai region earlier this year, nearly 35,000 refugees have poured into Angola’s Lunda Norte Province.The population is highly vulnerable. Some 75 per cent of refugees from Kasai are women and children,according to UN reports. Many refugees have reported witnessing mass killings, rape and other human rights abuses during their flight from conflict. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - December 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa:Congo's Overlooked Kasai Crisis Sounds Alarm Bells
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -With millions of people on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was named the most neglected crisis of 2017 in a Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of aid agencies. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 25, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Building the rule of war: postconflict institutions and the micro-dynamics of conflict in eastern DR Congo - Lake M.
Why have peace-building and reconstruction efforts so frequently failed to create durable institutions that can deter or withstand resurgent violence in volatile sites of cyclical conflict? Extant theory predicts that new institutions can help overcome vio... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa:Thousands of Kasais to Benefit From UN Food and Nutrition Efforts
[UN News] Against the backdrop of severe hunger as a result of conflict in central Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations emergency food relief and food security agencies are stepping up their response to assist more than 100,000 people. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Forced sexual intercourse and its association with HIV status among people attending HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing in a healthcare center in Kinshasa (DRC) - Burgue ño E, Carlos S, Lopez-Del Burgo C, Osorio A, Stozek M, Ndarabu A, Muamba P, Tshisuaka P, de Irala J.
INTRODUCTION: Sexual violence, an HIV determinant, is an integrated behavior in the D.R.Congo. We aimed to analyze the prevalence of forced sexual intercourse (FSI) among people receiving HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing in a hospital in Kinshasa, and ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa:Agencies Boost Efforts to Alleviate Hunger in Greater Kasai
[WFP] Kinshasa -Against a backdrop of intense human suffering, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are joining forces to mitigate some of the effects of conflict in Greater Kasai. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

DR Congo: UN officials hail landmark convictions, life sentences in Kavumu child rape cases
The United Nations envoys dealing with sexual violence in conflict and the head of the Organization ’ s peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have welcomed the conviction of 11 Congolese militia fighters for raping dozens of children – including an 18-month-old toddler – in the vast country ’ s restive east. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - December 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa:Shortages Force Slashing of Food Rations in Kasai
[allAfrica] Cape Town -Food shortages have forced the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to slash food rations in the conflict-ridden DR Congo province of Kasai, where more than three-quarters of a million people have been displaced from their homes. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 19, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

400,000 Children Risk Starvation in Volatile Congo as Aid Dries Up 400,000 Children Risk Starvation in Volatile Congo as Aid Dries Up
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - December 14, 2017 Category: Surgery Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

40 years after first Ebola outbreak, survivors show signs they can stave off new infection
Survivors of the first known Ebola outbreak, which occurred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1976, may be key to development of vaccines and therapeutic drugs to treat future outbreaks, according to a new study led by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.UCLA researchers located the 14 Ebola survivors of the 1976 outbreak who, in January 2016, were still living in the same small, remote villages in the forests of the Équateur Province of northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The researchers obtained blood samples and health history reports from them. The data revealed evidence ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - December 14, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Forty years after first Ebola outbreak, survivors show signs they can stave off new infection
(University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences) Survivors of the first known Ebola outbreak, which occurred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1976, may be key to development of vaccines and therapeutic drugs to treat future outbreaks. UCLA researchers located the 14 Ebola survivors of the 1976 outbreak who, in January 2016, were still living in the same small, remote villages in the forests of the É quateur Province of northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 14, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Democratic Republic of the Congo Tackles Ghost Workers, Mobilizes Resources for Real Health Workers
Photo by Morgana Wingard for USAID (CC BY-NC 2.0)December 13, 2017Thanks to the power of data, government officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) discovered that 27% of health workers receiving government salaries and 42% of those receiving risk allowances in two large provinces —Kasaï Central and Kasaï—were ghost workers. In response, the Ministry of Public Health rapidly reallocated funds to cover 781 salaries and 2,613 risk allowances for real health workers, such as nurses and midwives who had previously been underpaid or uncompensated.Scarce resources make it challenging for the D...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Justice is delivered for the children of Kavumu
In an extraordinary and landmark ruling, 11 Congolese militia members were convicted today of crimes against humanity for murder and the rape of 38 young children. The verdict represents a stunning victory for the victims, their families, their community of Kavumu, where the crimes occurred, for the wide array of organizations that mobilized around them, and also for justice in the DRC. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - December 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New Year could bring more misery to children in DR Congo ’ s restive Kasai region, warns UNICEF
In the coming year, severe acute malnutrition could claim the lives of more than 400,000 children under the age of five in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ’ s volatile Kasai region, the United Nations Children ’ s Fund (UNICEF) warned Tuesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - December 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Rejection, acceptance and the spectrum between: understanding male attitudes and experiences towards conflict-related sexual violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo - Kelly J, Albutt K, Kabanga J, Anderson K, VanRooyen M.
BACKGROUND: Female survivors of sexual violence in conflict experience not only physical and psychological sequelae from the event itself, but often many negative social outcomes, such as rejection and ostracisation from their families and community. Male ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa:Condom Clothing Designer Shocks Congo Into HIV Awareness
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -"I have lost loved ones to HIV - that's what inspired me to do this" (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - December 9, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa:Hospitals That Act As Modern-Day Debtor Prisons Deny Rights and Dignity
[Chatham House] Hundreds of thousands of people are detained in hospitals against their will each year. Their crime? Being too poor to pay their medical bills. Robert Yates examines two practical steps that countries can take to eliminate this practice. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 6, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Running for her life: A journey of violence, displacement and healing
KAKUMA, Kenya– Dalia Asinde was married 16 years ago in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She was 22 and in love, she said. But her husband soon became violent – and relentless. She lost count of the beatings, insults and torments he delivered." I would never wish for any woman to experience what I did, " she told UNFPA.The abuse continued for years. At the same time, their family grew. By the time she had seven children, she lived in constant fear for her life. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - December 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa:DR Congo's Deadlocked Crises
[ICG] In an interview with Tagesschau's Alexander G öbel, Crisis Group's Central Africa Project Director Richard Moncrieff discusses DR Congo's many crises and how the international community can deal with the country's ongoing political blockage. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 4, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The development and implementation of a multi-couple therapy model with torture survivors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - Morgan E, Wieling E, Hubbard J, Kraus E.
In this article, we present development and feasibility of implementation of a multi-couple group for use with torture-surviving couples. The model was developed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in a community that experienced widespread torture dur... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

On World AIDS Day: "Look at Me Well"
Congolese rappers  Lexxus Legal and Sista Becky are amplifying a campaign to help wipe out the stigma associated with HIV: "Zwa Nga Bien." Language English (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - December 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kavita Menon Source Type: news

"Look at Me Well": World Aids Day 2017
Video"Look at Me Well": World Aids Day 2017November 30, 2017For World Aids Day 2017, Doctors Without Borders/M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF) launched a national multimedia awareness campaign "Zwa Nga Bien (Look at Me Well)" aimed at young urban audiences in Democratic Republic of Congo to address the stigma still associated with HIV in that country. Song by Lexxus Legal and Sista Becky. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - November 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Melissa Pracht Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa:Over 800 Dead in DRC Cholera Outbreak
[CAJ News] Kinshasa -MORE than 800 people have been killed as a result of a cholera epidemic linked to escalating conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The deaths of the 882 victims have been recorded from over 44 000 outbreaks since the beginning of the year. Authorities said while the cholera epidemic has been on a downward trend, however, a relatively large increase in the number of cases has been observed in the Kasai and Lomani provinces. The provinces of are the last to be affected by the epidemic and had n (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Connecting to Build a Safer and More Secure World
PATH. 02/2017 This two-page document describes a project to help advance the U.S. Government's pledge to support, assist, and empower countries in anticipating, preventing, and overcoming infectious disease outbreaks. This five-year effort is strengthening public health systems in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Senegal, Tanzania, and Vietnam. The report discusses how the global interconnectivity that creates the risk of pandemics also provides the means to collaborate on the systems and solutions that enable the world to prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource G...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

How we got the story about monkeypox
Earlier this year, Washington Post photographer Melina Mara and I traveled with scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to a village deep inside the Congo rain forest, reachable only by boat. The team was hunting for the origins of monkeypox, a mysterious and fatal disease. Monkeypox is a cousin to the deadly […]Related:Blood pressure of 130 is the new ‘high,’ according to first update of guidelines in 14 yearsGrilled-cheese sandwich suspected in young boy’s deathControversy erupts over plan to let Pentagon authorize unapproved drugs for battlefield use (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Unwanted pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and other risk factors for intimate partner violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - Tiruneh FN, Chuang KY, Ntenda PAM, Chuang YC.
In this study, we assessed the interrelationship among intimate partner violence (IPV), uninten... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

Aid Groups Sound Alarm on DRC Crisis
By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Nov 13 2017 (IPS)The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis and the international community must step in before it worsens, humanitarian agencies warn. The escalation of ethnic clashes in southeastern DRC in recent months has left millions displaced and on the verge of starvation.In the past year alone, the conflict has displaced nearly 2 million, 850,000 of whom are children and some of whom have fled to the neighboring nations of Angola and Zambia. DRC already had the highest number of new displacements in the world in 2016.Last month, the U...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Climate Change Crime & Justice Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Migration & Refugees Peace Religion TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Cells to Society: Native American Heritage/ Endowment / Research News
This study evaluates treatment outcomes from a clinical cohort with task-sharing between a clinical nurse practitioner and a medical officer. The researchers examined opportunities to increase treatment rates for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa.     Read more   Climate Change ...
Source: Johns Hopkins University and Health Systems Archive - November 9, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Landmark Child Rape Case in Congo Goes to Court
Today, in the small village of Kavumu in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 18 defendants are set to go on trial for the systematic rape of 46 young children over a period of four years. The case represents a landmark step in the fight against rape in Congo, a country marked by widespread sexual violence for decades. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) – along with TRIAL International, Panzi Hospital, and a host of Congolese partners – has worked to ensure evidence as well as survivors’ testimony will come to light in an open justice proceeding (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - November 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Clandestine Abortion Is Common in Kinshasa, and Procedures Are Often Unsafe
An estimated 146,700 abortions were performed in 2016 in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to a newstudy conducted by researchers at the University of Kinshasa and theGuttmacher Institute. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - November 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

DRC: Aid Urgently Needed in Rural Areas of Kasai
Press releaseDRC: Aid Urgently Needed in Rural Areas of KasaiNovember 07, 2017KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO —More aid is urgently needed in rural areas of Kasai province,Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as people come out of hiding a year after conflict flared in the region, according to the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/M édecins Sans Frontières (MSF).Alarming levels of malnutrition among young children indicate the severity of this neglected crisis. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - November 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jess Brown Source Type: news

DRC: Mobile Clinics Provide Much-Needed Aid in Kasai Region
Voice from the FieldDRC: Mobile Clinics Provide Much-Needed Aid in Kasai RegionNovember 07, 2017For over a year the Greater Kasai region of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been wracked by waves of violence sparked by the killing of a local chief by Congolese armed forces in August 2016. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - November 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

Bonobos help strangers without being asked
(Duke University) The impulse to be kind to strangers was long thought to be unique to humans, but research on bonobos suggests our species is not as exceptional in this regard as we like to think. Famously friendly apes from Africa's Congo Basin, bonobos will go out of their way to help a stranger get food even when there is no immediate payback, researchers show. What's more, they help spontaneously, without having to be asked first. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ghost Workers Aren ’t Spooky—They’re Expensive
November 06, 2017The Democratic Republic of the Congo found $2 million in savings when they used data to uncover absent health workers.When a country uses theiHRIS software to manage their human resources for health, they sometimes get a bonus.Because iHRIS can connect with other software, it can provide data connections that offer unexpected benefits for the managers and leaders of a health care system. Sometimes, just connecting data between iHRIS and another system can save money —a lot of money.But it takes some detective work.Oh, not the kind that involves trench coats and fedoras. The kind that takes patience a...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa:Pregnant Mothers Dying in DRC Ethnic Conflicts
[CAJ News] Kinshasa -PREGNANT women in regions torn apart by ethnic clashes are dying during delivery as conflicts make hospitals inaccessible. At least three women have died in Kabek é in the southeastern Tanganyika Province. The region is afflicted by long-running conflicts between the Twa and Bantu communities. About 3 000 people live in this locality. As conflicts and banditry recur, the area has become more isolated while roads and agricultural routes have deteriorated over the years. Subsequently, in Kabeké, (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 6, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Congo Child Rape Cases to Go to Trial
In the village of Kavumu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), families once endured the unspeakable: children abducted in the night and raped. Nearly five years after the first attacks and after an international mobilization of supporters, a trial to prosecute the alleged offenders will begin on Monday, November 6. Eighteen suspects will face charges, including a local politician. The trial will be a turning point for the fight against impunity in DRC, and civil society both locally and internationally played a decisive role in bringing about this historic moment. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Joint Statement on Kavumu From PHR, TRIAL International, and Panzi Hospital
In the village of Kavumu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), families once endured the unspeakable: children abducted in the night and raped. Nearly five years after the first attacks and after an international mobilization of supporters, a trial to prosecute the alleged offenders will begin on Monday, November 6. Eighteen suspects will face charges, including a local politician. The trial will be a turning point for the fight against impunity in DRC, and civil society both locally and internationally played a decisive role in bringing about this historic moment. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Congo-Brazzaville:Starvation Threatens Thousands of Congolese Children
[CAJ News] Kinshasa -AS many as 700 000 children could starve in the conflict-torn Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) unless food aid is secured. The head of the United Nations World Food Programme, David Beasley, warned this was one of the humanitarian catastrophes looming in the area. "We need access to those children, and we need money urgently," he said at the conclusion of his tour of the Central African country. Some 3,2 million people in the Kasai are severely food insecure, struggling to feed themse (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 1, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

WATCH: The Battle Against Sleeping Sickness
HuffPost traveled to Congo to document efforts to fight this deadly disease. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 31, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

WATCH: What Life Is Like With River Blindness
HuffPost traveled to Nigeria and Congo to document the fight against this preventable disease. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 30, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

WATCH: What Life Is Like When A Parasite Destroys Your Sight
HuffPost traveled to Nigeria and Congo to document the fight against this preventable disease. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 30, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news