Escalating violence is making the threat of COVID-19 even more worrying in the DRC, home to the largest internally displaced population in Africa and half a million refugees, according to the UN Refugee Agency.

After more than 7 weeks without a new case, the Democratic Republic of the Congo was due to declare the end of the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak on record Sunday. Instead, 2 new cases of the virus have set back the clock on that milestone.   Contact tracing is underway—…

What do COVID-19, Ebola, HIV, and SARS have in common? They all originated in animals—but their spread was enabled by human activity.  

COVID-19 restrictions put 9.5 million women and girls at risk of losing access to reproductive health services and possibly leading to 11,000 pregnancy-related deaths, according to Marie Stopes International, The Guardian reports

Habeeb Ahmad went through 2 failed courses of drugs for his COVID-19 infection. And then his family failed to get a third drug, remdesivir, theWashington Post reports.   The 41-year-old ophthalmologist and father of 3 remains intubated and unconscious in an ICU in Long…

Official numbers may indicate that Africa is being spared the worst of the COVID-19 outbreak—but the continent is waiting for the “ticking time bomb” to explode, Science reports.  

Health workers danced and sang in celebration as the DRC discharged its last Ebola patient yesterday, a milestone in the 42-day countdown to declaring the country Ebola-free, 

During the 2014 Ebola outbreak, Liberian volunteers helped limit the scope of the devastating epidemic with a simple strategy: Get the word out.   That approach could offer a template for other countries where government mistrust stymies outbreak response efforts.  

As Sierra Leone was in the throes of the 2014 Ebola crisis, there was an alarming uptick in adolescent pregnancies.   The number of 15-19-year-old girls who were pregnant or already mothers more than doubled from 30% to 65%. Myriad factors contributed: Quarantined Ebola…

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus kicked off the agency’s 146th Executive Board meeting in Geneva this morning with a rundown of WHO-led accomplishments in 2019—and a call for solidarity in the face of a challenging year ahead.