Security Council gravely concerned by Ebola outbreak in DR Congo, demands immediate end to violence hampering response

WHO/Lindsay Mackenzie On 20 June 2018, a member of the WHO Ebola ring vaccination team vaccinates a man in Bosolo village, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.


The UN Security Council on Friday expressed grave concern about the current Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and stressed the urgency of broad cooperation in the response, as “the disease could spread rapidly, including to neighbouring countries, possibly having serious humanitarian consequences and impacting regional stability.”

In a statement presented by Jacek Czaputowicz, Foreign Minister of Poland, which holds the Council’s presidency for the month of August, the 15-member body emphasized the need for continued cooperation and coordination with the DRC Government to address the Ebola outbreak, as well as with the States in the region.

Noting “the challenging operating environment”, the Council reiterated its appreciation for the efforts of the Government, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other UN agencies, the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), the African Union, humanitarian organizations, international donors and all supporting the response to contain the disease and treat Ebola patients.

The Council also stressed the need for Government and civil society in affected and at-risk countries “to work urgently with relevant partners” to improve their preparedness for preventing, detecting and responding to possible cases, as well as to implement optimal vaccine strategies that have maximum impact on curtailing the outbreak.

Reiterating their serious concern regarding the security situation in the areas affected by the Ebola outbreak, particularly attacks on humanitarian and medical personnel exclusively engaged in medical duties, “which is severely hampering the response efforts and facilitating the spread of the virus in the DRC and the wider region” Council members called for an immediate cessation of hostilities by all armed groups.

“The Security Council condemns in the strongest terms all attacks against and threats intentionally directed against medical personnel,” said the statement, which also spotlighted the Council’s “demand that safe and unhindered access be ensured for humanitarian and medical personnel exclusively engaged in medical duties.”

Finally, the Council emphasized the importance of strengthening international support and engagement, “including full and timely financial contributions to the response, technical assistance, scientific cooperation and human resources to bring the disease permanently and successfully under control.”

The Council’s statement comes as the wider UN and international aid community are marking of one year since the Government of the DRC declared an outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in North Kivu province. Two weeks ago, it was declared a public health emergency of international concern, by WHO experts.

According to the UN, in the last year, there have been more than 2,600 confirmed cases of Ebola, including more than 1,800 deaths in parts of Ituri and North Kivu provinces. Almost one in three ‘cases’ is a child. The virus was also discovered in the large city of eastern City of Goma on the border of Rwanda and to nearby Uganda, and violence has killed health workers.

the sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Digital distrust: We’re losing faith in technology to solve the world’s problems

This Canadian company transforms plastic waste into building materials

UN agency ramps up effort to counter growing nuclear threat from cyberspace

Germany objects to EU Commission’s plan for a Eurozone bank deposits insurance scheme but Berlin could go along

This is what’s happening to the Amazon, according to NASA

These 3 innovative solar farms show why this renewable technology is hot right now

From fire to fake snow – the global consequences of the climate crisis

Blockchain is not a magic bullet for security. Can it be trusted?

Civil society organisations disenchanted with “Youth Guarantee”

Investment Plan for Europe: European Investment Bank to provide BioNTech with up to €100 million in debt financing for COVID-19 vaccine development and manufacturing

Where is heading Putin’s Russia?

Skills, not job titles, are the new metric for the labour market

How we planted more than 5,000 trees during the COVID-19 pandemic

This is how Middle Eastern retailers can keep up with e-commerce

UN chief calls for ‘increased commitment’ to resolution on 10th anniversary of Georgia conflict

In the future, no one should be excluded from healthcare

Eurozone’s credibility rock solid

These are the UK’s biggest trading partners

Draghi drafts a plan to donate more money to bankers, the era of ‘money for nothin’ is flourishing

The “Legend of the Sun” wishes you Happy Chinese New Year 2015 from Brussels

European Agenda on Migration four years on: Marked progress needs consolidating in face of volatile situation

Mental health and suicide prevention-what can be done to increase access to mental health services in my region?

World Economic Forum CEO Climate Leaders call for continued action toward net-zero emissions

What next for Europe? Three (completely) different Davos views

Record numbers of people in the UK have applied to study nursing

5 Black heroes of the environmental movement

New UN-Syrian Action Plan signals an ‘important day’ for child protection, says UN envoy

Why today’s leaders need to know about the power of narratives

The gender gap of medicine in 2018

How COVID-19 is making companies act for the long term

Ecocraft: take gaming to another level by greening Minecraft

Is Eurozone heading for disinflation?

Fisherwomen of Lake Chad show optimism in face of multiple challenges

Myanmar military committed ‘routine, systematic’ sexual violence against ethnic minorities, UN experts find

Britain and Germany change attitude towards the European Union

Global warming: our responsibility

Growth is running out of steam. How do we prepare for the next crisis?

Mali’s ‘self-defence’ groups must face justice, after deadly intercommunal attacks

How innovation from within is transforming International Organizations as well as lives

Joint EU-U.S. statement following the EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

Youth Guarantee putting young people in jobs

COP24 negotiations: Why reaching agreement on climate action is so complex

Commission sets moderate greenhouse gas reduction targets for 2030

10 Downing street: Another desperate attempt to unite Britain on Brexit

We had the hottest June ever this year – this is what happened around the world

Thailand gave healthcare to its entire population and the results were dramatic

What is the biggest benefit technology will have on ageing and longevity?

Turkey’s foreign bribery enforcement framework needs to be urgently strengthened and corporate liability legislation reformed

Youth not prioritised in new Commission

Amazon indigenous groups want to create a nature sanctuary the size of Mexico

Consumer protection: Deal on EU-wide rules for those sold faulty products

From drought to floods in Somalia; displacement and hunger worsen, says UN

Does Draghi have another ace up his sleeve given his Quantitative Easing failure?

Give a chance to the brothers of Ailan: reception of refugees in Greece

State aid: Commission approves €2.5 billion Italian scheme to support self-employed and healthcare professionals in context of coronavirus outbreak

How can you or your organization support the Hour of Pride initiative?

Fossil fuel support is rising again in a threat to climate change efforts

The 2019 European elections: A pro-European – and young – electorate with clear expectations

Revamp collective bargaining to prevent rising labour market inequalities in rapidly changing world of work

The European Sting at the Retail Forum for Sustainability live from Barcelona

More Stings?

Comments

  1. Brian Stump says:

    I demand that all Chinese halt the speaking of Chinese! \
    Somehow, I doubt the council’s statement carry much weight for the warring parties.

Leave a Reply to Brian Stump Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: