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Sex abuse survivor, doctor win Nobel Peace Prize

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/05/18, 11:39 am

A Congolese doctor and an Iraqi woman received the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their work against sexual violence and war crimes. Both are the first from their countries to receive the award. Dr. Denis Mukwege, 63, founded a hospital in the eastern area of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he has treated thousands of women, many of whom were victims of rape in the conflict-ridden region. He temporarily left the country after armed men tried to kill him in 2012.

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Congo begins Ebola vaccination campaign

by Jim Henry & Leigh Jones
Posted 5/22/18, 10:32 am

Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo began a new vaccination campaign Monday in a bid to stop the spread of the latest Ebola outbreak. Doctors have 7,500 doses of an experimental serum known as RVSV ZEBOV and plan to vaccinate anyone who has come into contact with patients infected with the deadly virus. At least 27 people have died in Congo’s Equator province and officials believe nearly 50 more have contracted Ebola.

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Ebola outbreak in Congo reaches urban area

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/17/18, 11:17 am

Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday said the latest Ebola outbreak has reached a northwestern city populated with more than 1 million people. Congolese Health Minister Oly Ilunga said health officials confirmed one case of the virus in Wangata, one of three health zones in the city of Mbandaka. The city is about 93 miles from Bikoro, where officials first announced the outbreak last week. Ilunga said the development was especially worrisome since Mbandaka is densely populated and located at the crossroads of the Equateur province.

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