USAID Administrator Green, HHS Secretary Azar Discuss Ebola Outbreak Response; Cases Pass 2,180 As Conflict, Porous Borders Complicate Efforts

Bloomberg Law: Ending Ebola Outbreak Top U.S. Global Health Priority, Azar Says
“Ending the latest Ebola outbreak that’s infected more than 2,000 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo remains a top global health priority, President Trump’s health secretary said June 17. ‘We are committed to seeing this battle through to the end,’ Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s State Leaders Summit. ‘But even once it has been halted, we will continue our work to help places like the DRC…” (Baumann, 6/17).

CIDRAP News: Ebola cases top 2,180 as Uganda OKs experimental therapies
“As expected, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [Monday] announced 20 new cases, part of an uptick in activity and transmission that continues in several smaller hot spots, and it added 13 cases [Tuesday], for a total of 2,181. In developments in Uganda, where three imported cases were recently detected, health officials cleared the use of three experimental treatments so that any other cases confirmed in the country can receive similar Ebola care as in the DRC…” (Schnirring, 6/18).

Devex: USAID chief: Key to containing Ebola is transparency
“The humanitarian response to Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has failed to contain the virus. In order to effectively ‘reset’ these efforts, responders need to increase the transparency of their operations, said U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green during a meeting with reporters in Nairobi on Tuesday…” (Jerving, 6/19).

New York Times: Hundreds of Thousands Flee Congo Violence, in Region Afflicted by Ebola
“Hundreds of thousands of people have fled an explosion of ethnic violence in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo in the past two weeks, the United Nations said on Tuesday, creating a new humanitarian emergency in a region where international agencies are struggling to control an outbreak of Ebola…” (Cumming-Bruce, 6/18).

Xinhua News: WHO chief expresses optimism over declining trends of Ebola in eastern DR Congo
“The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has expressed optimism over the declining trends of Ebola in two major epicenters in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In a joint WHO and Uganda ministry of health statement issued [in Kampala] on Monday, Tedros said there is a seemingly declining trend in Butembo and Katwa…” (6/17).

Additional coverage of the Ebola outbreak in DRC and Uganda is available from Associated Press, Deutsche Welle, and VOA News.