USAID Announces Additional $21M For DRC Ebola Outbreak Response; German Foreign Minister Urges Congo Government To Continue Prevention Efforts

CIDRAP News: USAID announces $21 million in Ebola assistance to DRC
“Amid continued transmission of Ebola in new hot spots throughout North Kivu and Ituri provinces, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced an additional $21 million humanitarian aid package directed at the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The new aid package brings USAID’s total funding for the DRC’s Ebola outbreak to almost $158 million…” (Soucheray, 9/5).
 
DW: German foreign minister demands Congo step up Ebola fight
“After arriving in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by plane, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas immediately had his temperature taken — a precautionary measure amid the country’s Ebola outbreak. … Maas met experts who briefed him on the current Ebola situation before meeting the country’s president, Felix Tshisekedi, in the capital Kinshasa on Thursday, the final day of his four-day trip to Africa. Ahead of his meeting, Maas made clear that he has high expectations of the country’s decision-makers: ‘It is up to the government and president to make sure that people’s expectations are met, security is improved, and that there continues to be a determined fight against Ebola’…” (von der Mark, 9/5).
 
New Humanitarian: Briefing: Why women and children are at greatest risk as Ebola continues to spread in Congo
“…Out of more than 2,050 people known to have died from Ebola so far, more than a third have been children. … Here’s a look at how Ebola affects women and children and why they need specific attention in this response…” (Elliot, 9/5).