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I have been honored by the Japanese govt to serve 3 times as a judge for the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize. Awarded every 5 yrs, 2 individuals each receive 100 million yen. And the 2019 awards go to Drs. Jean-Jacques Myembe-Tamfum & Francis Gervase Omaswa.
Muyembe has played a pivotal scientific role in every #Ebola outbreak in his country, #DRCongo since the first in 1976, and trained a legion of African virus-fighters. His roles in the 1976 & 1995 epidemics were truly heroic. It is a joy to see him honored.
Omaswa left a thriving medical practice in London to return to his home, Ghana, where he built systems of medical training. And then he went global, creating healthcare worker advocacy & education worldwide. 1000s of African nurses & MDs owe their training to him.
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Here are some data points on the #Ebola crisis in #DRCongo as of today (thread)
- 1866 cases with 1241 deaths, 67% mortality
- among those cases, 105 = health workers, 34 have died
- 30% of cases are children <18yrs of age
- @WHO funding gap = $54 million
- epidemic started Aug 1, 2018
- has spread, with 7 "hotspots" across 2 #DRC provinces (No Kivu + Ituri)
- In last 21 days, 349 new cases (fast growth)
- @WHO labels risk of spread to region "very high" amid "general deterioration of the security situation."
- in 10 months, there have been 42 attacks on Ebola facilities
- 132 attacks on health workers & burial teams
- 38 HCWers injured
- 4 deaths in attacks
- >110,000 ppl have been vaccinated w/@Merck unlicensed vax
- 4,500 local HCWers have been trained
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#Libia 3 (mission impossible)

#Airports have become vital strategic assets for the many militias vying for #Libya’s vast natural resources.…
#Trump would be better off listening to his own military commanders, who understand that #Haftar cannot so easily take control of all of #Libya militarily.…
President #Trump’s support of a #Libyan warlord is a big mistake…
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On Dec 12 there were 505 #Ebola cases reported in #DRCongo -- 2 dys later it's 521, w/>30 cases in the large city of Butembo. "Control" seems elusive.
Here are some reasons for rising concern (see my thread):
National elections are days away (Dec 23) & violence is rising. 2 dys ago someone set fire to the election warehouse, destroying 1000s of voting machines in Kinshasa.
One of the est'ed 60 militias operating in the #Ebola area of No Kivu is the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). Shots were fired X-border in #Rwanda, killing 2 Rwandan soldiers on Dec 9. Escalated border tension, Hutu v Tutsi. MORE…
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Seems #Ebola sitn in #DRCongo is in the danger zone:
- A total of 207 cases
- 172 lab conf'ed -- 95 of them dead
Focus now = Beni, where DRC MOH says control impeded by "community resistance, insecurity, dead city days & the lack of involvement of traditional healers."
There has been an "increase in the number of alerts received & investigated per day" most of which seem unconnected to known cases, so the epidemiology is ^ingly mysterious. And contact tracing is dangerous due to military & resistance climate.
A UN Peacekeeping employee (not a HCWer) has come down w/#Ebola & hunt is on for contacts w/in UN ops.
And @theIRC says 33 new cases emerged last week. "This is a sign not only that the outbreak is not under control, but that...things could get a lot worse."
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The @WHO DG @DrTedros addressed @UN Security Council today abt #Ebola in #DRCongo. Highlights:
"First, the security situation. Even when I was in Beni at the beginning of the outbreak, there was an attack just 15 kms frm the town. Since then there has been an increase.."
" the frequency & intensity of attacks by armed groups in very close vicinity to Beni. These include a full-scale attack on the #DRC armed forces base on 24Aug, ambushes on MONUSCO on Sept 3 & 9, a rocket explosion in the centre of Beni on Sept11 & an..."
"...indiscriminate attack on Beni town just 10 dys ago, Sept22.
As a result of the most recent attacks, which killed 21 people, our operations were in lockdown for several dys. But when we’re in lockdown, you know
#Ebola is not. Ebola gets an advantage."
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