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UNICEF to open new Ebola-response center in DR Congo.

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The UN Children’s Fund on Friday said that it will open a new Ebola-response  in front of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).

WHO said that it would provide support to thousands of people, including children, following the recent confirmation of new Ebola cases there.



In a latest development, the DR Congo authority said that five more Ebola cases were confirmed, including two from the urban commercial hub of Butembo in North Kivu province, one of which involved a health worker from a clinic where the city’s first case had been treated.

Butembo is North Kivu province’s second-largest city, with a population of nearly 1 million, and has so far four confirmed cases.

Earlier cases include a patient who fled from the Beni outbreak hotspot and a man who fled from Ituri province and whose illness was diagnosed retroactively in Butembo based on a semen sample.

UNICEF said its expanding Ebola response and deploying to Butembo a team of 11 specialists in community communication, education, psycho-social assistance, and water, sanitation and hygiene, to help contain the disease and avoid any further spread of the epidemic.

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So far UNICEF, together with partners, has already trained 35 psycho-social workers to assist families and children affected by the disease, broadcast programmes on nine community radios and sensitised 36 journalists on prevention measures.

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A Depiction of Unity in Diversity – The best picture of the Century

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Men Sometimes needs situations to explain part the reasons for existence is not totally personal, incidents that reminds humanity that in life, we mostly need one another, to either get better, get further or even to survive.

Such is the message that comes to mind at the sight of the picture considered to be the best photo of the Century which has turned sensational on internet, where a Lioness and her Cub were crossing the Savannah but the excessive heat makes walking greatly difficult for the cub.



Meanwhile an Elephant who realized the cub will die in such condition, carried the cub in his trunk to a pool of water, walking side-by-side the Lioness.

Even though they are called wild animals, the sense to ‘recognize a fellow’ ‘help a fellow in need,’ and ‘walk in oneness for the purpose of achieving a goal’ still come to play.

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Zimbabweans react to emergency crowdfund to fight cholera outbreak.

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Zimbabweans on social media are reacting to the news that government has set up an emergency crowdfund to solicit support in the fight against the prevailing cholera epidemic.

The newly appointed finance minister, Mthuli Ncube took to Twitter with the news, asking his followers to support the fund through donations.



‘‘Together with my colleagues at Min of Health, we have set up an auditable emergency crowdfund to further efforts to fight cholera to date. Together we can win!’‘ he said.

On Tuesday, government declared a state of emergency in the capital Harare, after more than 3,000 people had been infected by cholera.

On Wednesday, police announced a ban on all public gatherings as the health minister Obadiah Moyo told a meeting of government departments, the disease had now spread outside the capital.

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25 people have died of cholera, since the beginning of the outbreak on September 6, 2018, the health minister said on Thursday.

The health ministry has also been receiving several donations and offers of support from private organisations including $10 million from Econet Wireless, $100,000 from the President’s Fund and logistical support from Quest Motors.

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“Since declaration of the outbreak as a disaster, we have been receiving assistance from different organisations and corporates. These include local and foreign companies. I am thrilled by the assistance that continues to come through,” Moyo said.

This is the biggest cholera outbreak since 2008 when 4,000 people died and more than 40,000 were treated for this disease, according to ministry of health data.

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