U.N. Provides $9.1M To WHO, UNICEF To Help Fight Cholera In DRC
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last week "received $9.1 million ... from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to fight off cholera, which has affected more than 22,000 people and killed 500 over the past year in the central African country," the U.N. News Centre reports. "In a news release, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that there has been a spike in cases in recent weeks, with the majority of them occurring in eastern provinces where cholera is endemic," according to the news service (1/27). UNICEF will receive $4.4 million and the WHO will receive $4.7 million to help fight the spread of the disease, which "has ravaged eight of the country's 11 provinces since January 2011," Agence France-Presse writes (1/28).This is part of the Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.