The Democratic Republic of the Congo, sometimes referred to as its once-official former name of Zaire, is the fourth-most populated country in all of Africa with a population exceeding more than 86 million. Located in central sub-Saharan Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is more conveniently referred to as the DR Congo or the DRC for short, is home to one of the greatest endowments of natural resources in relative comparison to other African nations, including vast forestry reserves that have largely gone untapped, about one-half of Africa’s potential hydroelectric power sources thanks to the Congo River, and vast biodiversity that could readily be transformed into valuable government-protected wildlife reserves.
Put simply, speaking in reference to the world at large, including world leaders in important metrics and rankings such as gross domestic product, life expectancy, and many more, the DR Congo isn’t doing too well as of 2019. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has long faced civil wars, corruption, and the slew of poor living conditions that many of its sub-Saharan African counterparts similarly experience.
Another downside about the DRC is that it’s currently experiencing a widespread outbreak of the Ebola virus disease, which dates back all the way to August 2018. Fortunately, however, the outbreak is limited to the greater region of Kivu, a general region composed of three official provinces, North Kivu, South Kivu, and Maniema – there are 22 other such provinces throughout the country, in addition to its capital city, Kinshasa; this is why most people consider the DRC to have a total of 26 provinces – which are located on the nation’s eastern-most border.
According to a recent announcement from the World Health Organization, an international leader in public health that is overseen and governed by the United Nations, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s ongoing Ebola outbreak – it is best known as the 2018-19 Kivu Ebola epidemic – will still be considered a public health emergency by the WHO for at least the next three months. The World Health Organization’s official word on the matter was published two days ago, on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.
The most recent official weekly count of new Ebola virus diseases cases fell to 15, the lowest since the outset of the outbreak 15 months ago. Michael Ryan, a physician who serves the WHO as its director of emergency response, shared Friday that the highest weekly count of new Ebola cases in the DRC came in April at 125 official reports per seven-day period. As such, the most recent official weekly count of new infections is more than encouraging.