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Ebola kills 31 people in DR Congo: WHO

Kinshasa (AFP) – An outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 31 people and the epidemic remains contained within the country’s northwest, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday.
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“There are now 31 deaths,” Eugene Kambambi, the WHO’s head of communication in DR Congo, told AFP adding that the epidemic remains ringfenced in an area around 800 kilometres (500 miles) north of Kinshasa. The WHO had previously given a death toll of 13 for the country.

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  1. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced today that Ethiopia native Haddis D. Tadesse will serve as the Foundation’s first representative to Ethiopia. With a new office in Addis Ababa, this marks a significant turning point in the Foundation’s work in Africa.
    Since meeting Haddis in early 2011, I have developed huge respect and admiration for the tremendous work he does and dedication he has for the people of the world and Africa in particular. Truly a globetrotter, Haddis will be in Botswana one day and Switzerland the next.
    As the Foundation’s representative to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the African Union, Haddis will help steer future funding efforts throughout Ethiopia and Africa while initiating new and strengthening existing partnerships.
    With all the activities that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation undertakes in Africa, one would naturally assume that there is a network of offices throughout the continent that report to the Seattle-based nonprofit. I could think of no one better than Haddis to lead these new efforts in Africa and am proud and honored to call him a trusted friend.

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