Aside from the current Ebola outbreak, the Democratic Republic of Congo is faced with multiple disease outbreaks, including an increasing spread of measles within the region.
Ukraine reported 967 measles cases during the past week bringing the total case count to 54,065 since the beginning of the year.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has suspended vaccination campaigns for measles and other diseases in the northeast, citing the threat to health workers.
Since January this year, the Philippines has confirmed over 33,000 meases cases with 466 deaths.
Philippine health officials report the measles outbreak tally through April 13 is now 31,056 - five times more than the figures in 2018 for this same period.
Africa has recorded a 700 percent increase, the Americas 60 percent, Europe 300 perent, the Eastern Mediterranean 100 percent, while Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific have both seen 40 percent increases.
The measles outbreak in Ukraine has topped 30,000 cases so far in 2019. According to the Center for Public Health of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, 30,794 people – 13,825 adults and 16,969 children–have been affected through March 14.
According to a statement issued by UNICEF, 76,871 people were infected by measles from September 3 to February 21. Among the infected people, 928 have died.
Ukrainian Red Cross Society volunteers are being deployed to help contain a measles outbreak that has affected more than 75,000 people, making it the largest outbreak in Europe since 2015. This includes 54,000 measles cases reported in 2018, and more than 21,000 cases registered thus far in 2019.
UNICEF warned that global cases of measles are surging to alarmingly high levels, led by ten countries accounting for more than 74 per cent of the total increase, and several others that had previously been declared measles free.