Oly Ilunga Kalenga

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Oly Ilunga Kalenga in 2018

Oly Ilunga Kalenga (born 24 June 1960)[1] is a Belgian–Congolese medical doctor who has been the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Minister of Public Health since 2016.


Oly Ilunga Kalenga moved to Belgium aged 13.[1] He studied medicine at the University of Namur and the University of Louvain (UCLouvain).[1] His MD was followed by a PhD in public health and epidemiology and an MBA specialising in health economics at the Louvain School of Management of the UCLouvain in Louvain-la-Neuve.[1][2] He worked at the Cliniques de l'Europe (Europe Hospitals) in Brussels, specialising in internal medicine and intensive care, rising to head the intensive care unit, and then became the hospital's medical director and managing director (2013–16).[1][2][3]

He consulted for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) health ministry from 2000,[1] and was appointed DRC's Minister of Public Health in December 2016.[1][2][4] He also serves on the board of the African Constituency Bureau (2018–20).[2] His tenure as public health minister has been marked by two outbreaks of Ebola virus disease in the country, in Équateur in May–July 2018 and in Kivu and Ituri from August 2018 (ongoing as of June 2019). Vaccination was key to the successful control of the Équateur outbreak, and Ilunga Kalenga stated that he was vaccinated "to show the vaccine's safety and break the stigma around it."[5]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Oly Ilunga Kalenga, Matshidiso Moeti, Annie Sparrow, Vinh-Kim Nguyen, Daniel Lucey, Tedros A. Ghebreyesus (29 May 2019), "The Ongoing Ebola Epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 2018–2019", New England Journal of Medicine, doi:10.1056/NEJMsr1904253CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  • Oly Ilunga Kalenga (25 July 2018), "We've halted the spread of deadly Ebola in Congo – so what went right?", The Guardian


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Dr. Oly Ilunga, retrieved 22 May 2018
  2. ^ a b c d Meet Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga (MD, PhD), African Constituency Bureau, 1 May 2018, retrieved 22 May 2018
  3. ^ Laurent Zanella (21 December 2016), "Le directeur médical des Cliniques de l'Europe cité ministre de la Santé en RDC", Le Journal du Médecin, retrieved 22 May 2018
  4. ^ Audiance accordée par Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga, nouveau Ministre de la Santé Publique a au Dr Allarangar Yokouidé, Représentant de l’OMS en RDC, DRC Ministry of Public Health, retrieved 22 May 2018
  5. ^ Oly Ilunga Kalenga (25 July 2018), "We've halted the spread of deadly Ebola in Congo – so what went right?", The Guardian