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09 Dec 2016 description

Akemi Nitahara reports from Agência Brasil

Caritas Rio de Janeiro held an event on Wednesday (Dec. 7) to discuss issues faced by refugee women and gender-based violence in both their countries of origin and Brazil. The aim of the event was to encourage transnational solidarity among women.

The Catholic organization reported that the number of women who seek refuge in Brazil has increased since 2014, going from 30.1% that year to 40.4% in 2015 and 42.3% of the total number of refugee applications submitted up to November 2016.

09 Dec 2016 description

The Brazilian government is going to send medicines and supplies to Haiti on Thursday (Dec. 8) to help the country recover from the destruction caused by hurricane Matthew in October. In addition to drugs and nearly 4,000 doses of cholera vaccine, the shipment includes 1,000 rapid HIV tests.

According to the Ministry of Health, the drugs are enough for 3,000 people. In October, the World Health Organization raised concerns about the threat of a cholera epidemic in the country as a result of the flooding caused by the hurricane.

08 Dec 2016 description

Mejoran las perspectivas agrícolas mundiales, pero las temporadas de carestía acechan en un futuro inmediato

8 de diciembre de 2016, Roma - Los conflictos civiles y el impacto de una meteorología adversa han afectado gravemente a la seguridad alimentaria en 2016, aumentando el número de países que necesitan ayuda alimentaria, según un informe de la FAO. La nueva edición de Perspectivas de cosechas y situación alimentaria, publicada hoy, subraya que 39 países necesitan de ayuda externa para conseguir alimentos.

08 Dec 2016 description

Les perspectives agricoles mondiales s’améliorent malgré la menace de saisons maigres dans un futur proche

08 Dec 2016 description

Ongoing conflicts continue to intensify food insecurity

Global agricultural prospects are improving but lean seasons loom in near future

8 December 2016, Rome - Civil conflict and weather-related shocks have severely stressed food security in 2016, increasing the number of countries in need of food assistance, according to a FAO report. The new edition of the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, released today, highlights 39 countries that are in need of external assistance for food.

07 Dec 2016 description

Less than a month ago, on November 18th, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the Zika virus is no longer a public health emergency of international concern. It does, however, continue to present a serious public health concern in the Americas, especially to the most vulnerable populations like women of childbearing age. To date, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has registered over 515,000 suspected Zika cases, of which more than 170,000 have been confirmed.

07 Dec 2016 description

Hace menos de un mes, el 18 de noviembre, la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) anunció que el virus Zika ya no representa una emergencia de salud pública de interés internacional. El virus sin embargo sigue siendo una importante preocupación en la salud pública en las Américas, en especial para las poblaciones más vulnerables como las mujeres en edad fértil. Hasta la fecha, la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) ha registrado más de 515,000 casos sospechosos del Zika, de los cuales se han confirmado más de 170,000 casos.

05 Dec 2016 description
report UNAIDS

Malgré les progrès accomplis contre le VIH au cours des 15 dernières années et la disponibilité de méthodes de prévention et de traitement qui ont fait leurs preuves, le nombre annuel de nouvelles infections à VIH chez les adultes est resté stable dans le monde, à un niveau estimé de 1,9 million par an depuis 2010. En outre, on observe une résurgence des nouvelles infections à VIH au sein des populations clés dans certaines régions du monde.

04 Dec 2016 description

Con la visita a Brasil y Chile del Secretario General de la Federación Internacional de Sociedades de la Cruz Roja y de la Media Luna Roja (FICR), Elhadj As Sy, y del Director Regional para América de la FICR, Walter Cotte se suscribieron sendos acuerdos con ambos países con la idea de profundizar la acción dela Cruz Roja en la región.

02 Dec 2016 description

To date, 48 countries and territories in the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vectorborne transmission of Zika virus disease since 2015.

In addition, five countries in the Americas have reported sexually transmitted Zika cases. Since the last Zika Epidemiological Update of 17 November 2016, no new country or territory has confirmed vector-borne autochthonous transmission of Zika virus in the Americas.

28 Nov 2016 description
report UNAIDS

Despite the progress made against HIV over the past 15 years and the availability of proven prevention and treatment methods, the annual number of new HIV infections among adults has remained static, at an estimated 1.9 million a year since 2010. Moreover, there has been resurgence of new HIV infections among key populations in some parts of the world.

25 Nov 2016 description

​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 20-26 November 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus and influenza.

22 Nov 2016 description

People affected

2400 cases of microcephaly and/or central nervous system malformations potentially associated with Zika worldwide
2100 of these cases in Brazil
69 countries and territories with Zika virus transmission since 2015
28 countries and territories reporting microcephaly potentially linked to Zika 19 countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome potentially linked to Zika

Funding needs

21 Nov 2016 description

The quest of the last 15 years to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) taught us that Global Goals can motivate and help sustain leaps in human progress. It also taught us that the specifics matter. In some places, the MDGs became a widely-recognized, consistent and important driver of local progress; in others, the role and impact of the MDGs was more ambiguous. A lot depended on way the MDGs were implemented: if local change agents made them meaningful locally; if local leaders drew on their legitimacy and visibility; if they were employed to solve real-life problems etc.

18 Nov 2016 description

18 November 2016

The fifth meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) on Zika and microcephaly convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) regarding microcephaly, other neurological disorders and Zika virus was held by teleconference on 18 November 2016.

18 Nov 2016 description

Zika virus – Incidence and trends

To date, 48 countries and territories in the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vectorborne transmission of Zika virus disease since 2015. In addition, five countries in the Americas have reported sexually transmitted Zika cases.

Since the last Zika Epidemiological Update of 3 November 2016, Montserrat has confirmed vector-borne autochthonous transmission of Zika virus in the Americas