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26 Nov 2014 description
  • In response to the outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) in South Sudan, over 19,000 children were vaccinated last week in Bentiu Poc, where the two cases were reported. Outbreak response plans are in place to hold three rounds of supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) in high risk areas to stop transmission of the virus.

21 Nov 2014 description

Dear Palais journalists

Following requests from several journalists, please find below my notes on the WHO preparedness missions to support countries get prepared to respond to any Ebola outbreak.

Ebola Preparedness

  • Given the evolving Ebola Virus situation, there is a risk of cases appearing in currently unaffected countries. With adequate levels of preparation however, such introductions can be contained before they develop into large outbreaks.

20 Nov 2014 description
  • On 13 November, the Director-General of WHO accepted the recommendation of an International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee of Experts on polio that the international spread of polio continues to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) under the IHR, and extended the existing Temporary Recommendations to prevent the international spread of polio for countries affected by the disease for another 3 months.

11 Nov 2014 description
report IRIN

LOANGO, SUD DU CONGO, 11 novembre 2014 (IRIN) - Alors que plusieurs centaines de soldats appartenant aux États membres de la Communauté économique des États de l’Afrique centrale (CEEAC) viennent de mener à bien une série de manœuvres et d’exercices conjoints au Congo, l’organisation indique que la Force multinationale de l’Afrique centrale (FOMAC) est maintenant prête à intervenir dans les conflits locaux et à prendre part aux opérations antiterroristes à travers le monde.

01 Oct 2014 description

10/01/2014 06:21 GMT

Par Selim SAHEB ETTABA, avec les bureaux africains de l'AFP

DAKAR, 1 octobre 2014 (AFP) - Les pays d'Afrique subsaharienne se retrouvent inégalement armés face à la menace d'Ebola, mais pratiquement aucun ne tiendrait le choc contre une épidémie d'ampleur, par manque d'infrastructures et de personnels sanitaires de base, selon des spécialistes.

01 Oct 2014 description

10/01/2014 02:03 GMT

by Selim SAHEB ETTABA

DAKAR, October 1, 2014 (AFP) - The disparity in African countries' ability to fight Ebola has left the continent fighting an uneven struggle against a disease that doesn't respect borders -- yet relatively simple measures could help, experts say.

While countries like Ivory Coast, Kenya and South Africa have well-equipped hospitals with specialist units and high-tech labs, vast expanses of the continent remain health-care deserts.

26 Sep 2014 description
  • A synchronised regional mass polio vaccination campaign in central and western Africa is currently underway to vaccinate nearly 94 million children in 18 countries with oral polio vaccine (OPV).

  • On 18 September, Nepal became the first GAVI eligible country to introduce inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into its routine immunization programme. Plans are underway to introduce IPV into the immunization programmes of the 126 countries currently using only oral polio vaccine, ahead of a planned switch from trivalent OPV to bivalent OPV.

21 Sep 2014 description

CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, (CONGOSITE) - Les ministres de la santé des six pays membres de la Communauté économique et monétaire d’Afrique centrale (CEMAC) ont arrêté récemment à Brazzaville, une série de mesures pour lutter de manière efficace contre une éventuelle survenue dans l’espace communautaire de la fièvre hémorragique à virus Ebola qui sévit en Afrique de l’ouest et en République démocratique du Congo (RDC).

16 Sep 2014 description

CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, (CONGOSITE) – Face à la résurgence de la fièvre hémorragique à virus Ebola dans certains pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest et dans un pays d’Afrique Centrale, les pays membres de la Communauté économique et monétaire de l’Afrique Centrale (CEMAC) multiplient les initiatives en vue d’une prévention et d’une riposte à cette maladie, l’une des plus graves maladies virales chez l’Homme. La réunion des ministres de la santé de la CEMAC, qui s’est ouverte ce mardi 16 septembre à Brazzaville, par un atelier des experts, répond à cette problématique.

22 Aug 2014 description

08/22/2014 20:55 GMT

Par Zoom DOSSO avec Rod MAC JOHNSON à FREETOWN

MONROVIA, 22 août 2014 (AFP) - Arrêter l'épidémie d'Ebola, qui touche désormais l'ensemble du Liberia, "ne sera pas facile" et prendra "plusieurs mois de travail acharné", a averti vendredi un haut responsable de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) à Monrovia.

22 Aug 2014 description

08/22/2014 21:03 GMT

by Zoom DOSSO with Selim SAHEB ETTABA in Dakar

MONROVIA, August 22, 2014 (AFP) - Every region of Liberia has now been hit by Ebola, officials said Friday, as the World Health Organization warned the fight against the worst-ever outbreak of the killer disease would take months.

After seeing people fall to the deadly virus in area after area, Liberia said two people had succumbed to the virus in Sinoe province, the last Ebola-free bastion in a country that has seen the biggest toll with 624 deaths.

07 Aug 2014 description
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This report reviews funding allocated to West and Central African countries by the United Nations Central Emergency Fund. It covers the period from January to June 2014.

CERF ALLOCATES $48.7 MILLION FOR HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE IN THE REGION DURING THE FIRST SEMESTER OF 2014

16 Jun 2014 description

Out of school and out of luck

New Reports show that many will never set foot in a classroom

DAKAR/NAIROBI, 16 June 2014 – Despite major progress over the past decade, sub-Saharan Africa is still home to more than half of all the out-of-school children of primary school-age in the world. Moreover, millions who are in school are learning little.

01 May 2014 description
report UN News Service

30 April 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Abdoulaye Bathily of Senegal as the head of the United Nations political office tasked with helping to consolidate peace and prevent conflict in the Central African region.

17 Apr 2014 description
report Voice of America

Steve Baragona April 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — The strain of Ebola virus that has killed 121 people in West Africa may have been circulating there undetected for some time, according to a new study.

This is the first reported outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. But the new study in the New England Journal of Medicine said this strain of the virus may not be new to the area.

Researchers from Africa and Europe compared viral DNA from this outbreak to previous episodes.

31 Mar 2014 description

For many years, the countries of Central Africa have been suffering from the effects of epidemics and endemic diseases, as well as natural and man-made disasters. Conflicts have led to significant population displacements and put at further risk vulnerable groups that are already challenged to provide for themselves. Recently, the increasingly high cost of living has added a further burden to Central African populations.

31 Jan 2014 description

A general overview of outbreaks that occurred within the WHO African Region between January and December 2013 is provided in this issue.

Overview of reported outbreaks in WHO African Region

Based on data received from the Event Management System (EMS)*, 72 public health events were reported to the Regional Office between January and December 2013, of which 89% (64 / 72) were due to infectious diseases; with cholera being the most frequently reported infectious event (33%). The distribution of these events is shown in figure 1 and 2 and table1.