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Equatorial Guinea + 19 others
Polio this week - as of 16 April 2014

  • In central Africa, a new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported in Equatorial Guinea. In total, three cases have now been reported from the country; genetic sequencing indicates the cases are linked to an ongoing WPV1 outbreak in Cameroon. Outbreak response in the country is currently being planned.

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Guinea + 4 others
New Ebola Strain Causing West Africa Outbreak

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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.

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Polio this week - as of 9 April 2014

  • First mass vaccination campaigns started in the Middle East since a polio case was reported in Iraq. Polio vaccination campaigns commenced in Syria, Iraq and Egypt on 6 April and Turkey on 7 April, aiming to reach more than 20 million children over five days. For Iraq, this is the first nationwide vaccination campaign since a case of polio in a six-month-old boy from northern Baghdad was confirmed by the Ministry of Health on 30 March.

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Pakistan + 16 others
Polio this week - as of 2 April 2014

The data table below is as of 2 April 2014

  • The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) has met in Geneva on 1-3 April to discuss measures to prevent further international spread of polio, progress in eliminating wild and vaccine derived poliovirus and the status of the preparation for global OPV2 withdrawal. Final recommendations will be published in the Weekly Epidemiological Record.

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Central Africa Long Term Planning Framework 2012-2015 Version 2

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.

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GIEWS Country Brief: South Gabon 06-February-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Favourable weather conditions benefited crop development

  • Prices of wheat at low levels in the second semester of 2013

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Outbreak Bulletin - Vol. 3 Issue 11, 31 January 2014

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.

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Mali + 20 others
Humanitarian Assistance in Review West Africa | Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 – 2013

In the past decade, chronic food insecurity and malnutrition, cyclical drought, locust infestations, seasonal floods, disease outbreaks, and recurrent complex emergencies have presented significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the West Africa region. Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S.

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DR Congo UNHCR Fact Sheet 30 November 2013

UNHCR operational highlights

• UNHCR and CNR organized a joint mission in Bas-Congo Province for registration of exemption claims over the cessation of Angolan refugee status for those living Tseke zole, Mfuiki, Lundu and Matende Kimbianga. The mission met some 481 Angolan refugees (171 families). The Eligibility Committee has exempted them later in the month.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Gabon 27-November-2013

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Favourable weather conditions benefited crop development

  • Prices of wheat declining in recent months

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DR Congo UNHCR Fact Sheet 31 October 2013

UNHCR operational highlights

• More than 16,000 Congolese crossed into Uganda by the end of this month fleeing fighting in eastern DRC. On the other side of the border, refugees are supported and transported to UNHCR-run Transit Centres.

• The relocation exercise of refugees from CAR is on-going. By the end of this month, 18,061 persons were relocated to camps in Equateur and 387 in Oriental Province. This totals 18,448 persons making 82.1% of the 22,000 initial planning figures for Equateur and 19.35% of the 2,000 planning figure for Oriental.

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Gabon: Location Map (2013)

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DR Congo UNHCR Fact Sheet 31 August 2013

UNHCR operational highlights

• From 16 to 17 August 2013, a joint Government and UNHCR delegation visited refugees from the Central African Republic in Mole camp. Subsequently refugees received food rations for one month.

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Congo + 3 others
Des experts du Congo, Cameroun et Gabon procèdent à l’évaluation In Vitro des antipaludiques

Des experts du Congo-Brazzaville, du Cameroun et du Gabon participent, du 9 au 10 septembre à Brazzaville, à un atelier d’évaluation In Vitro des antipaludiques visant à harmoniser les techniques et à partager des données.

L’atelier est organisé par la Fondation congolaise pour la recherche médicale (FCRM), sous le thème : «Culture in vitro de plasmodium falciparum et tests de chimio sensibilité».

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Mali + 22 others
West and Central Africa: Election calendar (as of 4 September 2013)

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