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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.

18 Nov 2014 description
report UN News Service

18 novembre 2014 – Le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général en Afrique centrale, Abdoulaye Bathily, a encouragé mardi les acteurs politiques gabonais à dialoguer pour préserver la paix sociale à quelques semaines des élections sénatoriales prévues le 13 décembre.

14 Nov 2014 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

•A late onset of seasonal rains affects planting of the main season maize crop

•Prices of wheat increasing in 2014

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.

23 Oct 2014 description
report Voice of America

Moki Edwin Kindzeka October 21, 2014 8:52 AM

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— The United Nations said it is assisting six Central African countries in organizing synchronized vaccinations after Cameroon reported a fifth case of the wild polio virus in its territory.

Four wild polio virus cases have been reported in Cameroon's neighbor to the south, Equatorial Guinea, this year.

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

25 Jul 2014 description
report UN Security Council

Résumé

Après le renversement du Président François Bozizé, le 24 mars 2013, et la démission forcée du Président suivant, Michel Djotodia, le 10 janvier 2014, le Gouvernement de la République centrafricaine doit encore surmonter d’immenses obstacles pour mener à bien la deuxième phase de la transition politique, qui devrait conduire à des élections démocratiques libres et régulières en 2015.

11 Jul 2014 description
report UN Security Council

Following the ousting of President François Bozizé on 24 March 2013 and the forced resignation of the following President, Michel Djotodia, on 10 January 2014, the Government of the Central African R epublic still has to overcome significant obstacles to achieving the second phase of the political transition, which should lead to free and fair democratic elections in 2015.

08 Jul 2014 description

IOM has welcomed the decision of Ministers of Health from Malaria-Endemic Countries in Southern Africa this week to adopt the Victoria Falls Declaration, in which they commit to eliminate and expand malaria control to hard-to-reach migrant and mobile communities.

26 Jun 2014 description

Activities reflect African priorities, including youth employment and nutrition

25 June 2014, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea– The FAO-managed Africa Solidarity Trust Fund today gave a green light to four new, continent-spanning projects at a ceremony during the African Union Summit, being held here this week.

The President of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, a key supporter of the fund, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva were in attendance.

25 Jun 2014 description

On 17 March 2014, WHO elevated the risk assessment of international spread of polio from central Africa, particularly Cameroon, to very high. A new exportation event from Equatorial Guinea demonstrates that the risk of international spread from central Africa remains very high (http://www.who.int/csr/don/2014_03_17_polio/en/). On 18 June 2014, Brazil reported that wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) had been detected in a sewage sample collected in March 2014 at Viracopos International Airport in Sao Paolo state.