Leaders in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) require timely and compelling evidence about how to strengthen their health systems to improve the health and well-being of their citizens. Yet, evidence on how to strengthen health system performance to achieve sustainable health improvements at scale, particularly toward Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths (EPCMD), fostering an AIDS-Free Generation (AFG), and Protecting Communities against Infectious Diseases (PCID) is limited. The evidence that does exist is scattered, insufficiently analyzed, and not widely disseminated.
Au 28 juin 2015, la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre (AOC) a enregistré environ 10 054 cas et 204 décès (Let. = 2.0%) de choléra dans 7 pays. Comparativement à la même époque en 2014, on note dans la région 71% de cas rapportés en moins.
The newly built state-of-the-art web-based National Emergency Operations Centre constructed by the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) has formally been opened at a colourful but brief ceremony in Accra.
The centre which was established with assistance from the US Government and other development partners is a well-structured facility that employs the use of internet to obtain real time information such as photo shots and videos as disaster events unfold in any part of the country.
No cholera cases reported in the country during the week
No case reported in Greater Accra region for four consecutive weeks
Increased rainfall unlikely to overcome deficits in Central America, Hispaniola, and parts of West Africa
Africa Weather Hazards
A slightly delayed start to the season with sporadic light rains in recent weeks has resulted in abnormal dryness for Gambia and central areas of Senegal. Dry ground conditions have led to delayed planting and have negatively impacted livestock health.
Highlights of the week:
- Timeliness and completeness of reporting by regions for the week were both 100%.
- Reduction in weekly cholera cases
- Low Yellow Fever surveillance performance indicators, a source of concern
The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in parts of West Africa was the largest, longest, most severe, and most complex in the nearly four-decade history of this disease. It is in this context that the African Union Commission (AUC) has organised the International Conference on Africa’s fight against Ebola under the theme “Africa helping Africans in the Ebola Recovery and Reconstruction”. The conference is currently ongoing in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
All children deserve safe, accessible and culturally appropriate school buildings — regardless of class, creed, gender or ability. When children live in hazard-prone places where high winds, earthquakes, floods and other hazards threaten them, they need schools and grounds that protect them.
Yet recent disasters around the world attest to the fragility of many schools.
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook July 23 – 30, 2015
A delayed onset of rainfall is leading to abnormally dry conditions in Chad as well as Senegal and Gambia.
Moisture deficits worsen further in southeast Sudan, Eritrea and northwest Ethiopia with a continued lack of rainfall.
L'Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'alimentation et l'agriculture a lancé un appel lundi pour 20 millions de dollars afin de financer les opérations d’intervention et de prévention suite à l’apparition de foyers du virus H5N1 dans les élevages de volailles, les marchés et les exploitations familiales au Nigéria, au Burkina Faso, au Niger, en Côte d’Ivoire et au Ghana.
The West Africa growing season of 2015 is developing under an evolving El Nino event that will peak in late 2015. Historically, this region shows significant linkages between El Nino events and seasonal rainfall deficits particularly in the more marginal areas.
The first stages of the season were marked by rainfall deficits across the entire region that have led to delays in the start of the growing season and poor conditions for early crop development.
FAO calls for $20 million to prevent spread across region of 330 million
20 July 2015, Rome – Fears are growing that without timely intervention to stem outbreaks of the highly virulent avian flu virus H5N1 across West Africa, further spread across the region and beyond is inevitable, FAO said today.
To this end, the agency is calling for $20 million for prevention and response activities.
The call follows outbreaks of the virus in poultry farms, markets and family holdings in Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana.
Bestcare Humanitarian Aid Foundation, a charitable non-governmental organization with a focus to provide social service where needed, has presented 12 boxes of clothing to support the victims of the June 3 flood and fire disaster. The items included 5 boxes of female cloths and 7 boxes of male cloths.
Fan Milk Limited has donated 1,500 cartons of Fandango drink worth Gh 5,000 and a cheque of 20,000 Ghana Cedis to the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) in support of the June 3 flood and fire victims.
Drought develops over Central America, dryness persists in East and West Africa
Africa Weather Hazards
A delayed onset of the rainy season, followed by poorly-distributed rainfall, has led to abnormal dryness across Burkina Faso, the central and northern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, western and southern Niger, and northern Nigeria. The lack of rainfall over the past several weeks has delayed planting and negatively affected cropping activities over many local areas.
Decline in cases in the Bongo district outbreak
No case reported in Greater Accra region for three consecutive weeks
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook July 16 – 22, 2015
Moisture increases for portions of the Senegal region; dry areas farther east show little improvement.
Moisture deficits deepen in southeast Sudan, Eritrea and northwest Ethiopia with a continued lack of rainfall.
L’arrivée tardive des pluies entraîne la prolongation de la soudure pastorale et le retard du dé-marrage de la campagne agricole.
L’indice FAO des prix des produits alimentaires est tombé à son plus bas niveau depuis septembre 2009.
La disponibilité globale de céréales demeure satisfaisante dans la plupart des marchés de la région, cependant on observe les premières hausses des prix avec le début de la période de soudure.