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 18 June - 24 June 2017 and includes updates on measles, rubella, Ebola virus disease, influenza A(H7N9), Legionnaires' disease, poliomyelitis and West Nile fever.
At the height of the Ebola epidemic, hundreds of students, taxi drivers and shopkeepers volunteered to bury their dead neighbours. A new study finds their actions stopped over 10,000 people from being infected with the disease.
A new study suggests that Red Cross volunteers potentially averted more than 10,000 cases of Ebola during the 2013-2016 West Africa outbreak. The study measures for the first time the amazing impact of safe and dignified burial (SDB) teams, and highlights the incredibly important role of community health workers during a health emergency.
REACH, in the framework of a partnership with UNICEF, conducted an assessment of the profile, drivers and journey of refugee and migrant unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) who arrived in Italy in 2016 and 2017. This factsheet presents findings on UASC originating from The Gambia, who, as of April 2017, represent 13.8% of the total UASC population in Italy.
The UK aid strategy outlines a commitment to increasing UK aid investment on global health risks, including infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. Global health threats are of increasing concern to the international community, as well as representing a challenge to British interests. The recent Ebola crisis in West Africa served to highlight the considerable risks that infectious disease epidemics pose to development.
The World Bank’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture Index (EBA) is a unique tool for measuring the ease of doing agribusiness. EBA data, coupled with contextual analysis and consultations with key stakeholders, can inform priority reforms and allow for transparent result tracking over time and across countries. The index scores, on a scale of 0-100*, the strength of the legal and institutional environment for agribusinesses across eight topics: seed, fertilizer, machinery, finance, markets, transport, water, and ICT.
Malanje - At least one hundred and three foreign nationals sought refuge in northern Malanje province and 138 others sought asylum, said the provincial director of the Migration and Foreigners Service (SME), Laureano Dias dos Santos.
The total of 241 citizens from different countries namely Mauritania, Sudan, Guinea Conakry, Eritrea, Sierra Leone, Cotê d'Ivoire, Chad, Somalia and Liberia.
According to Laureano Dias dos Santos, these citizens are under control of SME in the municipalities of Malanje, Cacuso, Calandula, Quirima, Mucari and Luquembo.
- By its resolution 2333 (2016), the Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for a final period until 30 March 2018 and requested to be kept informed of the situation in Liberia and the implementation of the Mission’s mandate. The present report provides a midterm update on major developments in the country since my predecessor’s special report dated 15 November 2016 (S/2016/968)
II. Major developments
Keynotes and Events of Public Health Significance
Sixty-five cases with 13 deaths were reported from 12 counties
Eighty-three percent (83%) completeness in reporting from health facilities
Seventy-seven percent (77%) reporting timeliness from health facilities
Eight counties health facilities timeliness was below the 80% target
Twenty-six (26) heath districts did not report
May 29th marked the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. More than 3,500 peacekeepers have died since the first mission in 1948. As of April 30, 2017, over 112,000 troops, observers, police, and civilians representing 124 countries were participating in 16 UN Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKOs) at a cost of $7.87 billion. However, UN peacekeeping represents only one part of the international community’s investment toward the prevention of relapse into violent conflict.
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. Since our founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 575 leading academics to conduct over 650 evaluations in 51 countries.
New Analysis from Leading Humanitarian, Development and Global Health Organizations Calculates the Devastating Human Costs of Cuts to Foreign Assistance
In mid-May, President Ellen Johnson launched the Liberia Zero Hunger Strategic Review Report along with the Home-Grown School Meals Programme Concept Note. She pledged Government’s commitment to the process of working with WFP and other partners to fight hunger and attain food security.
The Liberia country office established a bilateral resource mobilization relationship with the State of Qatar.
WFP Country Director in Liberia, Bienvenu Djossa, met with embassy officials in Monrovia.
Rainfall continues over most of West Africa and northern East Africa
Below-average rainfall since late February has resulted in moisture deficits throughout many parts of southern South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, and northern Tanzania.
Limited rainfall since March has led to developing moisture deficits across parts of Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, and southern Guinea.