WHO has called for a coordinated and multisectoral response through an inter-agency Strategic Response Framework focusing on response, surveillance and research.
39 countries have reported locally acquired circulation of the virus since January 2007. Geographical distribution of the virus has steadily expanded.
Clusters of birth defects are strongly suspected to be linked to the Zika virus. Managing risk means following smart public health practice.
Disease Outbreak News
8 February 2016
On 7 January 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Maldives notified WHO of a case of Zika virus infection with onset of symptoms in June 2015, in a patient returning from Finland.
The patient is a 37-year-old Finnish male who returned to Finland on 16 June 2015 after spending several months in the Maldives. On 18 June, the patient developed symptoms (mild fever and rash on the face and trunk, as well as eye pain and arthralgia); however, after a few days, these subsided.
An Emergency Committee was convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) on 1 February 2016. Following the advice of the Committee, the Director-General announced the recent cluster of microcephaly and other neurologic disorders reported in Brazil to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
Date of disaster: 26 January 2016
Operation start date: 27 January 2016
Host National Society(ies): Maldivian Red Crescent
Number of people affected: 12,000
Number of people to be assisted: 375 (75 families)
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 24-30 January 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, Ebola virus disease and MERS.
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• Zika virus is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It causes mild fever and rash. Other symptoms include muscle pain, joint pain, headache, pain behind the eyes and conjunctivitis.
• Zika virus disease is usually mild, with symptoms lasting only a few days. The disease has similar clinical signs to dengue, and may be misdiagnosed in areas where dengue is common. There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available.
Media Statement by Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director for WHO South-East Asia
On 13 January, WHO South-East Asia Region completes five years without any case of wild poliovirus. This is a remarkable achievement in view of the continued threat of poliovirus importation from the remaining polio-endemic countries.
The entire land area of the country is 300 square km of which some 9 000 hectares are covered with permanent crops dominated by coconuts; only 3 990 hectares are considered arable. Practically no cereals are produced, therefore, the population, estimated at 363 660 (FAOSTAT, 2015), is heavily dependent on imports to meet their cereal food needs.
The President of Maldives His Excellency President Abdulla Yamin Abdul Gayyoom graced the official ceremony where Dr Singh, Regional Director of WHO, South East Asia Region handed over a citation and plaque to Honorable Minister of Health, HE Ms Iruthisham Adam declaring ‘Maldives as Malaria Free’- the first country in the region to successfully attain this status. The official ceremony was attended by cabinet ministers, senior officials from different Government departments, High Commissioners, Partners and various other stakeholders.
WHO SEARO Press release 1617
New Delhi, 14 December: Nearly 7400 new-borns die every day in the WHO South-East Asia Region causing untold misery to mothers and families. Two-thirds of these deaths can be prevented by adopting proven and cost-effective measures, World Health Organization today said seeking focused efforts by governments and partners to prevent newborn deaths with a sense of urgency.
Some MVR3million (US$194,550) is required to help more than 300 households in southern Addu City recover from flooding caused by heavy rainfall last week, the city council has said.
The council has donated some MVR200,000 (US$12,970) to the recovery fund, while the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party raised MVR 29,00 (US$1,880) this weekend.
The government is awaiting a report from Finance Minister Abdulla Jihad and is yet to make an estimate of recovery costs.
Southern Addu City has suffered the worst storm damage in 40 years after 12 continuous hours of torrential rain left streets inundated and flooded some 200 households.
“This is the worst flooding I’ve seen in decades. The water is knee-deep in most areas, and a majority of houses are under a foot of water,” saud Abdulla Thoyyib, the deputy mayor.
Chronic conflicts, droughts, earthquakes, floods, seasonal storms, and severe winter weather, compounded by limited government response capacity in some countries, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in South Asia. Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and man-made disasters in the region.
Un rapport publié par l’OMS, l’UNICEF, l’UNFPA, le Groupe de la Banque mondiale et la Division de la population des Nations Unies rend compte des progrès accomplis.
Communiqué de presse conjoint
12 NOVEMBRE 2015 ¦ GENÈVE/NEW YORK - Selon un rapport publié aujourd’hui par plusieurs organismes des Nations Unies et par le Groupe de la Banque mondiale, la mortalité maternelle a baissé de 44 % par rapport à 1990.
Maternal deaths fell 44% since 1990 – UN
Report from WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division highlights progress
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 12 November 2015 – Maternal mortality has fallen by 44% since 1990, United Nations agencies and the World Bank Group reported today.
November 10, 2015 11:24 AM
The Maldives has lifted a state of emergency that was declared last week due to a "threat to national security," a move that brought widespread international criticism.
The state of emergency was imposed last Wednesday by President Abdulla Yameen, following a September blast on his speedboat and the subsequent recovery of an explosive device that was defused near his official residence. No one claimed responsibility for planting the bomb.
LIVINGSTONE, 06 NOV 2015
Board gears up to larger scale projects in the near future
(Livingstone, Zambia, 6 November 2015) – The Green Climate Fund Board today approved USD 168 million of GCF funding for projects and programmes worth USD 624 million, marking the end of its launch phase and kick-starting the flow of climate finance through the Fund to developing countries. The activities supported by the Board will generate up to USD 1.3 billion in investments over the coming five years.