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05 Feb 2016 description

SUMMARY

  • 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.

05 Feb 2016 description

Introduction

This document outlines the strategy of the Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) for the enhancement of technical cooperation to Member States in light of the rapid regional dissemination of Zika virus since November 2015. This technical cooperation builds on ongoing efforts to strengthen the detection, prevention, and response to arboviral illnesses.

Background

04 Feb 2016 description
report Government of Chile

La Ministra de Salud, Carmen Castillo, concluyó su participación en la II Reunión Extraordinaria de Ministros de Salud de MERCOSUR y Estados Asociados, realizada a objeto de enfrentar la epidemia de los virus transmitidos por el vector Aedes aegypti.

Al término del encuentro, las Ministras y los Ministros de Salud del MERCOSUR y Estados Asociados, y los demás países integrantes de la CELAC (Costa Rica, México y República Dominicana), concordaron la siguiente declaración:

Considerando:

03 Feb 2016 description

• Anunciaron el reforzamiento de acciones conjuntaspara salvaguardar a la población
• Entregaron paquetes alimentarios, cobertores y colchonetas

Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas.- El gobernador Manuel Velasco Coello y el subsecretario de Desarrollo Social y Humano de la Sedesol, Ernesto Nemer Álvarez, entregaron apoyos extraordinarios a más de 4 mil familias vulnerables a los frentes fríos que se presentan en la entidad.

03 Feb 2016 description

AT LEAST 2297 JOURNALISTS AND MEDIA STAFF HAVE BEEN KILLED SINCE 1990 : IFJ REPORT

The International Federation of Journalists today published its 25th report on journalists and media staff killed since 1990. The report lists 2297 media fatalities due to violence in journalism, including 112 killed in 2015 alone. From double digits at the start of these publications, the figures reached three digits in eleven years, peaking to 155 killings of journalists and media staff in 2006, the deadliest year on record, according to the IFJ reports.

03 Feb 2016 description

· El titular de la SEDESOL y el Gobernador de Oaxaca entregan paquetes alimenticios y de abrigo a 15 municipios beneficiados por la declaratoria de Emergencia Extraordinaria emitida por la SEGOB, ante las heladas provocadas por el frente frío número 34 y la interacción con la Octava Tormenta Invernal.

· Firman además el Acuerdo “Por un Oaxaca sin Pobreza”, el cual busca reforzar los planes y programas de los dos niveles de gobierno, en favor de los pueblos y comunidades con mayores indicadores de pobreza y marginación.

03 Feb 2016 description
report European Union

Main conclusions

A Zika virus outbreak in the Americas and the South Pacific is evolving rapidly, and its spread is likely to continue as the vector species Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus are widely distributed there. While a significant increase in the number of newborns presenting with a low head circumference seems established in the northeastern states of Brazil, the magnitude of the increase cannot be precisely estimated. Similarly, a link with Zika virus infection cannot be confirmed until the ongoing investigations are completed.

02 Feb 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Durante el gobierno del Presidente Enrique Peña Nieto, miembros de las fuerzas de seguridad mexicanas han estado implicados en graves violaciones de derechos humanos en forma reiterada —incluidas ejecuciones extrajudiciales, desapariciones forzadas y tortura— en el marco de acciones contra el crimen organizado.

02 Feb 2016 description

This Emergency Appeal seeks a total of 2,380,409 Swiss francs (CHF) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the National Societies in the Americas region to deliver assistance and support to 200,000 people through direct intervention and 1 million people through indirect community engagement, with a focus on health, water, sanitation, hygiene promotion and preparedness. This regional Emergency Appeal is launched on a preliminary basis pending further assessment and revision in the coming weeks.

02 Feb 2016 description

The month saw an intensification of Yemen’s war, amid heightened regional rivalries between Saudi Arabia and Iran complicating prospects for peace. Political tensions increased in Haiti, Guinea-Bissau and Moldova, where protests over endemic corruption and a lack of confidence in the government could escalate. In Africa, Boko Haram’s deadly attacks increased in northern Cameroon, and Burkina Faso was hit by an unprecedented terror attack.