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23 Jan 2015 description

Brazzaville, 20 janvier 2015 – L’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) recommande désormais l’introduction du vaccin conjugué contre la méningite A, le MenAfriVac®, dans les calendriers de vaccination systématique en Afrique subsaharienne. Cette recommandation vise à protéger les nourrissons contre la méningite et à maintenir l’immunité à l’échelle de la population.

23 Jan 2015 description

Brazzaville, 20 January 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) now recommends the conjugate meningitis A vaccine MenAfriVac® to be introduced in routine immunization schedules in sub-Saharan Africa. This recommendation ensures that infants are protected against meningitis and population-wide immunity is maintained.

22 Jan 2015 description

Ministers of Health from around the world will convene next week at WHO’s Executive Board meeting, to set global public health policies. Among other topics, representatives are expected to review the current polio epidemiology and global preparedness plans for the phased removal of oral polio vaccines. A report has been prepared, to facilitate discussions, available here.

22 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

• En 2014, la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre a enregistré environ 91 361 cas et 1 583 décès de choléra (CFR=2%) dans 11 pays, soit trois fois plus de cas qu’en 2013.

• Les trois pays les plus affectés sont le Nigeria, le Ghana et la RDC qui comptent 93% des cas et 80 % des décès de la région. Les épidémies au Nigéria et au Ghana impactent directement les pays limitrophes du lac Tchad et du golfe de guinée.

• On observe une létalité élevée en zone sahélienne supérieure ou égale à 2% notamment au Nigéria, Tchad, Cameroun et Niger.

21 Jan 2015 description

Crisis Overview

  • Boko Haram (BH), meaning Western education is forbidden, an Islamist militant insurgent group based in northeastern Nigeria, has been carrying out armed attacks on civilian populations since 2011. In May 2013, the Government of Nigeria declared a state of emergency (SoE) in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states, which has been extended until November 2014. The security crisis continues to worsen, with growing numbers of victims, and the destruction of social and economic infrastructure, including the disruption of education services.

20 Jan 2015 description
report UN News Service

20 January 2015 – Women and children make up the vast majority of the latest wave of refugees fleeing violence in northern Nigeria, the United Nations Children’s Fund warned today as it continued its efforts to provide basic assistance, including safe water, nutrition, health, education and protection services to affected children in the region.

20 Jan 2015 description

Snapshot 14–20 January

Cameroon: 50,000 people are estimated displaced due to the recent increase in Boko Haram (BH) attacks in the northern regions. In the past week, an attack on a military base in Kolofata resulted in 143 BH killed, subsequently, BH kidnapped 80 people from one village – with three killed and 24 later released. The conflict has escalated regionally, with Chad pledging military support in Cameroon’s fight against Boko Haram.

20 Jan 2015 description
report Rotary

The continued fight to eradicate polio gets an additional $34.8 million boost from Rotary in support of immunization activities and research to be carried out by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The funds will be used by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF for polio immunization, surveillance and research activities in ten countries, as well as to provide technical assistance to additional countries in Africa.

19 Jan 2015 description
Ebola - version 2
Technical Annex

0 . MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP

In order to respond to the national Preparedness and Response Plan for the Ebola virus disease in Burkina Faso, and on the basis of the contribution agreement concluded in December 2014 between the Commission and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) an additional amount of EUR 963 000 is allocated to the present HIP.

14 Jan 2015 description

Niamey (CICR) – Les violences et le conflit dans le nord-est du Nigéria continuent d'avoir des répercussions sur la situation humanitaire des populations résidentes et déplacées dans la région de Diffa, dans l'extrême sud-est du Niger. Les combats qui se sont déroulés parfois à quelques kilomètres seulement de la frontière, ont obligé des milliers de personnes à fuir de nouveau et à trouver refuge dans la région de Diffa, dans des conditions humanitaires très précaires.

14 Jan 2015 description

FAITS SAILLANTS

  • Les résultats de la rencontre annuelle du Dispositif National de Prévention et de Gestion des Catastrophes et Crises Alimentaires indiquent que 177 zones sont vulnérables sur le plan alimentaire.

  • Le premier camp de réfugiés a été ouvert dans la région de Diffa.

  • Le nombre de cas de choléra notifiés dans la région de Diffa tend à la baisse. Cependant les actions de prévention et de riposte doivent continuer pour stopper la maladie.

13 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

UNICEF response to date

• On 10 December 2014, the Government called on national and international solidarity to respond to the humanitarian situation in Diffa.

• UNHCR is setting up two refugee camps and one transit site in Diffa region for a total of approximately 14,000 refugees. UNICEF is supporting the installation by providing squatting plates and water bladders to UNHCR to ensure access to water and sanitation. In parallel, UNICEF will continue to support displaced people and host communities outside the camps.

13 Jan 2015 description

Nigeria: Violence has escalated significantly in the northeast. Boko Haram killed more than 2,100 people in the first 11 days of the year. Most were killed in an attack on the town of Baga and surrounding settlements in Borno state, on Lake Chad. Up to 20,000 people were displaced. Other attacks took place in Maiduguri, Damaturu, and Potiskum.

13 Jan 2015 description

Over the past three months, more than 25,000 people (residents, displaced people and returnees) have been aided by the ICRC, which worked closely with the Red Cross Society of Niger to deliver food aid for nearly 45,000 individuals in 2014. Of these, some 11,000 also received essential household items (blankets, tarpaulins, mosquito nets, mats, clothes and kitchen utensils).

09 Jan 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Chadian Government presents a long-term plan to integrate people who fled CAR to Chad.

  • Malnutrition rates in Chad's Sahel zone remain above the 15% emergency level in nearly half of all districts.

  • First outbreaks of cholera reported in Chad since 2011. A cholera vaccination campaign, unprecedented in Chad, will be introduced to reinforce ongoing WASH and medical programmes.

  • Nearly 245,000 children treated for malnutrition from January to October 2014.

09 Jan 2015 description

En plus de l’insécurité alimentaire et de la malnutrition récurrentes au Niger, d’autres défis humanitaires ont marqué l’année 2014 avec notamment : les flux de populations fuyant les violences au nord du Nigéria pour se réfugier dans la région de Diffa, les migrants économiques en transit ou refoulés vers le Niger, les inondations et le choléra.

09 Jan 2015 description

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 8, 2015

The U.S. Government has contributed $1 million to the International Atomic Energy Agency for a new project that will improve and streamline efforts to diagnose the Ebola virus in Africa. Of the total U.S. contribution, $650,000 is provided through the IAEA’s Peaceful Uses Initiative and $350,000 through other extra-budgetary contributions to the IAEA.

07 Jan 2015 description

SUMMARY

  • Reported case incidence continues to fluctuate in Guinea, with no identifiable downward trend. Ebola virus disease (EVD) continues to spread geographically within the country, with the prefecture of Fria reporting 2 confirmed cases for the first time. Case incidence has declined to low levels in Liberia. There are signs that incidence has levelled off in Sierra Leone, although transmission remains intense in the west of the country.