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 29 May - 4 June 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, an outbreak of enterovirus and yellow fever.
The humanitarian impact of the 2015-2016 El Niño remains deeply alarming, now affecting over 60 million people. Central America, East Africa (particularly Ethiopia), the Pacific and Southern Africa remain the most affected regions. The El Niño phenomenon is now in decline, but projections indicate the situation will worsen throughout at least the end of the year, with food insecurity caused primarily by drought not likely to peak before December. Therefore, the humanitarian impacts will last well into 2017 .
Port Moresby, 02 June 2016 - The European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, announced the European Union's support of EUR 5 million to Papua New Guinea's (PNG) commitments to address El Niño impact during his visit to Port Moresby to attend the 8th Summit of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Heads of State and Governments.
Ongoing conflicts and droughts exacerbate food needs
Food insecurity spreads as El Niño casts its shadow over Pacific and Caribbean states
2 June 2016, Rome - Drought linked to El Niño and civil conflict have pushed the number of countries currently in need of external food assistance up to 37 from 34 in March, according to a new FAO report.
WFP and UNICEF are planning to implement the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for food supply and nutrition assistance, during May 2016, to four severely food insecure Local Level Governments (LLGs) in Hela and Enga Provinces;
WFP conducted an assessment in Milne Bay area (April 2016);
Care International has been supporting the communities in Gumine in Simbu (Chimbu) Province with various food security related activities (March 2016);
As of 30 April 2016, there were 121 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is higher than the number of cases reported in same period of the previous four years (2012-2015)
Malaysia (No updates)
CARE PNG – Integrated Resilience
El Niño Response
UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon has been presented with the West Papua Fact Finding Mission Report titled "We Will Lose Everything" by PIANGO’s executive director, Emele Duituturaga.
Duituturaga presented the report to Ban Ki Moon during day two of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. The report was received by the assistant Secretary General.
Duituturaga who captured the handing over in a photograph said she was privileged to have had a brief exchange with Ban at the end of the summit.
60 MILLION people affected globally at present.
32 MILLION people food insecure in Southern Africa.
10.2 MILLION people in Ethiopia need emergency food assistance.
50 PERCENT crop losses in Haiti due to El Niño-influenced drought.
CARE Australia has today launched its online Disaster Response Depot, allowing Australians to help the organisation keep its emergency response warehouse in Brisbane stocked to meet future humanitarian crises.
CARE Australia’s Emergency Response Manager Adam Poulter said the launch comes as we’re seeing the highest levels of human suffering since the Second World War.
“Hundreds of thousands of people live in fear of natural disasters and while we can’t stop an earthquake or cyclone, we can reduce their impact,” Mr Poulter said.
Asia-Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world. It is also home to a number of long-running conflicts that exact a human toll. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) places women and girls at the center of humanitarian response. Every year the number and frequency of disasters (whether natural or conflict-related) is increasing, with millions of people displaced from their homes.
China (No updates)
As of 31 March, there were 91 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016 (28 in January, 45 in February, 18 in March). Compared with the same period of the previous three years (2012 to 2015), the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased in 2016 (Figure 1).
Malaysia (No updates)
By Ana Zarkovic, IFRC
Papua New Guinea (PNG) is known as the “land of the unexpected” and it certainly lives up to that reputation. Stunningly beautiful, with friendly and welcoming people, it is also insecure, vulnerable to a range of natural disasters and lacking in basic infrastructure.
Asylum seekers and refugees held on Papua New Guinea's Manus island have written to the country's chief justice and told him they are still being held against their will on the island.
Read the full story here.