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26 Apr 2017 description

Overview

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 42 events: three Grade 3, six Grade 2, two Grade 1, and 31 ungraded events.

26 Apr 2017 description

Overview

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 41 events: two Grade 3, six Grade 2, two Grade 1, and 31 ungraded events.

This week, one new event has been reported: an outbreak of hepatitis E in Niger.

25 Apr 2017 description

Preparations are currently underway for a vast bed net distribution campaign in Sierra Leone. Planned for June this year, the campaign aims to distribute nearly 4.2 million insecticide-treated bed nets to households nationwide to protect its population of seven million people from malaria, which remains one of the country’s leading causes of death and illness.

25 Apr 2017 description

Overview

  • This weekly bulletin focuses on selected public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 42 events: three Grade 3, six Grade 2, two Grade 1, and 31 ungraded events.

25 Apr 2017 description
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WaPOR: database dissemination portal and APIs

The FAO portal to monitor Water Productivity through Open access of Remotely sensed derived data (WaPOR) monitors and reports on agriculture water productivity over Africa and the Near East.

It provides open access to the water productivity database and its thousands of underlying map layers, it allows for direct data queries, time series analyses, area statistics and data download of key variables associated to water and land productivity assessments.  

25 Apr 2017 description

Projected food assistance needs for October 2017

23 Apr 2017 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Author
Eric Osoro
Medical Epidemiologist , Washington State University

It’s 18 months since Sierra Leone was declared Ebola free after a two-year outbreak that left 4,000 people dead.

20 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • 10% increase in cereal production compared to last year confirmed in West Africa. Third consecutive year of favourable production conditions.

  • Restrictive exchange rates development of regional economies such as Liberia, Ghana and Nigeria affecting trade patterns in the region

  • Difficult macro-economic conditions affecting commercial activities in Chad despite positive agricultural performances

  • Drop of world cocoa prices has diminished export and budgetary revenues in Côte d’Ivoire

14 Apr 2017 description

Main findings

Food Consumption: globally satisfactory except in the Lake Chad basin and in certain pockets of Niger, Mali and Senegal

Livelihood Change: livelihoods assets and strategies are sustainable and protected, nonetheless they remain eroded in conflict areas in the Lake Chad Basin, the north of Mali, and in the Liptako Gourma neighboring areas (Burkina Faso-Mali, Niger)

14 Apr 2017 description

Dryness remains in the Greater Horn of Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average and erratic rainfall since December has resulted in strong moisture deficits and degraded ground conditions. However, above-average rainfall since March has helped to alleviate seasonal dryness.

  2. Despite an increase in moisture following the passage of Tropical Cyclone Enawo during early March, long- term moisture deficits remain due to very poor rains earlier in the season throughout central and eastern Madagascar.

13 Apr 2017 description
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Health security: is the world better prepared?

By Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO

13 APRIL 2017 - Today we begin the launch of “Ten years in public health 2007-2017” – a report that chronicles the evolution of global public health over the decade that I have served as Director-General at WHO.

12 Apr 2017 description

Situation Générale en mars 2017

Prévision jusqu'à’mi-mai 2017

12 Apr 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 11 2017 (IPS) - The Group of 77 has pointed out that the Ebola crisis of 2014-2015 proved that “no country is immune from a disease outbreak, no matter where it emerges”

The Group has argued that the world is now a big village, where the borders between countries are crossed by millions every day for different reasons– a better life for some, a migration for others, all due to different factors, including climate change and the outbreak of fast-spreading diseases.

12 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • Food distributions to orphans in foster families nationwide is ongoing, targeting the most vulnerable orphans.

  • The Nutrition unit held a stakeholders meeting on stunting prevention and incentives for immunization in Moyamba district which identified synergies and common platforms for joint programming.

  • WFP completed food deliveries to health centres for tuberculosis clients on directly observed treatment, short course and distributions are expected to end in April.

11 Apr 2017 description

Recognizing that Africa is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, the World Meteorological Organization has launched the Training Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Agriculture to improve the capacity of national technical services in West African countries. The programme seeks to reduce the impacts of natural disasters and climate change on the agricultural sector and to support sustainable development.

08 Apr 2017 description
report Voice of America

Nina DeVries

FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE — With the recent Ebola crisis, officials in Sierra Leone have seen a rise in mental health concerns. Mustapha Kallon's problems are typical. He survived Ebola but lost many family members during the epidemic.

"Whenever I think of my parents, I feel depressed," he said.

Kallon said he turned to alcohol to cope with his grief. He was still receiving care in the Ebola treatment unit when his parents died from the virus. He didn't get to say goodbye and doesn't even know where they are buried.

08 Apr 2017 description
report Chatham House

Summary

• The 2014–16 West African Ebola epidemic was unprecedented in both scale and duration.
By March 2016, when the World Health Organization (WHO) announced an end to the Public Health Emergency of International Concern declared in August 2014, some 28,616 confirmed, probable and suspected cases, with 11,310 deaths, had been reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – the three worst-affected countries.