Guinea records fewest EVD weekly cases in more than a year
Sierra Leone provides details on Tonkolili EVD event
Rwanda continued to receive a steady influx of refugees from Burundi. The total number has now reached 71,485.
The shelter strategy is being revised to accommodate the large number of refugees in hangars, tents and semi-permanent facilities.
Alternative modes of providing water to the growing number of refugees are being put in place, while working on permanent/sustainable solutions.
Negotiations are ongoing to ensure refugee children’s participation in national education examinations.
· The total number of confirmed cases of Ebola rose this week from 3,303 to 3,324, with 21 new confirmed cases, including twelve from Conakry, seven in Forécariah, and two in the prefecture of Coyah (WHO Ebola Situation Reports, 20 July 2015).
· Among the 12 cases reported in Conakry, 11 were from the commune of Ratoma and 1 from the commune of Matoto while for prefecture of Forécariah, 6 were from the sub-prefecture of Benty and 1 from the sub-prefecture of Allasoya.
· In the week to 19 July 2015, there were four confirmed Ebola cases, down from 14 cases the previous week. The two cases reported in Western Area Urban district came from Patton Street and Lumley areas of Freetown (the only two areas reporting cases out of 48 wards in the district). Two cases reported from Port Loko district came from two (Mamusa and Marampa) out of 11 chiefdoms.
Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Wednesday 7/29/2015 - 18:24 GMT
The World Health Organization on Wednesday hailed the fewest weekly infections for over a year in the west African Ebola epidemic, but warned they were braced for a significant new outbreak in Sierra Leone.
There were just four confirmed cases in Guinea in the week to Sunday and three in Sierra Leone, the WHO said in the latest of its weekly updates on the epidemic.
· There are currently six confirmed cases in this most recent Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Margibi and Montserrado counties. Two of these are deceased, two have been discharged from an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU), while the remaining two will be discharged as soon as they test negative. There is still no definitive information on the original source of transmission.
· As of 21 July 2015, there are 22 contacts being followed up in Margibi and 17 contacts in Montserrado.
58 Children detained on charges of “involvement in armed groups” following fighting in Kayanza province (UNICEF, 28 July)
14 Children sentenced to 2 years’ imprisonment on charges of “involvement in armed groups” (UNICEF, 28 July)
Over 177,000 Seeking asylum in neighbouring countries (UNHCR, 28 July)
1 New cholera case in Burundi since last reporting period, bringing the total to 181 confirmed cases (Ministry of Health, 28 July)
Honduras, 28 de Julio 2015
Fuente: La Tribuna
El director ejecutivo de la Cámara de Comercio e Industrias de Tegucigalpa (CCIT), Rafael Medina, aseguró este martes que el chikungunya afecta al 40 por ciento de la población activa empresarial a nivel nacional.
“El chikungunya está afectando a los trabajadores de la pequeña empresa, quienes se están ausentando a sus labores debido a las incapacidades médicas”, lamentó.
Medina manifestó que cuando en las empresas hay diez empleados al menos cinco se encuentran incapacitados por ese virus.
33 KILLED IN SUICIDE BLASTS
On 25 July, 20 people were killed when a suicide attacker struck a bar in Maroua town, the capital of the Far North Region. The attack, the most deadly of its kind so far, was the third in the region in two weeks. Cameroon’s Far North Region has been repeatedly targeted by Boko Haram insurgents. No gap in terms of medication and medical material is reported so far, but MSF estimates that in case other attacks occur, capacity of health centres will be overwhelmed.
This opinion piece was originally published in French in Liberation on 26 July 2015.
Since the fighting began at the end of March between Houthi rebels and Saudi Arabia led-coalition forces, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has provided medical assistance to close to 7,000 war casualties.
Translators without Borders Releases Impact Study on Ebola Information
DANBURY, CT, USA – 23rd July 2015 — Translators without Borders (TWB), the US-based charity that uses language to increase access to knowledge, has today released the findings and results of the Impact Study on Ebola Information, Does Translated Health-Related Information Lead to Higher Comprehension? A Study of Rural and Urban Kenyans. The results of this study demonstrate just how important it is to have crucial healthcare information widely available in the local language.
WHO SEARO Press Release 1607
29 July 2015 - The World Health Organization today called for bolstering efforts for malaria control and elimination by targeting malarial parasites believed to be less fatal, but now causing high disease burden. As nearly 3.2 billion people continue to live in areas with risk of malaria infection, malaria needs to be high on the global agenda to achieve the target of 90% reduction in deaths and disease, and elimination in 35 countries by 2030.
Diaspora groups are already heavily involved in development activities in their home countries. A recently launched innovative project explores how they act as providers of humanitarian aid and improve coordination mechanisms between Diasporas and conventional humanitarian aid providers.
A humanitarian pause in Yemen allows children to be reached with the protection they desperately need against polio
According to WHO, as of 26 July 2015, a total of 1,375 cholera cases including 42 deaths have been reported in Juba County and in Bor, Jonglei State for an overall case fatality rate (CFR) of 3.0 per cent. This includes:
Overall EVD transmission decreases in Guinea and Sierra Leone since mid-July, according to local health officials
The GoL discharges remaining two EVD survivors from ELWA 3 ETU; Liberia currently has no confirmed EVD cases
All known contacts in Boké Prefecture, Guinea, graduate from contact tracing on July 23