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Oral Cholera Vaccine Highly Effective During Outbreak in Guinea

A new study is the first to show that this particular oral cholera vaccine provides protection very quickly, and lends support to its use in control of future outbreaks.

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Effectiveness Review: Cholera Response Sierra Leone 2012/13

Report
Oxfam

This report presents the findings of an effectiveness review carried out on Oxfam's response to the 2012 cholera response in Sierra Leone that was undertaken through the application of Oxfam's Humanitarian Indicator Tool. Overall the response scored 87% and met or almost met nine of the 10 standards that were relevant to the response. This provides a measure of a high quality response, clearly exceeding the 60% cut-off point.

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First-ever use of oral cholera vaccine during outbreak in Africa

MSF vaccination campaign in Guinea shows feasibility of oral cholera vaccine for control of future epidemics

In a report published today in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and its scientific research arm, Epicentre, present results of one of the first-ever, large-scale uses of an oral cholera vaccine during a cholera outbreak—a major breakthrough in the understanding and future control of deadly cholera epidemics.

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World + 16 others
Outbreak Bulletin - Vol. 3 Issue 6, 31 August 2013

In this issue, a general overview of outbreaks that occurred within the WHO African Region between January and July 2013 is provided as well as a summary of ongoing outbreaks as reported by Member States.

Overview of reported outbreaks in WHO African Region

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Guinea-Bissau + 2 others
Cholera resurgent in Guinea-Bissau

Report
IRIN

More than 700 people have been sickened by cholera in Guinea-Bissau. Isolated health centres, insufficient medical personnel and detrimental traditional beliefs have contributed to the prevalence.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

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This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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Guinea-Bissau + 19 others
West and Central Africa: Humanitarian Bulletin - August 2013

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Global Food Prices are 11 points higher in 2013 as compared to 2012.

  • 48 per cent of the households in Guinea Bissau are facing a major food deficit, with enough cereal stocks to last for only one month.

  • Regional cholera rates declined in 2013 as compared to last year.

  • 1,200 refugees voted in the Malian elections.

  • Malnutrition admission trends worrying in Niger, Chad, Nigeria,
    Mali and Cameroon.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Sierra Leone Working to Prevent Cholera Outbreaks

Report
Voice of America

FREETOWN — Last year Sierra Leone had one of the worst cholera outbreaks in history - with 23,000 reported cases. The United Nations says close to 300 people died. Some measures have since been put in place to prevent another epidemic of what can be an easily preventable and treatable water-borne infection.

As heavy rain beats down on a market in the east part of Freetown, Adamsay Kamara rushes to cover her basket of bananas for sale. This is how the single mother makes a living at the market which is near her community of Mabela - a slum area of about 20,000 people.

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Sierra Leone + 3 others
Vigilance against new cholera strain in West Africa

More virulent than the ones traditionally found on the continent, this same strain was responsible for more than 8,000 deaths in Haïti and has touched down in West Africa in recent years.

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Sierra Leone: Cholera outbreak Emergency appeal n° MDRSL003 Final Report

Period covered by this Final Report: 16 August 2012 - 30 April 2013

Appeal target (current): CHF 1,061,852

Appeal coverage: 107%

Appeal history:

· A Preliminary Emergency Appeal was launched on 16 August 2012 for CHF 1,151,632 for 6 months to assist 1,440,000 beneficiaries.

· CHF 150,000 was allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) as start-up funds.

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World + 5 others
Afrique de l'Ouest : Diminution des cas de choléra, mais les autorités restent vigilantes

Report
IRIN

DAKAR, 25 juillet 2013 (IRIN) - Depuis la mi-juin, environ 1 700 personnes ont contracté le choléra en Afrique de l'Ouest. Ce chiffre représente une baisse significative par rapport à la même période de sept semaines de l'année 2012, au cours de laquelle 11 834 personnes avaient été infectées.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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World + 5 others
West Africa cholera down but officials vigilant

Report
IRIN

The number of people infected in the region is down but officials warn that if the rains are as strong as last year, the risk of a similar spike in outbreaks as occurred in 2012 is high.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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Sierra Leone braces for cholera season

Report
IRIN

So far this year, there have been 365 reported cholera cases and two deaths. As downpours persist, the National Cholera Taskforce is working to prevent a repeat of last year's devastating outbreak.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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Post-epidemic Evaluation in Sierra Leone

Dr. Azharul Islam Khan, chief physician and head of Dhaka Hospital’s Diarrhoeal Diseases Unit, was invited by GOARN (Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network) and the World Health Organization to conduct a post-epidemic evaluation of the 2012 cholera outbreak response in Sierra Leone.

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Sierra Leone + 1 other
Royal Engineers in Sierra Leone water project

British Army engineers are involved in a pioneering drilling project to bring clean water to thousands of people in Sierra Leone.

As a result of this project, fresh water will be delivered to more than 6,500 people where it is scarce and the threat of illnesses like cholera is high as people are forced to use water in contaminated rivers and puddles for drinking and cleaning.

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Sierra Leone: Cholera Epidemic Emergency appeal n° MDRSL003 Operation update n°4

Period covered by this Ops Update: 15 January 2013 - 3 March 2013.

Appeal target (current): CHF 1,061,852 in cash, kind and services.

Appeal coverage: 100%

Appeal history:

• The Preliminary Emergency Appeal was launched on 16 August 2012 for CHF 1,151,632 for six months to assist 1,440,000 beneficiaries.

• To start the operation, CHF 150,000 was allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF).

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Guinea + 1 other
Guinea: Chlorea DREF operation n° MDRGN005 Final report

Summary: CHF 178,829 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 7 September 2012, to support the Red Cross Society of Guinea (RCSG) in delivering assistance to some 25,000 households.
In February 2012, cholera cases began to appear throughout the regions of Conakry and Forecariah. The epidemic worsened in July and August (5,699 cases and 109 deaths as of 2 September 2012) and reached a level that exceeded the response capacities of the National Society.

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Sierra Leone: Cholera Epidemic Emergency appeal n° MDRSL003 Operation update n°4

Period covered by this Ops Update: 15 January 2013 - 3 March 2013.

Appeal target (current): CHF 997,045

Appeal coverage: 98%

Appeal history:

- The Preliminary Emergency Appeal was launched on 16 August 2012 for CHF 1,151,632 for six months to assist 1,440,000 beneficiaries.

-To start the operation, CHF 150,000 was allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF).

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Sierra Leone: Cholera Epidemic Emergency appeal n° MDRSL003 Operation update n°3

Period covered by this Ops Update: 30 December 2012 to 15 January 2013.
Appeal target (current): CHF 1,061,852 in cash, kind and services and services.
Appeal coverage: 100%

  • This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on a Preliminary basis on 16 August 2012 for CHF 1,151,632 for 6 months to assist 1,440,000 beneficiaries. CHF 150,000 was allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) as start up funds.