On 11 April 2012, the Ministry of Health notified WHO of a cholera outbreak in the Greater Accra Region. Between January and 6 May 2012, a total of 3,216 cases and 28 deaths were reported from 20 districts. (WHO, 26 May 2012) The cholera cases and deaths increased steadily with the Ghana Health Service reporting 6,000 cholera cases with 69 deaths by the end of August (IFRC, 4 Jan 2013). For the year 2012 as a whole, WHO reported 9,548 cases and 100 deaths (WHO, 7 Feb 2013).
In this issue, a general overview of outbreaks that occurred within the WHO African Region between January and December 2012 is provided as well as a summary of ongoing outbreaks as reported by the Member States.
Summary: CHF 122,571 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 7 May 2012 to support the national society in delivering assistance to some 300,000 beneficiaries in the Greater Accra and the Eastern Regions of the country.
Overview of the major reported outbreaks in the WHO African Region
- Cholera in Sierra Leone
- Cholera in DR Congo
- Ebola in Uganda
- Marburg in Uganda
- Rift Valley Fever in Mauritania
- Ebola in DR Congo
Summary: CHF 76,060 was allocated from IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) in April 2012 to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 3,200 households (16,000 beneficiaries) affected by the Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) outbreak in Upper East Regions of Ghana.
Brazzaville, Congo: 27 October 2012 – As the Sahel food crisis persists, compounded by recent flooding in the region, the World Health Organization (WHO) has appealed to health and development partners to support affected countries prioritize de-worming activities as part of urgent relief efforts.
"Flooding now being experienced in parts of the Sahel, creates the ideal breeding ground for contracting Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) such as bilharzia, and worm-like diseases putting more at risk of malnutrition,” says WHO African Regional Director Dr Luis Gomes Sambo.
Responding to the Crisis in Syria
Instability and conflict in Syria continue to affect hundreds of thousands of people. An estimated one million Syrians have been internally displaced, while the overall total affected population is estimated at up to 2.5 million.
CERF releases more than US$34.2 million for West and Central Africa on third Quarter, 55 per cent for DRC
Le CERF alloue plus de 34,2 millions de dollars pour les urgences en Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre au troisième trimestre, dont 55% pour la République Démocratique du Congo
Accra, Ghana, 6 September, 2012 — The United Nations in Ghana has received a grant of US$312.440 (Three hundred and twelve thousand four hundred and forty dollars) to boost a joint UN system humanitarian response to the cholera outbreak in five regions of the country.
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400,000 displaced by floods sweeping across West Africa
Torrential rains have struck several West African countries during the past few weeks resulting in mass displacements throughout the region. Following a severe drought, the August floods have exacerbated an ongoing regional food security crisis.
As the region is facing its worst cholera outbreak in years, are governments doing enough to tackle the epidemic?
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FREETOWN/CONAKRY/ACCRA/DAKAR, 16 August 2012 (IRIN) - Aid agencies are scrambling to treat thousands of cholera patients in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, where the number of infections is mounting by over 250 per day. Most patients are from the city's various urban slums, where open defecation is rife, toilets are rare, sewage is improperly disposed of, and awareness of cholera is very low. Water and sanitation specialists say unless these problems are addressed, cholera will continue to flourish both in Sierra Leone and throughout West Africa.
In this issue, a general overview of outbreaks that occurred within the WHO African Region between January and April 2012 is provided as well as a summary of ongoing outbreaks as reported by the Member States.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent ( IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency response. The DREF is a vital part of t he International Federation’s disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.
Overview of reported outbreaks in the WHO African Region - Cholera - Meningitis
Ongoing outbreaks - Lassa Fever in Nigeria - Typhoid in Zimbabwe - Meningitis in Burkina Faso - Cholera in Ghana - Meningitis in Chad - Cholera in Uganda - Meningitis in Benin - Nodding Syndrome in Uganda
In this issue, a general overview of outbreaks that occurred within the WHO African Region between January and March 2012 is provided as well as a summary of ongoing outbreaks as reported by the Member States.