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11 Feb 2013 description

Introduction

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.

04 Jan 2013 description

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.

24 Dec 2012 description

Content

Overview of the major reported outbreaks in the WHO African Region

  • Cholera

Ongoing outbreaks

  • Cholera in Sierra Leone
  • Cholera in DR Congo
  • Ebola in Uganda
  • Marburg in Uganda
  • Rift Valley Fever in Mauritania

Ended Outbreaks

  • Ebola in DR Congo
30 Oct 2012 description

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.

30 Oct 2012 description

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.

11 Oct 2012 description

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.

01 Oct 2012 description

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

07 Sep 2012 description

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.

05 Sep 2012 description

To see this news alert with links to the sources click here/403789A01C2EDDE3C1257A70004F61A7?OpenDocument).

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.

27 Aug 2012 description
report Al Jazeera

As the region is facing its worst cholera outbreak in years, are governments doing enough to tackle the epidemic?

Read the full article and watch the video on Al Jazeera.

16 Aug 2012 description
report IRIN

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.

26 May 2012 description

Introduction

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.

07 May 2012 description

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.

01 May 2012 description

Content

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

Introduction

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.