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27 Apr 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • WFP reports critical funding gap for emergency operations in Nigeria

  • USG provides $30 million for WFP, advocates for GoN and donors to increase financial support

  • Authorities in Nigeria’s Borno State announce plans to repatriate 78,000 Nigerian refugees from Cameroon

  • Conflict-affected households in Chad’s Lac Region expected to face reduced access to food from May to September

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

26 Apr 2017 description

More than 2,000 people died from an outbreak of the disease in Nigeria in 2009

ABUJA, April 26 (Reuters) - A meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has killed 813 people so far this year, the country's health minister said, as Africa's most populous country and aid organisations attempt to tackle the surge in infections.

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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.

24 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) continues to coordinate a national emergency response to the ongoing cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) outbreak, which started in December 2016.

  • As at April 17, 2017, 8,057 suspected cases have been reported; 230 (3%) are laboratory confirmed. A total of 745 deaths (9.2%) have been recorded.

24 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • An outbreak of cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM), which started in December 2016, is ongoing in Nigeria.

  • As at April 13, 2017, a total of 5,695 suspected cases have been reported; 221 (4%) are laboratory confirmed; 611 deaths (10.9%) have been recorded.

  • The outbreak currently affects 25 Local Government Areas (LGAs) across six states— Zamfara, Sokoto,
    Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, and Yobe. Note that the affected LGAs in Yobe State have reported NmA. No NmC (as seen in the other states above) has been reported in Yobe.

13 Apr 2017 description

Overview

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 39 events: two Grade 3, six Grade 2, two Grade 1, and 29 ungraded events.

This week, one new event has been reported: an outbreak of influenza-like illness in Senegal.

13 Apr 2017 description

A vaccination campaign is underway in Nigeria to contain an outbreak of meningitis C, a strain of meningitis which first emerged in the country in 2013. Since the beginning of this year, the country has reported 4637 suspected cases and 489 deaths across five states.

13 Apr 2017 description

OVERVIEW

Years of insurgency and counterinsurgency operations have resulted in the displacement of approximately 1.9 million people and created a food and nutrition crisis in Nigeria’s northeast. The worst-affected local government areas of northeast Nigeria are facing Emergency (IPC Phase 4) food security conditions and Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) levels above emergency threshold.

11 Apr 2017 description

SYRIA

Dozens of hospitals have been hit by airstrikes since February 2017 - the Idlib governorate, where a recent chemical attack killed 89, has been particularly affected.

Many hospitals have stopped being functioning due to damage and health care personnel being killed or fleeing - putting an additional strain on the health system.

Some of those injured in the chemical in Idlib attack had to be transferred to hospitals in Turkey for treatment.

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11 Apr 2017 description

Crisis overview

3,959 cases of meningitis, 181 laboratory confirmed, resulting in 438 deaths have been reported as of 5 April. While 19 states have reported outbreaks, 97% of reported cases are in six states: Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Sokoto, Yobe, and Zamfara. Meningitis serotype C, or NmC, is responsible for 83% of laboratory confirmed cases and is severely undervaccinated in the affected areas. Additionally, vaccines for NmC is very costly at USD 50 per dose. Both this cost and local health capacity has limited response thus far.

11 Apr 2017 description
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Tchad

DE FORTES PLUIES TUENT TROIS PERSONNES ET DÉTRUISENT DES MAISONS

De fortes pluies dans la région de Mandoul, au sud, ont tué trois personnes et ont endommagé plus de 180 maisons. Une équipe du Service aux affaires sociales du pays se trouve dans la région pour évaluer les dégâts et fournir de l'aide. L’aide alimentaire et aux moyens de subsistance, ainsi que les abris sont les principaux besoins.

REPUBLIQUE CENTRAFRICAINE

LE FEU DÉTRUIT UN SITE DE DÉPLACÉS À KAGA BANDORO

11 Apr 2017 description

Chad

HEAVY RAINS KILL THREE, WRECK HOUSES

Recent heavy rains in southern Mandoul region killed three people and damaged more than 180 houses. A team from the country’s Social Affairs Services is in the region to assess the damage and provide assistance. Food, shelter and livelihood assistance are the main needs.

Central Africa Republic

FIRE DESTROYS IDP SITE IN KAGA BANDORO

09 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • Reactive vaccination campaign started on the 5th of April 2017 in Zamfara State with massive turnout in all the targeted communities

  • A joint team of NCDC, NPHCDA and partners is supporting the reactive vaccination campaign and outbreak response in Zamfara State

  • Meningitis outbreaks are currently reported in 19 States with five States mostly affected (Zamfara, Katsina, Kebbi and Sokoto in the North-West zone and Niger in the North-Central zone of Nigeria)