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11 Apr 2017 description


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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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.



11 Apr 2017 description



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


09 Apr 2017 description


  • 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)

07 Apr 2017 description

In response to the recent outbreak of Meningitis C in some States in Nigeria, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Cosntrol (NCDC) in support to the Zamfara State Government, has commenced a mass vaccination exercise. The campaign started on the 6th of April 2017 in the eight most affected Local Government Areas in Zamfara State, and will continue until April 9, 2017. The campaign targets 300,000 persons aged 2 – 29 years. More campaigns are planned in other States in the near future.

05 Apr 2017 description


• Meningitis outbreaks are currently reported in five States (Zamfara, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger and Sokoto) in Northwest and Northcentral zones of Nigeria

• The most common serotype is Neisseria Meningitidis serotype C (Nm C); 83% of samples tested

• As of 3rd April 2017, a total of 2,997 cases with 336 deaths have been reported with 146 of cases being laboratory confirmed.

Epi summary

05 Apr 2017 description



De nouveaux affrontements entre groupes armés ont entraîné une recrudescence de la violence et de nouveaux déplacements dans les préfectures de la Ouaka au centre, de la Haute Kotto à l'est et de Mbomou dans le sud-est. Les évaluations des besoins sont en cours. De septembre 2016 à février 2017, 100 000 personnes nouvellement déplacées ont été enregistrées à travers le pays.


05 Apr 2017 description



Fresh clashes between armed groups led to an upsurge of violence and new displacements in the prefectures of Ouaka in the centre, Haute Kotto in the east, and Mbomou in the southeast. Needs assessments are ongoing. From September 2016 to February 2017, 100,000 newly displaced persons were registered across the country.



01 Apr 2017 description

Highlights (28 March 2017):

i. Meningitis outbreaks are currently reported in five States (Zamfara, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger and Sokoto) in Northwest and Northcentral zones of Nigeria

ii. The most common serotype is Neisseria meningitidis serotype C (Nm C)

iii. As at 28th of March 2017, a total of 1966 cases with 282 deaths have been reported with 109 being laboratory confirmed

01 Apr 2017 description

The Honourable Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole has assured Nigerians that the Federal Ministry of Health under his purview would nip the outbreak of meningitis ravaging some states in the bud. He made this assertive conviction about the capability of the Federal government after his ministry issued public advisory warning to Nigerians after 328 deaths associated with Meningitis have been recorded since November 2016 when he spoke extensively on efforts employed and deployed so far to curtail the further spread of the epidemic.

01 Apr 2017 description

In the reporting week:

o There were 271 new cases of Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) reported. None was confirmed as Polio. The last reported case of Polio in Nigeria was in August 2016. Active case search for AFP is being intensified as Nigeria has assiduously reinvigorated its efforts to eradicate Polio.

o One new suspected case of Cholera was reported. No death was reported.

01 Apr 2017 description
report Voice of America

ABUJA, NIGERIA — Meningitis has killed 269 people in Nigeria in recent weeks, the country's Center for Disease Control said, as Africa's most populous country and aid organizations try to tackle the surge in infections.

As of Monday, 1,828 suspected cases of meningitis had been reported, with deaths recorded in 15 of the country's 36 states, the center said late Tuesday on Twitter.

The center said on its website that 33 people died of meningitis in 2016.

31 Mar 2017 description

Friday, March 31, 2017 Nigeria is currently experiencing an outbreak of Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) that has spread across the country and mostly affecting States in the upper parts of the country which fall within the African Meningitis Belt. Other Countries that are facing similar outbreaks at the moment include our West-African Neighbours like Niger, Chad, Cameroun, Togo, and Burkina Faso.

31 Mar 2017 description


  • The index case for the recently confirmed Lassa fever tested negative for PCR after 10 days of the onset of bleeding and has returned to her community for normal life.

  • Contact tracing for the confirmed Lassa fever ended on 21 March in Madinatu, Zabarmari and Umaru Shehu Hospital.

  • WHO has distributed urgently needed Basic Health Kits that have high risk of stock rupture. The quantities are estimated to help the partners continue their work for about 3 months.

30 Mar 2017 description

Public health agencies in Nigeria led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) are supporting several States in North West Nigeria to respond to a widespread outbreak of Cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM). Cases of CSM were first reported in Zamfara State late in 2016. As at March 28 2017, the number of suspected cases reported for the 2016/2017 CSM season stands at 1,966 with the outbreak reaching epidemic proportions in five States- Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina and Niger States.

25 Mar 2017 description

As of 19 March 2017 (epidemiological week 11), a total of 1407 suspected cases of meningitis and 211 deaths (case fatality rate: 15%) have been reported from 40 local government areas (LGAs) in five states of Nigeria since December 2016. Zamfara, Katsina and Sokoto account for 89% of these cases. Twenty-six LGAs from all five states reported 361 cases in epidemiological week 11 alone. Twenty-two wards in 15 LGAs have crossed the epidemic threshold. Three of these LGAs share borders with Niger. NmC is the predominant serotype in this outbreak.

24 Mar 2017 description

This weekly update focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 34 events, two Grade 3, six Grade 2, two Grade 1, and 24 ungraded events.

This week, two new events have been reported: meningitis outbreak in Cameroon and cholera outbreak in Malawi.