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21 Nov 2014 description

Dear Palais journalists

Following requests from several journalists, please find below my notes on the WHO preparedness missions to support countries get prepared to respond to any Ebola outbreak.

Ebola Preparedness

  • Given the evolving Ebola Virus situation, there is a risk of cases appearing in currently unaffected countries. With adequate levels of preparation however, such introductions can be contained before they develop into large outbreaks.

20 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

  • The security situation countrywide remains volatile. Ex-Seleka elements living in Bangui’s Beal camp threaten to detonate the site if their demands are not met.

  • An eruption of violence started on 5 November in Zémio, Haut Mbomou Province, an area affected by the LRA, but that had not been impacted by the crisis so far.

  • Fourteen cholera cases have been confirmed following a cholera outbreak on 1 November along the CAR-Cameroon border.

20 Nov 2014 description

The security situation in the Central African Republic remains highly volatile, with persisting violence including looting, mob violence and banditry. This consequently increases the vulnerability and needs of the people affected. Over 105 humanitarian organisations operating in CAR continue to provide immediate life-saving, multi-sectoral assistance to the estimated 2.5 million in need of humanitarian assistance including over 428,172 displaced people.

20 Nov 2014 description
  • On 13 November, the Director-General of WHO accepted the recommendation of an International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee of Experts on polio that the international spread of polio continues to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) under the IHR, and extended the existing Temporary Recommendations to prevent the international spread of polio for countries affected by the disease for another 3 months.

20 Nov 2014 description

Yaoundé, Cameroun | AFP | Thursday 11/20/2014 - 03:08 GMT

by Celia LEBUR

Nigerian Islamist extremists Boko Haram are intensifying attacks in neighbouring Cameroon, targeting new villages with increasingly sophisticated weapons, as the army fears more violence in the approaching dry season.

"We're convinced that the establishment of a 'caliphate' (by Boko Haram) is aimed not only at Nigeria but also at Cameroon," Leopold Nlate Ebale, commander for an elite battalion in the border zone, told AFP.

20 Nov 2014 description
report UN News Service

19 November 2014 – Insecurity is on the march again in the countries of Africa’s Sahel belt, where extremists have displaced 1.5 million people in Nigeria and the threat of Ebola is exacerbating an already dire humanitarian crisis, the United Nations humanitarian regional coordinator said today.

19 Nov 2014 description

BURKINA FASO

MICHEL KAFANDO CHOSEN AS INTERIM PRESIDENT
On 18 November, Michel Kafando, was sworn in as Burkina Faso’s interim President. In compliance to the Charter of the Transition signed on 16 November, Mr. Kafando, a former Foreign Minister and diplomat has been chosen to oversee a one-year transition back to civilian rule in Burkina Faso.

CAMEROON/NIGERIA

19 Nov 2014 description

IDPs face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or higher; malnutrition and mortality high among refugees in Cameroon

Summary

18 Nov 2014 description

Snapshot 12–18 November

Ethiopia: Waters have begun to recede from Leitchuor refugee camp in Gambella, but few refugees have returned to the camps so far, where alarming rates of severe malnutrition persist: 5.7% in Leitchuor, 7.8% in Kule, and 10% in Tierkidi. In SNNPR, flooding was reported, while in Oromia, water trucking has begun for populations affected by drought.

18 Nov 2014 description

Highlights

  • In recent years, Nigeria has been facing an armed insurgency in the three north-eastern States of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, home to some 13 million people. On 14 May 2013, the Government of Nigeria declared a state of emergency in these three States and swiftly put in place operational measures for a counter-insurgency operation. As of May 2014, millions are believed to have been affected, with at least 650,000 of them internally displaced in the directly affected States.

16 Nov 2014 description

11/15/2014 - 23:43 GMT

by Celia LEBUR

Everyday they cross the border from Nigeria on motorbikes, donkeys or even on foot, and all are looking for safe haven from the Islamist militants of Boko Haram.

They arrive at the already teeming refugee camp in Minawao in northern Cameroon, where they join the thousands of Nigerians who have fled the insurgency in their home country that's killed some 10,000 people.

15 Nov 2014 description

The third meeting of the Emergency Committee under the IHR (2005) regarding the international spread of wild poliovirus in 2014 was convened by the Director-General through electronic correspondence from 2 through 7 November 2014.1 The following IHR States Parties submitted an update on the implementation of the Temporary Recommendations since the Committee last met on 31 July 2014: Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Pakistan and the Syrian Arab Republic.

13 Nov 2014 description
  • In Madagascar, a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) has been confirmed. The virus was isolated from one case of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) with onset of paralysis on 29 September, and from three healthy contacts. An estimated more than 25% of children remain under-immunized against polio in the country. Madagascar was previously affected by a cVDPV2 outbreak in 2001/2002 (resulting in five cases) and in 2005 (resulting in three cases). Emergency outbreak response is being finalized, with campaigns to be held in December and January.

13 Nov 2014 description

New report exposes the ‘Dark side of conservation’

‘Parks Need Peoples’ campaign launched during World Parks Congress

A hard-hitting new report launched by Survival International – the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights – reveals how conservation has led to the eviction of millions of tribal people from “protected areas.”

12 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

Alerte Cameroun/RCA :Epidémie de choléra dans les camps de réfugiés à la frontière centrafricaine

L’épidémie de choléra qui sévit au Cameroun depuis Avril a fait plus de 3 020 cas et 177 décès (2 Novembre). Environ 85% des cas de choléra sont enregistrés dans la région de l’Extrême Nord Cameroun. Depuis trois semaines, on note une recrudescence des cas de choléra à la frontière avec le Nigeria (Mora, Kolofata), dans la ville de Maroua et en bordure du lac Tchad (Mada).