WHO AFRO Outbreaks and other Emergencies, Week 26: 24 – 30 June 2017 Data as reported by 17:00 30 June 2017

Report
from World Health Organization
Published on 30 Jun 2017 View Original

Overview

  • This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 41 events: three Grade 3, seven Grade 2, six Grade 1, and twenty five ungraded events.

  • This week’s edition covers key ongoing events in the region, including the declaration of the end of the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the grade 3 humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria, the grade 2 humanitarian crisis in Cameroon and outbreaks of cholera in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania, and necrotizing cellulitis/ fasciitis in Sao Tome and Principe, and grade 1 outbreaks of cholera in Kenya and Angola.

  • For each of these events, a brief description followed by public health measures implemented and an interpretation of the situation is provided.

  • A table is provided at the end of the report with information on all public health events currently being monitored in the region.

  • Major challenges to be addressed include:

• Enhancing the structures and systems for public health security in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the aftermath of the Ebola virus disease outbreak.

• The current trend of resurgence of cholera outbreaks and other waterborne diseases such as hepatitis E being observed in many African countries in the recent weeks remains a major concern.
Access to safe water and sanitation should be prioritized by all countries as health and development issues.