WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies, Week 31: 29 July - 4 August 2017 (Data as reported by 17:00, 4 August 2017)

Report
from World Health Organization
Published on 04 Aug 2017 View Original

Overview

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 38 events in the region. This week, one new event has been reported: malaria outbreak in Cabo Verde. This week’s edition also covers key ongoing events, including:

• Lassa fever in Nigeria

• Hepatitis E in Nigeria

• Cholera in Kenya

• Humanitarian crisis in Cameroon

• Humanitarian crisis in Nigeria

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 bulletin with information on all new and ongoing public health events currently being monitored in the region, as well as events that have recently been closed.
Major challenges include:

• The multiple ongoing public health emergencies in Nigeria remain a concern, overstretching communities’ resilience and response capacities.

• The resurgence of malaria in Cabo Verde, a low transmission country where the population lacks immune protection, needs to be tackled swiftly