GENEVA, SWITZERLAND— The World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Africa says West Africa is better prepared to tackle future outbreaks of Ebola. In an exclusive interview with VOA, Matshidiso Moeti says Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are now able to respond more quickly to emergencies because of upgrades to their surveillance, laboratory and health care systems.
29 May 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the “invaluable partnership” between Rotary International and the United Nations, telling delegates gathered in Seoul, Korea, for the organization's annual international conference that Rotarians had been instrumental in working with the UN to defeat polio.
The Rohingya crisis is a human rights crisis with serious humanitarian consequences. In Myanmar/Burma, the Rohingya have very limited access to basic services and viable livelihood opportunities due to strict movement restrictions. The legal status and the discrimination that these stateless people face must be addressed.
La situation épidémiologique de cette semaine a été caractérisée par une accalmie. Par ailleurs Un (1) cas de tétanos néonatal non suivi de décès a été notifié par la région de Koulikoro dans le district sanitaire de Kati. Le résultat définitif de la riposte dans l’aire de santé de Faladiè (district sanitaire de Kati) fait état de 1 992 femmes en âge de procréer (FAP) vaccinées au VAT2 pour une cible de 1 459. Télécharger la situation épidémiologique pour plus de détails
In February 2016, HAC commissioner in Ed Deain informed the humanitarian community of the arrival of South Sudanese (SS) in Khor Omer IDP camp in Ed Deain. The arrivals of SS were reported in March 2016 by HAC and SRCS in the different localities of East Darfur State. Due to inaccessibility to these areas, the humanitarian assessment was delayed until 10-11 May 2016.
The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) in cooperation with the UN Offices and the Higher Relief Committee delivered humanitarian relief aid convoy (56 trucks) to Qudsaya and Al-Hammeh Areas in Rural Damascus on 22/05/2016.
The relief aid to Qudsaya consisted of food and non-food items like food parcels, flour, education sets, nutrients items for children and mediciines; while the relief aid to Al-Hammeh consisted of medicines and medical items.
By Midhat Ali Zaidi
MANABI, Ecuador – After her home was destroyed on 16 April, by the first, and largest, of the three devastating earthquakes to hit Ecuador in the span of one month, Jeanette Reyes, age 29, couldn’t take long to mourn the destruction of her possessions.
She had to get her three kids, ages 4, 7 and 8, to a makeshift shelter at a church in her town in Manabi, a coastal province in the eastern part of the country, before nightfall.
Kyiv, Ukraine (26 May 2016) – In 2016, the Government of Japan, the Government of Ukraine, the United Nations in Ukraine, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) will undertake joint efforts to provide life-saving humanitarian aid, and more medium to long-term recovery assistance to people living in conflict-affected areas in eastern Ukraine. Nine projects are funded by the Government of Japan totalling USD 13.64 million.
The Bong County Service Center (CSC) is gradually gaining momentum since its official opening by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on April 25.
The CSC is part of efforts by the Government of Liberia to take major documentary services closer to the people under its Decentralization Support Programme (LDSP) led by the Ministry Internal Affairs.
26 DE MAYO DE 2016 | GINEBRA - Los delegados en la Asamblea Mundial de la Salud acordaron hoy poner en marcha dos nuevas estrategias sanitarias que están estrechamente relacionadas con los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible. Una guarda relación con la salud de la mujer, el niño y el adolescente, y otra con el envejecimiento saludable.
Estrategia Mundial para la Salud de la Mujer, el Niño y el Adolescente
Manifestó que todas las mujeres deben estar en capacidad de tomar decisiones informadas y las autoridades deben asegurar que las que deseen postergar el embarazo tengan acceso a los métodos de planificación familiar y al servicio de consejería relacionado con el uso de anticonceptivos.
Cólera en las Américas – Resumen de la situación
Desde la semana epidemiológica (SE) 1 del 2016 a la SE 17 de 2016, se registraron 14.574 casos de cólera en tres países en las Américas: Ecuador (1), Haití (13.859) y la República Dominicana (714). Es decir, Haití registró el 95 % del total de casos notificados hasta la SE 17 de 2016 en la Región de las Américas.
Washington, DC, 24 May 2016 (PAHO / WHO) - A group of bioethicists who analyzed the main ethical challenges in response to the outbreak of the Zika virus have concluded that countries are obliged to give all available information on Zika and be explicit about what is not known. Their recommendation from the ethics perspective is that countries should also give women the capacity to choose from all relevant reproductive options.
Acute malnutrition has reportedly caused the death of a number of children and elderly people from Blue Nile, in a refugee camp in South Sudan during the past week. UNHCR has relocated the first Sudanese refugees from Yida camp.
Other children are suffering from the shortage of food and nutritients, a camp coordinator in Yusuf Batil told Radio Dabanga.
“There is a severe shortage of food and medicines in the camp. Hopefully humanitarian organisations will speed up the delivery of aid and medicines,” the coordinator said.
ISLAMABAD: For the first time in the country’s history, all the environmental samples for polio have tested negative.
A total of 40 samples, collected under the supervision of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in mid-April from 14 cities, were analysed at the National Institute of Health (NIH).
A sample is deemed positive if the polio virus is found in sewerage water, which is the basic parameter to determine if anti-polio campaigns have been successful.
Greece has experienced an unprecedented influx of refugees and migrants. Between January 2015 and March 2016, more than one million people transited through Greece, most of them fleeing conflict in their own countries.
The closure of the border between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece in early March 2016 had the effect that more than 54 000 people become stranded in Greece – often without adequate access to shelter, food and water.
Beirut / Geneva, 27 May 2016 – While scores are dying at sea in the dangerous Mediterranean crossing, Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers are helping survivors on both northern and southern shores. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) continues to call for governments and institutions to ensure the protection of migrants, and for all people to recognize their right to safety and dignity.
Mister President, Excellencies, honourable ministers, ambassadors, distinguished delegates, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,
I have taken one overarching message from this Assembly. We can do anything in the world we want to, provided we speak with a united voice.
Your support for the new programme on health emergencies sends a powerful political signal. You want WHO, as the single agency with universal legitimacy in matters of international health, to lead and coordinate the response to emergencies. This function stays at WHO. Thank you.