South Sudan: Renewed hope for peace in South Sudan following the signing of a peace agreement between rival factions.
Ethiopia: During this reporting period, IOM provided transportation assistance to 620 refugees in Gambella and Benishangul‐Gumuz regions.
Kenya: Since the onset of the South Sudanese conflict, IOM has provided transportation assistance to a total of 23,368 refugees.
Cholera in the Americas - Situation summary
In Cuba, at the beginning of January 2015, the International Health Regulations (IHR) National Focal Point of Canada reported a case of cholera with h i story of travel to Cuba. Health authorities in Cuba are conducting an epidemiological investigation to determine the source of infection and implementing appropriate public health action. No additional cases have been reported in the country.
• An estimated 3,000 children associated with the Cobra Faction are being released in Greater Pibor following a peace agreement between the Government of South Sudan and the leader of the Faction. The first group of 249 children was released this week and phased releases of the other children will occur over the coming month. UNICEF and partners are supporting the children with immediate interim care – shelter, clothing, basic health care, education and psychosocial support as well family tracing and reunification.
Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the round table on the Ebola outbreak, in Addis Ababa today:
Thank you for organizing this working lunch. This Ebola outbreak is the largest the world has ever known. More than 21,000 people have been infected. Some 8,500 have died. I saw the evidence myself when I visited Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali a few weeks ago. People’s lives and livelihoods have been devastated.
SRSG Ahmed highlights EVD situation is still perilous
Efforts underway to re-open schools in Liberia next week Governments and response partner s sustain vigilance
Although there are signs that the Ebola epidemic is being contained in West Africa, it is much too soon to slow down the response—zero cases is the goal.
Continuous rains in Chikwawa district on 29th and 30th January 2015 have resulted in people arriving at some IDP sites.
A total of 27,131 people have so far been reached with sanitation services and 23,941 have been provided with safe drinking water in the hard hit affected areas. Work on provision of these services in continuing to reach more people.
PESHAWAR: Two new polio cases have been confirmed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA.
According to Health Ministry officials, the polio virus was discovered in a child in the Nowshera district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The second case was reported in South Waziristan. Both cases have the P1 virus which can be transmitted from one child to the next.
Officials said three polio cases have been reported this in KP and two in FATA.
Geneva, 30 January 2015. On the occasion of an Ebola Partners Forum hosted in Geneva by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), key parties to the Ebola response met to share experiences and lessons learned, to review the critical steps that we must take to get to zero cases, and to plan the way forward to build resilient communities and nations.
The Committee covered the UK response to the recent Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. The Committee questioned representatives from Medecins Sans Frontieres – including a doctor recently returned from Sierra Leone - and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on the current situation on the ground.
The Committee then questioned the Secretary of State for International Development Rt Hon Justine Greening MP on the UK response to the Ebola crisis, and healthcare issues more widely.
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Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic — West Africa, January 2015
January 30, 2015 / 64(Early Release);1-2
La situation épidémiologique se présente comme suit :
- Surveillance épidémiologique :
1.1 Méningite :
a. Notification :
Quatre (4) cas suspects de méningite non suivis de décès ont été notifiés par les régions de :
Koulikoro : 1 cas dans le district sanitaire de Kati ;
District de Bamako : 3 cas dans les Communes III (1) et VI (2).
GENEVA (30 January 2015) – A group of United Nations human rights experts today urged the international community to rapidly provide all necessary funding and assistance to the Government of Malawi and humanitarian actors in response to some of the worst flooding in the country in living memory. Flooding has also affected Madagascar and Mozambique where international assistance is crucial to scale up responses.
Following the 3 January attack by Boko Haram in Baga, Borno State, in northern Nigeria, 5,000 displaced people arrived at the ‘Teacher Village’ camp in Maiduguri, the state capital, where MSF is assisting them. Our teams are also working in neighbouring Niger where refugees continue to arrive. With the upcoming risk of electoral violence, MSF teams in the south of Nigeria are preparing an emergency response plan.
Fighting in Eastern Ukraine continues despite ceasefire declarations. Violence has escalated significantly since mid-January. Rocket explosions and indiscriminate shelling have killed more civilians and further destroyed infrastructure. In late January separatist groups launched an offensive on the government-controlled port city of Mariupol, home to some half a million people and strategically located between mainland Russia and the Crimean Peninsula in the Black Sea. Violations of international humanitarian law are likely.
Appeal Target: US$332,766
Balance Requested: US$ 16,760
Geneva, 30 January 2015 Dear Colleagues,
- 25 Schistosomiasis: number of people treated worldwide in 2013
- 25 Schistosomiase: nombre de personnes traitées dans le monde en 2013
Amref Health Africa’s Health Enablement and Learning Platform (HELP), which uses mobile phones to teach and pass information to community health volunteers, was launched yesterday at the Michael Joseph Centre in Nairobi.
The event was attended by partners Mpesa Foundation, Accenture, the Ministry of Health and Mezzanine. The partnership was launched in April 2013 to develop an efficient and cost-effective approach for training and supporting Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) and their supervisors, Community Health Extension Workers.
In Chad, 3.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. That is nearly one fourth of the 13,2 million population, signaling the high vulnerability levels throughout the country. Under-five mortality dropped between 2009 and 2012 but remains the third highest rate in the world.