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Regional UN team supports ongoing efforts to eradicate Ebola and calls for greater regional and international solidarity with affected countries and people in West Africa

Dakar, 2 September 2014 - Said Djinnit, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary- General for West Africa (SRSG) convened yesterday a meeting of the regional UN team based in Dakar to review developments in West Africa. The meeting, comprising heads of regional offices of UN entities in the region, reviewed the ongoing efforts to address the Ebola crisis.

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Global Bio-Disaster Response Urgently Needed In Ebola Fight

MSF Denounces International Inaction in Ebola-stricken African Countries; UK Government Must Deploy Specialised Medical Assets Now

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 27 August–2 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Polio vaccination requirements at borders help to stop polio in its tracks

More countries are introducing compulsory polio vaccination requirements for visa applications, following the declaration of polio as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in May 2014.

These requirements have been influenced by the Temporary Recommendations made by the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to initiate a strengthened and well-coordinated international effort to address the high level of transmission so far in 2014.

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Health Care in Danger Newsletter - August 2014

9-08-2014 Field Newsletter

More needs to be done to protect health-care workers" says Pascal Hundt, Head of the Assistance Division at ICRC. The latest newsletter of the Health Care in Danger project features a variety of articles, news about the project, a field case study and a discussion between health care experts.

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Paludisme: mise au point d'un test rapide et peu coûteux

08/31/2014 17:01 GMT

PARIS, 31 août 2014 (AFP) - Un nouveau test rapide et peu coûteux pour détecter le paludisme, maladie tropicale qui coûte la vie à 600.000 personnes par an, a été mis au point par des chercheurs de Singapour et des Etats-Unis, ont-ils annoncé dimanche.

"Notre système offre un niveau élevé de sensibilité (...), est moins sujet à l'erreur humaine, utilise un faible volume de sang (...), requiert peu de préparation, peut être utilisé sur le terrain et a un coût très faible par test (moins de 10 cents)", ont affirmé ces universitaires.

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New test fast-tracks diagnosis for malaria

08/31/2014 17:01 GMT - HEALTH-DISEASE-MALARIA-TEST - World News (EAA) - AFP

PARIS, August 31, 2014 (AFP) - A new invention can cheaply and accurately diagnose malaria infection in just a few minutes using only a droplet of blood, researchers reported Sunday in the journal Nature Medicine.

The tool could replace the laborious, error-prone method by which a lab technician looks for malaria parasites in blood through a microscope, they said.

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Pacific Island MPs commit to Health and Rights Pathway at SIDS

Parliamentarians have a strategic role in implementing the health and human rights goals nations are committing to at the UN’s 3rd Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) conference, which begins in the Pacific island nation of Samoa today.

The Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD), its national committees, and the Pacific parliamentarians who are in delegations to SIDS will work together to ensure the population and development priorities in the already agreed SIDS outcome document, the Samoan Pathway, can be implemented.

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Epidemiological Alert - Chikungunya and dengue fever in the Americas, 29 August 2014

Given the continued spread of chikungunya virus in the Americas, and the start of the period with higher dengue circulation in Central America and the Caribbean, the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) advises Member States who have the vector mosquito of both viruses (Aedes aegypti), to increase vector density reduction efforts, based on the Dengue Integrated Management Strategy (Dengue-IMS), in addition to establishing and maintaining dengue and chikungunya case management capacity, and to implement effective public communication strategies to elimina

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Les ministres de la santé de la CEDEAO expriment leur vive préoccupation au sujet de la fièvre Ebola

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ECOWAS

Les ministres de la Santé des Etats membres de la CEDEAO ont exprimé leur vive préoccupation face au défi que représente l’épidémie en cours de la maladie à virus Ebola dans l'espace régional et au niveau international, et exprimé toute leur solidarité aux pays dont les populations sont durement éprouvées par cette maladie.

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Ebola outbreak in West Africa: staff care resources

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People In Aid

As the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa grows and the number of deaths is increasing, it is critical to keep both communities, and those who are there to help them, safe. What should aid organisations be thinking about to support their staff in affected areas?

Resources

People In Aid has a range of staff care resources available on our online resource centre.

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Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER), 29 August 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388) [EN/FR]

Contents of this issue:

29 August 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388)

  • 377 Assessing and mitigating the risks of outbreaks due to wild poliovirus in polio-free African countries, 2013-2014
  • 387 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January- July 2014

29 août 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388)

  • 377 Evaluation et atténuation du risque de flambée due à un poliovirus sauvage dans les pays africains exempts de poliomyélite, 2013-2014
  • 387 Rapport mensuel des cas de dracunculose, janvier-juillet 2014
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ITU Telecom Young Innovators competition seeks solutions in tackling climate change

3rd Challenge in 2014 series focuses on smart cities and climate change

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Sexuality education: UNFPA helps prepare teachers

COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION: PREPARING TEACHERS TO CLOSE THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS GAP FACED BY LEARNERS

Johannesburg, 28 August 2014 – Young people in East and Southern Africa (ESA) face many challenges today. Nearly two thirds lack basic knowledge to access crucial sexuality education and health information to protect themselves from issues related to HIV and early pregnancy. With adolescents and young people making up over one third of the region’s population, it is critical we act now.

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Polio this week as of 27 August 2014

  • Continued transmission in Kano: wild poliovirus 1 transmission continues in a geographically limited area of southern Kano state, Nigeria, indicating pockets where vaccination campaigns and social mobilization are still too weak to assure sufficient coverage during campaigns. Kano is the only state in Nigeria reporting cases of wild poliovirus since April.

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Les leçons à tirer de l'épidémie de SRMO

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IRIN

DUBAÏ, 28 août 2014 (IRIN) - Il y a quelques mois seulement, la menace du syndrome respiratoire du Moyen-Orient (SRMO) semblait croître dans de vastes secteurs de la région du Golfe. Des dizaines de nouveaux cas étaient rapportés chaque mois et un comité mis sur pied par l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) avait indiqué que la « situation s'était empirée en termes de gravité et d'urgence ».

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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What is contact tracing? Contact tracing can stop the Ebola outbreak in its tracks

Contact tracing is finding everyone who comes in direct contact with a sick Ebola patient. Contacts are watched for signs of illness for 21 days from the last day they come in contact with the Ebola patient. If the contact develops a fever or other Ebola symptoms, they are immediately isolated, tested, provided care, and the cycle states again - all of the new patient's contacts are found and watched for 21 days. Even one missed contact can keep the outbreak going.

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First WHO Conference on Health and Climate: Europe urges promoting health while mitigating climate change

Participants from 33 Member States in the WHO European Region are taking part in the Conference, held in Geneva, Switzerland on 27–29 August 2014.

The Conference is intended to promote a more systematic approach to health protection in coordination with national and international efforts to address climate change. Key objectives include:

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Agencies join to review of strategies to combat polio in the Middle East

A multi-country, multi-agency strategic planning meeting focused on reviewing strategies to limit the transmission of wild poliovirus in the Middle East was held recently in Amman, Jordan.