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23 Aug 2016 description

Weekly Picks

Nigeria

The Nigerian government has reportedly shut down 12 IDP camps in Adamawa state and six out of seven in Yobe state. Many IDPs are unable to return to their homes, which have been damaged or destroyed, or are still insecure. Most of the remaining IDP camps are located in Maiduguri, Borno state.

Yemen

23 Aug 2016 description

Germany - As the number of migrant deaths worldwide continues to rise significantly, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project has recorded 23 per cent more migrant deaths during the first half of 2016 compared with the same period in 2015.

The latest IOM GMDAC Data Briefing, “Dangerous Journeys,” released on Tuesday 23 August, was prepared by the International Organization for Migration’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) in Berlin. It takes an in-depth look at the available global figures for migrant deaths and disappearances during the first half of 2016.

23 Aug 2016 description

This issue focuses on the Yellow fever, Cholera, Zika Virus Disease and Chikungunya outbreaks.

During the period under review, there have been protracted urban Yellow Fever (YF) outbreaks in Angola that have spread to the neighboring DR Congo and there have been exported cases to China and Kenya. Another outbreak of Yellow Fever was reported in Uganda but was not epidemiologically linked to the Angola or DR Congo outbreaks. The Uganda YF outbreak was rapidly and effectively contained.

23 Aug 2016 description

Editorial

In the field of development cooperation, programmes to improve hygiene have long lacked sources of funding. By devoting one of its targets to this issue, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development aims to reverse this trend.

Indeed, almost one in three people around the world do not have a toilet at home.

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22 août 2016 – Les 47 Etats membres du comité régional de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) pour l'Afrique ont adopté ce weekend un nouveau programme de lutte contre le paludisme, comprenant un certain nombre de mesures à mettre en œuvre pour débarrasser le continent de cette maladie.

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BACKGROUND

Malaria is caused by parasites of the Plasmodium family and transmitted by female Anopheles mosquitoes. There are four different human malaria species (P. falciparum, P. vivax, P. malariae and P. ovale), of which P. falciparum and P. vivax are the most prevalent and P. falciparum the most dangerous. P. knowlesi is a zoonotic plasmodium that is also known to infect humans.

22 Aug 2016 description

Le Dr Moeti propose des actions pour lutter contre les produits médicaux contrefaits

Adoption de la stratégie régionale sur la réglementation des produits contrefaits

22 Aug 2016 description

Dr Moeti proposes actions to address fake medical products

Regional strategy on regulation of medical products adopted

Brazzaville, 22 August 2016 – Every day, fake medicines and medical products are sold at street corners, in open air markets or on unregulated websites in several countries in the African Region. These poor quality, unsafe medicines and products promote drug resistance and lead to loss of confidence in health professionals, pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors and in health systems.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 21 August 2016 – By 2030, the African Region wants to eliminate viral hepatitis as a major public health threat. With the launch of the document “Prevention, Care and Treatment of viral hepatitis in the African Region: Framework for action 2016–2020”, WHO provides guidance to Member States in the Region on how to implement the first-ever Global Health Sector Strategy on viral hepatitis, which was adopted last May at the World Health Assembly.

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AFR/RC66/14 Framework for implementing the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030 in the African Region

WHO Regional Committee for Africa adopts new malaria framework

21 August 2016, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Today, all forty-seven WHO Member States in the African Region adopted unanimously a new malaria framework for Africa. This framework aims to guide African countries on how to implement the Global Technical Strategy for malaria in the Region. It proposes specific priority interventions and actions to be implemented by Member States to reach “an African Region free of malaria”.

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African health ministers agree on priority actions towards implementation of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health 2016–2030

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Regional strategy for health security and emergencies adopted

Addis Ababa, 20 August 2016 – With more than 100 public health emergencies occurring each year in the African Region, Health Ministers have agreed to implement some key actions to ensure that people in Africa and beyond are better protected from disease outbreaks and other health emergencies.

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Addis Ababa, 19 August 2016 – Health ministers from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) African Region have begun a five-day meeting to discuss some key health issues affecting the Region.  Addressing the opening session in Addis Ababa, the President of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, His Excellency, Dr Mulatu Teshome, observed that in the coming decades non-communicable and communicable diseases, epidemics and Africa’s demographic shifts will pose significant challenges to development.

19 Aug 2016 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

Open sources reported 49 health clinics and hospitals damaged or destroyed by explosive weapons between January 2015 and June 2016. In 2015, open sources reported 20 health clinics and hospitals damaged or destroyed by explosives weapons in 14 incidents. During the first six months of 2016, open sources reported 29 health clinics and hospitals damaged or destroyed by explosives weapons in 20 incidents.

38 Syria
6 Yemen
2 Libya
1 Afghanistan
1 Pakistan
1 Sudan

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International Development Minister Rory Stewart offers thanks to humanitarian workers.

If you combine the number of people affected by conflict, natural disasters, disease and extreme poverty around the world they would form the tenth most populous country on earth.

The UK is a global leader in responding to humanitarian crises and today, on World Humanitarian Day (Friday 19 August), we pay tribute to the brave aid workers who risk their lives to help those caught up in conflict and disaster.

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Background

  1. The African Public Health Emergency Fund (APHEF or the Fund) was established by the Regional Committee in 2012 with the aim of providing catalytic resources for initiating timely responses to public health emergencies. Ever since, commitments have been made at every subsequent Regional Committee session to improve the functionality of this solidarity fund.

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BACKGROUND

  1. The WHO African Region continues to be challenged by frequent natural and man-made disasters causing injury, death, population displacement and disruption of services and peoples’ livelihoods. During the past 10 years, about 80 to 100 significant events affecting approximately 70 to 100 thousand people were reported each year in the Region.

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This document contains the draft Strategy and action plan for refugee and migrant health in the WHO European Region. It focuses on strategic areas and priority actions to address the public health and health system challenges related to migration, in the spirit of the recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the European policy framework for health and well-being – Health 2020, and World Health Assembly resolution WHA61.17 on health of migrants.