Latin American and Caribbean countries are engaging the public in the fight against Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that transmits Zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever
Washington, D.C., 28 April 2016 (PAHO/WHO) — As part of Vaccination Week in the Americas (April 23 to May 2), health authorities in a number of Latin American and Caribbean countries are urging people to clean up potential mosquito breeding sites in and around their homes to prevent the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases.
Virus del Zika - Incidencia y tendencia
Hasta la fecha, 35 países/territorios de las Américas confirmaron casos autóctonos (transmisión vectorial) de infección por virus del Zika (Figura 1). Desde la última Actualización Epidemiológica del 21 de abril de 2016 de la Organización Panamericana de Salud/ Organización Mundial de Salud (OPS/OMS) no hay nuevos países o territorios que hayan confirmado la transmisión vectorial del virus del Zika.
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219 Dracunculiasis eradication: global surveillance summary, 2015
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219 Éradication de la dracunculose: bilan de la surveillance mondiale, 2015
This is a rapid “need to know” spotlight on current infectious disease threats. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of cases and outbreaks but a focus on reasons for concern about specific infectious diseases currently posing threats to global public health.
Zika virus – Incidence and trends
To date, 35 countries and territories have confirmed local, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus in the Region of the Americas since 2015 (Figure 1). Since the last Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Zika Epidemiological Update on 21 April, no new countries or territories hav e confirmed vector-borne autochthonous transmission of Zika virus.
by Katie Taylor on Thursday, April 28th 2016
With one in five children worldwide not receiving essential vaccines, achieving equitable vaccination coverage rates is a global priority. This World Immunization Week, the global community rallies together to “close the gap.”
ZIKA VIRUS DISEASE, MICROCEPHALY AND GUILLAIN-BARRÉ SYNDROME
As of 27 April, 55 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission; for 42 countries this is their first documented Zika virus outbreak (Fig. 1).
Mosquito-borne transmission (Table 1):
42 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos.
13 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.
March 2016 was marked by the closing of the Balkan route to Europe on March 8 and the implementation of the EU-Turkey Agreement on March 20. These developments have resulted in slowing arrivals to Greece while refugees and other mixed migrants find new ways to enter Europe.
The following syndromes have been flagged:
· Diarrhoea: Fiji, Palau, Tokelau, Wallis & Futuna
· Influenza-like Illness: American Samoa, New Caledonia
· Prolonged fever: American Samoa
ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire - The Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today approved a Strategy 2017-2022 to maximize impact, strengthen systems for health, promote and protect human rights and gender equality, and mobilize additional resources.
GLOBAL HEALTH IMPACTS
• Severe drought and associated food insecurity, flooding, rains and temperature rises due to El Niño 2015-2016 are causing a wide range of health problems, including disease outbreaks, malnutrition and disruption of health services.
• El Niño 2015-2016 is affecting more than 60 million people, especially in Eastern and Southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Asia-Pacific.
El Niño 2015-2016 is affecting more than 60 million people worldwide, and the health consequences, such as disease outbreaks and malnutrition, are expected to increase throughout 2016.
Funding is required to support activities by Ministries of Health, WHO, Health Cluster and partners to prepare for, and respond to, the health problems of those most affected by El Niño.
These funding figures are taken from individual country plans as well as WHO and interagency Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) for 2016.
The number of forcibly displaced people (refugees and internally displaced people) has continued to rise alarmingly in 2015 and 2016, calling for increased humanitarian assistance worldwide.
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The ICRC helps people with disabilities through our physical rehabilitation programme and the ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled. The people we serve include victims of armed conflict, of other situations of violence, of mines and of explosive remnants of war.
We run or support physical rehabilitation services and we help people with disabilities integrate into society through such activities as sports and livelihood-support programmes.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We are given a tremendous opportunity to help the millions of people, families, and communities affected by one of the strongest El Niño episodes in history. Together, we must now act to prevent enormous suffering by supporting the national and international response to the immediate needs and indeed for longer-term resilience.
New York, 25 April 2016
Worldwide, new malaria cases have fallen by 18 per cent since 2000.
In Africa, where the burden of malaria is greatest, the mortality rate has fallen by two-thirds.
Between 2000 and 2015, an estimated six million deaths from malaria were averted, thanks in part to efforts linked with the Millennium Development Goals.
The increase in global financing for malaria has yielded impressive results. More than half the people of Africa are now protected by mosquito nets, up from less than 2 per cent in 2000.
N’DJAMENA – Le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) se réjouit de la généreuse contribution de la Commission européenne, a travers la Direction Générale de l’Aide Humanitaire et Protection Civile (ECHO), d’un montant de trois millions d’Euros. Cette contribution va permettre à l’agence onusienne de venir en aide à 53 000 enfants et 12 000 femmes enceintes et allaitantes dans la Bande sahélienne - une région où la situation nutritionnelle est préoccupante - lors de la saison de soudure (Juin-Septembre 2016).
WHO report highlights health impacts of climate change
The health sector has a vital role to play in order to respond and minimize the threats that climate change poses to human health
MANILA, 26 APRIL - The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Western Pacific has released a new report with scientific evidence of climate change affecting health and recommended actions for countries in the Region.