As of 08th March 2015, 6,482 cases and 134 deaths (CFR=2.1%) of cholera have been registered in the West and Central Africa region in 6 countries.
*The figures are not taking into account cholera cases and deaths notified in Ghana.
Au 08 mars 2015, la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre a enregistré environ 6,482 cas et 134 décès (Let=2.1%) de choléra dans 6 pays.
*Ces chiffres ne prennent pas en compte les cas et décès rapportés au Ghana.
• Following the release of 654 children formerly associated with the Cobra Faction in Lekuangole, part of the Greater Pibor Administrative Area, the total number of released children is now 1,314. Released boys, and now three girls, continue to receive interim care, psychosocial support and family tracing services. Community-based monitoring systems are in place to provide family tracing and post-reunification support for around 200 children who have now returned home; as well as to identify, and help prevent, possible future re-recruitment.
Cholera Outbreaks in Tete, Sofala, Zambezia, Nampula and Niassa provinces
7,073 cases reported since 25 December and 22 March and 53 deaths with a case fatality rate of 0.7%.
Cholera outbreaks are stabilizing in Nampula, Niassa and Tete and spreading to Sofala province with three districts already reporting cases (Beira city, Caia and Nahmatanda).
Tete city and Quelimane continue to register large numbers of new cases.
“Children – especially those in the hardest-to-reach islands - are in serious danger right now,” says Karen Allen, UNICEF Pacific Representative. “Access to safe water remains absolutely critical – with almost all islands in Vanuatu suffering from acute water shortages – while there is a significant risk of disease because of flooding, poor sanitation and limited medical care.”
New York / Vanuatu, 24 mars 2015 – L’UNICEF n’a reçu que 15% des fonds nécessaires pour fournir une aide d’urgence aux milliers d’enfants et familles affectés par le passage du cyclone Pam au Vanuatu et dans d’autres îles du Pacifique. L’organisation alerte sur le manque important de financement alors même qu’elle annonce un nouvel appel humanitaire de 4,8 millions de dollars (4,3 millions d’euros), inclus dans l’appel global des Nations unies lancé aujourd’hui, d’un montant de 29,9 millions de dollars.
· The total number of confirmed cases of Ebola rose to 2,966 this week, according to WHO’s Epidemiological Situation Report. The total number of confirmed, suspected and probable cases climbed to 3,389. The number of confirmed deaths from Ebola gained to 1,829, with confirmed, suspected and probable deaths rising to 2,224.
No new confirmed cases were reported in the week to 15 March 2015. This is the third consecutive week in which no new confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) have been reported. 15 March 2015 was day 12 since the final patient in Liberia had a second negative test for EVD: 42 days must elapse before transmission can be considered to have ended. Once the 42-day period has elapsed, continued vigilance will be required until both Sierra Leone and Guinea are also declared Ebola-free.
· Speaking at the Geneva-launch of a new UNICEF report on the Ebola crisis - "Ebola: getting to zero – For Communities, For Children, For the Future", UNICEF Sierra Leone representative, Roeland Monasch, said UNICEF is continuing to work hard alongside the government to get to zero cases. He also warned against complacency.
“Children – especially those in the hardest-to-reach islands - are in serious danger right now,” says Karen Allen, UNICEF Pacific Representative. “Access to safe water remains absolutely critical with almost all islands in Vanuatu suffering from acute water shortages – while there is a significant risk of disease because of flooding, poor sanitation and limited medical care.”
UN Interagency Flash Appeal launched on 24th March in Port Vila, Vanuatu, for a total amount of US$29.9.
22 March 2015 - UNICEF and partners have been called upon by the Vanuatu Ministry of Health to respond to the emergency situation following Super Tropical Cyclone Pam. As part of its response UNICEF today provided Interagency Emergency Health Kits in order to prevent and manage serious threats to the survival and health of the children of Ambrym, one of Vanuatu’s most affected islands. The kits include medical equipment and medicines sufficient for 5000 people over a three-month period.
SUVA, 21 March 2015 – Despite logistical challenges posed by the impact of Tropical Cyclone Pam on small island countries in the Pacific, UN children’s agency UNICEF is delivering essential supplies to children who need them most in Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
UNICEF continues to be engaged in providing humanitarian response in four regions of Cameroon to respond to the needs of those affected by crises in neighbouring countries (Nigeria and Central African Republic) as well as the nutritional crisis mainly in the Sahel area but also periodic epidemic outbreaks and diseases.
Initial assessment reports confirm widespread destruction – ranging from 20 to 90 per cent of houses, schools, clinics, churches and crops.
WASH needs most urgent for outer islands
At least 80 per cent of schools have been affected.
UNICEF will soon be sending the first supplies to Tongoa to support Temporary Safe Learning Spaces, allowing 570 primary school children to resume school.
While UNSMIL continues to facilitate talks aimed at ending Libya’s deepening political crisis, clashes continue around the country. The attack on the high-profile Corinthia hotel in January 2015, and the increased presence and activity of Islamic State militants marks another milestone in the country’s deteriorating security situation (recently marked by the beheading of 21 Egyptians and the kidnapping of a number of other oil workers).
Initial assessment reports confirm destruction ranging from 20 to 90 per cent of houses, schools, clinics, churches and crops.
UNICEF Child Protection, WASH, Education and Cold Chain experts participating in multi-sector assessments.
UNICEF staff who are part of the first joint rapid assessment team to reach Tanna Island, have conducted initial assessment of all schools.
As of 15 March 2015, 148 cases of cholera were reported by the Ministry of Health, with two deaths.
With support from UNICEF, a cumulative population of 111,738 people have now been reached with sanitation services.
A total of 653 toilets have been constructed reaching 79,770 people.
Cumulative total of 4,561 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition admitted in CMAM.
WASH supplies for 2,000 families handed over to provincial government in Tanna Island by UNICEF
48 cartons of health supplies arrived in Port Vila by air, and 5 containers ready for dispatch with WASH, health, education supplies
3,370 people are in evacuation centres (Source: National Disaster Management Office) but registration confirmation is still awaited from all islands
UNICEF-supported measles immunisation campaign continues in Port Vila and Efate.
According to the Government of Sierra Leone, the cumulative number of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases is 8,463, with 3,289 deaths as of 10 March 2015. During the past week there were 80 new confirmed cases of EVD.
In response to the outbreak in Rosanda Village in Bombali District, UNICEF has supported the District Health Management Team (DHMT) in the set-up of a temporary Peripheral Health Unit (PHU) for care of non-EVD cases including pregnant women and children from the quarantined village.
Public services being restored in capital city of Port Vila
In addition to previously observed damage in Efate and Tanna, aerial overviews show widespread damage in Tafea, Malampa (Paama Island, Ambryn Island) and Penama, Shefa (Erromango Island, Emae Island, EPI Island)
At least 34 schools are in use as evacuation centres
3,370 people are in evacuation centres (NDMO) but registration confirmation is still awaited
11 confirmed fatalities
According to the Ministry of Health, as of 5 March 2015, the cumulative total of suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia stood at 9,507, with 4,177 related deaths. Case incidence declined from a peak of over 300 new confirmed cases per week in August and September 2014 to no new confirmed case in the last two weeks.