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26 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Sword and shield strategy against cholera

This strategy is using a risk-informed and evidence-based approach, through continued operational research and multidisciplinary studies that expand knowledge and efficiency in cholera preparedness, emergency response and long-term intervention. Epidemiologists, WASH specialists, health professionals, anthropologists and community mobilization specialists have been working together to achieve one common overarching goal: the elimination of cholera.

26 May 2017 description
report World Vision

KEY MESSAGES

  • About 1.9 million people are internally displaced and 1.7 million have sought refuge in other countries. World Vision calls on all stakeholders to work together and facilitate peace and security throughout the country.

  • The food security in the country is declining with 5.5 million people severely food insecure. The onset of the rains has added a set of natural barriers, making it difficult to reach people in need of assistance. It is estimated that 70 percent (230,000 people) of the capital, Juba, is food insecure.

26 May 2017 description
report World Vision

KEY HIGHLIGHTS HUMANITARIAN SITUATION OVERVIEW

  • Vulnerable populations in Somalia, southeastern Ethiopia, and northern Kenya continue to face life-threatening acute food insecurity, following delayed and erratic seasonal rains across the Horn of Africa, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).

26 May 2017 description

In Numbers

7.8 million people in need of relief food assistance, inclusive of an additional 2.2 million people from Amhara, Oromia and SNNPR.

2.7 million children, and pregnant and nursing mothers in need of specialized nutritious food to treat moderate acute malnutrition. Of this number, 1.3 million live in Nutrition Hotspot Priority 1 woredas (districts).

Highlights

26 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • UNICEF, through implementing partners, has provided humanitarian assistance in WASH, protection, nutrition, health and education to more than 58,000 children and families in the most affected district of Piura.

  • In order to provide safe water, UNICEF has delivered 24,000 water purification tablets, 466 chlorine residual test kits and 14,000 DPD colorimetric reagent (to control residual chlorine at different water points) to Piura Regional Directorate of Health.

26 May 2017 description

We the undersigned organisations call upon UN Security Council members to take action to bring about an immediate ceasefire in Yemen, end the humanitarian crisis and support the UN Special Envoy's efforts towards an inclusive political solution to the conflict.

26 May 2017 description

Au total, 664 cas déclarés suspectés et confirmés ont été notifiés au 23 mai. A la même date, 30 décès liés à la maladie ont été enregistrés. Les cas déclarés révèlent que les femmes constituent la couche de la population la plus affectée.

Le personnel des structures sanitaires et les partenaires humanitaires mènent conjointement des activités de prise en charge médicale et de prévention. y compris à travers des messages de sensibilisation et l’amélioration des conditions d’accès à l’eau, l’hygiène et l’assainissement (EHA).

26 May 2017 description

On 15 May 2017, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare-Government of India (MoHFW) reported three laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika virus disease in Bapunagar area, Ahmedabad District, Gujarat, State, India.

26 May 2017 description
report World Vision

KEY MESSAGES

• Despite the onset of rain in some parts of Somalia, the food security and nutrition situation continues to deteriorate rapidly and an elevated risk of famine persists. Although moderate rains were recorded in parts of northwest and southern Somalia in late March and early April, pasture and water resources are not expected to recover soon. (FSNAU/ FEWS NET, May 2017).

26 May 2017 description
report Sudan Tribune

May 25, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - A cholera epidemic in Sudan’s White Nile has killed 62 people and infected almost 1800 since the first cases emerged several weeks ago, says a report released by the independent union of Sudan Doctors Committee (SDC) on Thursday.

The release of the report coincided with a directive by a directive issued by the first vice-president and prime minister to take the take the needed measures to contain the outbreak. The Acute Watery Diarrhea swept through the White Nile State and reached the peripheries of Khartoum and Aljazeira states.

26 May 2017 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Author
Ana Rita Sousa Sequeira Research associate, Murdoch University

Disclosure statement
Ana Rita Sousa Sequeira does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond the academic appointment above.

26 May 2017 description

Situation summary in the Americas

To date, 48 countries and territories in the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus disease, while five countries have reported sexually transmitted Zika cases. Since epidemiological week (EW) 44 of 2016, no additional countries or territories of the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus disease.

North America

26 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • USG announces additional $45 million for the Nigeria humanitarian response

  • More than 11,800 people relocate to Nigeria’s Banki town from Cameroon in May

  • WFP continues providing emergency food assistance to IDPs and refugees across the Lake Chad Basin Region

  • International donors contribute $24 million to the Nigerian Humanitarian Fund

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

26 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Renewed outbreak of cholera spreads in 19 governorates, with more than 41,900 suspected cases recorded since late April

  • USG contributes an additional $77.1 million to support emergency relief operations in Yemen

  • Humanitarian agencies, including USG partners, provide life-saving assistance to approximately 4.8 million people from January to early May

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

25 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC, SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTÓNIO GUTERRES THURSDAY, 25 MAY 2017

(excerpt)

  • One month after the High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen, the United Nations thanks the Member States who have fully paid their pledges.

  • We thank: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Canada, China, Denmark, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, New Zealand, the Russian Federation, Slovenia, Sweden and the United States.

25 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ongoing violence displaces an additional 200,000 people in April

  • Health actors report suspected cholera cases in Aburoc

  • USG announces $142 million in new humanitarian assistance

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • Violence across South Sudan displaced an additional 200,000 people in April, increasing the total number of displaced people to 3.8 million, including 2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 1.8 million refugees sheltering in neighboring countries.

25 May 2017 description

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Violence induced by the Boko Haram insurgency now in its eight year and military counter-insurgency operations has forced more than 1.8 million people to flee their homes in the six northeastern states, and particularly in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (where 92 per cent of the displaced are from). More than half of these displaced are children.

25 May 2017 description

Op-ed by Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region

Act decisively to eliminate measles

The WHO South-East Asia Region is making rapid progress against vaccine-preventable diseases. The Region was certified polio-free in 2014. Maternal and neonatal tetanus was routed in 2016. And routine immunization for diseases such as diphtheria and pertussis continues to expand. More than 90% of populations Region-wide are now accessing the life-saving benefits vaccines bring.

25 May 2017 description
  • The World Health Assembly (WHA) is meeting this week in Geneva, Switzerland.  Ministers of Health and public health professionals from around the world are discussing global public health issues, including the global drive to eradicate polio.  The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) secretariat has prepared a status report, which will inform the discussions by Member States.

25 May 2017 description

GENEVA—The World Health Assembly today made decisions relating to polio, the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, and the health workforce.

Polio