Washington, DC, 24 May 2016 (PAHO / WHO) - A group of bioethicists who analyzed the main ethical challenges in response to the outbreak of the Zika virus have concluded that countries are obliged to give all available information on Zika and be explicit about what is not known. Their recommendation from the ethics perspective is that countries should also give women the capacity to choose from all relevant reproductive options.
Acute malnutrition has reportedly caused the death of a number of children and elderly people from Blue Nile, in a refugee camp in South Sudan during the past week. UNHCR has relocated the first Sudanese refugees from Yida camp.
Other children are suffering from the shortage of food and nutritients, a camp coordinator in Yusuf Batil told Radio Dabanga.
“There is a severe shortage of food and medicines in the camp. Hopefully humanitarian organisations will speed up the delivery of aid and medicines,” the coordinator said.
ISLAMABAD: For the first time in the country’s history, all the environmental samples for polio have tested negative.
A total of 40 samples, collected under the supervision of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in mid-April from 14 cities, were analysed at the National Institute of Health (NIH).
A sample is deemed positive if the polio virus is found in sewerage water, which is the basic parameter to determine if anti-polio campaigns have been successful.
Greece has experienced an unprecedented influx of refugees and migrants. Between January 2015 and March 2016, more than one million people transited through Greece, most of them fleeing conflict in their own countries.
The closure of the border between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece in early March 2016 had the effect that more than 54 000 people become stranded in Greece – often without adequate access to shelter, food and water.
Beirut / Geneva, 27 May 2016 – While scores are dying at sea in the dangerous Mediterranean crossing, Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers are helping survivors on both northern and southern shores. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) continues to call for governments and institutions to ensure the protection of migrants, and for all people to recognize their right to safety and dignity.
Mister President, Excellencies, honourable ministers, ambassadors, distinguished delegates, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,
I have taken one overarching message from this Assembly. We can do anything in the world we want to, provided we speak with a united voice.
Your support for the new programme on health emergencies sends a powerful political signal. You want WHO, as the single agency with universal legitimacy in matters of international health, to lead and coordinate the response to emergencies. This function stays at WHO. Thank you.
The ongoing conflict in Libya has left its health care system in disarray. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works in the east and west of the country to provide people access to medical services. Here, Issiaka Abdou, MSF project coordinator in the town of Zuwara, describes the situation.
What brought MSF to Zuwara?
BARCELONA/NEW YORK, MAY 27, 2016 — Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is evacuating most of its staff and patients from Al Salamah hospital in northern Syria after an Islamic State offensive in Azaz, in Aleppo governorate, approached the area.
Just before 7pm on Saturday 16 April, the earth began to shake in Ecuador. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that followed was one of the worst to hit the country in recent decades. According to official figures, more than 660 people died and another 28,700 are living in shelters after their houses were partially or completely destroyed.
An estimated 5,000 refugees continue to live in the Jungle despite the forced eviction by French Authorities of nearly half of the refugee camp in March 2016. French authorities constructed a ‘Temporary Reception Centre’ with 1,500 places using white shipping containers. The controversial site is surrounded by tall fences, fingerprint scanners and metal gates positioned at entrances and exits creating a prison-like atmosphere.
27 May 2016 – Dr. Catherine Buzmion-Cheong, a United Nations peacekeeper, was working in Liberia when the first case of Ebola was confirmed in the West African nation.
“The Ebola epidemic was unprecedented,” Dr. Buzmion-Cheong told the _UN News Centre_ from the capital, Monrovia, which is the headquarters for the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). “Initially, the lack of training and supplies, plus the stigma and the fear attributed to the Ebola virus disease hampered a lot of the critical intervention.”
Between August 2015 and 17 May 2016, WHO has been notified of 273 cases of Lassa fever, including 149 deaths in Nigeria. Of these, 165 cases and 89 deaths have been confirmed through laboratory testing (CFR: 53.9%). The cases were reported from 23 states in Nigeria.
Since August 2015, ten health care workers (HCW) have been infected with Lassa fever virus, of which two have died. Of these ten cases, four were nosocomial infections.
Clashes between the Forces Armées de la RDC (FARDC) and armed groups in North Kivu province resulted in the abrupt dismantling of IDP camps, in part due to government information that camps had been infiltrated by armed groups. With the subsequent displacement of up to 35,000 people, UNICEF and other humanitarian actors have been addressing the most urgent needs and advocating that camp closures are conducted in a more coordinated manner, in line with relevant international regulations.
A measles outbreak is sweeping through Aweil North County, Northern Bahr El Ghazal State [Lol State]. An alarming number of children have died from suspected measles and local clinics report confirmed cases. Medair is responding with a county-wide emergency vaccination campaign.
Population of UNMISS PoC site in Bentiu town, Unity State, decreases by nearly 15 percent in recent months.
USAID/FFP partner WFP reaches approximately 1.5 million people with food and nutrition support in April.
From 14-20 May, Sri Lanka received heavy rainfall due to atmospheric disturbances and the formation of Tropical Cyclone Roanu. On 15-16 May, some parts of the country received the highest rainfall for the season.
In the month of March 2016, 27,000 people made the journey across the Mediterranean to Greece bringing the total of arrivals in the first three months of the year to 151,400. In 2015, there were 856,000 sea arrivals. UNHCR iniKated a data collecKon and analysis exercise with support from the Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS) in order to beSer inform the wider community on the profile of refugees arriving to Greece, and improve immediate response and longer term planning.
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ECAP 2 Partners Strengthen 1,500 Community Health Committees and Provide Health Info to 1.3 Million Liberians
PAYNESVILLE, May 27, 2016 --- Today Mercy Corps Liberia hosted a national workshop that brought together Liberian NGOs, officials from the Ministry of Health, USAID and media partners who have contributed to a 1-year community health program known as ECAP 2, which has now directly benefitted 1.3 million Liberians with critical health information through vibrant community campaigns.