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03 Mar 2015 description

Freetown, Feb. 27, 2015 (SLENA) – The Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah has presented key issues on its Post Ebola Recovery Plan to members of the Health Sector Coordinating Committee towards building a resilient health system for Sierra Leone.

03 Mar 2015 description

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03 Mar 2015 description

SITUATION ANALYSIS

In January 2015, almost 100,000 Primary Heath Care (PHC) consultations were provided as well as over 5,105 hospital admissions for lifesaving emergencies and obstetric care.

03 Mar 2015 description

KEY POINTS

  • President Koroma of Sierra Leone visits Tombo and reiterates commitment to get to zero

  • Vice President Sumana of Sierra Leone quarantine’s himself

  • Response partners intensify community engagement in Guinea

Key Political and Economic Developments

03 Mar 2015 description

Situation

• New cases continue arising from unknown chains of transmission in Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to the WHO, as of 25 February. Furthermore, unsafe burial practices are still being reported in both countries.

• In Sierra Leone, EVD transmission is widespread, despite a brief decline of case incidence between December 2014 and end of January 2015.

03 Mar 2015 description
report Voice of America

Ayaz Gul March 02, 2015 3:18 PM

ISLAMABAD— Authorities in Pakistan have arrested more than 470 parents and issued warrants for hundreds of others for refusing to have their children vaccinated against polio. The crackdown is part of renewed efforts to eradicate the crippling disease from Pakistan, one of only three countries where polio remains endemic.

The arrests took place during a fresh immunization drive Monday in the restive northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province where the polio virus is most prevalent.

03 Mar 2015 description

SALEEM SHAHID

QUETTA: The second phase of a polio eradication campaign could not be launched in Quetta, Zhob and Sherani districts on Monday because of inadequate security arrangements by the Balochistan government.

The health department refused to send staff and volunteers to take part in the campaign without full security arrangements in the districts.

“We cannot launch the campaign until the required security is arranged,” an official of the department said, adding that it would be launched after the security arrangements were made.

03 Mar 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Syed Raza Hassan

ISLAMABAD, March 2 (Reuters) - Pakistan has wasted $3.7 million worth of vaccines donated to protect children from deadly diseases because officials failed to store them properly, a senior health official told Reuters on Monday.

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03 Mar 2015 description
report Save the Children

Almost 30 countries vulnerable to a new Ebola-style Epidemic, jeopardising the future of millions of Children – Save the children

Almost 30 countries are highly vulnerable to an Ebola-style epidemic jeopardising the future of millions of children, warns Save the Children in its new report ‘A Wake Up Call: Lessons from Ebola for the world’s health systems’.

02 Mar 2015 description

Yangon, 02 March 2015 - UNICEF and WHO applaud current results of the national immunisation campaign, aimed at protecting some 17 million children across Myanmar against measles and rubella, under the leadership of the Ministry of Health with support from WHO, the global vaccine alliance GAVI and UNICEF. Country-wide, the exceptional mobilisation of nurses, teachers and countless community leaders has resulted in an excellent coverage that is currently estimated at approximately 95% nation-wide.

02 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As at 27 February 2015, Kakuma had received 45,222 asylum seekers from South Sudan. As at 28 February, 180,674 refugees had been registered by UNHCR and DRA, with South Sudanese making up 49.8% of the registered population.

02 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

According to the Ministry of Health, as of 23 February 2015, the cumulative total of suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia stood at 9,265, with 4,057 related deaths.

Case incidence declined from a peak of over 300 new confirmed cases per week in August and September 2014 to only two new confirmed EVD cases in the past week in Montserrado County.

5,779 children have been identified as directly affected by EVD (3,798 identified by the government and the rest by partner organisations).

02 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

· As of 24 February 2015, according to the Government of Sierra Leone, the cumulative number of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases is 8,308, with 3,113 deaths. During the past week there were 71 new confirmed cases of EVD.

02 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A total of 143,806 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 90,3431 in Adjumani, 12,728 in Arua, 33,229 in Kiryandongo and 7,506 in Kampala. There were 1,203 new arrivals during the reporting period.

02 Mar 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Syed Raza Hassan

ISLAMABAD, March 2 (Reuters) - Pakistan has wasted $3.7 million worth of vaccines donated to protect children from deadly diseases because officials failed to store them properly, a senior health official told Reuters on Monday.

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02 Mar 2015 description

UNDP experts visited Donetsk and Lugansk regions to select sites for social care restoration as a part of the UNDP and the Government of Japan project, "Early Recovery of Social Services and Peacebuilding in the Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts."

02 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

· The total number of confirmed cases of Ebola went up to 2,762 in week eight, according to WHO’s Epidemiological Situation Report. The total number of confirmed, suspected and probable cases rose to 3,155. The number of deaths resulting from confirmed cases of Ebola climbed to 1,704 and the total number of deaths to 2,091.