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07 Feb 2016 description

Paula Laboissière reports from Agência Brasil

Approximately 20.7 million buildings—among them public, commercial, and industrial buildings, as well as homes—have been inspected as part of an effort to combat the Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that transmits the Zika virus, as well as dengue and chikungunya fever. The number accounts for more than 30 percent of the 76 million buildings to be examined.

06 Feb 2016 description
report The Global Fund

PRETORIA, February 5, 2016 - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and a Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RCM) representing a group of 10 Southern African countries today signed a landmark grant to pioneer innovative models to reduce high rates of TB in the mining sector.

06 Feb 2016 description

This Emergency Appeal seeks a total of 2,037,059 Swiss francs (CHF) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Guatemalan Red Cross (GRC) to deliver assistance and support to some drought affected 12,000 people (2,000 families), with a focus on food security, livelihoods, nutrition, and water, sanitation and hygiene promotion.

06 Feb 2016 description

A CORRESPONDENT — UPDATED ABOUT 16 HOURS AGO

MITHI: Five children died, three of them in government hospitals, across Thar on Friday, raising the death toll to 167 since Jan 1 when the children’s deaths caused by an outbreak of waterborne diseases and malnutrition hit the headlines.

Twelve-month-old Natho Bheel, eight-month-old Hamida and seven-month-old Saghir died at the Mithi Civil Hospital, two-year-old Amia died at the Nagarparkar rural health centre and a newborn died in a village near Chelhar.

06 Feb 2016 description

IKRAM JUNAIDI

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Afghanistan have reported the first cases of polio for the year 2016.

In Pakistan, the case has been confirmed by Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health.

An official of the Ministry of National Health Services, who is not authorised to speak on record, said the sample collected from 34-month-old Ijaz Khan in January confirmed that the child had the onset of polio.

06 Feb 2016 description

At the first tremor, over 500 volunteers from Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation immediately mobilized. Within minutes of the magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck southern Taiwan at 3:47 am on February 6, Tzu Chi volunteers had already set up a disaster relief coordination center, and soon after 4 am, volunteers had gathered to prepare hot breakfast for those affected.

06 Feb 2016 description

Lagos, Nigeria | AFP | Saturday 2/6/2016 - 09:33 GMT

A growing Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has killed 101 people, as West Africa battles to contain a flare up of the virus, according to data from the nation's health authorities released Saturday.

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) statistics show that reported cases of the haemorrhagic disease -- both confirmed and suspected -- stood at 175 with a total of 101 deaths since August.

06 Feb 2016 description
report AmeriCares

AmeriCares is on the frontlines of the Zika crisis, caring for patients with suspected infections and providing education on how to prevent the disease. Clinicians at the AmeriCares Family Clinic in El Salvador are diagnosing suspected Zika infections and providing ultrasounds to pregnant patients concerned about the health of their unborn babies.

05 Feb 2016 description

Joint Press Release

Juba, South Sudan, 4 February 2016 – The Government of Japan, based on its commitment to support the people of South Sudan and through partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), delivered three ambulances to health facilities in three conflict-affected locations where there are 250,000 women of reproductive age in need of obstetric services.

05 Feb 2016 description

Highlights

  • As Government of Syria (GoS) forces advance north of Aleppo city, and airstrikes pummel its northern districts, thousands are fleeing. Large crowds have gathered at the Bab al Salam border crossing seeking safety inTurkey.

  • Supply routes and humanitarian access from the north to eastern Aleppo city and surrounding area are cut off.

05 Feb 2016 description

Isabela Vieira reports from Agência Brasil

The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) confirmed Friday (Feb. 5) the presence of the Zika virus, potentially capable of causing infection, in samples of saliva and urine. Fiocruz President Paulo Gadelha says the new forms of transmission will be further studied from now on.

“This confirmation is of great significance as it changes the way we conduct research as well as its level,” he reported.

05 Feb 2016 description

SUMMARY

  • An Emergency Committee was convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) on 1 February 2016. Following the advice of the Committee, the Director-General announced the recent cluster of microcephaly and other neurologic disorders reported in Brazil to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

05 Feb 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Guinea was declared Ebola free on 29 December. As of 27 January 2016, Guinea has reached Day 30 of the phase 3 countdown, which is a total of 90 days, ending on 27 March.

  • Guinea is closely working with Sierra Leone on cross border intervention to strengthen surveillance as new cases are reported in neighboring Kambia.

05 Feb 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • As of 27 January 2016, two new cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Sierra Leone. On 14 January 2016, the first confirmed case of Ebola was announced in the district of Tonkolili. The new case stems from a 22 year old female who died on 12 January 2016. While symptomatic, the index case traveled to Port Loko and Kambia, resulting in quarantined communities across the three districts. The aunt of the index case, who took care of her and was placed under quarantine, was also confirmed positive on 20 January 2016.

05 Feb 2016 description

Pretoria - Two more cases of typhoid fever have been confirmed in Gauteng.

The Gauteng Health Department on Tuesday said the cases were confirmed on Monday at the Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital in the Tshwane district.

“A 38-year-old Zimbabwean female patient, who resides in Centurion, came to the hospital last Thursday. She was confused on arrival at the hospital. She was referred from Centurion Clinic,” said the department.

The department said she had travelled home to Zimbabwe two weeks ago and had just returned to South Africa.

05 Feb 2016 description

Health authorities found that over 54 percent of schools have dengue mosquito breeding sites.

In addition, 40 percent of religious institutions and 36 percent of construction sites have either dengue larvae or dengue mosquito breeding sites, Director General health Services, Dr. Palitha Mahipala said. Addressing the media at the Epidemiology Unit, he said that 5,263 dengue cases had been reported countrywide during this year and the death rate has gone down to 1.5 percent. Fifty eight dengue deaths were reported last year.