This weekly bulletin focuses on selected public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. The WHO Regional Office is currently monitoring 49 events: three Grade 3, six Grade 2, two Grade 1, and 38 ungraded events.
Benguela - At least 114 children aged from six months to five years died of malnutrition from January to April this year in central Benguela province.
The information was released recently in Benguela by the local nutritional programme supervisor, Flora Vanda, who mentioned 129 cases in equal period last year.
Speaking to Angop, Flora Vanda said a large percentage of deaths was owed to patients reaching the hospitals too late and the lack of healing drugs like the F75 and F100 milk and Plumply-nut, used in the last stage of the treatment.
The European Commission has announced humanitarian assistance of over €44 million to help people in need in south-west and Central Asia, who continue to face the consequences of years of conflicts and displacement, as well as recurrent natural disasters. The funding will support Afghan refugees and their families in Iran and Pakistan, help victims of conflict in Afghanistan, and improve disaster risk management in Central Asia.
KINSHASA, May 29 (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry has approved the use of a new Ebola vaccine to counter an outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever in its northeast that has killed four people, a spokesman said on Monday.
"The non-objection was given. Now there's a Medecins Sans Frontieres team that is arriving (in Congo) today to validate the protocol with the technical teams," Jonathan Simba, a health ministry spokesman, said by telephone.
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May 29th, 2017 ― Doha: Within its commitment to serve the refugees in Lebanon, Qatar Red Crescent's (QRCS) mission in Lebanon launched the fifth phase of its orthopedic surgery project for Syrian and Palestinian children in Tripoli. The activity is part of a project that started in 2016 and will continue along phased intervals.
Results from the post-Jilaal assessment and recent SMART surveys indicate that Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Emergency (IPC Phase 4) levels of acute food insecurity persist in many areas of Somalia (Maps 1, 5 and 6).
Accordingly, approximately 3.2 million people will be in Crisis and Emergency (IPC Phase 3 and 4) and are in need or urgent humanitarian assistance through June 2017, An additional 3.5 million will be Stressed (IPC Phase 2) and are in need of livelihood protection support
The Emergency Committee of the International Health Regulations removes Lao PDR from list of infected countries
As of May 2017, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) is officially no longer infected with circulating-vaccine derived polio virus (cVDPV), according to the International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee on the international spread of poliovirus.
Baghdad, 29 May 2017 – The Government of Japan extended its support to the World Health Organization in March this year with a donation of over US$ 1 million to implement a project to provide integrated lifesaving services in camps for internally displaced people and Syrian refugees in the hosting governorates of Ninewa, Erbil and Duhok.
5,088 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan
6,357 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran
65,073 total returns from Pakistan since 1 January 2017
139,901 total returns from Iran since 1 January 2017
98% of returnees from Pakistan (4,976 individuals) assisted
4% of returnees from Iran (252 individuals) assisted
Return from Pakistan
Critical shelter, protection and livelihoods needs continue in northern Rakhine despite improvements in humanitarian access
Muslim fishermen face new restrictions in Rakhine
Closure of three IDP camps in Rakhine has mixed results
Government Minister announces that IDP camps in Rakhine will be closed within five years
Intense fighting in parts of Kachin and Shan in the recent months has led to new displacement in a number of areas
Incessant monsoon heavy rains (as high as 553 mm) for the last days have caused floods and landslides in many parts of Sri Lanka (15 districts). As of 29th May 2017 at 7.00 hrs (Local time), 164 people are reported dead, while 104 are missing; so far, over 471,542 people are affected. Further, 75,236 people were located at 336 safe locations. Most number of damages to lives and property are reported in Southern and Western part of the country: from Galle, Matara, Kalutara, Gampaha, Colombo and Ratnapura districts. Hill country areas are particularly affected by landslides.
1 - Key Development(s)/changes (if any)
Supplementary National Immunization Days (SNID) against Polio conducted in 8 regions in the south of Libya, namely Sebha, Braak, Shaati, Ghatroun, Murzuq, Wadee Alhaya (Oubari), Ghat, Aljofrah, Alkofrah. Planned total target population was 103,374 and total children vaccinated were 86, 253 (83.4%).
SNIDs Refresher training for Vaccination Supervisors conducted on 12 ‐13 April 2017 in Tunis.
2 - Key Success/Progress made during the month (of the Sector)
Laboratory testing of samples is essential to rapidly assess the scope and spread of any Ebola outbreak. Since the major outbreak in West Africa in 2014, an increasing number of diagnostic tools have become available to perform rapid initial testing of samples. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is using these new tools, as well as classic ones, to respond to an ongoing outbreak of the virus in a very remote area of the north east of the country. A small cluster of undiagnosed illness and deaths with haemorrhagic signs was reported in the Province of Bas-Uele in early May.
Approximately 12,300 people, fleeing conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), have arrived in Angola since April 2017.
UNHCR airlifted 100 metric tons of core relief items on 30 April to assist the new arrivals, who are currently accommodated in overcrowded reception centres in the Dundo area.
The Government of Angola is providing emergency food rations. UNHCR is urgently procuring food for the new arrivals for an initial 15 days.
The number of acute watery diarrhea (AWD)/ suspected cholera cases continue to increase at unprecedented level in Yemen. More than half of the total cases have been reported in Sana’a City (Amanat Al-Asimah), Hajjah, Amran and Sana’a governorates.
From 27 April to 24 May 2017, a total of 42,207 suspected cholera/ AWD cases were reported from 19 governorate. Out of the total reported cases, 420 deaths were reported (1% case fatality rate).
By: Rocco Nuri in Nakivale, Uganda | 26 May 2017
Bosco starts his daily work routine at eight o’clock. White lab coat on, he heads straight for the paediatric ward, where all the beds are occupied. Many children shiver with high fever under their blankets because of malaria. A few malnourished toddlers are hooked up to drips supplying therapeutic food.
Bosco checks on his little patients with a gentle touch here and a heartfelt “sorry” there when a patient cries out in pain. Worried mothers seem comforted by his caring manner.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has stepped up its relief efforts for the people who have been displaced by the recent armed clashes in Marawi City. To date, PRC has provided hot meals and clean water, as well as other humanitarian aid such as psychosocial support, first aid, blood supply, and tracing services.
Eight evacuation centers in Lanao Del Norte and Iligan City are currently occupied by more than 2,000 families from Marawi City.