“Bring your child for free vaccines tomorrow!” Sokly Ye called out to passers-by as she slowly drove her motorbike down a narrow dirt road lined with ramshackle homes.
It was 7 a.m., and Ms. Ye, an experienced village health volunteer, knew this was the best time to catch villagers at home and let them know that outreach workers from a local health centre would be coming the next day.
After weaving through the streets, she parked and went door to door, speaking directly with residents about the free life-saving services scheduled.
This weekly bulletin focuses on selected public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 42 events: three Grade 3, six Grade 2, two Grade 1, and 31 ungraded events.
The European Commission announced today at the United Nations in Geneva its intention to release further support of €116 million for those in need in Yemen. The support includes €46 million of emergency humanitarian aid and €70 million to support resilience and early recovery in 2017.
The country has become one of the world's largest humanitarian crises after 2 years of conflict with 18.8 million people, almost 70% of the Yemeni population in need of assistance.
As of 23 April, SDF-advances in northern Ar-Raqqa had displaced an estimated 39,000 people to Jib Al-Shaair makeshift camp in Ar-Raqqa governorate.
Although the IDPs have since been relocated to a better equipped camp south of Ein Issa, as many as 21,000 new IDPs are expected to arrive to Jib Al-Shaair in the coming days.
The UN has dispatched readyto-eat food rations, shelter items and non-food items, and hygiene kits to Jin Al-Shaair, and continues to monitor the situation on the ground.
South Sudan – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and partners are responding to an influx of more than 22,000 displaced persons in and around Wau town, South Sudan, since the upsurge of violence on 10 April 2017. The influx is stretching existing humanitarian resources, and space to shelter displaced families is running out. Needs in the area have remained high since clashes in mid-2016 displaced more than 42,000 people.
Author: Willis Simon Akhwale (Country Director I-TECH Kenya, University of Washington
UNICEF and partners conduct lifesaving vaccination campaign
BAIDOA, Somalia, 25 April 2017 – Almost 30,000 young children, many of them displaced by a searing drought, are being vaccinated against measles this week in an emergency campaign in Baidoa, a town at the heart of one of Somalia’s hardest-hit areas.
Many of the children have never been immunized before – they come from remote areas health workers often cannot reach because of a decades-old conflict that has ravaged the impoverished country in the Horn of Africa.
25 APRIL 2017 | GENEVA - Nearly 19 million people in Yemen are in desperate need of assistance. This is a country that has been battered by conflict for more than two years. This is a country that, before the conflict intensified, was already extremely vulnerable following years of poverty, political unrest, and weak rule of law.
Since the conflict intensified, some 325 attacks have been verified on health facilities, schools, markets, roads, and other infrastructure, added to the challenges and the population’s many causes of misery.
After Oman and Morocco, Mexico becomes the third country in the world and the first in the Americas to receive validation of trachoma elimination as a public health problem
Washington, DC, April 24, 2017 (PAHO / WHO) – Trachoma has been eliminated as a public health problem in Mexico, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today. Mexico becomes the first country in the Americas and the third in the world after Oman and Morocco to receive validation from WHO for having eliminated this disease.
Polio eradication efforts closer than ever to likely triumph – making it more important than ever to finish the job, says Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director General.
Vaccines have been one of the biggest success stories of modern medicine. Thanks to the power of polio vaccines, over 16 million people are walking today who would otherwise have been paralysed by the virus.
El impacto combinado de la desnutrición y el sobrepeso/ obesidad, también conocido como la “doble carga de la malnutrición”, contribuye a la pérdida de miles de millones de dólares en las economías latinoamericana, según se desprende del estudio "El costo de la doble carga de la malnutricion: impacto social y económico" que fue lanzado el 24 de abril de 2017 por el Programa Mundial de Alimentos (PMA) y la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL) en Ciudad de México.
Cholera has been confirmed in Mayom and Kodok after one of two samples in each of the locations tested positive for Vibrio cholerae on 20 April 2017. A total of 18 counties in 10 (31%) of 32 states countrywide have confirmed cholera outbreaks (Table 1; Figure 1.0). During week 16 of 2017, eight samples from Duk (6), Mayom (1), and Kodok (1) tested positive for Vibrio cholerae (Table 3). Cumulatively, 218 (38%) samples have tested positive for Vibrio Cholerae inaba in the National Public Health Laboratory as of 21 April 2017 (Table 3).
Civilian casualties and major attacks are increasing in many parts of Afghanistan; a devastating attack on the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital in central Kabul on 8 March claimed dozens of lives
Three more health facilities were forced to close in the southern region due to conflict in March; around 1700 families were displaced
Flash floods in Herat province killed four people and affected 352 families. Further 795 families were internally displaced in western provinces due to conflict
Impending famine, ongoing fighting and a failing health system leave millions at risk in Yemen
More than two years into the crisis in Yemen, the humanitarian and health situation has reached a critical point, with millions of people at risk and on the brink of famine.
El Equipo Local de Coordinación de Córdoba (ELC), es un espacio de coordinación inter-agencialestratégica, conformado por 24 organizaciones internacionales y nacionales, que promueve el intercambio de información, análisis y toma de decisiones, frente a los vacíos y necesidades humanitarias, iniciativas de desarrollo y de construcción de paz de la región, evitando duplicidades, facilitando sinergias con la institucionalidad, con un enfoque de acción sin daño, y promoviendo acciones de impacto en la respuesta complementaria al Estado.
AMMAN/SANA’A, 25 April 2017- The continuing violence in Yemen is fuelling one of the worst hunger crises in the world, with nearly 7 million people not knowing where their next meal will come from and in desperate need of food assistance. Nearly 2.2 million children are malnourished, including half a million who are severely malnourished and at imminent risk of death if they do not receive urgent care and specialized treatment.
Résumé de la situation
Le cyclone tropical Enawo est entré par le district d’Antalaha, au Nord-Est de Madagascar, région de SAVA, le mardi 07 Mars et est sortie du territoire malgache la nuit du jeudi 09 mars 2017 par la pointe du Sud de l’île. D’après les données recueillies, les districts d’Antalaha, de Maroantsetra (région Analanjirofo), et de Brickaville (région Atsinanana) sont les plus affectés par son passage.
"We felt the earth shake,” Uma recalls of the 2015 Nepal quake. “My brother, Umesh was just in front of me. The stable wall collapsed and I was trapped underneath it. I woke up in hospital, with a strange feeling of loss and in a lot of pain. I was missing one of my legs.”
“After that, I spent a long time at home in my room, until Jay, a Handicap International physical therapist, came to see me. [After weeks of physical therapy], I was given an artificial leg and learned to walk again. It changed my life."
Flooding affects approximately 1.1 million people throughout Peru
GoP-led efforts to repair transportation infrastructure increase humanitarian access to severely affected northern regions
24 DoD-supported flights transport more than 328 MT of relief assistance to flood-affected communities