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17 Feb 2020 description

Overview

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 69 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:

14 Feb 2020 description

Complex emergencies, cyclical drought, cyclones, disease outbreaks, floods, and food insecurity present significant challenges to vulnerable populations throughout the Southern Africa region. Between FY 2010 and FY 2019, USAID’s Office of U.S.

14 Feb 2020 description

A time-limited working group has been put together to manage and coordinate GPEI’s activities to enable a rapid and effective roll out of nOPV2. Take a look at the terms of reference for the working group.

13 Feb 2020 description

The locust outbreak continues to escalate in East Africa as dry conditions persist in parts of southern Africa

  1. Ideal conditions for feeding and breeding continue to foster the spread of desert locust in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. Locust swarms are moving into Tanzania and Uganda.

  2. Continued heavy rains over Tanzania have caused significant flooding. Heavy rain is forecast next week and over neighboring regions of Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique.

13 Feb 2020 description

Key Messages

  • The Southern African Region is facing serious food and nutrition insecurity challenges that are likely to worsen with the onset of the lean season if current levels of emergency and humanitarian assistance are not sufficiently scaled up;

  • 43 million people from 13 Member States expected to be acutely food insecure at the peak of the lean season in January 2020 calling for urgent resourcing of the interventions planned by both Member States and their humanitarian partners;

11 Feb 2020 description

1. Situation update

From 3 to 9 February 2020, three new confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) were reported in Beni Health Zone, North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Figure 1). All of the cases were registered as contacts and two were under surveillance at the time of detection.

10 Feb 2020 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 70 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:

07 Feb 2020 description
  • The WHO Executive Board is currently holding its 146th session at the WHO headquarters in Geneva. Among many others, polio is one of the topics of discussion, take a look at the report by the Director-General on polio eradication.

07 Feb 2020 description

The risk for continued flooding remains high following weeks of heavy rain in parts of Kenya and Tanzania

  1. Heavy rain last week caused flooding in several counties across Kenya.

  2. Desert locust swarms and hopper bands continue to threaten Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, and Uganda. These areas remain under high risk for the coming months.

  3. Persisting heavy rainfall over Tanzania has caused flooding in central and southeastern regions. Heavy rain is expected to continue into next week.

06 Feb 2020 description
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Overview: In East Africa, harvest is complete for main season cereals in the north of the subregion and yields were favourable except in Sudan and South Sudan due to flood damage, socioeconomic impacts, and conflict, and parts of Ethiopia due to dry conditions early in the season and to a lesser extent desert locust. In the south of the subregion, harvest is complete for second season crops and yields were generally average despite unprecedented flooding caused from record October to December rains.

06 Feb 2020 description

UNHCR is supporting thousands of displaced Congolese to return from exile as relative calm returns to their homeland.

By Alexandra Stenbock-Fermor and Lubiana Gosp-Server in Kananga, Democratic Republic of the Congo | 06 February 2020

06 Feb 2020 description

Speaking to Angop, the provincial official for quality control of the National Intersectorial Commission for Demining and Humanitarian Assistance (CNIDAH), Marcial Kativa, stressed that the divestment in this process conditioned the purchase of equipment and the training of new agents, including sappers.

For the current year, Marcial Kativa said he expects investments to be made in order to extend the process to areas identified as affected by mines and other unexploded ordnance.

05 Feb 2020 description

Brazzaville, 5 February 2020 - While, there are no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus reported in the African region, the World Health Organization (WHO) is strengthening its support to countries in the detection and management of suspect cases and in ensuring a robust response, should a first case be detected.

04 Feb 2020 description

1. Situation update

From 27 January to 2 February 2020, six new confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) were reported in Beni and Mabalako Health Zones, North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Figure 1). Among these six cases, five were registered as contacts with known epidemiological links, including two cases under surveillance at the time of detection.

04 Feb 2020 description

As of 20 December, UNHCR repatriated 3,133 Central African refugees to areas of the Central African Republic that were assessed as safe, namely the capital Bangui and surrounding prefectures. The operation started on 21 November and will continue in 2020.

UNHCR intensified the voluntary repatriation of Rwandan refugees, in response to the risks faced by dependents of a prominent group in Nyamunyunyi military site,
South Kivu Province. In December, 529 Rwandan refugees were repatriated.

03 Feb 2020 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 70 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including: