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16 Sep 2019 description

Overview

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:

09 Sep 2019 description

Overview

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 62 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:

02 Sep 2019 description

Overview

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 63 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:

30 Aug 2019 description

Polio this week as of 28 August 2019

  • Technical Advisory Group on Polio Eradication in Afghanistan met on 25-26 August 2019 to discuss and propose recommendations on a range of thematic areas in combatting the ongoing wild poliovirus transmission in the region including: access issues, ban on house-to-house campaigns, optimizing community engagement, and geographic prioritization.

26 Aug 2019 description

Overview

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 62 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:

22 Aug 2019 description
  • Nigeria marked three years since the last case of wild poliovirus (WPV) was detected within its borders. Because Nigeria is the last polio-endemic country in Africa, this milestone opens the door for the potential WPV-free certification of the entire WHO AFRO region after the Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) evaluation as early as mid-2020. While this is an important programmatic milestone, the region has not yet been certified polio-free and It will be critical for polio programme to maintain momentum.

20 Aug 2019 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 66 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 in Benin

  • Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Hepatitis E in Namibia

  • Humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia.

15 Aug 2019 description

Polio this week as of 14 August 2019.

  • The Thirty-third meeting of the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Commission for Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication was held in Muscat, Oman, to review the regional epidemiology. The meeting brought together members of the RCC, chairpersons of the National Certification Committees, polio programme representatives, and WHO staff from the headquarters, regional, and the endemic countries. Read more.

13 Aug 2019 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 71 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

09 Aug 2019 description
  • Summary of new viruses this week: Pakistan — one wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case and eight WPV1-positive environmental samples Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) — one cVDPV2 sample isolated from a contact case and two cVDPV2 community isolates.

  • See country sections below for more details.

NA: Onset of paralysis in most recent case is prior to 2017. Figures exclude non-AFP sources. In 2018, cVDPV includes all three serotypes 1, 2 and 3.

05 Aug 2019 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 72 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

29 Jul 2019 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 74 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

25 Jul 2019 description
  • UAE’s Recognizing Excellence Around Champions of Health (REACH) Awards to honour individuals working for disease elimination is open for nominations till 4 August 2019. REACH Awards will announce three unsung heroes in disease elimination at the UAE’s Reaching the Last Mile Forum, where the Global Polio Eradication Initiative will hold a pledging event to raise critical funding for the final push against polio. Do you know of an “unsung hero” of polio eradication?

23 Jul 2019 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute 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 edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Humanitarian crisis in Burkina Faso

  • Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Measles in Chad

  • Cholera in Cameroon.

19 Jul 2019 description
  • In Central African Republic, a series of previously-detected/reported VDPV2s have now been officially classified as ‘circulating’. Since initial detection of the viruses in May, the country had already operationally considered these viruses to represent an outbreak and implemented emergency outbreak response and declared the event to be a national public health emergency.

  • A cVDPV2 originating in Jigawa, Nigeria, continues to spread. Genetically-linked virus has been confirmed from an environmental sample in Ghana.

14 Jul 2019 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 71 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (environmental sample) in Ghana

  • Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Humanitarian crisis in Cameroon

  • Humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic.

11 Jun 2019 description

Heads of states, ministers and other development actors focus on the role of the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund

11 June 2019, Malabo - The Africa Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF), a powerful demonstration of solidarity among African countries to improve agriculture and food security, needs to forge broader partnerships and explore innovative financing mechanisms to tackle the challenges facing the continent.

23 May 2019 description

Nigeria and the western Gulf of Guinea region continue to receive limited rainfall

  1. Continued belowaverage rainfall and high temperatures have strengthened dryness in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania.

  2. Below-normal rainfall since April has led to significant early-season deficits and abnormal dryness.

  3. Heavy rainfall along the coast of Tanzania has caused flash flooding in Dar es Salaam. Heavy rainfall is forecast to continue next week.

16 May 2019 description

Abnormally dry conditions develop in Nigeria following another week of below-average rainfall

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Rainfall deficits since the beginning of the southern African monsoon have negatively affected many countries in the region, including southern Angola, northern Namibia, southern Zambia, and northern Zimbabwe.

  2. Continued below-average rainfall and high temperatures have strengthened dryness in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania.

10 May 2019 description

East and Southern Africa Remain Dry, Strengthening Moisture Deficits

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Rainfall deficits since the beginning of the southern African monsoon have negatively affected many countries in the region, including southern Angola, northern Namibia, southern Zambia, and northern Zimbabwe.

  2. Continued below-average rainfall and high temperatures have strengthened dryness in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda,
    Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania.