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21 Feb 2018 description

Brasilia (Brasil), 21 de febrero de 2018 El ministro de Defensa, Luis Carlos Villegas, firmó junto a su homólogo, Raul Belens Jugmann, un acuerdo de entendimiento que corrobora la ayuda de Brasil para Colombia en materia de desminado humanitario.

19 Feb 2018 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 11-17 February 2018 and includes updates on seasonal influenza, avian influenza, yellow fever and mass gathering monitoring (Olympics).

18 Feb 2018 description

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat and maize were generally firmer in January, supported by weather-related concerns and a weaker US dollar. Export price quotations of rice also strengthened mainly buoyed by renewed Asian demand.

  • In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, rose sharply for the third consecutive month in January and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

17 Feb 2018 description

Situation summary in the Americas

Between January 2016 and January 2018, seven countries and territories of the Region of the Americas reported confirmed cases of yellow fever: the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Brazil,
Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Peru, and Suriname. The number of human cases and epizootics collectively reported in this period in the Region of the Americas is the highest observed in decades.

15 Feb 2018 description

Marcelo Brandão reports from Agência Brasil

Brazil's Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said the first Venezuelans settled in Roraima, north Brazil, will be relocated to other Brazilian states in March.

Jungmann spent the day yesterday (Feb 14) at the Palácio da Alvorada, the presidential residence, meeting President Michel Temer and other ministers to discuss the wave of refugees from the neighboring country who enter Brazil through Roraima.

15 Feb 2018 description
report Voice of America

Steve Baragona

When stockpiles of yellow fever vaccine run low, partial doses are effective, according to a new study.

The report on the vaccine, which currently is in short supply, comes as officials in Brazil attempt to contain an outbreak with what they describe as the largest-ever mass vaccination campaign using partial doses.

Yellow fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease found in tropical Africa and South and Central America. Severe cases can cause jaundice and death, but most cases involve fever, muscle pain and vomiting.

12 Feb 2018 description

By Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA, Jan 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Near the bus station in the Brazilian rainforest city of Boa Vista, groups of migrants from Venezuela stand holding signs saying "I'm looking for a job".

Across the border city, other migrants - both men and women - sleep in tents pitched in public squares and in a sports hall turned overcrowded shelter, while others beg in the streets and wash car windshields.

10 Feb 2018 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 4-10 February 2018 and includes updates on poliomyelitis, hepatitis A, seasonal influenza, rubella, measles, meningitis, mass gathering monitoring (Olympics) and yellow fever.

09 Feb 2018 description

Venezuelans continue to leave their homes and cross into neighbouring countries. Many are in need of protection, shelter, food and medicine.

Based on official migration movement figures, UNHCR estimates that there could be as many as 93,000 Venezuelans currently in Ecuador.

In Brazil over 15,600 Venezuelans have lodged asylum claims in 2017 and 1,680 Temporary Residence Permits have been granted in 2017 according to Government figures.


07 Feb 2018 description

By Jill Langlois in São Paulo, Brazil | 07 February 2018

Every morning, Salim Alnazer travels on two subway lines and takes two trains and a bus to get to work. The 32-year-old Syrian refugee leaves home in São Caetano do Sul, just outside São Paulo, about 7 a.m. to make sure he arrives on time.

He starts his day on the ground floor with the other five employees of Jadlog, a transportation and logistics company where he is the resident pharmacist.

02 Feb 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Mario Osava

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 2 2018 (IPS) - The war in Angola, the earthquake in Haiti, Venezuela’s political crisis and shortages and the political repression in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are the main driving factors behind the recent waves of immigration to Brazil.

The largest and most populous Latin American country is no longer the major recipient of immigrants that it was until the mid-twentieth century, which gave it its well-known ethnic and cultural diversity, with large European, Arab and Asian inflows.

01 Feb 2018 description

by Umberto Bacchi | @UmbertoBacchi | Thomson Reuters Foundation Wednesday, 31 January 2018 17:50 GMT

Water scarcity already affects more than 40 percent of the world's population and is expected to rise due to global warming

LONDON, Jan 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Drought-stricken Cape Town could run out of water as soon as April, but South Africa is not alone in its struggle as ever more world cities battle acute water shortages.

31 Jan 2018 description

Situation summary

Following a continued decrease in the number of malaria cases from 2005 to 2014 in the Region of the Americas, an increase was observed in 2015, 2016, and most recently in 2017. In 2016, 9 countries of the Region (Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela) reported an increase in malaria cases.

26 Jan 2018 description

Paula Laboissiére reports from Agência Brasil

From June onwards, 4 million monthly doses of the yellow fever vaccine are expected to enter the market, reported Brazilian Health Minister Ricardo Barros. The doses are going to add up to 4 million monthly doses already produced, doubling the number available.

25 Jan 2018 description

Brasilia, January 25, 2018 (PAHO) – Brazil today launched a mass immunization campaign that will deliver fractional doses of yellow fever vaccine to residents of 69 municipalities in the states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. The strategic plan for the campaign was developed with support from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). It will be the world’s largest vaccination campaign, to date, using fractional doses of yellow fever vaccine.

24 Jan 2018 description

Quienes viajen a áreas de riesgo y no tengan contraindicaciones cuentan con más centros para poder inmunizarse al menos 10 días antes de la fecha de viaje.

A partir de mañana las personas que deben aplicarse la vacuna contra la fiebre amarilla contarán con más centros y horarios con el fin de reforzar y agilizar el servicio. El Ministerio de salud cuenta con las dosis necesarias para quienes viajen a zonas con circulación del virus.

23 Jan 2018 description
report GFDRR

Executive Summary

A year of learning and change

22 Jan 2018 description

From 1 July 2017 through 14 January 2018, 35 confirmed human cases of yellow fever were reported in Brazil (Figure 1), including 20 deaths and 145 suspected cases who are under investigation. In recent weeks, the number of confirmed human cases of yellow fever has tripled in Brazil, mainly in the states of São Paulo and Minas Gerais. Confirmed cases were notified in the states of São Paulo (20 cases, including 11 deaths), Rio de Janeiro (three cases, including one death), and Minas Gerais (11 cases, including seven deaths), and in the Federal District (one fatal case).