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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.
In this bulletin, it is important to note that the Ebola outbreak in Liberia ended on 9 May 2015. This is a significant achievement given the fact that the out- break was ongoing for over a year and caused the largest number of deaths due to Ebola virus disease (EVD). On the other hand, EVD is on the increase in three prefectures in Guinea over the last two weeks in May 2015. In addi- tion, an unprecedented meningitis outbreak has also been reported in Niger.
Improving the response for any significant epidemiological risk means designing and implementing mechanisms and systems that make it possible to contain the disease rapidly so that an epidemic does not reach proportions that are either uncontrollable or very expensive to control.
The objective of this paper is to try to give some order of comparison between what should have happened and what really happened in the management of the 2014-2015 West Africa Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF) outbreak.
Epidemic prone diseases remain to be serious public health threats to Mem- ber States in the African region. In response to these threats, Member States through the adoption and implementation of the Integrated Diseases Surveil- lance and Response Strategy and the International Health Regulations, con- tinue to strengthen their public health emergency response systems and struc- tures. In this issue, a summary of acute public health events that occurred dur- ing the course of 2014 is provided
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The worst outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in history continues to ravage communities in West Africa. UNICEF estimates that 9.8 million children and young people under the age of 20 live in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia; countries where disease transmission is widespread and intense. Of these, 2.9 million are under the age of 5. UNICEF estimates that up to 10,000 children have lost one or both parents or caregivers due to Ebola.
One year after the first Ebola cases started to surface in Guinea, WHO is publishing this series of 14 papers that take an in-depth look at West Africa’s first epidemic of Ebola virus disease.
Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was officially declared on 22 March in Guinea, it has claimed more than 8,200 lives in the region. The outbreak is the largest ever, and is currently affecting four countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali. Outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal have been declared over. A separate outbreak in DRC has also ended.
· There have been 20 206 reported cases of Ebola virus disease, with 7905 reported deaths.
· Reported case incidence is fluctuating in Guinea and decreasing in Liberia, although Liberia reported more cases in the week ending 28 December than in the previous week.
· There are signs that the increase in incidence has slowed in Sierra Leone. However, the west of the country is still experiencing the most intense transmission of all affected countries.
· The United Kingdom has reported its first confirmed case of Ebola.
As of 17 December 2014, there have been 18,569 confirmed, probable and suspected EVD cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and 6,900 deaths.Over 9.4 million children are living in the affected areas in these 3 countries. An estimated 3,492 children have been infected with Ebola, and a far greater number of children have lost one or both parents or caregivers in this crisis.
Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was officially declared on 22 March in Guinea, it has claimed 6,387 lives in the region. The outbreak is the largest ever, and is currently affecting four countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali. Outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal have been declared over. A separate outbreak in DRC has also ended.
To boost fight against Ebola and strengthen community-based services for the future, UNICEF raises appeal to US$500 million
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 December 2014 – UNICEF today announced an expanded fight against the Ebola virus in West Africa over the next six months, costing a total of US$500 million – of which just 24 per cent ($125.7 million) has been secured.
This report consolidates the findings of a comparative evaluation commissioned by UNDP to assess results and identify good practices and lessons learned in supporting mobile courts through UNDP rule of law programmes in post-conflict settings. The report evaluates UNDP’s support to mobile courts in Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Somalia.
Genève, 11 septembre 2014 – Les cas de maladie du virus Ebola continuant de se multiplier à un rythme alarmant en Afrique de l’Ouest, la Fédération internationale des Sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge (FICR) va renforcer ses opérations d’urgence en Guinée, au Liberia et en Sierra Leone, en vue d’assister plusieurs millions de personnes à travers un éventail élargi d’activités. Dans cette perspective, la FICR a révisé ses trois appels d’urgence pour la Guinée, le Liberia et la Sierra Leone à hauteur de 30,2 millions de francs suisses au total, soit une hausse de 24 millions.
Geneva, 11 September 2014: With cases of the Ebola virus disease continuing to surface at unprecedented speed in West Africa, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is expanding its emergency operations in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to reach millions more people through increased activities. The IFRC has revised its three emergency appeals for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to a total of 30.2 million Swiss francs, an increase of 24 million Swiss francs.
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Les agences de l'ONU préviennent que l'épidémie de choléra se propage en Afrique de l'Ouest « Le taux de létalité est particulièrement élevé dans certains pays »
DAKAR / BRAZZAVILLE, 5 septembre 2012 - L'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) et l'UNICEF mettent en garde que l'urgence contre le choléra en Afrique de l'Ouest devrait s'aggraver alors que les pluies et les inondations créent les conditions d'une propagation de la maladie plus vite et plus loin.
Fatality rate especially high in some countries
Dakar/Brazzaville, 5 September 2012 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s agency, UNICEF, are warning that the current cholera emergency in West Africa is set to get much worse as rains and floods create the conditions for the disease to spread faster and further.
21 August 2012 – The United Nations health agency today reported that the cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone was escalating and stressed the need to rapidly scale up the response to the spread of the of the frequently fatal water and food-borne disease.
The relief and development agencies of two mainline Protestant denominations are forming a new strategic partnership to prevent and control malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. By uniting in common mission, Episcopal Relief & Development’s award-winning NetsforLife® program partnership and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) will be able to reach 21 countries in sub-Saharan Africa where malaria is endemic.
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ICC second case ends in the shadows of Lubanga’s trial
In or out - still no sense of justice
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The smaller the fish, the bigger the rap
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Peace Brief by Kathleen Kuehnast and Nina Sudhakar
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