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25 May 2009 description

General Context

Preparedness and Surveillance activities against the Influenza A H1N1 is still ongoing in all the AFRO countries. No confirmed case reported since the beginning of the outbreak. Seven suspected cases are currently under investigation in two countries. Other major concerns are the ongoing outbreaks of diseases notably meningitis in the meningitis belt.

20 May 2009 description

Africa Day, held on May 25 every year, is an annual celebration of African unity.

20 May 2009 description

Ten years of the Mine Ban Treaty: A Success Story

On 1 March 2009, the Mine Ban Treaty celebrated the tenth anniversary of its entry into force as international law. The treaty bans all Anti Personnel mines, requires that States destroy stockpiles within four years of becoming a party, requires clearance of Anti Personnel mines already in the ground within 10 years, and urges support to the victims of mines.

By Stuart Maslen, NPA

The treaty has proved a major success in stigmatising Anti Personnel mines.

19 May 2009 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBOURG, 19 mai 2009 (IRIN) - Nicksy Gumede-Moeletsi, virologue, dirige le service de séquençage de la Cellule d'études moléculaires sur les poliovirus, à l'Institut national des maladies transmissibles (NICD), en Afrique du Sud ; comme un agent du FBI, elle piste son « criminel », en l'occurrence un virus, en étudiant les variations des « génotypes », au lieu des empreintes.

Le service de séquençage sud-africain est un des sept centres du monde o=F9 des scientifiques s'attachent à déterminer l'origine des épidémies de polio.

18 May 2009 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 18 May 2009 (IRIN) - Like a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, Nicksy Gumede-Moeletsi, a virologist who heads the sequencing section at the Polio Molecular Unit of South Africa's National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), tracks her "criminal", in this case a virus, by studying variations in the "genotypes" instead of fingerprints.

The sequencing unit in South Africa is one of seven centres in the world that trace the origin of polio outbreaks. Gumede-Moeletsi traced the origins of the 2005 outbreak in Angola - which had remained …

14 May 2009 description

Period covered by this Ops Update: 7 April 14 May, 2009

Appeal target (current): this appeal has been provisionally increased to CHF 2,520,794 (USD 2.3m or EUR 1.7)

Appeal coverage: 24.6% (indicative) against the provisional revised budget figure of CHF 2.5m; the final revised budgets and updated financial report will be made available shortly;

Appeal history:

- This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 7 April 2009 to assist approximately 25 million children under 5 years of age in 14 countries affected by the polio outbreak for four months;

- This Operations Update …

11 May 2009 description

General Context

Global surveillance and mobilization against the Influenza A H1N1 is still ongoing. In the African region, no confirmed case yet but 21 suspected cases have so far been reported in 9 Countries. Eleven suspected cases are currently under investigation in four countries.

11 May 2009 description

Contexte général

La surveillance et la mobilisation générale contre la grippe A H1N1 continue. Pas de cas encore confirmé dans la Région Africaine mais 21 cas suspects ont jusqu'ici été notifiés dans 9 pays. Onze cas suspects sont actuellement en cours d'investigation dans quatre pays.

06 May 2009 description

Contrary to the still prevailing belief caused by sometimes one-sided media coverage that a large share of African migrants relocate to Europe or the developed states in the North, research has shown that this is not the case. Only 1.5 percent of all Sub-Saharan Africans, living outside their country, live within the European Union. More than two-thirds of all migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa, however, migrate to other countries within Sub-Saharan Africa (approximately 16.3 million).

Sub-Saharan Africa is also a region characterized by high numbers of forced migrants.

06 May 2009 description
report African Union

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The AU Heads of State and Government adopted the Abuja Declarations and Plans of Action in 2000 and 2001, committing themselves to intensifying the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria and other infectious diseases (ORID). At their Abuja Special Summit of May 2006, they reaffirmed these pledges and committed themselves to scaling up action towards universal access to HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria services BY 2010. As was requested, the AU Commission, in collaboration with WHO and UNAIDS, prepared the 2-year Progress Report on the status of implementation in 2008.

06 May 2009 description
report African Union
  1. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is the largest, internationally-coordinated public health effort in history. Since 1988 when the GPEI was launched, the GPEI has reduced the global incidence of polio by more than 99%. As a result, indigenous poliovirus has been eliminated from all countries except four countries: India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Polio is on the verge of eradication. However, many countries continue to experience re-infections that result in polio outbreaks.

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05 May 2009 description


THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

04 May 2009 description

Contexte général

La mobilisation générale contre la grippe A H1N1 se pousuit dans notre région. Plusieurs états membres ont activé leur plan de préparation et de réponse à la pandémie.

04 May 2009 description

Produced by the EHA/AFRO team, ehaafro@afro.who.int In collaboration with WHO Country OfficesGeneral

Context

The global mobilization against the Influenza A H1N1 is still ongoing in our region. Many member states have activated their preparedness and response plan for the pandemic. So far there are no official reports of any confirmed case of the disease from any of the AFRO countries but suspected cases currently under investigation have been reported in three countries.

29 Apr 2009 description

When the colonial order ended in Africa, a myriad of problems confronted the new African nations. According to a recent study 16 wars took place between 1990 and 1997 in Africa. Of these, 14 were intrastate conflicts (Algeria, Angola, Chad, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda, Western Sahara, and the Republic of Congo). Only 2 were interstate (Chad/Libya and Rwanda/Uganda).

27 Apr 2009 description

General Context

There is maximum alert and global mobilization in all the member states of the WHO African region following the swine flu epidemic in Mexico and some other countries. There are no official reports of the disease from any of the AFRO countries so far. Other major concerns are the ongoing outbreaks of diseases notably meningitis in the meningitis belt.

Countries Situations

Acute crises

Angola: Floods have subsided but the aftermaths continue to hit the affected areas. According to the local authorities in Cunene, the situation is under control.

27 Apr 2009 description

Contexte général

Alerte maximum et mobilisation générale dans tous les états membres de la Région Africaine de l'OMS suite à l'épidémie de grippe porcine au Mexique et dans d'autres pays. A ce jour, aucun rapport officiel ne fait mention de la contamination d'un pays dans la Région AFRO. D'autres préoccupations majeures sont les épidémies en cours notamment la méningite dans la ceinture méningitique

Situation dans les pays

Crises Aiguës

Angola: Les pluies ont cessé mais les conséquences continuent de frapper les zones touchés.

24 Apr 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

The fight against malaria

On World Malaria Day in 2009, just over 600 days remain until 31 December 2010, UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon's deadline for all endemic countries to achieve universal coverage with essential malaria control interventions.(1) Data presented here highlight major signs of progress across Africa toward this goal.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that between 190 and 330 million malaria episodes occurred in 2006, resulting in nearly 1 million deaths.

23 Apr 2009 description

WASHINGTON, D.C. - APRIL 23, 2009 - The United States, through the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), has helped 15 high burden countries in Africa to dramatically scale up highly effective malaria prevention and treatment interventions, according to the PMI third annual malaria report released today.

Working with other development partners, the PMI has helped Rwanda, Zambia, and Zanzibar to achieve major reductions in the number of people infected with malaria. Declines at the regional and district-level have also been reported from Mozambique, Tanzania, and Uganda.

20 Apr 2009 description

Contexte général

Les inondations en Afrique australe et de l'est continuent d'être une grande préoccupation pour les Gouvernements et la communauté humanitaire. D'autres préoccupations majeures sont les épidémies en cours notamment la méningite dans la ceinture méningitique et la fièvre jaune dans le Conté de Lofa au Libéria

Situation dans les pays

Crises Aiguës

Angola: Les pluies torrentielles suivies d'inondations continuent. La province de Cunene est la plus sévèrement touchée mais d'autres provinces sont aussi touchées.