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25 Oct 2018 description

24 October 2018, Addis Ababa: As the world commemorates World Polio Day on October 24 2018, we, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and Rotary International, reaffirm our commitment to stopping polio in the Horn of Africa.

16 Aug 2018 description

Summary highlight

VDPVs from environm ental samples

➢No new cVDPV2 isolates from environmental samples. The date of collection of most recent positive environmental sample was on 17th May 2018

➢No new cVDPV3 isolate from environmental samples. The date of collection of most recent positive environmental sample for cVDPV3 in Somalia was on 19th April 2018

➢In total, 10 cVDPV2 and seven (7) cVDPV3 viruses have been isolated from environmental samples in 2018 compared to two (2) VDPV2s and 0 VDPV3 in 2017

16 May 2017 description

Key mission findings

The majority of drought-related displacement has occurred within regions, with people migrating from rural to urban areas while there are “climate refugees” who came from Somali region of Ethiopia. The pull factor of IDPs to Gaalkacyo is the presence of humanitarian organizations proving assistance.

Local authorities (north Gaalkayco) noted that drought and conflict are the major causes of displacements with more than 40,000 people having been displaced by the drought since January

24 Nov 2013 description

NAIROBI, Kenya, 22 November 2013 - It has been six months since a polio outbreak hit the Horn of Africa, affecting some 200 children and adults in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. Today, the progression of the outbreak has significantly eased off, thanks to the rapid response by the region’s governments and their partners. The risk of the virus continuing to spread, however, remains high.

01 Oct 2013 description

Disease outbreak news

1 OCTOBER 2013 - Three suspected cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) from South Sudan are currently being investigated. All three patients are girls, two of whom are approximately two-years-old and one is eight-years-old. All had previously been immunized with oral polio vaccine (OPV).

11 Nov 2011 description

Rainy season and insecurity

Effects of the rainy season

27 Sep 2011 description

27 September, 2011 ¦ Nairobi – A new field hospital was installed last week in Dolow Somalia, nearby the Ethiopian border to provide medical aid to thousands of Somali refugees fleeing towards the border areas. The hospital will be operated and managed by WHO. The world health body is providing medical professionals to staff the facility as well as all the needed medical supplies and equipment.

31 Aug 2011 description

Health situation overview

The Horn of Africa crisis is putting close to 13 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Of these, 4.8 million reside in Ethiopia, 3.7 million in Somalia, 3.7 million in Kenya, 600 000 in Uganda and 165 000 in Djibouti. In Somalia, drought and conflict have displaced around 1.5 million people within the country and forced up to 420 000 people to seek help in Kenya and Ethiopia. In July, daily arrivals in each country ranged from 1300 to 1700. The majority are women and children.

High levels of malnutrition

10 Aug 2011 description

Key Highlights

  • 162, 579 children aged 6-59 months vaccinated against measles in NE Kenya

  • Measles outbreak among refugees in Dolo Ado, Ethiopia

10 Aug 2011 description

WHO calls for US$ 23.4 million to counter malnutrition and the spread of disease in the Horn of Africa

10 August 2011 Geneva -- The worst drought in decades in the Horn of Africa is putting the health of 12.4 million people at risk from disease and widespread malnutrition.