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05 Nov 2018 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 55 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

12 Jun 2018 description

Key developments in Africa on the week of June 3rd include the fragile situation in Ethiopia, where political and economic reforms are endangered by ethnic violence; the heavy campaign led by Al Shabaab during the Ramadan month in Somalia; the continued violence in CAR’s Bambari area and in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado region; and other relevant events across the continent.

31 Jan 2018 description

31 JANUARY 2018

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres departed New York on Thursday, 25 January, for Ethiopia. During an hour-long layover in Lomé, Togo, he had a courtesy call with President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé at the airport. The Secretary-General arrived in Addis Ababa late on Friday, 26 January.

On Saturday, 27 January, the Secretary-General began the day with a bilateral meeting with the Chairman of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat.

15 Jul 2016 description
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Agencies launch revised appeal for South Sudan refugees amid concerns the numbers could pass the 1 million mark this year

Nairobi, 15 July 2016 (UNHCR) - The population of South Sudanese refugees in the region could pass the 1 million mark this year if cross-border displacement trends continue, according to Ann Encontre, Regional Refugee Coordinator for the South Sudan situation.

26 Aug 2013 description


  • Good food security outcomes across the region which are expected to improve with the start of harvest across much of the region.

  • Nutrition conditions stable but with high levels of acute and chronic malnutrition.

  • Prices of staple grains in the region are either stable or declining.

  • June to September rains expected to be average to below average for most of the region

15 Feb 2013 description


While seasonal and generally good food security conditions reflect improvement in communities in the horn of Africa, we must bear in mind that good is a relative term. Beneath these relatively good conditions exists extreme levels of chronic food insecurity. As learned from Somalia in 2011, these conditions are potentially deadly.

24 Jun 2009 description

FEWS NET overviews

ETHIOPIA: As expected, the current belg hunger season is particularly severe and will be longer than normal this year. In addition to high food prices and a poor belg harvest last year, the season failed this year in the north, and southern belg crops are expected to have a meager harvest 1?2 months late. In pastoral areas, the bad performance of the gu season means that the July-September dry season is likely to be exceptionally harsh.

15 Jun 2009 description

Contexte général

La phase pandémique de la grippe A H1N1 a été relevée à 6 par l'OMS le 11 juin 2009. Dans la Région Africaine la vigilance maximum en matière de Surveillance et de préparation continue. A ce jour aucun cas confirmé n'a été notifié. L'épidémie de choléra au Zimbabwe est sous contrôle mais dans d'autres pays des épidémies notamment la méningite dans la ceinture méningitique continuent.

27 Oct 2008 description

Contexte général -

Cette semaine, le contexte général de notre région est dominé par les combats dans l'est de la RDC conduisant à des déplacements très importants des populations. D'autres crises politiques conduisant à l'insécurité, aux déplacements des populations dans certains pays continuent. Les épidémies frappent toujours plusieurs pays. L'OMS continue son appui technique aux pays en crises.

Situation dans les pays

Crises aigues

- Ethiopie: La malnutrition continue de progresser.

23 Jan 2008 description

African Union and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Pastoralists across Africa have called for a continent-wide policy framework that will begin to secure and protect the lives, livelihood and rights of pastoralists across Africa.

26 Sep 2007 description
report Voice of America

By Joe De Capua

Over one million people in East Africa are now believed affected by floods. Hundreds of thousands of others in West Africa have also lost their homes or been displaced by floods. As a result, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is now warning of potential food security crises in the regions.

John English is the federation's disaster management coordinator for East Africa. From Nairobi, he spoke to VOA English to Africa Service reporter Joe De Capua about the risk to food security.

22 Apr 2007 description


- Uganda and LRA renew truce, but LRA says ICC indictments for some of its leaders may pose obstacle.

- Pilot population census kicks off targeting 5,000 households, with all questionnaires due back by 30 April.

- Organized or assisted repatriation of refugees to Sudan, mostly to South, reaches 50,000 individuals.

- Repatriation of refugees from CAR completed, while repatriation from Ethiopia is now by air.

- Consistent downward trend in meningitis, as almost half million have been vaccinated.

Focus on stability and security

- A meeting was held on 13 to 14 …

09 Mar 2007 description


The present Report consolidates in one document the successes achieved and challenges confronted by each of the nine cluster working groups as they endeavoured over the past year to build global humanitarian response capacity in line with their agreed work plans. Each global cluster working-group has provided an update on its financial situation, achievements against objectives, indicators, field impact, attention to cross-cutting issues and risks and challenges.

12 Nov 2006 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Department for Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on the health aspects of selected humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and Headquarters.

16 Sep 2005 description


La méningite à méningocoques est une infection bactérienne des méninges, les minces lames de tissus entourant le cerveau et la moëlle épinière, dont les symptômes fréquents à début brutal sont céphalées, fièvre élevée, raideur de la nuque et photophobie. L'agent étiologique, Neisseria meningitidis (Nm), se transmet d'une personne à l'autre par les gouttelettes de Fl=FCgge contaminées, souvent émises par des porteurs asymptomatiques.

16 Sep 2005 description


Meningococcal meningitis is a bacterial infection of the meninges, the thin lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, whose common symptoms are sudden onset of headache, high fever, stiff neck and sensitivity to light. The causative agent, Neisseria meningitidis (Nm), is transmitted from person to person through infected respiratory droplets, often from asymptomatic carriers. In fact, Nm is carried in the nasopharyngeal mucosa of at least 10% of the general population of endemic areas at any given time.

16 Oct 2003 description


05 Apr 2001 description

See previous reports: 27 March; 19 March; 8 March; 28 February; 20 February.