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23 Feb 2018 description

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of 17th February 2018, a total of 5 764 suspected cases have been reported

  • The second round of vaccination campaign against diphtheria along with sweep activity concluded on 14th February 2018 397,375 children up to 15 years immunized.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

20 Feb 2018 description

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, 20 February 2018: Calling for continued efforts to further scale up health services for nearly 1.3 million people in Cox’s Bazar, Rohingyas and their surrounding host communities, the World Health Organization today said six months after the start of the refugee crisis, the vulnerable populations remain at risk of several diseases and in need of critical services for survival.

16 Feb 2018 description

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of 10 February 2018, a total of 5 659 clinically suspected diphtheria cases have been reported.

  • The second diphtheria vaccination campaign ended on 10 February, with 391 678 children up to 15 years immunized.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

07 Feb 2018 description

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of 03 February 2018, a total of 5 253 cases clinically suspected with diphtheria were reported.

  • The second diphtheria vaccination campaign is ongoing, targeting 208 914 Rohingya refugees aged 6 weeks to 15 years

SITUATION OVERVIEW

01 Feb 2018 description

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of 27January 2018, a total of 4 907 cases clinically suspected with diphtheria have been reported.

  • A second diphtheria vaccination campaign started, targeting 363 537 Rohingya refugees aged 6 weeks to 15 years.

  • A joint health and WASH sector survey of health facilities started to inform implementation of priority WASH and IPC interventions.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

31 Jan 2018 description

SEAR/PR/1679

New Delhi, 31 January 2018 – With nearly 4.8 million children in WHO South-East Asia Region missing measles vaccination every year, the ‘big six’ countries of the Region today shared their immunization challenges and lessons learnt for accelerating efforts to eliminate measles and control rubella by the year 2020.

31 Jan 2018 description

Highlights

  • Total population of 728,786 (84%) persons under surveillance. 147 (93%) of 158 health facilities enrolled in EWARS.

  • Completeness of reporting in W4 was 69% (101/147 health facilities).

  • Total of 95 alerts were triggered, of which 100% were verified; 3% are undergoing risk assessment, and 3% completed risk assessment.

Alerts

30 Jan 2018 description

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of 13 January 2018, a total of 4 119 cases clinically suspected with diphtheria have been reported. Of these, laboratory specimen information was reported for 228 cases, 61 (27%) of which tested positive by PCR. 108 clinically suspected cases were admitted at diphtheria treatment facilities on 13 January 2018. A total of 32 deaths have been recorded so far.

28 Jan 2018 description

Cox’s Bazar, 28 January 2018 – Stepping up efforts to curtail the ongoing diphtheria outbreak in Cox’s Bazar, WHO and UNICEF are working with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to vaccinate over 350,000 children in the Rohingya camps and makeshift settlements with an additional dose of diphtheria vaccine.

21 Jan 2018 description

Highlights

  • Total population of 766,460 (89%) under surveillance. 145 (92%) of health facilities enrolled.

  • Completeness of reporting in W2 was 63% (92/145 health facilities).

  • Total of 70 alerts were triggered, of which 92% were verified and 14% are undergoing risk assessment.

Indicator-based alerts

Total of 53 indicator based alerts:

16 Jan 2018 description

Since 25 August 2017:

  • 655 500 FDMNs are estimated to have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh as of 31 December 2017

  • There are around 124 national and international health partners providing services through 169 health facilities (including 7 hospitals) that are increasing in number as more partners are joining for strengthening emergency response

  • Cumulative number of clinical consultations provided until 27 December 2017 are 1 916 262

16 Jan 2018 description

As part of its response to the diphtheria outbreak among Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, WHO is training local and international doctors, intensive care nurses and other healthcare professionals working in the camps.

“One of the main challenges is that diphtheria is an old infectious disease that many doctors have never seen,” said Dr Janet Victoria Diaz, Clinical Management Leader. “We’ve prioritized training health workers to ensure they know how to distinguish diphtheria from an ordinary sore throat and how to correctly administer diphtheria antitoxins.”

14 Jan 2018 description

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, 14 January 2018 — As part of an intensified response to the current diphtheria outbreak, WHO, UNICEF and health sector partners are working with the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to vaccinate more than 475,000 children in Rohingya refugee camps, temporary settlements and surrounding areas.

11 Jan 2018 description

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of 6 January 2018, a total of 3 523 cases clinically suspected with diphtheria and 58 laboratory confirmed cases (out of 185 cases tested) have been reported. 104 clinically suspected cases were admitted at diphtheria treatment facilities on 6 January 2018. A total of 30 deaths have been recorded so far. The last reported death was on 2 January.

  • Preparations are underway for the second round of Penta/Td vaccination for Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (FDMN), which will occur in January.

11 Jan 2018 description

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • A total of 2934 cases suspected of diphtheria, of whom 27 died, have been reported from 8 November – 30 December 2017. The District Core Committee for Diphtheria Outbreak, chaired by the Civil Surgeon of Cox’s Bazar, has been formalized with WHO and partners to contain the spread of diphtheria through effective treatment, vaccination, and contact tracing activities.

31 Dec 2017 description

KEY UPDATES

  • As of 26 December 2017, a total of 2 526 cases suspected with diphtheria have been reported, of whom 96 presented at the treating health facilities on 26 December 2017. A total of 27 deaths have been recorded so far.

  • As of 26 December, 109 487 children 6 weeks to under 7 years were vaccinated with Penta,
    PCV, and bOPV and 102 383 children aged 7-15 years were vaccinated with Td vaccine.