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30 Dec 2018 description

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Disease outbreaks in Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR), January to December 2018

A total of 10 outbreaks were reported in the countries of WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) during January to December 2018. Some of these outbreaks have reported in the previous year and not been contained.

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23 Dec 2018 description

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Hepatitis A outbreak in Northern Aleppo

The Ministry of Health of Syria has reported a cluster of acute jaundice syndrome cases in the northwest area of Aleppo. Laboratory tests performed in WHO’s reference laboratory at American University of Beirut identified hepatitis A virus (HAV) as the causative organism of these acute jaundice cases.

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19 Dec 2018 description

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Multidrug-resistant typhoid fever in Pakistan

Since November 2016, there has been an increase in the number of cases of multidrug-resistant Salmonella Typhoid (MDR S. Typhi) fever in Pakistan. Up to epiweek 48 of 2018 a total of 5,174 cases of MDR S. Typhi have been reported from different districts of Sindh province (please see table) in Pakistan.

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06 Dec 2018 description

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Transition from EWARN to routine surveillance

A three days workshop was conducted in Damascus, Syria from 8-10 August 2018 to disseminate findings of Early Warning Alert and Response Network (EWARN) evaluation in Syria. Participants included Ministry of Health (MOH) staff and technical EWARN officers. During this workshop the question of how and when to transition from EWARN to routine surveillance was examined.

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04 Dec 2018 description

4 December 2018 – Six countries in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean and African Regions have signed a declaration committing themselves to strengthening preparedness and response to public health threats and events across borders in an effort to further the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) and enhance global health security. The Khartoum Declaration on Sudan and Bordering Countries: Cross-Border Health Security was signed by Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, South Sudan and Sudan on 22 November 2018 in Khartoum, Sudan.

27 Nov 2018 description

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Chikungunya update: Sudan

Sudan has had a major outbreak of Chikungunya since July 2018. A total of 20,110 cases have been reported since the outbreak began. No new cases of the disease were reported during the week ending 11th November 2018.

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20 Nov 2018 description
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With the aim to improve the local health system in Sudan, the World Health Organization (WHO) in joint efforts with Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health organized a 2-day national training of trainers (ToT) workshop in Khartoum to launch the roll out of community-based surveillance in Sudan (CBS).

The system will target 10 states covering more than 7100 villages from rural, inaccessible and remote areas to assist in the early detection of and timely response to common public health threats and suspected communicable diseases.

14 Nov 2018 description
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Khartoum, 14 November 2018 – Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health, with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched a three-day subnational immunization days campaign (SNIDs), taking place on 12–14 November 2018, to maintain the country’s polio-free status.

08 Nov 2018 description

SENS was conducted for South Sudanese refugee camps in White Nile State, Sudan to assess the general health and nutrition status of the refugee population, and formulate workable recommendations for appropriate nutritional and public health interventions. Results indicate critical (>15%) global acute malnutrition (GAM) across all camps, with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) above emergency levels (>2%). The findings also point to the wider effects of chronic under-funding for the response, especially for WASH, health and livelihoods assistance.

08 Nov 2018 description

SENS was conducted for South Sudanese refugees in settlements in South Kordofan State, Sudan to assess the general health and nutrition status of the refugee population, and formulate workable recommendations for appropriate nutritional and public health interventions. Results indicate critical (>15%) global acute malnutrition (GAM), with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) above emergency levels (>2%). The findings also point to the wider effects of chronic under-funding for the response, especially for WASH, health and livelihoods assistance.

31 Oct 2018 description
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Khartoum, 28 October 2018 --- The World Health Organization (WHO) in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Health in Sudan organized a 3-day regional workshop in Khartoum to endorse the Comprehensive Implementation Plan on Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition in the Eastern Mediterranean Region countries.

21 Oct 2018 description

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EWARN in humanitarian emergencies

As many as seven countries– Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Syria in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region have established an early warning system for disease outbreaks with a view to early detecting and rapidly investigating any public health event of potential concern. Such a system, in the absence of a routine disease surveillance system, needs continuous monitoring and assessment using a set of performance benchmarks.

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15 Oct 2018 description

On 31 May 2018, the State Ministry of Health (SMOH) of the Red Sea State in Sudan reported four suspected cases of chikungunya fever from Swakin locality, in Red Sea State. Among the signs and symptoms were sudden onset of fever, headache, joint pain and swelling, muscle pain and/or inability to walk.

05 Oct 2018 description

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521 Surveillance of leishmaniasis in the WHO European Region, 2016

530 Global leishmaniasis surveillance update, 1998–2016

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521 Surveillance de la leishmaniose dans la Région européenne de l’OMS, 2016

530 Le point sur la situation mondiale de la leishmaniose, 1998-2016

06 Sep 2018 description

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Global strategy to Eliminate Yellow fever Epidemics (EYE)

On 10 April 2018, WHO and partners launched the Global Strategy to Eliminate Yellow fever Epidemics (EYE). At a meeting in Abuja Nigeria, WHO, UNICEF, Gavi and health officials across the African continent re-affirmed their commitment to eliminate Yellow fever.

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06 Sep 2018 description

6 September 2018, Salalah, Oman – After the signing yesterday of the UHC 2030 International Health Partnership Global Compact for progress towards universal health coverage by countries of the Region, health ministers, policy-makers and experts from WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region and beyond today called on heads of state and governments of the Region to endorse a vision of UHC in their social, economic and health policies and develop national roadmaps to realize that vision.

12 Aug 2018 description

Khartoum, 12 August 2018-- The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Federal Ministries of Health, Industry, and Commerce in Sudan have met to review the findings of March 2018 assessment and develop a cost-benefit analysis on wheat flour fortification in Sudan.

WHO Representative Dr. Naeema Al Gasseer stated that the study result has demonstrated that investing $1 in wheat flour fortification has the potential to return $15 to the economy of Sudan.

12 Aug 2018 description

9 August 2018 – The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and the Humanitarian Aid Commission conducted a training of trainers workshop in July on the procurement and supply chain management for 30 participants working in areas of conflict and natural disasters in Darfur, Kordofan, and the Blue Nile states.

The shortage of essential and life-saving medicines in these states has led to high out-of-pocket expenditure for health, which is often unaffordable for the vulnerable population.

04 Aug 2018 description
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2 August 2018 – The Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Humanitarian Aid Commission, and WHO – the Cluster Lead Agency for Health in Sudan – met to update Sudan’s medicines purchase and import regulations policy.

The meeting was attended by 107 participants representing the health cluster partners, including donors, stakeholders, and counterparts from local health authorities.

02 Aug 2018 description

Khartoum, Sudan, 2 August 2018 – The Federal Ministry of Health, with support from WHO today concluded a 3-day workshop on accountability assessment of the health system and services for members of the accountability assessment taskforce.

The workshop marked the participation of 50 professional from the Federal and State ministries of health, in addition to representatives of key stakeholders including legislative and judicial authorities.