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13 Nov 2017 description

Overview

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 46 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

Plague in Madagascar

Marburg virus disease in Uganda

Cholera in Tanzania

Cholera in north-east Nigeria

Necrotizing cellulitis/fasciitis in São Tomé and Príncipe

Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

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568.8 M required for 2017 including special situations
215.6 M contributions received, representing 38% of requirements
353.2 M overall funding gap for Uganda

All figures are displayed in USD

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Juba Gumbo Park FMP

  • Demographic data: 1,753 individuals were recorded transiting Juba Gumbo Flow Monitoring Point (FMP) during the reporting period (up from 1,600 the previous week). 914 individuals (52%) were children of which 186 were under five years old (11%). 728 individuals were between the ages of 5 and 17 years (42%). The majority of the transiting population were women (1,050 women making up 60%) while 703 men were recorded transiting Juba Gumbo Park (40%).

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  • While an epidemic has been going on for months in the south west of the country, another alert was raised in Kasese district in the west. An assessment made by Ugandan Red Cross Society (URCS) and the Ministry of Health confirmed the occurrence of a new outbreak with nine cases received in hospital, including three confirmed cases, since 4 November. One death is said to have happened in the community. URCS and the Ministry of Health will be responding in both management and community Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities.

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  • The cumulative cases remain at three, with no new cases since the end of October.

  • Active case finding and contacts’ follow up are being reinforced, as well as the coordination with Kenyan health authorities.

  • The quarantine period was expanded to 7 December by the Ministry of Health.

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In October, fighting between government and opposition forces was reported in Kajo-keji (Central Equatoria), Mundri and Maridi (Western Equatoria), Koch and Guit (Unity) forcing thousands of people to flee their homes. Due to clashes in Kajo-keji, over 17,000 displaced people in Keriwa, Ajio and Logo camps re-displaced to new locations and across the border to Uganda. According to health partners, the deadly tropical disease kala-azar had killed at least 52 people and sickened 2,447 in South Sudan.

13 Nov 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Brussels event calls on African Union-EU summit to prioritise investment in learning opportunities

Brussels, 13 November 2017: Unsafe or damaged schools, absent teachers and dangerous journeys to class are among the destructive ways that conflict is impacting the learning prospects of young Africans according to a new UNICEF survey carried out in four countries.

12 Nov 2017 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 5-11 November 2017 and includes updates on measles, rubella, chikungunya, West Nile virus, Plague, monkeypox, legionnaires's disease, influenza and Marburg virus disease.

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Key messages

  • The benchmark US wheat price declined in October mostly because of higher supply prospects while maize quotations firmed due to rain-induced harvest delays. International rice prices strengthened in October, mainly reflecting seasonally tight Japonica and fragrant supplies.

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Deyr rains performed poorly in October in southern Somalia, with increases in early November

KEY MESSAGES

  • The onset of the Deyr (October to December) season was significantly delayed over parts of southern and central Somalia by 20-30 days. Rainfall totals in October were less than 50 percent of average, following by increases in rainfall during the first 10 days of November. Seasonal performance has been better in neighboring areas Ethiopia, where rainfall has been average to above average.

10 Nov 2017 description

1,379,768 Total refugees and asylum-seekers in country (as of 31 October 2017)

1,037,359 Total S.Sudan refugees and asylum-seekers in country (as of 31 October 2017)

348,782 S.Sudan new arrival in country (1 Jan - 9 Nov 2017)

61% Of population are children under 18

82% of the Population are women and children <18

2% Of the population are eldery

51% Of all South Sudan refugees are in Uganda