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16 Oct 2017 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 44 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Wildlife anthrax in Namibia

  • Cholera in Zambia

  • Plague in Madagascar

  • Dengue fever in Burkina Faso

  • Humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

09 Oct 2017 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 46 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

  • Plague in Madagascar
  • Cholera in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Cholera in Uganda
  • Cholera in north--east Nigeria
  • Hepatitis E in Niger
  • Humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia

29 Sep 2017 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 49 events in the region. This week, one new event has been reported: measles in Liberia. This week’s edition also covers key ongoing events, including:

  • Plague in Madagascar
  • Malaria in Cabo Verde
  • Cholera in Tanzania
  • Cholera in Chad
  • Humanitarian crisis in Cameroon
  • Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan

25 Sep 2017 description

Experts from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda convened in Entebbe, Uganda, to identify and discuss opportunities to strengthen cross-border interventions for guinea worm disease eradication. Participants mapped a joint action plan for 2018 to strengthen surveillance, communication and coordination for guinea worm disease eradication. They further charted a strategy to strengthen cross-border surveillance among refugees to prevent the disease from spilling over to refugee host-communities.

22 Sep 2017 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 46 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

• Cholera in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
• Cholera in Nigeria
• Lassa fever in Nigeria
• Yellow fever in Nigeria
• Measles in Uganda
• Floods/mudslide in Sierra Leone

20 Sep 2017 description

his report takes its inspiration from the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child initiative, which calls for countries to do everything possible to protect the lives and futures of all women, children and adolescents. It follows the approach used for the

State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 report, but focuses on 21 of the 23 countries in the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) East and Southern Africa region.

15 Sep 2017 description
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World hunger is estimated to be on the rise again as conflict and human-induced disasters as well as natural disasters are contributing to setbacks in food security. This year’s The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) warns that the long-term declining trend in undernourishment seems to have come to a halt and may have reversed. Meanwhile, though progress continues to be made in reducing child malnutrition, millions of children are still stunted and wasted, and rising overweight and obesity are a concern in most parts of the world.

15 Sep 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 48 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

• Plague in Madagascar

• Undiagnosed acute jaundice syndrome in Ethiopia

• Humanitarian crisis in Nigeria

• Humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia

• Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan

• Hepatitis E in Chad

• Malaria in Burundi

14 Sep 2017 description

The Ministry of Health with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) conducted a three-day preventative house-to-house polio immunization campaign reaching 5,570,000 children below the age of five in the 73 selected high-risk districts in Uganda.

14 Sep 2017 description

The Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group (RITAG) met in Brazzaville, Congo at the Hotel Ledger from 16th to 17th June 2017 for its first ordinary meeting of the year. Dr Joseph Cabore the Director, Programme Management, WHO AFRO, welcomed the participants on behalf of the Regional Director, Dr Matshidiso Moeti. He also declared the meeting open.

12 Sep 2017 description

The Ministry of Health with support from World Health Organization (WHO) convened a five-day meeting to develop a National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS) for Uganda. The development of the NAPHS comes after a Joint External Evaluation (JEE) of Uganda’s readiness to readiness to respond to public health emergencies, which was done in May 2017 by WHO and other partners.

08 Sep 2017 description

PREFACE

Cholera and other diarrheal diseases remain major causes of morbidity and mortality in developing countries and Uganda in particular. Cholera outbreak leads to loss of lives and economic loss to the Country. Each outbreak costs the Country over USD 4,300,000 to control in addition to travel and trade restrictions.

08 Sep 2017 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

a) Introduction

Uganda is faced with frequent outbreaks of emerging diseases and high burden of other endemic conditions, including cholera, all of which require dedicated resources for their prevention and control.
However, like many developing countries, Uganda is resource constrained, has an inadequate health development budget, and limited access to life saving technologies implying that efficient and maximized use of the available resources is paramount.

04 Sep 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 45 events in the region. This week, two new events have been reported: dengue fever in Mali and Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever in Uganda. This week’s edition also covers key ongoing events, including:

• Malaria in Cabo Verde

• Humanitarian crisis (refugee) in Uganda

•Humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

01 Sep 2017 description

Kampala, 31st August 2017:- The Ministry of Health with support from partners convened a two-day meeting to discuss control and elimination of Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia) in Uganda. The meeting provides an opportunity for the experts to review the details of Ministry of Health’s NTD programme implementation, coverage of the different interventions, possible reasons for the resurgence of schistosomiasis and provide guidance on a comprehensive approach to controlling Schistosomiasis, using the available tools.

28 Aug 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 49 events in the region.

This week, three new events have been reported:

  • Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in Mauritania and cholera in Burundi and Chad. This week’s edition also covers key ongoing events, including:

• Cholera in Kenya

• Hepatitis E in Niger

• Floods/mudslide in Sierra Leone

21 Aug 2017 description

The Uganda Population-Based HIV Impact Assessment (UPHIA), a household-based national survey, was conducted from August 2016 to March 2017 to assess the progress of Uganda’s national HIV response.

19 Aug 2017 description

The African region experiences around 100 public health events annually, of which 80% are caused by infectious diseases. Although only a portion of these public health events are caused by emerging and dangerous pathogens (EDP), recurring outbreaks of diseases such as Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and Dengue Fever/Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever are a feature of the regional situation.

14 Aug 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 44 events in the region. This week, two new events have been reported:
    Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever in Namibia and measles in Uganda. This week’s edition also covers key ongoing events, including:

07 Aug 2017 description

Uganda among 23 countries that have achieved exclusive breastfeeding rates above 60 per cent

GENEVA/NEW YORK/KAMPALA, 7 August 2017 – No country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new initiative to increase global breastfeeding rates.