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Entebbe, 3rd October 2018:- The on-going Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has led to intensified cross-border collaboration among East African countries on disease surveillance and emergency preparedness.
Consequently, the East African Integrated Disease Surveillance Network (EAIDSNet) has convened a three-day cross-border meeting in Entebbe, Uganda, to enhance disease surveillance, emergency preparedness and response in East Africa including DRC.
Africa still hosts the largest number of displaced people worldwide. In 2017, some 24.2 million people in Africa were forced to flee as the result of conflict, persecution, other human rights abuses and food insecurity. Few political solutions were in sight.
This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 57 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:
Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Guinea worm in South Sudan
Cholera in Niger
Hepatitis E in Namibia
Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.
Half way into the year, humanitarian organizations have only received 35 per cent of the money needed for relief worldwide. "Our humanitarian relief is a matter of life or death in many horrific war and disaster zones. The lack of funding leaves many desperate families without assistance. Mothers are forced to cut back on food for already malnourished children. Girls and boys are deprived of education and hope," warned Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Jan Egeland.
The Australian Government will increase its efforts to support international organisations to respond to infectious disease outbreaks in developing countries.
Australia will contribute $4 million to the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Contingency Fund for Emergencies to enable quick and effective mobilisation of WHO responses to outbreaks. This commitment will support the WHO Contingency Fund's containment efforts in the recent outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
117 Vaccine-derived polioviruses outbreaks and events in 3 provinces of Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2017
125 Emergence of monkeypox in West and Central Africa, 1970–2017
117 Flambées et événements de poliovirus dérivés d’une souche vaccinale dans 3 provinces de la République démocratique du Congo, 2017
125 Émergence de l’orthopoxvirose simienne en Afrique de l’Ouest et en Afrique centrale, 1970-2017
Over 65,000 people in seven countries will benefit; includes two projects responding to conflict in DR Congo
Over 65,000 people in seven countries will benefit from nine projects totaling $2.3 million committed by Canadian Foodgrains Bank in January.
The projects are implemented by Foodgrains Bank members ADRA Canada, Mennonite Central Committee Canada, The United Church of Canada and World Renew, in collaboration with their local partners.
This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, and Syria. The update additionally provides information regarding the status of the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict conclusion negotiations on the Secretary-General’s report on the situation of children and armed conflict in the Philippines.
KEY MESSAGES REGIONAL CHOLERA STRATEGY
The “shield and sword” concept, a common language for a proactive, cross-border and multi-disciplinary strategy to prevent the spread of cholera
An evidence-based and multi-sectorial approach targeting high-risk populations, locales, periods and practices
Intervention at a national, cross-border and regional level both before and during outbreaks as well as over the long-term
Building bridges between emergency response and development programs
This document provides quick access to the key technical documents and publications on Ebola for responders.
Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message on the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members, observed on 25 March:
COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE – Pour le développement cérébral des enfants, les premiers moments comptent. L’UNICEF a lancé #LesPremiersMomentsComptent, une nouvelle campagne soutenue par la Fondation LEGO destinée à sensibiliser davantage sur l’importance des 1000 premiers jours de la vie d’un enfant et sur les répercussions des premières expériences sur le développement cérébral.
1000 jours cruciaux pour le développement des enfants
I visited the DRC last week for five days, following the High Commissioner's visit in July. I listened carefully to many voices. I met with the Vice-Prime Minister, several cabinet ministers, two Governors, the Heads of Intelligence and the Police, and both speakers of Parliament. Also the National Human Rights Commission; dozens of human rights defenders and members of civil society in Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Goma; the diplomatic corps; and the UN community.
Tuesday 16 August 2016
The largest Yellow Fever epidemic for decades is now sweeping the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola and could soon spread to the Americas, Asia and Europe, Save the Children is warning.
The charity’s rapid reaction Emergency Health Unit (EHU) has deployed to support the Ministry of Health with a mass vaccination campaign in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa.
Depuis octobre 2013, le Canada a investi près de 70 millions de dollars en financement ciblé dans le monde visant à prévenir le mariage d’enfants, le mariage précoce et le mariage forcé.
Unconditional cash transfers1 are increasingly prevalent in humanitarian response plans. The use of cash is now widely accepted across all contexts and there has been significant focus on the means by which cash can facilitate and promote more efficient and effective delivery of support. This is alongside the increased attention throughout the decade on risk mitigation and feasibility as well as improved effectiveness substantiated through impact evaluation that has, in turn, meant a growth in programme policy and evidence-based planning.
Agricultural transformation is taking shape in some African countries, which have launched initiatives to boost the provision of essential services linked to the agriculture sector. This was the message shared during the opening day of a high-level agricultural summit dedicated to discussions about the sector’s transformation.
In celebration of International Women’s Day 2014, the Enough Project organized and co-hosted an event last Thursday with the United Nations Office of the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict entitled “Elevating the Conversation on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict.” The event aimed to draw attention to the worldwide crisis of sexual violence in conflict, generate policy discussion on solutions through a multi-stakeholder dialogue, and emphasize Enough’s commitment to helping address sexual violence in Congo.
Primary collection of household food security data is typically both expensive and cumbersome. As a result, decisions on humanitarian assistance are often based on information that is out of date, or on unsatisfactory aggregate proxy indicators. However, thanks to increasingly widespread access to mobile telephony, many survey respondents can now be contacted through their mobile phones, offering the possibility of much cheaper, faster and more timely data collection.