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04 Jan 2013 description
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CERF disburses over $164.5 million in 2012 for emergency humanitarian response in West and Central Africa

30 Oct 2012 description

Brazzaville, Congo: 27 October 2012 – As the Sahel food crisis persists, compounded by recent flooding in the region, the World Health Organization (WHO) has appealed to health and development partners to support affected countries prioritize de-worming activities as part of urgent relief efforts.

"Flooding now being experienced in parts of the Sahel, creates the ideal breeding ground for contracting Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) such as bilharzia, and worm-like diseases putting more at risk of malnutrition,” says WHO African Regional Director Dr Luis Gomes Sambo.

11 Oct 2012 description

Responding to the Crisis in Syria

Instability and conflict in Syria continue to affect hundreds of thousands of people. An estimated one million Syrians have been internally displaced, while the overall total affected population is estimated at up to 2.5 million.

26 May 2012 description


In this issue, a general overview of outbreaks that occurred within the WHO African Region between January and April 2012 is provided as well as a summary of ongoing outbreaks as reported by the Member States.

01 May 2012 description


Overview of reported outbreaks in the WHO African Region - Cholera - Meningitis

Ongoing outbreaks - Lassa Fever in Nigeria - Typhoid in Zimbabwe - Meningitis in Burkina Faso - Cholera in Ghana - Meningitis in Chad - Cholera in Uganda - Meningitis in Benin - Nodding Syndrome in Uganda


In this issue, a general overview of outbreaks that occurred within the WHO African Region between January and March 2012 is provided as well as a summary of ongoing outbreaks as reported by the Member States.

20 Feb 2012 description


In this issue, a general overview of outbreaks that occurred within the WHO African Region in January 2012 is provided as well as a sum-mary of ongoing outbreaks as reported by Member States.

Overview of reported outbreaks in WHO African Region

Based on data received from the Early Warning System through the Event Management System, 11 public health events were reported to the Regional Office covering the period 01 January - 02 February 2012. The distribution of these events by country is given in Figure 1 and 2 below.

27 Jan 2012 description
report UN Children's Fund


UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children 2012 describes the daily situation of some of the world’s most vulnerable children and women in more than 25 countries and territories beset by emergencies and crisis.

03 Jan 2012 description

Highlights: Week 50 (12 - 18 Dec 2011)

-14 Typhoid case reported this week

-Anthrax outbreak in Gokwe North

A.General context
B.Epidemic prone diseases
C.Events of public health importance in the region
D.Completeness and timeliness of the national data
1.Classification of events that may constitute a Public Event of International Concern
2.Standard case definitions
3.Alert/action epidemic thresholds

30 Nov 2011 description

Ce bulletin d’information humanitaire, produit par le bureau régional OCHA pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre, couvre la période du 1er au 30 Novembre 2011. Le prochain Bulletin, qui sera largement consacré aux CAP dans la région, sera publié vers le 15 janvier 2012 et sera daté de « janvier 2012 ».

Evénements clés

  • Production céréalière de 55,4 millions pour les pays du Sahel et de l’Afrique de l’Ouest

  • Alerte Sahel: forte dégradation de la situation alimentaire attendue début 2012

25 Oct 2011 description
report The Guardian

Catherine Vincent

Guardian Weekly, Tuesday 25 October 2011 09.05 EDT

Western and central Africa are facing one of the biggest cholera epidemics in their history, the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Children's Fund said last month, in reporting that more than 85,000 cases of cholera have been registered since the beginning of the year, with nearly 2,500 deaths.

21 Oct 2011 description

L’épidémie de choléra en Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre s’est intensifiée cette année. Plus de 85 000 cas, dont plus de 2 500 décès, ont été relevés depuis janvier 2011. Les effets cumulés de deux années consécutives d’épidémie importante dans la région (2010-2011) ont créé une situation humanitaire préoccupante. L’UNICEF et l’OMS ont proposé une stratégie régionale pour lutter contre l’épidémie.

18 Oct 2011 description
report Voice of America

Scott Stearns | Dakar

More than 85,000 cases of cholera in West and Central Africa are making this one of the region's most severe epidemics in recent memory.

Three simultaneous cross-border outbreaks are affecting people in two dozen countries along the coast from Guinea, and in the Lake Chad basin to the West Congo basin and around Lake Tanganyika. The World Health Organization says fatality rates in parts of Cameroon have topped 20 percent.

12 Oct 2011 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 12 October 2011 (IRIN) - Three simultaneous cholera epidemics have affected 24 countries in West and Central Africa, with 85,000 infections and 2,466 deaths since the beginning of 2011, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

11 Oct 2011 description
report AlertNet

11 Oct 2011 16:48

By George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) – A cholera epidemic sweeping through West and Central Africa has infected more than 85,000 people and killed at least 2,466 since the start of the year, the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by bacteria contaminating food or water, prompting diarrhoea and vomiting. If left untreated, infected people can die of dehydration, sometimes within a matter of hours.

11 Oct 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

DAKAR/GENEVA, 11 October 2011 – UNICEF is calling for a redoubling of efforts to combat cholera outbreaks that are claiming lives and affecting large numbers of people across West and Central Africa.

10 Oct 2011 description

Palais press briefing

Speaker: Tarik Jasarevic: 079 747 2756, jasarevict@who.int

I have put at your disposal a map with a detailed breakdown by country of the number of cholera cases, the number of deaths and the Case Fatality Ratio (CFR). If there is any interest, we can have a WHO expert on cholera available next Tuesday who will be able to elaborate further on this issue.

Five countries: Ghana, DR Congo, Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad accounted for around 90% of the total number of cases and of deaths