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26 Mar 2018 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 52 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

22 Mar 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • More than 11,181 cholera / AWD cases and 186 deaths (Case Fatality Rate, 1.7%) have been reported in 10 of 21 countries of Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) since the beginning of 2018. These countries include; Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

20 Mar 2018 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 53 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

Listeriosis in Namibia
Cholera in north-east Nigeria
Cholera in Malawi
Hepatitis E in Namibia
Lassa fever in Liberia
Humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic

18 Mar 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By STEPHEN ODUOR

The cholera outbreak in Tana River has been contained, county executive member for health has said.

Speaking to the Nation, Ms Mwanajuma Haboka said only five patients were admitted to the county’s cholera treatment unit in Bura with two new cases reported in Daba.

The two patients have been referred to Hola District Hospital where they are being treated.

She also said that the 251 people who had been infected had so far been treated and were discharged from the various treatment units in stable condition.

15 Mar 2018 description
  • In an apparent response to a clash between the Ethiopian military and regional authorities of Oromia State in Ethiopia, the Ethiopian military opened fire on the civilian population leading to 13 deaths, 20 injuries and 16 reported missing.

  • The aftermath of this armed encounter has resulted in the displacement of approximately 8 200 people (over 95% are women and children) fleeing serious unrest in their areas of origin to neighbouring Kenya (Moyale county).

14 Mar 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By STEPHEN ODUOR

The number of people suspected to be infected with cholera in Tana River County has risen to 242 as the county health personnel continue to investigate the source of infection.

Health officers in Tana River County are yet to establish the source of the disease, more than a month since it was first reported.

The county director of Health, Dr Oscar Endekwa said seven more cases were confirmed Wednesday.

Dr Endekwa said water samples have been taken to Mombasa for testing.

12 Mar 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Results of the 2017 Short Rains Assessment released on 2nd March indicate that 2.55 million people are food insecure, down from 3.4 million.

• A total of 5,891 severely malnourished children and 13,029 moderately malnourished children were admitted for treatment in January 2018.

• According to January and February Nutrition surveys, the caseload of severely malnourished children has reduced by 16% from 6 months ago, with a reduction of 7% in the number of moderately malnourished children.

12 Mar 2018 description

The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 50 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Listeriosis in South Africa
  • Rift Valley fever in South Sudan
  • Lassa fever in Nigeria
  • Cholera in Uganda
  • Humanitarian crisis in Democratic Republic of the Congo

For each of these events, a brief description followed by public health measures implemented and an interpretation of the situation is provided.

10 Mar 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By NDUNGU GACHANE

In Summary

  • Mr Mbai said the disease was spread through drinking contaminated water from River Gathwariga.

  • Families of the victims want the county to offer them financial assistance to bury their relatives.

Three more people have died following a cholera outbreak in Kiunyu village in Gatanga, bringing the number of fatalities to five.

Murang’a Health executive Joseph Mbai said two people passed away on Tuesday and one on Thursday.

10 Mar 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By STEPHEN ODUOR

In Summary

  • Some 218 people are suspected to be infected with cholera in the hunger-prone county.

  • County director for Health Oscar Endekwa said the new cases were reported to have emerged from a wedding ceremony in Bura.

  • Tana River County government has appealed for help curb the fast spread of the cholera menace.

Six more people have tested positive for cholera in Tana River County, bringing to 90 the number of those infected.

08 Mar 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

A report by the County public health officer Samuel Jefwa said field investigations to determine the source of the infection had not been done as they have to borrow equipment to test the water.

He said the infection is fast spreading.

The number of people suspected to be infected with cholera in Tana River County has risen to 227, up from 218 last week as the county health personnel continue to investigate the source of infection.

07 Mar 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

More than 8,459 cholera / AWD cases and 150 deaths (Case Fatality Rate, 1.8%) have been reported in 10 of 21 countries of Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) since the beginning of 2018. These countries include; Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

05 Mar 2018 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

17.8 million people in need of humanitarian services

8.3 million children in need of humanitarian services

656,614 children under-five in need of SAM treatment

14.9 million people are in need of water

At least 5.6 million children are at risk of dropping out of school

CONTEXT ANALYSIS

SOMALIA

02 Mar 2018 description
report Oxfam

CONTEXT HIGHLIGHTS

The Horn of Africa has been hotter and drier than normal in January following an early cessation of seasonal rains around mid-December. This is likely to result in further deterioration of pasture and water resources, most notably in pastoral and marginal agricultural areas of Somalia, Ethiopia and parts of northern Kenya. Humanitarian needs are expected to remain significant, an estimated 7.4 million (latest figure) in Ethiopia, 6.2 million in Somalia and 3.4 million in Kenya will require food assistance in the first half of 2018.

02 Mar 2018 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:

01 Mar 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Summary

The drought situation in almost all the ASAL counties persisted in January. Currently, four counties: Isiolo, Garissa, Kajiado and Tana River are classified in the alarm phase. Ten counties have moved into the alert drought phase up from six in December, with most counties reporting a worsening trend. Only four counties out of the 23 ASAL counties recorded a stable trend.

26 Feb 2018 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 52 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

21 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

More than 5,796 cholera / AWD cases and 74 deaths (Case Fatality Rate: 1.3%) have been reported in 9 of 21 countries of Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) since the beginning of 2018. These countries include; Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

19 Feb 2018 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 51 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

19 Feb 2018 description
report Oxfam

The Horn and East Africa region has been affected by yet another drought with hardly any reprieve from the 2016 El Nino induced crisis. By end of March 2017 the UN estimated that 22.9 million people in the greater Horn were food insecure, a figure expected to rise as the crisis worsens. The number of people affected in the three countries is 8.5 million people in Ethiopia, 3.2 million in Somalia and 3.4 million in Kenya.