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15 Sep 2017 description

Executive summary

In June 2017, an outbreak of Cholera was confirmed in Tonj East County (UNICEF, 2017). Latest update as of 21st August 2017 indicates cumulative case numbers of 1,431 with 44 deaths (Tonj SMOH, 2017). The outbreak is concentrated in Tonj East but has also been reported in neighboring Counties of Tonj North and Tonj South. 1 CTC, 4 CTUs and 2 ORPs were set up for case management by CHD and CCM teams.

15 Sep 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 10-16 September 2017 and includes updates on cholera, measles, rubella, Legionnaires' disease, West Nile virus, malaria, chikungunya, and typhoid fever.

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

12 Sep 2017 description

In August, the number of South Sudanese seeking refuge in neighboring countries reached the 2 million mark, the highest number of refugees since South Sudan gained independence in 2011. Of those, 1 million are in Uganda. In August, thousands fled fighting in Yei, Kajo-keji, Kapoeta North, Mundri West, Morobo and Maridi counties. More people also fled to Ethiopia and Sudan following clashes in Aburoc and Pagak in Upper Nile during the month.

11 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’s edition also covers key ongoing events, including:

• Cholera in Borno State, Nigeria

• Necrotising cellulitis/fasciitis in São Tomé and Príncipe

• Humanitarian crisis in the Central Africa Republic

• Cholera in the United Republic of Tanzania

• Cholera in Chad

• Dengue fever in Côte d’Ivoire.

08 Sep 2017 description

Increased influx of new arrivals to South Darfur continues in August.

Acute watery diarrhea outbreaks in White Nile and East Darfur refugee camps have been contained.

Biometric registration in El Meiram, West Kordofan completed, with registration now underway in Kharasana.

  • 5,846 Total new arrivals in August 2017

  • 182,100 Total new arrivals in 2017 so far

  • 459,811 South Sudanese refugees who have fled to Sudan since December 2013.

08 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• United Nations Secretary General appoints Alain Noudéhou as Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan.

• A mid-year review of the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) finds increasing humanitarian needs in South Sudan.

• Humanitarian coordinator a.i. calls for immediate end to attacks on civilians and aid workers in South Sudan.

• South Sudan's cholera outbreak, known for being the longest and deadliest in the nation's history, is now declining.

08 Sep 2017 description

Coordination of cholera response

The National cholera task force is coordinating the overall cholera response. The task force meetings convene weekly on Wednesdays from 2 pm in the WHO conference hall in Juba. Also, the cholera coordination meeting in Juba Teaching hospital holds on Monday starting 11 am in the Postgraduate School.

Surveillance and case management updates

Cholera alerts

04 Sep 2017 description
report The Guardian

So far this year, at least 140 million people across 37 countries have been left in need of humanitarian aid. But most of them will not get it

04 Sep 2017 description

WHO IN SOUTH SUDAN

The World Health Organization provides leadership on critical health issues and technical support to the Ministry of Health of South Sudan and partners to achieve the overarching goal of promoting and protecting the health status of the people of South Sudan, as outlined in the 12th General Program of Work (GPW).

03 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Overview

There is a general declining trend in cholera cases in the country over the past three weeks. Although the cholera outbreak has affected a total of 23 counties (nearly 30 per cent of the total number of counties in South Sudan) across the ten states to date; currently, only ten counties are reporting active transmission.

03 Sep 2017 description

Highlights W35 2017

Surveillance

Completeness for IDSR reporting at county level was 68%. Completeness for EWARS reporting from IDP sites was 81% .

Alert

A total of 23 alerts were reported, of which 39% have been verified. 1 alert was risk assessed and 0 required a response.

Response

A total of 0 new cholera cases and 0 deaths (CFR 0.0% ) were reported. The cumulative total since the start of the current outbreak on 18 June 2016 is 19,862 cases and 355 deaths (CFR 1.8%)*.

01 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UN records more than 130 humanitarian access incidents in July, a 30 percent increase from June

  • WFP reaches 4.2 million beneficiaries to date in 2017, exceeds 2016 total

  • South Sudanese refugees surpass 1 million in Uganda, exceed projections in Sudan

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • In July, relief organizations recorded the highest number of monthly humanitarian access incidents in South Sudan since 2016, underscoring the arduous operating environment.

01 Sep 2017 description

Coordination of cholera respons

The National cholera task force is coordinating the overall cholera response. The task force meetings convene weekly on Wednesdays from 2 pm in the WHO conference hall in Juba. Also, the cholera coordination meeting in Juba Teaching hospital holds on Monday starting 11 am i n the Postgraduate School.

Surveillance and case management updates

Cholera alerts

31 Aug 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS HEALTH SECTOR

  • Malaria, ARI, TB, HIV/AIDS, and measles continue to be major causes of morbidity and mortality in IDP locations and surrounding host communities. In the general population medical complications from malnutrition, severe pneumonia, severe malaria and perinatal complications remain the most common causes of death in children under 5 years

31 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Malnutrition rates remain high as South Sudan approaches the end of the lean season, with the number of people targeted for humanitarian assistance in 2017 having increased from 5.8 million to 6.2 million as per the mid-year review of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). UNICEF dispatched US$ 2.3 million worth of nutrition supplies in August to address the current critical situation.

31 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

More than 100,780 cholera / AWD cases and 1496 deaths (CFR: 1.5%) have been reported in 12 of 21 countries of Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) since the beginning of 2017. These countries include: Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, Burundi, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, Uganda, Zambia and Rwanda. Somalia accounts for 76.6% of the total cases reported in the outbreak in 2017, followed by South Sudan at 15.7%.

29 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Children living in fragile situations are four times more likely to lack access to basic drinking water

NEW YORK/STOCKHOLM, 29 August 2017 – More than 180 million people do not have access to basic drinking water in countries affected by conflict, violence and instability* around the world, UNICEF warned today, as World Water Week gets under way.