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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

13 Sep 2017 description
  • 2,005,631 Total South Sudanese refugees in the region as of 15 August (pre and post Dec 2013 caseload)

  • 574,871 South Sudanese refugee arrivals in 2017, based on field reports as of 15 August

  • 275,187 Refugees in South Sudan and 2 million IDPs as of 31 July

Regional Highlights

13 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The poor nutrition situation in Somali region continues with proxy Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) among children under 5 at 16.2 per cent - with Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) 14.9 per cent and Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) 1.9 per cent. Figures from the latest Enhanced Outreach Strategy (EOS) also indicate MAM among pregnant and lactating women (PLW) at 39 per cent. This represents an increase from the last EOS of November 2016, when GAM among under 5s was 14.5 per cent and 30 per cent among PLW.

11 Sep 2017 description

Measles is a highly infectious vaccine-preventable disease. While children that are not immunized are at risk, those that are also malnourished or are already affected by other diseases are especially susceptible to it. Children in countries and districts where there is an ongoing emergency such as the current drought which has led to water scarcity and food insecurity in the Horn of Africa are therefore more at risk of contracting the virus and developing complications that often lead to disability and even death.

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.

24 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The 2017 Humanitarian Requirement Documents (HRD) Mid-Year Review, released 8 August 2017, has identified significant increased needs of girls, boys, women and men for life-saving interventions in food, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and health in 2017. The total financial requirements for 2017 have been revised to US$1.259bn (from US$949m).

17 Aug 2017 description

A product of the Disaster Risk Management Technical Working Group (DRMTWG)

This report has been prepared under the auspices of the Federal Disaster Risk Management Technical Working Group, co-chaired by the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) and OCHA with participation of Sector Co-Chairs (Government Line Ministries and Cluster Coordinators). It covers the period from 01 to 31 July 2017 (the information in this issue was compiled ahead of the announcement of the HRD mid-year review).

Highlights

11 Aug 2017 description

Food Security

The number of severely food insecure people in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia has increased to 14.3 million, following the publication of new data on the situation in Kenya.

09 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The severe nutrition crisis in Somali region continues to be of significant concern, with over 7,000 SAM cases reported monthly.
    This represents over 25% of SAM admissions for the country.
    UNICEF is working with the Somali regional government, UN and NGO partners to implement an integrated and scaled-up nutrition response with expanded screening, referral and treatment, reaching children and communities across the region.

09 Aug 2017 description

SUMMARY

Southern and eastern Ethiopia continue to battle the impact of the Indian Ocean Dipole-induced drought, exacerbated by disease outbreaks, large scale loss of livelihood assets and displacement. The humanitarian situation countrywide has been further compounded by below average spring rains – the third consecutive poor/failed rains in the southern drought belt.

03 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Between January and May, UNICEF and partners have provided 141,636 children with treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in more than 17,600 treatment sites.

• Since January, 228,220 people in hard-to-reach areas in Afar and Somali regions benefited from medical services provided by 49 mobile health and nutrition teams (MHNTs) deployed by respective Regional Health Bureaus with UNICEF support. Of those people reached, 39 per cent are children under five years of age.

31 Jul 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 42 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including the:

• Undiagnosed paediatric eruptive fever in Cameroon

• Dengue fever in Côte d’Ivoire

• Hepatitis E in Niger

• Humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

• Humanitarian refugee crisis in Uganda

• Humanitarian crisis in Madagascar