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22 Jan 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 56 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

Botulism in Nigeria
Lassa fever in Benin
Lassa fever in Nigeria
Humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic
Suspected Rift Valley fever in South Sudan
Cholera in Angola
Suspected Rift Valley fever in The Gambia

22 Jan 2018 description

SUMMARY

Performance indicators (Epi Week 02):

In Epidemiological Week 02 - 2018, a total of 21 out of 21 LGAs (including 06 IDP camps) submitted their weekly reports as timeliness and completeness of reporting were 100% and 100% respectively at LGA level (target 80%).

Measles: 19 cases of suspected measles reported with cumulative case count of 021 and No deaths

AFP: 02 cases of AFP reported with cumulative case count of 006.

18 Jan 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• UN reports uptick in Boko Haram related insecurity across Lake Chad Basin during the second half of 2017

• Military operations, insecurity displace populations in northern Borno State

• Food analysis projects continued food insecurity for vulnerable populations in Cameroon

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

17 Jan 2018 description
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Highlights

  • Direct attacks by Boko Haram resulted in violence against local communities (village chiefs, civilians, including young boys and girls reported to have been attacked or abducted).

17 Jan 2018 description

ROLE OF EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRES IN OUTBREAK COORDINATION

The response to outbreaks usually involve multiple activities, many of which occur concurrently. In most situations, resources are scarce and few personnel are involved or available to respond to an outbreak. For effective outbreak management, a well-defined structure needs to be established.

16 Jan 2018 description

Foreword

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017 (SOFI) has revealed that global hunger is on the rise again after declining for more than two decades. Global hunger rose from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million people in 2016.

16 Jan 2018 description

*The reporting of health facility level IDSR data is currently being rolled out across Borno State. Whilst this is taking place, some LGAs are continuing to report only at the level of local government area (LGA). Therefore, completenss and timeliness of reporting is displayed at both levels in this bulletin.

*Alerts are based on 7 weekly reportable diseases in the national IDSR reporting format (IDSR 002) and 8 additional diseases/health events of public health importance in the IDP camps and IDP hosting areas.

13 Jan 2018 description
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General situation: No cholera cases have been officially reported in West Africa during the previous two weeks. An overview of the 2017 situation will be shared in the next bulletin. A reduction in the number of reported cases is noted in the costal zones of West Africa (mainly in Ghana and Benin). However, the Lake Chad basin experienced a greater number of cases in 2017 than in the two previous years, 2016 and 2015. This was due to two distinct outbreaks in Borno State (Nigeria) and Eastern Chad. In 2017, D.R.

12 Jan 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 54 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:
- Chikungunya in Kenya
- Cholera in Malawi
- Cholera in Zambia
- Suspected Rift Valley fever in South Sudan
- Humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

11 Jan 2018 description

PREVENTING CHOLERA OUTBREAKS IN THE DRY SEASON

Historic Epidemiological reports show that the cholera outbreak season in Nigeria has two peak periods. The first peak period is seen during the rainy season when the sewage and drainage systems are overwhelmed due to heavy rains with an attendant contamination of sources of drinking water. The second peak period is seen during the dry season particularly in areas where wells and bodies of waters have dried up and people in the communities are made to travel far in search of water, albeit non-potable water.

11 Jan 2018 description

ESTABLISHING LABORATORY SUPPORT FOR PUBLIC HEALTH SURVEILLANCE

This week, we round up our series on laboratory and its role in surveillance and disease control by focusing on establishing laboratory support for public health surveillance.

It is important to note that at every level of laboratory service delivery, certain activities are important in strengthening and driving the activities of the laboratory in public health surveillance. Below is a summary of some important outbreak preparedness and response activities, where laboratory support is essential.

05 Jan 2018 description

While conflict continues to rage and despite numerous challenges, humanitarian aid reached more people in more places across the north-east.

05 Jan 2018 description

Highlights

  • Borno officials announce end of the state’s cholera outbreak following GoN and humanitarian interventions

  • Nearly 60 civilian fatalities reported in recent attacks in northeastern Nigeria, Cameroon’s Far North

  • Food insecurity across the Lake Chad Basin projected to continue through mid-2018

Key Developments

05 Jan 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:

31 Dec 2017 description
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Faits saillants :

Tchad : L’épidémie est maintenant sous contrôle. Les derniers cas suspects ont été enregistrés en semaine 48 dans la délégation sanitaire régionale du Salamat. Malgré de nombreux challenges tous les acteurs se sont largement mobilisés pour répondre avec succès à cette épidémie.