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16 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

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.

08 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

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:

  • Humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Cholera in Zambia
  • Listeriosis in South Africa

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

28 Dec 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• During the reporting period, a total of 2,659 new arrivals were registered in 15 LGAs in Borno and 4 LGAs in Adamawa increasing the pressure on the delivery of humanitarian services in the IDP settlements.

• Cases of Hepatitis E in Borno since week 8 totalled 1,376, with 62 new cases during the reporting period. The current spread has been localized to Rann, Kala Balge.

27 Dec 2017 description

CRITICAL ROLE OF LABORATORIES DURING OUTBREAKS

Response to disease outbreaks in recent past has highlighted evidence of weakness in integration between disease surveillance and laboratories. In this week’s editorial, we review the roles of the laboratory before and during an outbreak.

  1. Before an outbreak: The laboratory carries out two specific roles

• Early warning signals: This involves detecting pathogens that have the potential to spread. This will ensure early control measures are put in place.

24 Dec 2017 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 51 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Declaration of the control of cholera outbreak in Borno State, Nigeria
  • Hepatitis E in Namibia
  • Humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic
  • Cholera in South Sudan

21 Dec 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Cases of Hepatitis E in Borno since week 8 totalled 1262, with 49 new cases in Rann, Kala Balge during the reporting period.
    This has resulted in the reactivation of UNICEF’s response mechanism to curtail the spread.

  • In 2017, a total of 3.8 million consultations have taken place in the primary health centres facilities in IDP camps and host communities, of whom 194,756 were reached during this reporting period in the 3 states.

20 Dec 2017 description

Highlights

  • According to Humanitarian Need Overview (HNO)-2018 chapeau, the most severe and acute needs across multiple sectors are concentrated in the areas of ongoing conflict, as well as areas hosting large numbers of IDPs. These includes almost all local government areas (LGAs) of Borno State, and areas of Adamawa and Yobe states that are bordering Borno.

18 Dec 2017 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 49 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

Influenza A H1N1 pdm09 in Ghana Listeriosis in South Africa
Plague in Madagascar
Cholera in Zambia
Cholera in Tanzania
Humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

11 Dec 2017 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 50 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Declaration of end of Marburg virus disease outbreak in Uganda
  • Influenza A H1N1 in Ghana
  • Listeriosis in South Africa
  • Cholera in Zambia
  • Dengue fever in Senegal
  • Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

08 Dec 2017 description

Regional Overview

Introduction

2018 will mark the fifth year of the Nigerian refugee crisis with 218,000 Nigerian refugees expected to be living in and outside of camps with host communities in Cameroon, Chad and Niger. The overall Nigerian refugee population size has fluctuated in 2017, with new arrivals, departures to Nigeria and pendular movements between countries of asylum and Nigeria, owing to the prevailing insecurity and sub-standard living conditions in the country of origin.

05 Dec 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The cumulative number of cholera cases and deaths are 5,357 and 61 respectively (CFR: 1.1%). Of the total reported cases, 2,692 were from Jere, 1,758 were from Monguno, 736 were from Dikwa, 93 were from Guzamala, 58 were from MMC, and 20 were from Mafa. Of the 431 samples tested by RDT, 354 (82%) were RDT positive and of the 381 samples cultured, 175 (46%) were culture positive.

01 Dec 2017 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 48 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:
- Microcephaly in Angola
- Cholera in Zambia
- Dengue fever in Burkina Faso
- Humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Humanitarian crisis Nigeria
- Yellow fever in Nigeria

30 Nov 2017 description

The conflict between the Nigerian military and armed opposition groups known as Boko Haram has been ongoing for more than eight years, with serious humanitarian consequences.  Aid needs to be sustained and increased, as hundreds of thousands of people remain heavily dependent on it for their survival.

24 Nov 2017 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 47 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including: