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01 Sep 2019 description

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Dengue cases upsurge, Punjab, Pakistan

Provincial Health Department of Punjab Province in Pakistan reported an upsurge of suspected dengue fever cases from different districts of the Province. The cases started reporting from the start of this year and till the date with a total of 48,439 suspected, 765 probable and 809 laboratory confirmed cases has been reported. The most affected district is Rawalpindi.

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28 Aug 2019 description

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Resurgence of Chikungunya in Sudan

In June 2019, Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) in Sudan declared the transmission of chikungunya in Red Sea State. The current outbreak started on 18th of June. A total of 113 suspected cases have been cumulatively reported from Red Sea Sate and till this date no related death has been reported so far.

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27 Aug 2019 description

Three years after Abs hospital bombing, Jaume Rado, MSF’s head of mission in Sana’a, highlights the impacts of the war on a population living on the frontline, subjected to indiscriminate attacks that continue unabated, with no sign of change.

On 11 August this year, the extended Kaeed family was gathered in a civilian building in Mustaba, in the Hajjah governorate of northwestern Yemen, to celebrate Eid al-Adha. The family had already fled their hometown to seek refuge in Mustaba, and were sitting down for lunch when an airstrike directly hit their building.

25 Aug 2019 description

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Drug resistant Salmonella infections in Pakistan: update

Pakistan is experiencing a continuous surge of extensively drug resistant (XDR) Salmonella enterica serovarTyphi (S. Typhi) cases since November 2016. Till the reporting week 34, 2019 a total of 10,365 cases were reported from different districts of province Sindh with no associated deaths.

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14 Aug 2019 description

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Polio upsurge in Pakistan

Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, continue to be the last three polioendemic countries globally. Since late 2018, Pakistan has experienced significant upsurge in confirmed cases of polio. Since then, and as of epi week 30 of 2019, the country had reported a total of 59 cases of confirmed polio.

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07 Aug 2019 description


Yemen remains the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. After more than 4 years of a deadly conflict, millions of Yemenis suffer the consequences of intense fighting compounded with looming famine, outbreaks of epidemics and preventable diseases. Civilians face constant threats to their lives, safety, well-being and basic rights. The conflict has been marred by repeated violations of international humanitarian law, including mass civilian casualties and widespread destruction of infrastructure.

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31 Jul 2019 description


• Cholera remains a serious threat, cases spiked again in 2019 reaching more than 500,000 cases by the end of July.

• Measles infections soared in 2017 and 2018 reaching more than 29,000 by end of 2018 and continued through 2019.

• Dengue fever also spiked in June this year, with incidence of more than 13,000 suspected cases and 70 associated deaths by the end of July 2019.

15 Jul 2019 description

Selon de nouvelles estimations, les taux de vaccination au niveau mondial stagnent dangereusement, du fait des conflits, des inégalités et d’un relâchement de la vigilance

NEW YORK/GENÈVE, le 15 juillet 2019 – 20 millions d’enfants dans le monde – plus d’un enfant sur 10 – n’ont pas reçu en 2018 les vaccins vitaux, notamment contre la rougeole, la diphtérie et le tétanos, selon les nouvelles données publiées par l’OMS et l’UNICEF.

15 Jul 2019 description
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New estimates find dangerous stagnation of global vaccination rates, due to conflict, inequality and complacency

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 15 July 2019 – 20 million children worldwide – more than 1 in 10 – missed out on lifesaving vaccines such as measles, diphtheria and tetanus in 2018, according to new data from WHO and UNICEF.

14 Jul 2019 description

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OCV Campaign in Somalia 2019

As a part of the cholera preparedness and response plan in Somalia, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) of Somalia secured 1.3 million doses of the Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) aiming to vaccinate about 650,000 people aged 1 year and above in 6 districts. With the support of EPI/Polio team, the first round of OCV campaign was conducted from 22 to 28 June 2019.

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07 Jul 2019 description

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One Health Zoonotic Disease Prioritization Process

In June 2019, a master facilitator training workshop on One Health Zoonotic Disease Prioritization (OHZDP) was organized by FAO and US-CDC at the One Health office in Rome. It aimed to provide FAO and WHO staff from different regions the necessary knowledge and skills for training of national-level partners on OHZDP process.

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30 Jun 2019 description

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HIV Investigation in Pakistan

Between April 25 and 18 June, Department of Health (DOH) Sindh reported 816 HIV positive cases, including 672 cases under the age of 15. Upon the invitation of the Pakistan Federal Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) deployed a multidisciplinary team of experts to support the investigation into the upsurge of HIV cases, particularly in children, reported from Larkana district, Sindh province, of Pakistan.

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24 Jun 2019 description
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• On 16 May, multiple air strikes hit various locations in Amanat Al Asimah and Sana’a governorates, killing children and wounding more than 70 civilians. Seven children between the ages of 4 and 14 were also killed on 24 May in an attack on the Mawiyah district, in the southern Yemeni city of Taiz. This attack increased the verified number of children killed and injured the escalation of violence near Sanaa and in Taiz to 27 in only 10 days, but the actual numbers are likely to be much higher.

18 Jun 2019 description

In western Yemen’s Saada governorate, aerial bombardments are a deadly fact of life. In the ongoing conflict that has gripped the country since 2015, Saada has borne the brunt of airstrikes carried out by the Saudi and Emirati-led coalition (SELC), according to the independent monitoring group the Yemen Data Project. Almost one-quarter, 23 percent, of all airstrikes recorded in Yemen since March 2015 hit targets in Saada—many of them civilian.

16 Jun 2019 description

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Measles Outbreak in Tunisia

On 10 April 2019, the Ministry of Health of Tunisia declared an outbreak of measles. Between January 1 and 13 June, a total of 3644 suspected measles cases and 34 associated deaths were reported from all governorates. Majority of cases were reported from Kasserin, Kairouan, and Sfax governorates. The most affected age groups were children 30 years of age (26%). Moreover, 48% of cases identified were unvaccinated.

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10 Jun 2019 description

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Measles situation in EMR

In the first 3 months of 2019, a total of 5 647 cases of measles has been reported from 19 countries in the Eastern Mediterranean region (EMR). The most affected countries this year include Somalia (1 204), Sudan (1 168), Saudi Arabia (808), Pakistan (751), Tunisia (659) and Lebanon (568).

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