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14 Jan 2019 description


 Critical services continued throughout the election period, including in the areas of health and nutrition.

 Education Sector completed data collection for a basic literacy and numeracy metric that will help group students in appropriate learning levels under the Learning Competency Framework and Approach (LCFA).

03 Jan 2019 description


  • About 30 health facilities have received exemption from restricted movement during the election period and will remain open to provide essential health services.

  • About 363 411 people (110.6%) benefited from the OCV campaign including 264 280 people (117.5%) from Rohingya population.

  • Since February 2018 to date, a total of 35 148 BCG doses have been given children and 19 906 Td doses to pregnant women.


31 Dec 2018 description

The number of people in need of humanitarian assistance globally will be double the UK population

The UK is stepping up preparations for global humanitarian crises in 2019 and harnessing the power of satellite and supercomputer technology to better predict where disasters will strike.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said the UK will take early action to prepare for crises where possible in 2019, not just dealing with the aftermath of dire humanitarian incidents.

30 Dec 2018 description

Current major event

Disease outbreaks in Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR), January to December 2018

A total of 10 outbreaks were reported in the countries of WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) during January to December 2018. Some of these outbreaks have reported in the previous year and not been contained.

Editorial note

24 Dec 2018 description


  • Following the sweeping and repeat activities, the fourth round of oral cholera vaccination (OCV) campaign now has coverage of 111%. A total of 363 411 people received vaccination including 99 161 from the host community.

  • A total of three new diphtheria case-patients (three suspected) were reported this week. Total casepatients reported in EWARS is now 8 327.


23 Dec 2018 description

Current major event

Hepatitis A outbreak in Northern Aleppo

The Ministry of Health of Syria has reported a cluster of acute jaundice syndrome cases in the northwest area of Aleppo. Laboratory tests performed in WHO’s reference laboratory at American University of Beirut identified hepatitis A virus (HAV) as the causative organism of these acute jaundice cases.

Editorial note

19 Dec 2018 description

Current major event

Multidrug-resistant typhoid fever in Pakistan

Since November 2016, there has been an increase in the number of cases of multidrug-resistant Salmonella Typhoid (MDR S. Typhi) fever in Pakistan. Up to epiweek 48 of 2018 a total of 5,174 cases of MDR S. Typhi have been reported from different districts of Sindh province (please see table) in Pakistan.

Editorial note

18 Dec 2018 description
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• UNICEF worked closely with its sector partners to run a ‘Back to Learning’ campaign through which all children in camps were encouraged to undertake a learning competency assessment, ensuring they are placed in the correct level in their learning centres.

18 Dec 2018 description


• The fourth round of oral cholera vaccination (OCV) campaign was completed with 108% coverage. A total of 356 202 people received vaccination.

• A total of three new diphtheria case-patients (three suspected) were reported this week. Total case-patients reported in EWARS is now 8 327.


17 Dec 2018 description


  • The 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence was a momentous joint effort, led by GiHA Working Group with the GBV sub-Sector and the GoB, to raise awareness and galvanize action to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls. The campaign included more than 105 events including meetings between Rohingya women and government officials, discussions with men and boys, gender inclusive games, arts and interactive drama, a youth talent fair, as well as sports and skills sharing.

12 Dec 2018 description


  • The 9th round of water quality surveillance in refugee settlements started from 26 November 2018 and planned to be completed by 12 December 2018.

  • Four days training on Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies (GBViE) was conducted from 26-29 November 2018.
    The training targeted health partners providing health services to GBV survivors in the Rohingya refugee camps.

  • Health sector completed the review of JRP projects in the online project system.

09 Dec 2018 description


The Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE) has been a gamechanger for WHO. It allows WHO to respond rapidly to disease outbreaks and health emergencies - often in 24 hours or less. This saves lives and helps prevent unnecessary suffering. Furthermore, a quick response dramatically reduces the costs of controlling outbreaks and emergencies, as well as the wider social and economic impacts.

07 Dec 2018 description


661 Meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization, October 2018 – Conclusions and recommendations


661 Réunion du Groupe stratégique consultatif d’experts sur la vaccination, octobre 2018 – conclusions et recommandations

06 Dec 2018 description

Current major event

Transition from EWARN to routine surveillance

A three days workshop was conducted in Damascus, Syria from 8-10 August 2018 to disseminate findings of Early Warning Alert and Response Network (EWARN) evaluation in Syria. Participants included Ministry of Health (MOH) staff and technical EWARN officers. During this workshop the question of how and when to transition from EWARN to routine surveillance was examined.

Editorial note

05 Dec 2018 description
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• UNICEF and the Government along with WHO and icddr,b are conducting the last round (4th) of Oral Cholera Vaccination (OCV) campaign from 17 November to 13 December 2018 for around 330,000 Rohingya and Host community. As of 25 November 2018, 68,484 refugees and 33,218 host community people have been vaccinated.

03 Dec 2018 description

EWARS refreshing training was conducted from November 18-24, 2018. Nearly 400 health care workers were trained. The objective of the training was to improve quality of reporting on completeness and timeliness,

  • 2nd week of OCV Campaign completed with the total coverage of 163,441 (101.5%). Of which 119,649 (107.3%) were FDMN, and 43,792 (88.5%) from host community,

  • Safe Blood Transfusion review mission was led by WHOHQ, WHO-SEARO, WCO-BAN together with the national safe blood transfusion expert committee.

27 Nov 2018 description

Current major event

Chikungunya update: Sudan

Sudan has had a major outbreak of Chikungunya since July 2018. A total of 20,110 cases have been reported since the outbreak began. No new cases of the disease were reported during the week ending 11th November 2018.

Editorial note

26 Nov 2018 description

Key Highlights

  • EWARS refresher training began on 18 November and will conduct 6 sessions ending on 29 November. The aim is to improve the quality of EWARS reporting.

  • The IEDCR field laboratory has been upgraded with Molecular testing for Dengue/Chikungunya/Zika triplex RT‐PCR and Influenza RT‐PCR assay.

  • The fourth round of oral cholera campaign was launched on 17 November 2018 under the leadership of DGHS in collaboration WHO, UNICEF and other health sector partners.

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