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18 Jul 2018 description

25-28 June 2018, Morogoro: As part of ongoing efforts to prepare countries in the African Region to respond effectively to disease outbreaks and humanitarian disasters, the World Health Organization in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and President’s Office President's Office Regional and Local Government authorities (PORALG) organized a training of national rapid response teams on Ebola virus disease (EVD) to ensure that the country has the people with the skills and expertise to prevent and respond to EVD.

17 Jul 2018 description
report Voice of America

GENEVA — The World Health Organization says it expects the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo to be over on July 24. That will mark 42 days, two incubation periods of 21 days each, since the last patient infected with the Ebola virus was released from care.

The countdown toward the end of the Ebola outbreak in the DRC started on June 12. If no other cases of this fatal disease are identified by July 24, the DRC’s Ministry of Health will announce the end of the disease the following day in an elaborate ceremony in the capital, Kinshasa.

17 Jul 2018 description
report UN News Service

Les autorités congolaises se préparent à déclarer dans une semaine la fin de l’épidémie d’Ebola à l’Equateur. Depuis le 12 juin, aucun cas positif n’a été observé en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), a dit mardi devant la presse à Genève une porte-parole de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS). « Suivant les recommandations de l’OMS, le Ministère de la Santé de la République Démocratique du Congo a entamé un compte rebours jusqu’au 24 juillet pour marquer la fin de l’épidémie d’Ebola » a ajouté Fadela Chaib.

17 Jul 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 58 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia

  • Humanitarian crisis in in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Hepatitis E outbreak in Namibia

  • Cholera outbreak in Cameroon

  • Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

17 Jul 2018 description
report Logistics Cluster
  1. The Logistics Cluster was activated in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2008 in response to one of the world’s most complex and longest-standing humanitarian crises.

  2. Conflict, insecurity and Ebola have all affected the humanitarian situation. Every day, the cluster seeks solutions to logistics challenges across some of the country’s most remote and diverse landscapes to ensure responding agencies in the field can reach those in need.

17 Jul 2018 description

Half way into the year, humanitarian organizations have only received 35 per cent of the money needed for relief worldwide. "Our humanitarian relief is a matter of life or death in many horrific war and disaster zones. The lack of funding leaves many desperate families without assistance. Mothers are forced to cut back on food for already malnourished children. Girls and boys are deprived of education and hope," warned Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Jan Egeland.

16 Jul 2018 description

By Mirabelle Enaka Kima, IFRC

Democratic Republic of the Congo’s traditional leaders, the main influencers and keepers of ancestral customs, are the key to community safety and surveillance against the ongoing outbreak of Ebola.

In this context, heightened surveillance is undeniably the ultimate step leading to the adoption of safe practices and considerations. In most affected areas, engaging community leaders as key decision-makers has been essential to ensuring openness of communities and effective behaviour change.

13 Jul 2018 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 8-14 July 2018 and includes updates on carbapenemase-producing (OXA-48) Klebsiella pneumoniae, dengue, Ebola virus disease, poliomyelitis, MERS-CoV, mass gathering monitoring (FIFA Men's Football World Cup), measles, poliovirus type 2, rubella, Vibrio growth in the Baltic Sea, and West Nile virus.

13 Jul 2018 description

Since he was a teenager, Didier Ipete wanted to run his own store. He would have liked to have studied at university but he didn’t have that opportunity. Nevertheless, he was happy to build up his business until it was one of the most popular shops at the market in Itipo, a small community in Equateur province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

13 Jul 2018 description

The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 57 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

Rift Valley fever in Uganda
Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lassa fever in Liberia
Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan
Humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria.

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

12 Jul 2018 description

1. Situation update

The Ministry of Health and WHO continue to closely monitor the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Équateur Province, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Until the outbreak is declared over, intensive surveillance, survivor monitoring and other response activities are ongoing to prevent, promptly detect and respond to potential resurgences of the virus.

12 Jul 2018 description

Overview

The Early Warning Early Action initiative has been developed with the understanding that disaster losses and emergency response costs can be drastically reduced by using early warning analysis to act before a crisis escalates into an emergency.
Early actions strengthen the resilience of at-risk populations, mitigate the impact of disasters and help communities, governments and national and international humanitarian agencies to respond more effectively and efficiently.

José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General

12 Jul 2018 description

Ebola epidemics are unlike anything seen before: The virus spreads rapidly, the disease is infectious and has a high mortality rate, and often there are widespread rumors, misconceptions and misinformation about the disease and how to prevent it are widespread.

Psychosocial support is vital to ensure the well-being of the affected population, and also to counter-act the threats to public health and safety that fear, stigmatization and misconception poses.

12 Jul 2018 description

Miriam Alía, an MSF vaccination expert, has just returned from Equateur province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Miriam worked as a medical referent in the area of Itipo, the epicentre of the recent outbreak. She explains how MSF took part in the ring vaccination against the disease and tells of her personal experience working with Congolese health workers.

11 Jul 2018 description

Le Ministère de la santé et l’OMS continuent de suivre de près la flambée épidémique de maladie à virus Ebola (MVE) en République démocratique du Congo.

Les activités de recherche et de suivi des contacts se sont achevées le 27 juin, après que les derniers sujets potentiellement exposés au virus sont parvenus au terme de leur période de suivi de 21 jours sans avoir présenté de symptômes. Tout au long de la flambée, l’équipe de terrain a réalisé plus de 20 000 visites chez des contacts.

10 Jul 2018 description

1 INTRODUCTION

Avec une population estimée à 1 626 606 habitants et une densité de 16 habitants/km2 , elle a pour chef-lieu Mbandaka qui est la plus grande ville. L'Équateur est depuis 2015 l’une des 26 provinces de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC).

Les localités de Wangata, Iboko et Bikoro sont trois (03) des dix-huit (18) zones de santé (ZS) de cette province affectées par l’épidémie actuelle de la maladie à virus Ebola (MVE). Voir les différentes populations des localités affectées dans le Tableau I.

09 Jul 2018 description

Current major event

Cholera situation in Eastern Mediterranean Region 2017

Cholera remains a threat to public health and claims lives in the countries of Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR). During 2017, a total of 1,108,584 suspected cases of cholera including 3,273 related deaths (case fatality rate—CFR: 0.30%) were reported to WHO by seven Member States in the EMR.

Editorial note

09 Jul 2018 description

A group of independent scientific experts convened by the WHO for the purpose of evaluating investigational therapeutics for Ebola virus disease (EVD) during the current outbreak, 17 May 2018