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25 Apr 2019 description

This past week witnessed a notable escalation of security incidents surrounding the Ebola virus disease (EVD) response efforts. On 19 April, an attack on a hospital in Katwa by armed militia resulted in the tragic death of Dr Richard Mouzoko Kiboung, a WHO epidemiologist, and the injury of two other healthcare workers. To ensure the safety of all outbreak responders, Ebola response activities have been temporarily halted in some high-risk health areas until security measures can be reinforced.

25 Apr 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Over 100,000 persons have been vaccinated against Ebola since the beginning of the response in August 2018

• Discussions surrounding the update of the Strategic Response Plan III is ongoing with the aim to develop a plan that goes beyond beyond July

25 Apr 2019 description

Kampala, 24th April 2019:- Uganda’s Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) preparedness and response have capacity gaps that need urgent attention to be able to effectively respond to a potential outbreak of the disease. The gaps were identified during a Simulation Exercise (SimEx) that was conducted recently in Wakiso (Entebbe) and Kasese (Mpondwe and Kagando) districts.

24 Apr 2019 description

1. Situation update

The tragic death of the WHO epidemiologist following an attack by armed militia at an Ebola treatment centre (ETC) in Katwa has saddened colleagues and increased security concerns. Many Ebola response activities were suspended in the wake of his death as teams mourned his passing and as further security measures were being reviewed. Two other healthcare workers were injured in the attack but are currently recovering from their injuries.

24 Apr 2019 description

GOMA - Alors que la République démocratique du Congo est aux prises avec la deuxième plus grande épidémie d'Ebola de son histoire, le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM) des Nations Unies a averti qu’il manquait de ressources nécessaires pour faire face à l'augmentation récente de la transmission, et le risque potentiel de propagation du virus en RDC et dans les pays voisins. Le PAM contribue à contenir le virus Ebola en fournissant de la nourriture aux personnes susceptibles d'être porteuses du virus et en fournissant des services logistiques essentiels.

24 Apr 2019 description

GOMA - As the Democratic Republic of Congo grapples with the second largest ever Ebola outbreak, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that the resources needed to support its work are not keeping pace with the recent increase in transmission and the potential risk of the virus spreading within DRC and to neighbouring countries.

WFP helps contain Ebola by providing food to people potentially carrying the virus, and by providing crucial logistical services, including flights, which enable responders to reach new or remote outbreak areas quickly.

24 Apr 2019 description

Operational Updates

  • Overview: In March 2019, WFP supported 1.3 million people in Uganda. WFP’s operations mainly focused on refugee support, with 1.1 million refugees receiving food and nutrition assistance. In Karamoja, WFP provided school meals to 130,000 school going children and implemented nutrition activities for 45,000 children aged 6-23 months and pregnant and nursing mothers. WFP also supported 26,000 smallholder farmers to access markets and participate in trainings.

24 Apr 2019 description

An average of 87 per cent of displaced people are living on just over a meal a day in areas already plagued by conflict and Ebola in Congo’s North Kivu. Families affected by the deadly virus have lost access to food and are on the brink of malnutrition. Ebola cannot be eradicated if people are left starving, warns the Norwegian Refugee Council. “Fighting Ebola should not make the world forget that millions of Congolese cannot find enough to eat,” warns NRC DR Congo Country Director, Maureen Philippon.

24 Apr 2019 description

AT A GLANCE

  • In partnership with the Congolese Ministry of Health, particularly the National Programme for Border Health (PNHF), IOM implements surveillance and disease prevention activities at points of entry and points of control (POE/POC), using information on population mobility to minimize disease transmission to new areas and across borders.

23 Apr 2019 description
report Americares

Stamford, Conn. – April 22, 2019 – Americares is delivering more than 4 tons of critical medicine and medical supplies to treat patients and protect health workers fighting the deadly Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

23 Apr 2019 description

Overview

  • This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 66 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

  • Cyclone in Mozambique

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

  • Lassa fever in Nigeria

  • Hepatitis E in Namibia

  • Chikungunya in the Republic of Congo.

23 Apr 2019 description

Key developments in Africa in the week of April 14th include the escalation of threats in the DRC’s North-Kivu province; the heavy battles against Boko Haram in the Lake Chad area amid changing risks posed by the groups; and the violence in Nigeria, Somalia and CAR.

23 Apr 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

HIGHLIGHTS

 By February 2019, there were 1.1 million food insecure people in Kenya, up from 700,000 people in August 2018.

 The Government of Kenya is leading the response to the extended dry spell and has provided over Kshs. 1.3 billion (US$12.8 million) for food, nutrition and water response. UNICEF requires $US5.7 million for early action to complement the Government interventions.

 Since the beginning of the year, 1198 cholera cases were reported across Narok, Kajiado, Nairobi, Garissa and Machakos counties, with four deaths reported.

23 Apr 2019 description

Current major event

Cholera preparedness in Northern Syria

As a part of cholera preparedness activities, the WHO Country office, Turkey, in collaboration with the WHO EMRO and EURO, three-day workshop on surveillance and response to water borne diseases (WBD) was held in Gaziantep, Turkey from 8 - 10 April 2019.

Editorial note

22 Apr 2019 description

SG/SM/19548

La déclaration suivante a été communiquée, aujourd’hui, par le Porte-parole de M. António Guterres, Secrétaire général de l’ONU:

Le Secrétaire général condamne l’attaque contre un centre de santé à Butembo, province du Nord-Kivu, en République démocratique du Congo, au cours de laquelle un membre du personnel de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) a été tué et deux autres personnes blessées.

Le Secrétaire général présente ses plus profondes condoléances à la famille de la victime et souhaite un prompt rétablissement aux blessés.

22 Apr 2019 description

SG/SM/19548

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General condemns the attack against a health centre in Butembo in the North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo that resulted in the death of one staff member of the World Health Organization (WHO) and two people wounded.

22 Apr 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) projections for February to March, indicate 57 per cent of the population will face acute food insecurity or worse. Currently, UNICEF is funding gap of 42 million in nutrition section. There is a high-risk of a ready-to-use-therapeutic food (RUTF) pipeline break during the last quarter of 2019, if adequate funds are not mobilized before September 2019.

22 Apr 2019 description
report Save the Children

Two hundred and forty three children have lost their lives to Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), while 340 children are reported to have caught the disease, since the outbreak started in August last year, according to latest DRC government figures.

Of those children who have died from Ebola, 111 were girls and 132 boys. So far, 97 children have survived the disease.