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09 Dec 2018 description

INTRODUCTION

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.

09 Dec 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

10 out of the 21 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) have reported more than 36,820 cholera / AWD cases and 433 deaths (Case Fatality Rate, 1.2%), since the beginning of 2018.

These countries include; Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe accounts for 28.6 % (10,529) of the total case load reported this year, followed by Somalia at 17% (6,273).

04 Dec 2018 description

Congo

Since April IDPs have increasingly started to return to their areas of origin in the Pool region.

Returns are very high in the districts of Kindamba, Vinza, Kimba, and Mayama, and lower in Mbandza Ndounga and Goma Tse Tse.

Both residents and returnees in these areas face severe needs including drinking water, basic healthcare services, and education facilities. Food insecurity is also critical, due to consecutive poor harvest seasons.

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04 Dec 2018 description

139 asylum seekers arrived during the month of September of which 76.2% were from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The Zimbabwe Refugee Committee (ZRC) held its third session for Refugee Status Determination of 2018 from 3- 6 September 2018 at Tongogara.

The population verification exercise for the Zimbabwe operation that was scheduled from 1- 16 October was postponed due to the cholera epidemic

TOTAL POPULATION:
20,410 persons of concern

KEY INDICATORS:

03 Dec 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 57 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Yellow fever in South Sudan

  • Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Cholera in Zimbabwe

  • Hepatitis E in Central African Republic

  • Humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia.

30 Nov 2018 description

HARARE, Zimbabwe, 29 November 2018 – The European Union has contributed €400,000 to support UNICEF’s response to Zimbabwe’s cholera outbreak.

The contribution will fund critical water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities to address the challenges driving the epidemic. In cholera-affected and high-risk areas, over 250,000 people are expected to benefit from disinfection of water sources and follow-up on cholera cases with hygiene promotion and support materials including soap.

29 Nov 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of 21 November 2018, 10,202 cholera cases with 55 deaths (9,933 suspected and 269 confirmed cases) - case fatality rate of 0.54 per cent has been reported. An estimated 21 per cent of the reported cases are children under 5 years of age.

  • As of 3 November, 1,296,270 people out of a target of 1,510,253 (86 per cent) have received the Oral Cholera Vaccine in 15 locations in Harare, Epworth and Chitungwiza.

28 Nov 2018 description

The Embassy of Ireland in Pretoria recently provided funding of €250,000 to UNICEF to deliver emergency water, sanitation and health (WASH) services in Harare. This support forms part of Ireland’s response to the Cholera Outbreak in Zimbabwe, which has claimed the lives of dozens of people so far. The partnership with UNICEF also complements Ireland’s work in the health sector, where Ireland is supporting interventions to improve maternal and child health.

26 Nov 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 57 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

26 Nov 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 9.6 million people were severely food-insecure in Southern Africa at the start of the lean season (October 2018- April 2019)

  • Three districts in Zimbabwe and two in Madagascar are facing Emergency food insecurity (IPC phase 4) due to extreme loss of livelihoods

  • There is at least an 80 per cent chance of an El Niño phenomenon between October and December 2018, which could exacerbate the deteriorating situation.

KEY MESSAGES

22 Nov 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

10 out of the 21 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) have reported more than 36,257 cholera / AWD cases and 425 deaths (Case Fatality Rate, 1.2%), since the beginning of 2018. These countries include; Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe accounts for 28.5 % (10,318) of the total case load reported this year, followed by Somalia at 17.2% (6,225).

19 Nov 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:

12 Nov 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 50 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

05 Nov 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 55 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

05 Nov 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

Ten out of the 21 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) have reported more than 35,727 cholera / AWD cases and 423 deaths (Case Fatality Rate, 1.2%), since the beginning of 2018. These countries include; Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe accounts for 28.2 % (10,086) of the total case load reported this year, followed by Somalia at 17.2% (6,132).

02 Nov 2018 description
report IRIN

“We do not risk our lives by trying to drink it”

Tonderayi Mukeredzi

Dry taps, burst pipes, human excrement flowing out of leaking sewer lines.

Residents of Harare’s poor suburbs of Glen View and Budiriro endure these challenges daily. Worse still, they now live in the epicentre of Zimbabwe’s deadliest cholera outbreak in a decade.

Read the full report on IRIN.

01 Nov 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 55 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

26 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Italy

Upon request of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ms. Emanuela Del Re, the Italian Cooperation Agency has approved an aid package for the population of Zimbabwe, which has been hit by a recent cholera epidemic that broke out in the capital Harare. A total amount of 400,000 euros was appropriated for UNICEF and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

26 Oct 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 from 14-20 October 2018 and includes updates on cholera, West Nile virus, Ebola virus disease and influenza.