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19 Aug 2016 description
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Background

  1. The African Public Health Emergency Fund (APHEF or the Fund) was established by the Regional Committee in 2012 with the aim of providing catalytic resources for initiating timely responses to public health emergencies. Ever since, commitments have been made at every subsequent Regional Committee session to improve the functionality of this solidarity fund.

03 Jun 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• The Acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) outbreak is still on going in 11 woredas, six zones of Oromia and Somali regions. By week 21, a total of 1, 935 AWD cases and 19 deaths (CFR 1%, AR 0.05%)had been reported. Harena woreda in Oromia region reported its first case, increasing the number of affected woredas from 10 to 11.

• No new cases of suspected yellow fever have been reported since the 22 reported during week 20/2016 in South Omo. Active surveillance continues in the area.

27 May 2016 description

Background

The El Niño-related drought continues to affect millions of Ethiopians, deepening food insecurity, malnutrition and increasing water shortages. The belg rain failure, erratic meher rains and flash floods have exacerbated these conditions in some areas. Additional health risks include the further spread of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD), measles and severe acute malnutrition (SAM). There is also an increased risk of outbreaks of yellow fever in the country.