Keynotes and Events of Public Health Significance
• A total of 100 suspected cases of immediately reportable disease and events including 24 deaths were reported
• Completeness and timeliness of health facility reports were 65% and 61% respectively
• One confirmed case of shigellosis reported from Gbarpolu County
• Ongoing measles outbreak in Todee district, Montserrado County
19 August 2018 – Despite having one of the lowest immunization rates in the world, Somalia has made great strides in increasing immunization coverage in recent years with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other health system strengthening partners. To enhance coverage even more, in early August 2018, WHO Somalia brought together all the major organizations and institutions involved in immunization to lay the foundation for better coordinated immunization efforts in Somalia.
20 August 2018 – The Federated States of Micronesia has become the first Pacific island country to complete a Joint External Evaluation (JEE).
From epidemiological week 27 (also known as “epi week”) to epi week 30 (July 02 through July 29, 2018), a total of 409,247 consultations, including communicable and non-communicable diseases, were reported from health facilities covered by the eWARN system in Iraq, with an average of 102,312 patients per week. In July the number of sites submitting weekly epi-reports varied by week, ranging from 158 to 203 sites.
19 August 2018, Cairo, Egypt - The Eastern Mediterranean Region is witnessing an unprecedented number, magnitude and severity of emergencies, culminating in a major humanitarian tragedy. More than 70 million people are in need of health aid, including 16 million people displaced within their countries, and 32 million people who are food insecure.