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Health action in crises - Highlights No 127 - 25 Sep to 01 Oct 2006

Situation Report
Originally published


Each week, the World Health Organization Department for Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on the health aspects of selected humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and Headquarters. The mandate of the WHO Departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery. This note, which is not exhaustive, is designed for internal use and does not reflect any official position of the WHO Secretariat.


Assessments and events:

- In Ituri, since 3 September, there have been more than 160 cases of cholera and 17 deaths.

- The 8 cases of pulmonary plague are localised in the Rethy health zone of Ituri.

- The whooping-cough epidemic in the Eastern province has caused a total of 55 cases and over 11 deaths.

- Five civilians were killed and there were several casualties from an attack on a village in the territory of Isangi on 5 September.

- Bandundu: The General Reference Hospital of Kikwit received 255 cases of typhoid fever, including 93 complicated cases of intestinal perforations and 7 deaths.

- In South Kivu, more than 91 cases of cholera have been reported with 0 deaths and 153 cases of measles with 1 death (case fatality rate of 0,65%).


- WHO facilitates the movements of the MCZ of Bunia within the framework of the response against the cholera

- WHO supported training on cholera in Bunia health centres.

- WHO took part in a meeting convened by UNICEF to examine the tendencies of the epidemic of the plague in Ituri.

- WHO participated in meetings to coordinate the response to cholera in Bunia.

- Kinshasa: WHO provided technical and organizational support for a pharmaceutical seminar held on 15 September in the Centre National de Transfusion Sanguine of Bandalungwa.

- In South Kivu, WHO participated in several inter-agency health partner coordination meetings.

- WHO and UNICEF provided support to an ACT training in Bagira.


On 21 September, the IASC Lebanon Humanitarian Taskforce updated on the response and early recovery activities.

On 23 September, the Health Cluster in Tyre is organizing a coordination meeting for partners working in mental health and psychosocial support. It aims to develop a matrix on activities implemented, needs and challenges, present the national and training plan and identify possible areas for partners involvement.

Assessments and events:

- The UN emergency humanitarian operations in Lebanon will officially end on 24 October.

- However, international agencies will continue to provide assistance with food, medical supplies, water and non-food items and services where needed.

- According to the surveillance system, the most frequently reported conditions are common watery diarrhoea and injuries.


- The weekly health cluster meeting in Tyre was attended by 11 health partners, including WHO.

- A mental health and psychosocial support meeting was conducted in Tyre with participation of 9 partners.

- WHO is supporting the Saint Joseph University in assessing health and educational facilities in Qana and surrounding villages.

- Fifty health facilities in South Lebanon were assessed regarding the provision of Primary Health Care and Reproductive Health services, the overall level of functionality, Water and Sanitation and structural rehabilitation. Ten facilities have been identified as damaged or non-functional facilities and are in urgent need of rehabilitation. Intervention activities have been initiated at the Naqura and Srifa health centers.

- The public health laboratory of the Tyre governmental hospital will be equipped by WHO to be used for EWARS laboratory investigation.

- A mental health advisor has been sent to coordinate all health partners working in mental health and psychosocial support in South Lebanon. As part of the developing national mental health plan, a mental health training program will be initiated.

- WHO and UNICEF are supporting the Ministry of Public Health in the assessment and revitalization of the EPI cold chain in Tyre, Hasbaya and Marjayoun districts.

- WHO provided drugs for 10 health centers

- WHO donated water tanks (2000 litre) for Kafr Haman, Mimes and Khaloat.

- Pledges for health activities were received from the CERF, Australia, Canada, the European Commission, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Norway and Sweden.

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