WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies, Week 24: 10 - 16 June 2017 (Data as reported by 17:00, 16 June 2017)

from World Health Organization
Published on 16 Jun 2017 View Original

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 40 events: three Grade 3, seven Grade 2, five Grade 1, and 25 ungraded events.

This week’s edition covers key ongoing events in the region, including the grade 3 humanitarian crises in South Sudan, Nigeria and Ethiopia, the grade 2 outbreaks of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo and cholera in Tanzania, the Grade 1 outbreak of hepatitis E in Chad, dengue haemorrhagic fever outbreak in Mauritania, and circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

For each of these events, a brief description followed by public health measures implemented and an interpretation of the situation is provided.

A table is provided at the end of the report with information on all public health events currently being monitored in the region.

Major challenges to be addressed include:

  • Ensuring a functional public health surveillance system in the context of the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR).
  • Intensifying water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions as a premise to control the ongoing water-borne diseases outbreaks including acute watery diarrhoea, cholera, and hepatitis E.