WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies, Week 30: 22 - 28 July 2017 (Data as reported by 17:00, 28 July 2017)

Report
from World Health Organization
Published on 28 Jul 2017 View Original

Overview

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 42 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including the:

• Undiagnosed paediatric eruptive fever in Cameroon

• Dengue fever in Côte d’Ivoire

• Hepatitis E in Niger

• Humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

• Humanitarian refugee crisis in Uganda

• Humanitarian crisis in Madagascar

• Humanitarian crisis/acute watery diarrhoea in Ethiopia

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 bulletin with information on all new and ongoing public health events currently being monitored in the region, as well as events that have recently been closed.
Major challenges include:

• A serious but little-known humanitarian crisis in the Kasai Region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with devastating consequences. Humanitarian access is severely constrained, aggravating the dire humanitarian need.

• The unprecedented influx of refugees in Uganda, especially from South Sudan, constraining the current response capacity.