Ethiopia: Health Cluster Bulletin #9, October 2019
• A new cVDPV2 polio outbreak was confirmed in Seraro woreda of West Arsi zone, and the response commenced with EPHI’s EOC leading the way.
• According to zonal authorities, about 50,000 people were displaced by conflict in Guji since June 2019, half of them during the second half of October.
As of now there is no humanitarian presence or response in the zone, despite the identified needs across sectors.
• Health, Nutrition and WaSH Clusters established a TWG on the integrated approach for 2020 HRP projects. The team is working on the criteria and minimum package for integrated response.
The EPHI reported that since April this year, there have been 1,942 cases of cholera in the country, with all regions and administrative cities affected, except Gambela and Benishangul Gumuz. Health Cluster partners are providing support for cholera prevention and control activities in all outbreak affected areas. Coordination, Case management, surveillance and social mobilization are maintained and strengthened. The outbreak response is enhanced by the response teams deployed from national and regional health bureau with the engagement of communities.
A new cVDPV2 polio outbreak was confirmed in Seraro woreda of West Arsi zone, and the response commenced with EPHI’s EOC leading the way.
8,841 suspected measles cases were reported from Amhara, Afar, Oromia, Somali and SNNP regions since the beginning of the year. 72% of the cases had not received a single dose of measles vaccination, and the cases include adults up to age 45 years.
53,238 suspected and 29 confirmed cases of Chikungunya were reported in Dire Dawa and Afar regions. Dengue fever outbreak continued in Afar region, with 1001 suspected cases and 6 confirmed cases reported. Visceral Leishmaniasis (Kala-azar) outbreak was reported in Borena zone of Oromia region, with 33 cases confirmed. In Somali and Oromia regions, Polio (cVDPV2) outbreaks were confirmed and responded to.
A Government-led multi-agency rapid needs assessment was conducted in 5 conflict-affected woredas (Adola Rede, Goro Dola, Liban, Oddo Shakisso and Wadera) of Guji zone. The assessment aimed to confirm the impact of on-going clashes between Government security forces and Unidentified Armed Groups (UAG) on affected communities, discuss the situation with conflict affected households and local officials, and assess the urgent needs of conflict affected communities. Due to ongoing insecurity, the team was unable to reach affected kebeles. According to zonal authorities, about 50,000 people were displaced since June, half of them during the second half of October. There are reports of damage to productive and private assets, civilian casualties and deaths and subsequent increased vulnerability due to loss of livelihoods. The affected woredas include; Aga wayu, Gumi Eldelo, Goro Dola, Liban, Seba Boru and Wadera. As of now there is no humanitarian presence or response in the zone, despite the identified needs across sectors.