WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies, Week 10: 4 - 10 March 2017 (Data as reported by 17:00, 10 March 2017)
This weekly update focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 30 events, two at Grade 3, six at Grade 2, two at Grade 1 and twenty ungraded events.
This week one new event is reported: a Cyclone in Madagascar
The update also focuses on key ongoing events in the region, namely the two grade 3 humanitarian crises in Nigeria and South Sudan as well as outbreaks of Necrotising Cellulitis/Fasciitis in Sao Tome and Principe, Hepatitis E in Chad, Cholera in Democratic Republic of Congo, Monkeypox in Congo, Measles in Guinea and the pre-famine situation affecting a number of countries in the Horn of Africa.
For each of these events, a brief description followed by the 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.
Major challenges to be addressed include:
Inadequate preparedness activities and IHR capacities leading to delayed response to some outbreaks and emergencies
The need for co-ordinated multi-partner and multi-sector responses to address all determinants.