WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies, Week 11: 11 - 17 March 2017 (Data as reported by 17:00, 17 March 2017)

from World Health Organization
Published on 17 Mar 2017 View Original


This weekly update focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 32 events, two Grade 3, six Grade 2, two Grade 1, and 22 ungraded events.

This week two new events have been reported: malaria outbreak in Burundi and landslide in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The update also focuses on key ongoing events in the region, including the two grade 3 humanitarian crises in Nigeria and South Sudan as well as outbreaks of monkeypox in Congo, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in Namibia, meningitis in Togo, and Necrotising Cellulitis /Fasciitis in Sao Tome and Principe; and the food insecurity crisis 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 International Health Regulations (IHR) core capacities in States Parties underpins all the challenges being observed in managing public health emergencies. Countries are urged to make bold steps to strengthen structures and systems for early detection and effective response to public health emergencies.

  • Multiple ongoing public health emergencies constraining multi-partner and multi-sector responses, and the contribution from Donor Partners.