This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 45 events in the region. This week’s edition also covers key ongoing events, including:
• Cholera in Borno State, Nigeria
• Necrotising cellulitis/fasciitis in São Tomé and Príncipe
• Humanitarian crisis in the Central Africa Republic
• Cholera in the United Republic of Tanzania
• Cholera in Chad
• Dengue fever in Côte d’Ivoire.
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:
• Maintaining an adequate public health response to contain nine major outbreaks of cholera occurring across parts of east, central and west Africa.
• Ongoing complex humanitarian crises in the region, which are driving transmission of epidemic prone diseases in vulnerable communities, while increasing the severity of infections, limiting access to healthcare, and hindering response. These humanitarian crises require adequate collaboration between the Ministry of health and other relevant sectors.