This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 46 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:
• Cholera in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
• Cholera in Nigeria
• Lassa fever in Nigeria
• Yellow fever in Nigeria
• Measles in Uganda
• Floods/mudslide in Sierra Leone
• Humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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:
• The high proportion of events occurring in countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria underscores the need to strengthen country’s capacities and preparedness, and to continue to build capacity in these areas under the Country Business Model.
• Access to potable water has remained an important underlying factor for multiple health emergencies in the African region. The multiple water-related health emergencies necessitate closer multisectoral work and political commitment redundant.