This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 43 events in the region. This week, one new event has been reported: flash floods/mudslides in Sierra Leone. This week’s edition also covers key ongoing events, including:
• Lassa fever and cholera in Nigeria
• Cholera in the United Republic of Tanzania
• Necrotizing cellulitis/fasciitis in the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Principe
• Humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic
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 flash floods and mudslides in Freetown, Sierra Leone have devastated communities who need urgent assistance.
• Attacks on civilians and humanitarian workers caught in conflict have remained a serious problem, and are occurring with increasing frequency. The commemoration of World Humanitarian Day on 19 August 2017 reiterates the fact that civilians and humanitarian workers caught in conflict are #NotATarget (http://www.who.int/health-cluster/en/) and demand global action to protect them.