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I. Displacements Overview
Displacement Tracking Matrix 9
by CYNTHIA KANYERE
Il y a deux semaines, Sifa a été conduite en urgence à l’Hôpital Heal Africa de Goma, en Province du Nord-Kivu. La jeune fille de 12 ans souffrait de malnutrition aiguë sévère avec complications. Aujourd’hui, assise sur son lit d’hôpital, elle mange avec appétit des frites et un morceau de viande.
As outbreak control efforts have been intensified, only five new confirmed cases of Lassa fever were reported in the week that ended on the 15th of April 2018. This is the lowest number of cases reported in a single week since January 2018. This also marks the eighth week of continuous decline in new confirmed cases showing that the efforts to control the outbreak are bearing fruit.
The Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole remarked on the current situation:
• Food Cluster: 8.5 million emergency beneficiaries and 4.5 m ex-public work clients received emergency food commodities.
During the last quarter of 2017, IDPs were also targeted for emergency food distribution. There were delays in food distribution especially in Somali region. One round was dropped and two rounds were carried over to the first quarter of 2018. As a result, out of nine only six rounds of food distribution were completed within 2017.
HARARE – The Government of Japan has announced a contribution of US$ 1 million to enhance the resilience of communities in Zimbabwe through a comprehensive set of life-saving health, nutrition, food security and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) interventions. The project will be implemented jointly by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). It will particularly help to safeguard the resilience of the most vulnerable, especially women and children, through timely and efficient action to ensure that no one is left behind.
201 Rabies vaccines: WHO position paper – April 2018
220 WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunization: request for nominations
201 Vaccins antirabiques: Note de synthèse de l’OMS – avril 2018
220 Le Groupe Stratégique Consultatif d’Experts (SAGE) de l’OMS sur la vaccination: appel à candidatures
Refugees and IDPs received material support and training during March 2018.
Individuals received capacitybuilding training during March 2018.
Children, pregnant and nursing mothers screened for nutritional status during the reporting period.
Working with Partners in 2018
■ UNHCR works closely with the Government of South Sudan to deliver assistance and protection services to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
From 1 January through 15 April 2018, 1849 suspected cases have been reported from 21 states (Abia, Adamawa, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Federal Capital Territory, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Kogi, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, Rivers, and Taraba). Of these, 413 patients were confirmed with Lassa fever, nine were classified as probable 1422 tested negative and were classified as non-cases and for the five remaining suspect cases laboratory results are pending.
Thousands of people have lost their lives and millions of people were affected by the crisis due to the conflicts between Syrian government and demonstrators, which has started in March 15th, 2011 and has spread nation-wise with the demonstrations in April 2011. More than 5.5 million people had to leave the country and 13.1 million people were internally displaced or were in need of humanitarian aid. As of March, more than 3.5 million Syrians live in our country which is the largest host country of Syrian refugees. More than 3.3 million of them live in city centers.
Epidemiological Highlights Week 15
•156 health facilities are currently registered in EWARS. 116 reported were received for week 15. The cumulative completeness for reporting is 74%.
• In week 15, a total 85 alerts were triggered and all the alerts went through initial verification.
• 4 012 AWD cases were reported in week 15, bringing total for AWD in 2018 up to 72 942 cases. One field investigation was conducted in response to an AWD alert. The investigation and initial risk assessment was completed in less than 48 hours.
Epidemiological Highlights Week 13
• 155 health facilities are currently registered as EWARS sites. 111 reported were received for week 14. In 2018, the cumulative completeness for reporting is 69%.
• 90 alerts were triggered through indicator-based surveillance (IBS) and 12 through event-based surveillance (EBS). All alerts were verified. Of the 90 IBS alerts, 75 (83.3%) were discarded and 13 (16.7%) are being monitored.
20/04/2018 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka Red Cross Society joined hands with Kegalle RDHS Office to create a ” Dengue Free Kegalle ” under Dengue Prevention Programme.
During February 2018, there was a discussion at Kegalle regarding this matter and as a result of it some items were needed to enhance the Dengue Prevention Programme in Kegalle.
As a result of it, items worth of Rs 2.5 million were handed over to RDHS office by Sri Lanka Red Cross Society.
For the year 2017, 186101 and in the month of April, 2018, 15703 suspected dengue cases were reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island. Latest Disease Trends,
Approximately 31.2% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the 29th week of 2017.
Guatemala, 17 de abril de 2018. Más de 40 delegados de los Ministerios de Salud de 14 países de las Américas, representantes de la Agencia de Salud Pública para el Caribe (CARPHA por sus siglas en inglés), expertos de arbovirus (dengue, chikungunya y zika) y personal técnico de OPS/OMS Guatemala se reúnen en ciudad de Guatemala del 17 al 20 de abril para revisar la Estrategia Regional para prevenir y controlar enfermedades arbovirales.
• Yobe State health authorities declare cholera outbreak in Bade LGA
• Relief actors reach 2.4 million people with emergency food assistance in northeastern Nigeria during February
• Approximately 27 percent of the population in Lac, Chad, may experience Crisis or worse levels of acute food insecurity from June–August
• With support from UNICEF, 7,065 unaccompanied and separated refugee children have been provided with psychosocial support, referrals and access to basic services based on the Best Interest Determination.
• UNICEF in collaboration with partners ensured provision of safe water and sanitation facilities for 93,926 refugees including children in schools, Child Friendly Spaces and in health facilities.
• UNICEF supported the treatment of 265 children under five with severe acute malnutrition, and the cure rate was 81 per cent
Caracas, 13 abril de 2018 (OPS/OMS)- Más de 450 trabajadores de la salud fueron entrenados por la Organización Panamericana de la Salud / Organización Mundial de la Salud (OPS/OMS) para el manejo de los casos de malaria, en cuatro estados del país, Anzoátegui, Aragua, Bolívar y Sucre.
Arequipa: Distrito de Yanahuara alcanzó la temperatura más baja a nivel nacional con -10.4°C
La temperatura más baja de todo el país se registró por segundo día consecutivo en el distrito de Yanahuara, de la provincia y departamento de Arequipa, que soportó un mínimo valor de -10.4 grados centígrados, informó el SENAMHI al Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia Nacional (COEN).
Loreto: Un día “lluvioso” se presentó en el distrito de Las Amazonas en las últimas 24 horas
Rohingya in Rakhine continue to experience difficulty accessing services and livelihood activities
Relief actors are working to relocate refugees residing in at-risk areas of Cox’s Bazar
State/PRM provides an additional $24.7 million to respond to the complex emergency in Burma
Protection services are provided to refugees living in urban communities and include physical safety, special protection for children against exploitation and abuse, assistance for persons with specific needs, legal protection, psychosocial support, and SGBV prevention and response.
Strengthening of targeted services and assistance for persons with specific needs is a priority.