Keynotes and Events of Public Health Significance
• A total of 100 suspected cases of immediately reportable disease and events including 24 deaths were reported
• Completeness and timeliness of health facility reports were 65% and 61% respectively
• One confirmed case of shigellosis reported from Gbarpolu County
• Ongoing measles outbreak in Todee district, Montserrado County
Regional Summary of Week 33 and Outlook for Week 34
1) In Week 33, the AHA Centre observed drought reports in southern part of ASEAN region, effect of Tropical Storm (TS) Bebinca, and increased earthquake & volcano activities.
2) Drought events have been reported in several locations of Borneo and Java.
3) TS Bebinca brought torrential rain, and consequently floods and landslides in Viet Nam, Lao PDR, and Thailand. Thousands of people remain displaced due to flooding in effect of southwest monsoon in Philippines (NDRRMC, DSWD).
Kabul - UNAMA welcomes the announcement by the Government of a conditional ceasefire for the upcoming Eid and calls on the parties to the conflict to seize this opportunity to put an end to violence.
“A mutual ceasefire would further the prospects for talks to take place between the parties to the conflict to find a political settlement,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan.
Parties to the South Sudan conflict signed a power-sharing deal on 5 August 2018 in Khartoum. The latest governance arrangement is part of several deals concluded recently. However, the numerous broken peace deals in South Sudan in the past raise concerns about implementation.
PSC Report spoke to Nicholas Haysom, United Nations Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan about building sustainable peace in South Sudan.
19 August 2018 – Despite having one of the lowest immunization rates in the world, Somalia has made great strides in increasing immunization coverage in recent years with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other health system strengthening partners. To enhance coverage even more, in early August 2018, WHO Somalia brought together all the major organizations and institutions involved in immunization to lay the foundation for better coordinated immunization efforts in Somalia.
By Maryann Zamora, Islamic Relief Philippines
The Sudanese Federal Plant Protection Administration has announced the appearance of the autumn cluster worm* in South Kordofan and described the worm as a threat to food security in the state.
Farmers told Radio Dabanga that the worm has appeared in Rashad, Dalami, and the areas adjacent to Habila agricultural projects.
They pointed out that the worm affects the stalks of sorghum and maize and is difficult to fight with pesticides.
One of the main drivers of humanitarian needs in Afghanistan in 2018 was displacement due to conflict with more 173,000 people forced from their homes due to fighting. Many of these people remain in displacement across the country, as conflict prevents them from returning to their areas of origin.
Almost 31,500 Afghan citizens returned from Pakistan to Afghanistan in 2018. While the number of returnees is less than the same period last year, a larger influx from Pakistan may arrive in the second half of the year.
The following provides an overview of selected achievements by humanitarian partners operating in Sudan during 2017 under the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). These successes would not have been possible without strong cooperation between UN agencies, NGOs and the Government of Sudan. Donor contributions in 2017 amounted to about US$365.6 million for HRP activities and an additional $66.9 million for humanitarian assistance outside of the HRP.
The International Organization for Migration – IOM works with national and local authorities also local partners to identify and understand migration movements in West and Central Africa. Flow monitoring Point (FMP) is an activity that quantifies and qualifies flows, migrant profiles, trends and migration routes at a given point of entry, transit or exit. Since February 2016, IOM Niger has been monitoring migration flows at two points in the Agadez region of Niger in Arlit and Séguédine.
Lebanon is classified as an upper middle-income country.
The current Human Development Index (HDI) value is 0.763 – in the high human development category – positioning the country at 76 out of 188 countries and territories.
With six million people living in a land area of just 10,000 km square on the eastern Mediterranean coast, Lebanon is small and densely populated.
Additional information of relevance (e.g. imported cases with travel history to Pacific Island countries and territories):
Kofi Annan était une force directrice pour le bien. C'est avec une profonde tristesse que j'ai appris son décès. À bien des égards, Kofi Annan était l’Organisation des Nations Unies. Il a gravi les échelons pour mener l’Organisation dans le nouveau millénaire avec une dignité et une détermination sans pareil.
Comme beaucoup d’autres, j’étais fier d’appeler Kofi Annan mon ami et mentor. J'ai été profondément honoré de sa confiance quand il m’a choisi comme Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés sous sa direction.
The National Perceptions Survey on Peacebuilding for Solomon Islands provides a fresh insight into people’s perceptions of peacebuilding immediately after the withdrawal of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), and in the wake of recent efforts through the UN supported peacebuilding programme.
Flooding remains in four northern provinces, four northeastern provinces and a central province on Monday -- and water levels are rising in most of them, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said.
Chayapol Thitisak, director-general of the department, said that parts of the northern provinces of Chiang Rai, Lampang, Nan and Phayao are under water, affecting some 13,000 people. Floodwater was rising in all those provinces except Chiang Rai. Tropical storm Bebinca and the southwestern monsoon were responsible, he said.
20 August 2018 – The Federated States of Micronesia has become the first Pacific island country to complete a Joint External Evaluation (JEE).
Redress and Accountability Needed for Crimes
In flood-hit southern Lao PDR this World Humanitarian Day, UNFPA and partners are intensifying relief efforts for affected populations, including women and girls, as the misery continues almost a month after disaster struck, including the collapse of a dam and the devastation that calamity triggered for tens of thousands of civilians in the area.
MSF calls on Johnson & Johnson to make key drug bedaquiline affordable for all people who need it.
GENEVA – Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today welcomed the new World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for improved treatment for people with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB), prioritising the use of several oral drugs, including the newer drug bedaquiline, and minimising the use of drugs that must be injected.
NAN: The flooding situation in this northern province is still serious with three districts still inundated from heavy downpours a few days earlier, when tropical depression "Bebinca" weakened into a low pressure area over the upper North of Thailand.
In the Nan Municipality, six communities -- Suan Tan, Don Kaew, Don Si Soem, Tha Chang, Muang Len and Hua Wiang Tai Lang -- on both sides of the Nan River were 20-50 centimetres under water on Sunday morning as a result of the overflow.