DR Congo, August 14, 2018
Global organization rapidly expands large-scale humanitarian response in eastern part of country
Global organization Mercy Corps is expanding its existing humanitarian response in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to help prevent the spread of Ebola. The tenth outbreak of the disease in the country has already killed 39 people.
Barely a week after the announcement on August 1st of a new Ebola epidemic in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, vaccination against this deadly disease started in the two epicentres of the epidemic. More than 3000 doses of the vaccine were transferred from Kinshasa to the affected areas to enable a quick roll-out of the vaccination campaign.
Dr. Tajudeen Oyewale, Deputy Representative of UNICEF in the DRC was present at the start of the vaccination on August 10th in Beni, one of the epicentres of the epidemic.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
AID WORKERS HARASSED AND LOOTED NEAR KAGA BANDORO
DES TRAVAILLEURS HUMANITAIRES HARCELÉS ET PILLÉS PRÈS DE KAGA BANDORO
Heavy clashes between Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and Taliban have been ongoing in Ghazni city since 20 July. The city faces water shortages, markets are closed, and electricity supply and telecommunications are limited. Food stocks and medical supplies are running low.
Between 110 and 150 civilian casualties are reported, and the Ghazni hospital is reported to be overwhelmed by the high number of casualties. Humanitarian operations are constrained and displacement is expected.
INTRODUCTION AND HUMANITARIAN CONTEXT
For the second time in a matter of months, Ebola once again threatens lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This time the deadly Ebola has struck North Kivu, an area rife with armed conflict and violence that could make the virus even more devastating.
The mighty Congo River both connects Kinshasa with Equateur Province where an Ebola epidemic began in May 2018 and separates the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from Congo-Brazzaville, hidden in the haze on the other bank.
“Epidemiological surveillance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a massive challenge,” said Pierre Dimany while looking out to the river. Pierre is the Kinshasa coordinator of the National Programme for Border Hygiene (PNHF), a partner of IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in the Ebola response.
Katsina, 13 August 2018 - The Federal Government with the support of World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a reactive vaccination campaign in Danja local government area (LGA) of Katsina state in response to a recently identified outbreak of Yellow Fever.
SITUATION IN NUMBERS
Total Refugees 2.5M
Total IDPs in Burundi 187,0262
Total Burundi Returnees 30,088
1.5M Children (59%)
112,216 Children (60%)
16.3 million people in need of humanitarian services
8.2 million children in need of humanitarian services
667,948 children under-five in need of SAM treatment
14.8 million people are in need of water
At least 6.2 million children are at risk of dropping out of school
The current number of IDPs in Somalia has increased to 2.6 million from 2.1 million in May
3,590 cumulative Cholera/AWD cases resulting in 26 deaths (CFR 0.4) have been reported in 2018
Faits marquants intervenus depuis la diffusion de la carte précédente sur PacNet, le 6 août 2018 :
KARACHI: Nineteen more dengue fever cases were detected across Karachi in a week, taking the reported cases toll to 669 in the city since 1st January 2018. According to the weekly report issued by Prevention and Control Program for Dengue in Sindh, at least 20 new dengue fever cases emerged throughout Sindh province out of which 19 were in Karachi and one in other district of the province in a week.
Aug 14, 2018-Cases of dengue, a mosquito-borne disease more prevalent in Tarai districts, have been reported in Darchula, a hill district in Karnali Province.
Two patients were diagnosed with dengue in Darchula District Hospital recently. The hospital officials said a 32-year-old man from Mahakali Municipality-2 and a nine-year-old girl from Lekam Rural Municipality tested positive for dengue, and were referred to Nepalgunj and Dhanagdhi for treatment.
Highlights since the last map was sent on PacNet on 6 August 2018
Another case of polio has been reported in Papua New Guinea, this time in the Eastern Highlands province.
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• As of 28 June 2018, a total of 15,425 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were registered at Kenani transit centre in the Luapula Province of Zambia.
• UNICEF and partners are supporting the Government of Zambia to provide life-saving services for all the refugees in Kenani transit centre and in the Mantapala permanent settlement area.
• More than half of the refugees have been relocated to Mantapala permanent settlement area.