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17 Sep 2018 description

Overview

The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 52 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

  • Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe

  • Cholera outbreak in Algeria

  • Yellow fever outbreak in Republic of Congo

  • Humanitarian crisis in Mali.

13 Sep 2018 description

Executive Summary

The second 2017 meeting of the Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group (RITAG), the principal advisory group to the WHO Regional Offce for Africa took place at the Protea Balalaika Hotel Sandton, in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 5–7 December 2017. The meeting focused on progress towards regional immunization goals, maternal & neonatal tetanus elimination, polio eradication & end-game strategy, challenges facing middle-income countries, cholera control and immunization research in the African Region.

10 Sep 2018 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 55 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

Declaration of the end of the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa
Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Cholera in Niger
Cholera in Cameroon
Hepatitis E in Namibia
Humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic.

07 Sep 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

More than 24,897 cholera / AWD cases and 354 deaths (Case Fatality Rate, 1.4%) have been reported in 10 out of 21 countries of Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) since the beginning of 2018. These countries include; Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Somalia accounts for 23.8% of the total case load reported this year.

04 Sep 2018 description

The warning came from the liaison officer to World Health Organisation in the region, Armando Aspirante.

Aspirante told Angop that several protection measures are being implemented along the border area, the communes of Chiluange and Cassai Sul share with the DRC.

The official said that there are skilled surveillance teams in both communes and well equipped health facilities to deal with eventual cases of disease.

03 Sep 2018 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 60 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Measles in Mauritius
Cholera in Niger
Humanitarian crisis in Cameroon
Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

31 Aug 2018 description

OVERVIEW

Malnutrition is the result of a complex set of interacting factors that are multi-sectoral, related to health, sanitation and care practices as well as consumption and access to food. Further influencing factors include education, gender, social equity, and the local social and environmental context. These causes of malnutrition are classified as immediate, underlying, and basic, whereby factors at one level influence other levels.

31 Aug 2018 description

OVERVIEW

In 2016, 77,000 people in Southern Angola were in IPC Phase 3 (Crisis) and 272,500 people in IPC Phase 4 (Emergency), translating to 37% and 21% of the assessed area’s population respectively (and totalling 58%). Lack of potable water contributed to the situation. At the national level, in 2016 about 38% of population suffered from chronic malnutrition. In south-central Bie Province, this figure surpassed 50%. The country is experiencing financial difficulties and lack of funding is a major constraint in expanding VAA to the whole country.

29 Aug 2018 description

Key messages

• The 2017-18 rainfall season was characterized by a late start, an extended mid-season dry spell (December-January) and heavy rains from February into April. The dry spell caused moisture stress and wilting of the early planted crops in many areas in Botswana, south-western Madagascar, southern Malawi, southern and some central parts of Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

27 Aug 2018 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 60 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

  • Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Cholera in Nigeria
  • Cholera in Tanzania
  • Typhoid fever in Zimbabwe
  • Humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia

27 Aug 2018 description

The situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the world’s most complex and challenging yet forgotten crises. As of 31 July 2018, 782,363 Congolese refugees are being hosted in African countries.

From 1 January to 31 July 2018 alone, some 121,618 Congolese fled to neighboring countries, with a particularly significant increase in refugee flows to Uganda, Burundi and Zambia.

24 Aug 2018 description

LÓVUA REFUGEE SETTLEMENT, Lunda Norte Province, Angola—With a grin on her face, Marie Anny, 13, approaches. On any other day she would be taking advantage of the free time during school at Lóvua refugee settlement to play with her friends. But today, she can barely contain her excitement.

She is to receive a dignity kit, distributed at her school by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, in partnership with UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.

24 Aug 2018 description

Following the declaration on 1 August 2018 of a new Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, WHO conducted a formal rapid risk assessment, which determined that the public health risk for this outbreak is high at the regional level. This assessment took into consideration that, with eight million inhabitants, North Kivu is one of the most densely populated provinces in the country. North Kivu borders four other provinces (Ituri, South Kivu, Maniema and Tshopo), as well as Uganda and Rwanda.

22 Aug 2018 description

Situation Overview

The Ministry of Health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, WHO and partners are responding to an Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak since 1 August 2018, with the epicentre being Mangina town in Mabalako Health Zone, North Kivu Province, in the east of the country. Confirmed cases have also been reported from Beni Health Zone (North Kivu Province) and Mandima Health Zone (Ituri Province).

22 Aug 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

More than 24,531 cholera / AWD cases and 347 deaths (Case Fatality Rate, 1.4%) have been reported in 10 out of 21 countries of Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) since the beginning of 2018. These countries include; Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Somalia accounts for 23.5% of the total case load reported this year, followed by Kenya at 23.4%.

20 Aug 2018 description

Overview

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 60 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

  • Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Typhoid fever in Zimbabwe

  • Measles in Chad

  • Cholera in Niger

  • Humanitarian crisis in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

15 Aug 2018 description

The situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the world’s most complex and challenging yet forgotten crises. As of 30 June 2018, 781,697 Congolese refugees are being hosted in African countries.

From 1 January to 30 June 2018 alone, some 112,401 Congolese fled to neighboring countries, with a particularly significant increase in refugee flows to Uganda, Burundi and Zambia.