From 1 January though 29 November 2017, a total of 3967 laboratory-confirmed and probable cases including 76 deaths (case fatality rate = 1.9%) were reported by the Ministry of Health to WHO. Of the cases reported, 596 were laboratory confirmed.
From 1 January 2017 through 29 November, 20 of 47 counties (43%) in Kenya have reported cases. As of 29 November, seven counties continue to have active cholera outbreaks (Embu, Garissa, Kirinyaga, Mombasa, Nairobi, Turkana, and Wajir).
Total South Sudanese refugees in the region as of 15 Nov (pre and post Dec 2013 caseload)
South Sudanese refugee arrivals in 2017, based on field reports as of 15 November
Refugees in South Sudan and 1.88 million IDPs as of 31 October
The government-led multi-agency humanitarian needs assessment started on 18 November 2017 and will continue until 13 December 2017. The findings will inform the Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) for 2018. Preliminary estimates are that 5 to 7 million people will require food support and 7.4 million people will require access to safe water.
This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 50 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:
- Declaration of end of Marburg virus disease outbreak in Uganda
- Influenza A H1N1 in Ghana
- Listeriosis in South Africa
- Cholera in Zambia
- Dengue fever in Senegal
Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.
Mogadishu, Somalia, 11 December 2017 – A health conference on public health sector development was launched today by the Federal Government of Somalia’s Ministry of Health with support from The World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo).
Mogadishu, 11 December 2017 – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Italian Republic, via the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, is making a contribution of 3 million Euros towards the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)’s new Country Programme for Somalia over the period 2017-2020.
In partnership with UNFPA, this generous contribution will support the Federal Government of Somalia’s efforts in reducing maternal deaths, unmet need for birth spacing, and ending violence and harmful practices against women and girls.
(Abuja, 11 December 2017): The United Nations, through the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund, has allocated $13.4 million to help thousands of children, women and men in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in crisis-hit north-east Nigeria.
The humanitarian emergency in the northeastern Nigeria is one of the most severe in the world today, with 8.5 million people in need of life-saving aid in 2017 in the worst-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.
8 additional cases were reported between 4th and 10th December 2017
Last case reported on the 5th December 2017
No death reported.
No cases reported from Dikwa, MMC, Mafa and Jere.
Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks at the annual high-level pledging conference for the Central Emergency Response Fund, in New York today:
It is a pleasure for me to be here with you to celebrate a United Nations success story — the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). Over the past 12 years, CERF has been at the forefront of humanitarian response.
The objective of the VAS is to provide baseline data to map the basic needs and critical gaps of services in areas of high return and to share the findings with government authorities and partners for better planning and targeting of transition and recovery activities. Wau County was prioritized by the Inter Cluster Working Group (ICWG) in Wau due to the increasing number of returnees observed to be moving from the PoC AA site and collective centres (churches) back to their home areas in Wau County. Ninety-four per cent of IDPs staying at PoC AA are from Wau County itself.
Situation of Education in the Current Conflict and Humanitarian Context
• More than 45 people were reportedly killed, including six aid workers, in an attack by armed men in Duk County, Jonglei.
• Continued reports of armed clashes in multiple locations of the country in the past weeks, affecting thousands of people.
• Women and girls are experiencing unprecedented levels of violence in South Sudan’s conflict.
• The humanitarian response in the Greater Baggari area, Wau County continues, despite challenges.
• South Sudan’s conflict has left a large number of people with disabilities.
2018 will mark the fifth year of the Nigerian refugee crisis with 218,000 Nigerian refugees expected to be living in and outside of camps with host communities in Cameroon, Chad and Niger. The overall Nigerian refugee population size has fluctuated in 2017, with new arrivals, departures to Nigeria and pendular movements between countries of asylum and Nigeria, owing to the prevailing insecurity and sub-standard living conditions in the country of origin.
INSIDE SOUTH SUDAN
281,642 Refugees in South Sudan as of 30 November 2017.
1.86 million IDPs in South Sudan including 209,898 in UNMISS Protection of Civilians sites as of 22 November 2017
US $883.5 million Funding requested by UNHCR for the South Sudan Situation in 2017.
Achievements and Impact
Un nuevo proyecto fortalecerá a la salud de 1.7 millones de nicaragüenses de Nueva Segovia, Madriz, Estelí, Matagalpa y Jinotega
El Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) aprobó un préstamo de US$133 millones para mejorar el bienestar de los nicaragüenses, a través de la atención a los principales factores que inciden en las condiciones de salud. Asimismo, se prevén acciones para fortalecer la calidad de la atención, capacitando al personal del Ministerio de Salud.
La comunidad humanitaria está conteniendo por el momento los efectos catastróficos de la sequía pero si la ayuda se reduce podríamos volver a una situación tan grave como la de 2011, cuando la primera hambruna del siglo XXI se cobró 250.000 vidas
En algunas zonas del país la disponibilidad de agua es de menos de 7,5 litros por persona al día
Acción contra el Hambre pide un apoyo sostenido por parte de la comunidad internacional para evitar la catástrofe
7 de diciembre de 2017
Mogadishu, 7 December 2017: - The Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) will allocate more than $12.3 million to get the famine prevention efforts for 2018 off to a timely start. These critical funds, part of the SHF Second 2017 Standard Allocation, will support 30 famine prevention projects in some of the worst-affected areas across Somalia. This standard allocation round, focusing primarily on national and international nongovernmental partners (98 per cent of funds), brings SHF funding for famine prevention response in 2017 to more than $57 million.
Humanitarian needs are on the rise due to limited rain, displacement, lack of access to basic services and continuing conflict. Over one million people have been displaced due to drought and conflict in 2017, nearly two-thirds of these are under age 18. Deyr rains have been poor and approximately 50 per cent below average in most areas. Urgent and more sustainable mid to longer-term investment in reducing risk and vulnerability is required.
For nearly a year, relentless conflict and natural disaster have put more than 20 million people in four countries across Africa and the Middle East at risk of starvation. For just as long, Mercy Corps has been dedicated to helping people in the hardest-hit communities survive, meet their emergency needs and build a foundation for eventual recovery.