This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 58 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:
Humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia
Humanitarian crisis in in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Hepatitis E outbreak in Namibia
Cholera outbreak in Cameroon
Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Daily Nutritional Services in Fara AlUdayn District.
Daily Nutritional Services in Mudhiakhera District.
CHVs Basic Training in Mudhiakhera District.
Daily Health Services in Fara AlUdayn District.
Daily Health Services in Mudhiakhera District.
UNOCHA & WFP Observation.
Emergency Water Supply.
Study on the Rehabilitation of Al-Hasha Well.
Hygiene Awareness – Raising.
Recovery operations continue in Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, and other hurricane-affected countries in the Caribbean, after the September 2017 passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria
USAID/OFDA partner Samaritan’s Purse (SP) supports economic recovery in Dominica
Tropical Storm Beryl crosses Dominica on July 8–9, causing minimal damage
Diplomatic efforts at the highest level are underway, spearheaded by the UN Special Envoy who is mediating between the parties in an attempt to restart peace negotiations. As part of these negotiations, the UAE set a deadline for the Houthi forces to withdraw from Hudaydah under a negotiated settlement by June 30th, during which time there was a relative lull in the ﬁghting. Since this deadline passed without the Houthis retreating, there has been an escalation in the violence.
Key issues in the past week:
The collapse of a natural dam in Panjsher flooded several villages destroyed more than 150 houses.
Some 3,400 people are reportedly displaced to Tirinkot City, due to fighting in Dehrawud district.
Members of an armed group force 37 health facilities to close in Zabul Province.
A total of 21,000 people in need received humanitarian assistance across the country.
7,700 New IDPs reported in the past week
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
• Humanitarian Coordinator call for urgent scale up of humanitarian assistance in Tambura, Western Equatoria.
• Humanitarians call for pause to enable them reach thousands of people as fighting continues in Unity.
• Renewed fighting in Wau’s Baggari area forces thousands of people to flee their homes.
• Partners scale up seed and tools distribution to communities hardest hit by hunger and malnutrition in planting season.
• Up to 2.4 million children not receiving an education in South Sudan.
In the reporting Week 27 (July 2-8, 2018) seven new confirmediI cases were reported from Ondo(3), Edo(2), Taraba(1) and Plateau (1) with three deaths Ondo(2) and Plateau (1)
From 1st January to 8th July 2018, a total of 2115 suspectedi cases have been reported from 21 states. Of these, 446 were confirmed positive, 10 are probable, 1652 negative (not a case)
The multiagency cholera emergency operations center (EOC) hosted at NCDC continues to coordinate the response. This is the fourth situation report.
- Intense artillery shelling and airstrikes in Al Tuhayata and Zabid districts continue to trigger displacement.
- As of 13 July, approx 35,000 displaced households (HHs) have been verified and 20,000 of them have received RRM assistance.
- Al Hudaydah and Saleef sea ports are operational. The WFP-chartered vessel VOS Theia that covers the Djibouti-Hudaydah route has resumed its voyages.
IOM continues to respond to the humanitarian crisis in conflict-affected northeast Nigeria: 6.1 million people are targeted for humanitarian assistance in 2018, and while this represents a slight decrease from the 6.9 million people targeted in 2017, humanitarian needs remain severe amidst a volatile security situation. In June 2018, IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) identified 1.9 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in six northeastern states.
This Situation Update describes events occurring in Lu Thaw Township, Hpapun (Mu Traw) District during the period between March and May 2017, including information about recent military activity, a protest organised by internally displaced people, landmines, education, and health.
Despite forecasts for favorable rainfall, well below-average harvests again expected in northeast Nigeria
Tropical Cyclone Sagar affects an estimated 228,800 people
Above-average rainfall, humanitarian assistance improve food security conditions in Somalia
UN increases estimated number of IDPs to 2.6 million people
SARG, GoRF military offensive displaces up to 325,000 people in southern Syria, impedes humanitarian access
An estimated 1.5 million people remain in HTR areas of Syria, including 8,100 people in besieged locations
UN, SARC deliver humanitarian aid for 108,000 people in Ar Rastan for first time since SARG recapture in May
• Conflict in Al Hudaydah Governorate displaces more than 121,000 people
• Relief agencies assist more than 80,000 Al Hudaydah IDPs
• Airstrikes result in civilian deaths, damage humanitarian facilities in Hajjah, Sa’dah, and Sana’a
• 2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan more than 60 percent funded as of July 13
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 8-14 July 2018 and includes updates on carbapenemase-producing (OXA-48) Klebsiella pneumoniae, dengue, Ebola virus disease, poliomyelitis, MERS-CoV, mass gathering monitoring (FIFA Men's Football World Cup), measles, poliovirus type 2, rubella, Vibrio growth in the Baltic Sea, and West Nile virus.
Nigeria: at W25, 828 cases were reported from 12 States. A National Emergency Operations Centre has been activated, and Rapid Response Teams deployed in Kano, Bauchi, Plateau, Zamfara, and Adamawa States.
Cameroon: between May 18th-July 9th, 38 cases (5 confirmed) and 4 deaths were reported from the North (see p. 2)
D. R. Congo: more than 500 cases reported at W25 and 26, despite an overall low completeness. The Grand Kasaï region gathers almost half of the total reported cases with a high lethality (see p. 2).