13,606 Refugees in Lóvua
22,650 Refugees receiving assistance in Lunda Norte
3,343 HouseholdsPersons with disabilities
57% Children <18 years old Unaccompanied and Separated Children
49% Women 725 Households headed by women
4,505 Refugees under education age
41 Villages occupied vs 57 planned
Luanda - At least 1.5 million cases of malaria that resulted in 3,853 deaths were recorded in the six months in Angola, exceeding the 1.3 million cases in 2016 when the country was hit by yellow fever epidemic.
Alike in 2016, the Angolan health authorities described 2018 as an epidemiological year.
The provinces of Cuanza Norte, Bengo and Huambo are the most endemic regions, according to data released by the Secretary of State for Health, José Vieira Dias da Cunha.
By Arnaldo Vieira
Angolan authorities have shut the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Malanje Province to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, media confirmed.
Malanje Province is located 383km northeast of Luanda and is a major point of interaction between Angolans and the Congolese.
According to VOA Radio, the border points on the Angolan side would have 12 police officers, 12 immigration personnel, four nurses and four firefighters and civil protection services officials to ensure the Ebola virus was not allowed in.
Water trucking in Lóvua finishes at the end of May. The first of six boreholes to be drilled, finally reached water at 138 metres.
Current Communicating with Communities interventions for the DRC refugees aim to build the capacity of leaders on key family competencies, conflict resolution and service management.
Due to the expansion of Lóvua, many villages in the settlement are located far from the existing health centre. Another clinic will be built to improve the services delivery.
Huambo - Angolan Government has vowed to reduce the risk of introducing Ebola virus into the country from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
This was confirmed Wednesday by minister of Health Sílvia Lutukuta, who alluded to the country’s reviving emergency and multi-sector contingency plan.
Sílvia Lutukuta was speaking at the opening session of the 28th Consultative Council of the sector, held in central Huambo province.
Soyo - At least 14 health technicians in Soyo town, northern Zaire province, were deployed along the Mwanda region and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border to bolster the surveillance and avoid the spread of Ebola outbreak hitting that neighbouring country.
This was told to Angop on Wednesday in Soyo city by the local health director, Pedro Lussukamo.
He underlined that the referred health technicians and partners increased the epidemiological surveillance measures at local ports and airports.
Registration of newborns resumed in Lóvua. On Wednesdays, a team from the civil registry will be registering newborn refugees in the settlement.
A Joint Assessment Mission by authorities and partners is on-going until the end of May. The findings will allow the redesign of emergency food-security and nutritional response beyond July 2018.
The borehole drilling has started in Lóvua settlement after a fourmonth delay.
Uíge - Angola's northern Uige province is outlining strategies to prevent Ebola outbreak recently plaguing the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The was during a meeting the provincial Health Board held Wednesday with the municipalities.
The meeting aimed at outlining strategies and listening to the municipal authorities, discussed topics such as biosafety measures, epidemiological surveillance system, awareness on prevention measures in dealing with deaths.
A total of 873 suspected cases of cholera were reported in Uige province, including 13 deaths up from January to 20 April 2018. A total of 493 children under 14 were affected of whom 288 were girls and 205 boys. Additionally, 50 suspected cases of cholera and 2 death were reported in Cabinda province. After an effective initial response, case numbers have reduced to less than 3 cases per week.
Saurimo - The eastern Lunda Sul province is intensifying epidemiological actions on border with Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), aimed at preventing Ebola virus from entering Angolan territory.
The information was released Wednesday in by the acting director of the Provincial Health Office in Lunda Sul, Gomes Txipilica.
"In view of human trafficking and trade activity on border zones, we will reinforce our surveillance teams, mainly on Cassai Sul and Chiluange border,” Gomes Txipilica told the journalists.
Luanda - The vaccination against measles, rubella and polio has reached 95 percent in Luanda province, with two days to end the campaign, said the province's campaign coordinator Felismina Neto.
According to the coordinator, the success of the campaign owed to the engagement by Municipal Administrators, Health teams, volunteers as well as the staff of the Angola Armed Forces (FAA) and National Police.
Elections in Lóvua settlement have been completed. Refugees voted for three representatives per village. Seventy-four per cent of eligible refugees voted of which 35 per cent were women.
A Joint Assessment Mission (JAM) will be held from 17 April to end-May.
The findings will allow the re-design of partners’ emergency foodsecurity and nutritional response beyond July 2018. The borehole drilling has started in Lóvua settlement after a fourmonth delay by the contractor company; so far 84m of the 120m have been drilled.
Protection services are provided to refugees living in urban communities and include physical safety, special protection for children against exploitation and abuse, assistance for persons with specific needs, legal protection, psychosocial support, and SGBV prevention and response.
Strengthening of targeted services and assistance for persons with specific needs is a priority.
13,515 Refugees in Lóvua
24,762 Refugees receiving assistance in Lunda Norte
3,364 Households Persons with disabilities
57% Children <18 years old Unaccompanied and Separated Children
720 Households headed by women
6,287 Refugees under education age
41 Villages occupied vs 53 planned
Ndalatando - The governor of the northern Cuanza Norte province José Maria Ferraz dos Santos has called for the need to work on the prevention and containment of the dengue outbreak, hitting the region since early this month.
The governor urged the religious and traditional entities as well as members of civil society to get engaged in combat the disease.
The appeal was launched Wednesday at a meeting he held with the members of the Community Consultation Council.
Luanda - Thirteen million children are being vaccinated against measles, rubella and poliomyelitis across the country, during a campaign started Monday, Angop has learnt from official sources.
Children up to five years will be immunised against measles and rubella, while those aged from nine months to fourteen years will be vaccinated against polio.
The Ministry of Health has created 5,935 teams to ensure the success of the campaign.
Luanda tops the list, mostly in Viana municipality - about 1 million children.
Four schools with three classrooms each opened in Lóvua settlement to welcome 3,339 refugee and host community children who are now attending both primary and secondary school.
A working session on “The Role of Communication in Protecting Refugees”, was held at CIAM in Luanda. This session strengthened media’s perception towards asylum and refugee issues. A training on Refugee
Protection in Emergency and Preparedness counted with several provincial authorities. The workshop engaged in necessary steps of protection in emergency settings.
Luanda - The Government of Japan has provided about USD 250,000 for the Kasai, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) refugee support operations in Dundo, Lunda Norte, Republic of Angola.
The funds provided enable UNICEF to continue humanitarian assistance in the areas of nutrition, water, hygiene and sanitation, as well as the promotion of good health practices, UNICEF said in a statement.
• A total of 751 suspected cases of cholera were reported in Uige including 13 deaths up to 10 March 2018. A total of 447 children under 14 were affected of which 264 were girls and 183 boys. Additionally, 18 suspected cases of cholera and 1 death were reported in Cabinda province.