Emergencies

Emergencies

WHO Grade 3 Emergencies  [to 24 June 2017]
Iraq 
:: Iraq: Special health health situation report on Mosul crisis
17 June 2017 — WHO in coordination with Erbil and Ninewa Directorates of Health (DOH) on 13 June 2017 rapidly responded to suspected food borne illness outbreak in Hassan Sham U2 camp by conducting an investigation with the aim to identify the source and cause of the outbreak, treat those ill as well as contain and prevent any spread. WHO delivered 500 rapid diagnostic test kits (RDT) to Ninewa DoH and primary health care facilities in Qayyarah, Hammam al’Alil and Salamiyah, to support the response to any future cholera outbreaks in the Governorate of Ninewa including camps and host communities. WHO donated to health partners emergency medical supplies enough to serve the needs of more than 20500 persons in Al Salamiyah camp.

The Syrian Arab Republic 
:: More than 12 000 treatments delivered to Ein Issa and Karameh camps in Al-Raqqa governorate
22 June 2017 – The World Health Organization (WHO) has responded to an acute shortage of life saving medicines by dispatching a shipment of more than 12 000 treatments to the 2 main camps for internally displaced persons in rural Al-Raqqa. This shipment will support treatment of patients with chronic conditions, infectious diseases and diarrhoeal diseases who lack adequate access to medical care.

Nigeria
:: Overview of WHO operations in north eastern Nigeria
June 2017 —WHO has decided to adopt a sub-regional approach across the four Lake Chad basin affected countries, to increase its interventions, which will address the health needs of the displaced populations and host communities alike.

South SudanNo new announcements identified.
YemenNo new announcements identified.
 

WHO Grade 2 Emergencies  [to 24 June 2017]
Democratic Republic of the Congo
:: Ebola Situation report: 20 June 2017
…On 19 June 2017, no new confirmed, probable cases or suspected have been reported since the last situa­tion update on 15 June. Seven alerts have been reported and investigated and none fulfilled the suspected case definition…

Cameroon  No new announcements identified
Central African Republic  – No new announcements identified. 
EthiopiaNo new announcements identified.
LibyaNo new announcements identified.
MyanmarNo new announcements identified.
Niger  – No new announcements identified.
Ukraine  – No new announcements identified
 
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UN OCHA – L3 Emergencies
The UN and its humanitarian partners are currently responding to three ‘L3’ emergencies. This is the global humanitarian system’s classification for the response to the most severe, large-scale humanitarian crises. 
Iraq
:: Hundreds of civilians are being killed and injured as fighting intensifies in Mosul’s old city
(Baghdad, 24 June 2017) – The United Nations strongly condemns recent incidents resulting in the terrible loss of civilian life including the 23 June attacks in eastern Mosul and in Mushahada in the old city of Mosul where as many as 12 civilians were killed and possibly hundreds injured.
“Killing and wounding civilians violates every humanitarian principle and is contrary in every way to international humanitarian law,” said Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life that has occurred during the fighting in Mosul and we extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of all the victims,” said Ms. Grande, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq…

Syrian Arab Republic
:: 23 Jun 2017  Syria – Regional: Emergency Dashboard, June 2017

YemenNo new announcements identified

UN OCHA – Corporate Emergencies
When the USG/ERC declares a Corporate Emergency Response, all OCHA offices, branches and sections provide their full support to response activities both at HQ and in the field.
Somalia
:: Somalia: Drought Response – Situation Report No. 13 (as of 20 June 2017)

Ethiopia
:: 20 Jun 2017  Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 19 June 2017

DRC (Kasai crisis)No new announcements identified.
NigeriaNo new announcements identified.

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War-Torn Yemen to Get Cholera Vaccines as Death Toll Mounts
New York Times/ASSOCIATED PRESS
JUNE 21, 2017
GENEVA — The U.N. health agency and some major partners have agreed to send 1 million doses of cholera vaccine to Yemen to help stanch a spiraling and increasingly deadly caseload in the impoverished country, which is already facing war and the risk of famine.
A spokesman for the World Health Organization said Wednesday that it didn’t initially want to publicize last week’s decision because questions remain about when and how the doses could reach the neediest people in a country sliced up along front lines and grappling with a nearly-collapsed health system.
WHO said the 1 million doses for Yemen were approved on June 15 by the International Coordinating Group, which manages vaccine stocks and includes the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance along with WHO. Such a shipment would be the largest since 1 million doses were sent to Haiti after Hurricane Matthew last fall — and would amount to about half of the usual world stockpile, which would then be replenished.
…Now, in just over two months, the cholera outbreak has taken over 1,100 lives and the caseload is rising, with peak levels unpredictable, WHO says…
…”The fact that over a thousand people have died during this rapidly spreading cholera outbreak is shocking,” said Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, in an e-mail. “We cannot underestimate the huge logistical challenges of delivering vaccines in a warzone where the health system, as well as basic infrastructure, has been all but destroyed.”
Berkley said the doses could help slow the spread of the disease as part of a broader strategy to contain it…

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UNICEF  [to 24 June 2017]
https://www.unicef.org/media/media_94367.html
23 June 2017
5.6 million children at risk of waterborne diseases as rainy season hits communities affected by Lake Chad crisis
DAKAR/ GENEVA/ABUJA, 23 June 2017 – More than 5.6 million children are at increased risk of contracting waterborne diseases, such as cholera and diarrheal infections, as the rainy season begins in conflict-affected areas of countries around Lake Chad, UNICEF warned today. The threat of disease outbreaks in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria coincides with growing regional insecurity and increased population movements particularly in Nigeria’s northeast.

Crisis ‘far from over’ as malnutrition, thirst and disease threaten lives of millions of children in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen
NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 23 June 2017 – The welcome announcement of an end to famine conditions in South Sudan this week should not distract from the fact that severe food insecurity continues to put the lives of millions of children at risk in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF warned today.

Nowhere To Go: Children in Iraq trapped in cycles of violence and poverty as conflict reaches unprecedented levels
BAGHDAD/NEW YORK, 22 June 2017 – Three years since the intensification of violence in Iraq, children are trapped in an endless cycle of violence and increasing poverty, according to a UNICEF assessment, Nowhere to Go.

South Sudan famine ebbs, but situation still desperate as hunger spreads
ROME/JUBA, South Sudan, 21 June 2017 – Famine has eased in South Sudan after a significant scale up in the humanitarian response, according to new analysis released today. However, the situation remains dire across the country as the number of people struggling to find enough food each day has grown to six million – up from 4.9 million in February – and is the highest level of food insecurity ever experienced in South Sudan.

South Sudan refugee crisis: Over 1,000 children fleeing violence and instability every day
KAMPALA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK, 20 June 2017 – As more than 1,000 children continue to flee South Sudan, on average every day in search of safety, the region’s refugee crisis has become a children’s crisis, UNICEF said today, on World Refugee Day.

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Editor’s Note:
We will cluster these recent emergencies as below and continue to monitor the WHO webpages for updates and key developments.

EBOLA/EVD  [to 24 June 2017]
http://www.who.int/ebola/en/
WHO AFRO
Ebola Situation report: 20 June 2017 
…On 19 June 2017, no new confirmed, probable cases or suspected have been reported since the last situa­tion update on 15 June. Seven alerts have been reported and investigated and none fulfilled the suspected case definition…

MERS-CoV [to 24 June 2017]
http://www.who.int/emergencies/mers-cov/en/
DONs- Disease Outbreak News
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
19 June 2017
Between 11 and 15 June 2017, the national IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported 14 additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection including one fatal case among previously reported cases…
 
 
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