Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)
Polio this week as of 06 March 2018 [GPEI]
::  New on http://polioeradication.org/: Japan has provided additional funding to support the Regional Reference Laboratory in Pakistan, whilst we looked at how one family in Afghanistan is helping to vaccinate every child in their community.
:: The Global Commission for Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication met in Geneva, reviewing the criteria that will need to be met in order to achieve global certification of wild poliovirus (WPV) eradication.
:: On International Women’s Day, we highlighted some of the incredible women working to reach every last child.
:: We are pleased to announce the launch of the Gender and Polio section on our website.
:: Minda Dentler, a champion triathlete, advocate for polio eradication, and polio survivor, spoke at TEDWomen about conquering the world’s toughest triathlon, and what it inspired her to do next.
:: Also released this week are new translations of our animation on the two polio vaccines, now available in Dari and Pashto, and Urdu
Summary of newly-reported viruses this week:
Afghanistan: One new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) positive environmental sample has been reported in Nangarhar province.
Pakistan: Two new WPV1 positive environmental samples have been reported, one collected in Sindh province, and one in Punjab province.
Democratic Republic of the Congo: One case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) reported, from Tanganyika province.

Global Commission for Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication (GCC) reviewed criteria for certification [page link not loading content]
   March 2018 – With fewer cases of WPV reported from fewer countries than ever before, the GCC is accelerating its work to prepare for the eventual certification that WPVs have been eradicated from the world.

WHO Grade 3 Emergencies  [to 10 March 2018]
:: Lassa Fever – Nigeria  Disease outbreak news   1 March 2018
From 1 January through 25 February 2018, 1081 suspected cases and 90 deaths have been reported from 18 states (Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekite, Federal Capital Territory, Gombe, Imo, Kogi, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, Rivers, and Taraba).      During this period, 317 cases have been classified as confirmed and eight as probable, including 72 deaths (case fatality rate for confirmed and probable cases=22%). A total of 2845 contacts have been identified in 18 states.
Fourteen health care workers have been affected in six states (Benue, Ebonyi, Edo, Kogi, Nasarawa, and Ondo), with four deaths (case fatality rate= 29%). As of 18 February, four out of the 14 health care workers were confirmed positive for Lassa fever…

WHO Grade 2 Emergencies  [to 10 March 2018]
Central African Republic 
:: Central African Republic: Rapid health assessment
March 2017 — The purpose of this report is to analyze the capacity of the health systems and minimum health needs of the population on the way to early recovery.
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. 
Syrian Arab Republic
:: 9 Mar 2018  UNHCR’s Grandi appalled at suffering of civilians in Syria
:: The UN and partners plan to deliver humanitarian assistance to eastern Ghouta [EN/AR]  Damascus, 4 March 2018

:: 8 Mar 2018  Yemen Humanitarian Update Covering 26 February – 04 March 2018 | Issue: 05

:: Media Advisory: Humanitarian Chief to visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo 11-13 March 2018

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.
:: Humanitarian Bulletin Somalia, February 2018  Published on 05 Mar 2018
Localized drought conditions worsen as hotspot areas bear the brunt.
Over 1.2 million children will be malnourished in 2018.
London conference draws attention to Somalia crisis.
Somalia Humanitarian Fund supports early action, but more is urgently needed.