Emergencies

Emergencies
 
 
POLIO
Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)
Polio this week as of 30 October 2018 [GPEI]
:: World Polio Day activities garnered global attention. Partners, donors, and popular public figures around the world brought attention to the cause of polio and the efforts to eradicate polio. A quick overview of some of the World Polio Day highlights
:: The Every Last Child project series was launched by UNICEF, which covers over 30 wide-ranging profiles of governments, front-line workers, and the stakeholders involved in the collective polio eradication efforts across Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
:: Featured on polioeradication.org: Coffee with Polio Experts – Dr Arlene King, Chair of the RCC for the Americas, and GCC Containment Working Group talks to WHO about the importance of safe and secure containment of polioviruses, in places where needed, and the accompanying risk and responsibility that come with retaining the pathogen.
 
 
Afghanistan – Three new cases of wild poliovirus (WPV1) and four WPV1 positive environmental samples.

Democratic Republic of Congo – one new case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2).

Pakistan – No new case of wild poliovirus (WPV1) and seven WPV1 positive environmental samples

Nigeria – two new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2).

Somalia – four new cVDPV2 positive environmental samples. See country sections below for more details.

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Editor’s Note:

WHO has posted a refreshed emergencies page which presents an updated listing of Grade 3,2,1 emergencies as below.

WHO Grade 3 Emergencies  [to 3 Nov 2018 ]
Democratic Republic of the Congo
:: 13: Situation report on the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu  30 October 2018
:: DONs Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo  1 November 2018
[See Milestones above for more detail]
 
 
Bangladesh – Rohingya crisis
:: Weekly Situation Report 48 – 25 October 2018
[Excerpt]
…WHO immunization team is planning to start passive surveillance activity of Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP), Vaccine Preventable diseases m(VPDs), Congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) and Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFIs) for early notification and in compliance with the

Ministry of Health (MoH) surveillance program….

 
Nigeria – No new announcements identified
Somalia – No new announcements identified
South Sudan – No new announcements identified
Syrian Arab Republic – No new announcements identified
Yemen – No new announcements identified

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WHO Grade 2 Emergencies  [to 3 Nov 2018 ]
Myanmar
:: Weekly Situation Report 48 – 25 October 2018 [see above]

Brazil (in Portugese) – No new announcements identified
Cameroon  – No new announcements identified
Central African Republic  – No new announcements identified
Ethiopia – No new announcements identified
Hurricane Irma and Maria in the Caribbean – No new announcements identified
Iraq – No new announcements identified
occupied Palestinian territory – No new announcements identified
Libya – No new announcements identified
MERS-CoV – No new announcements identified
Niger – No new announcements identified
Sao Tome and Principe Necrotizing Cellulitis (2017) – No new announcements identified
Sudan – No new announcements identified
Ukraine – No new announcements identified
Zimbabwe – No new announcements identified

Outbreaks and Emergencies Bulletin, Week 43: 20 – 26 October 2018
The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 55 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:
:: Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
:: Cholera in Cameroon
:: Dengue in Senegal
:: Hepatitis E in Central African Republic.

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WHO Grade 1 Emergencies  [to 3 Nov 2018 ]
Afghanistan
Angola (in Portuguese)
Chad
Ethiopia
Kenya

Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Mali
Papua New Guinea
Peru
Tanzania
Tropical Cyclone Gira
Zambia
 
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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. 
Syrian Arab Republic   No new announcements identified.
YemenNo new announcements identified.

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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.

Ethiopia 
:: Ethiopia Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 66 | 15-28 October 2018
 
Somalia  No new announcements identified.
 
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“Other Emergencies”
Indonesia: Central Sulawesi Earthquake
:: Central Sulawesi Earthquake & Tsunami: Humanitarian Country Team Situation Report #6 (as of 30 October 2018)

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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 3 Nov 2018 ]
http://www.who.int/ebola/en/
[See Milestones above for more detail]

MERS-CoV [to 3 Nov 2018 ]
http://who.int/emergencies/mers-cov/en/
No new announcements identified.
 
Yellow Fever  [to 3 Nov 2018 ]
http://www.who.int/csr/disease/yellowfev/en/
No new announcements identified.
 
Zika virus  [to 3 Nov 2018 ]
http://www.who.int/csr/disease/zika/en/
No new announcements identified.

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WHO & Regional Offices [to 3 Nov 2018 ]
News Release
29 October 2018
More than 90% of the world’s children breathe toxic air every day

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Weekly Epidemiological Record, 2 November 2018, vol. 93, 44 (pp. 589–604)
:: Global programme to eliminate lymphatic filariasis: progress report, 2017
:: Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January-September 2018

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WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
Selected Featured News
:: Uganda Finalizes Plans to Vaccinate Front-line Health Workers against Ebola  03 November 2018
:: Zambia heightens its capacity for preventing and responding to the threat of an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease
02 November 2018
:: WHO enhances Ebola Rapid Response Readiness Capacities in South Sudan  01 November 2018
:: WHO and the Ministry of Health Train Members of the Armed Forces on Ebola Case Management [Uganda]  29 October 2018

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: ‘Health is a right of the people and a responsibility of government,’ says PAHO Director (10/29/2018)

 
WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
– No new announcement identified
 
WHO European Region EURO
:: Simulated poliovirus containment breach helps countries increase biorisk safety and security 01-11-2018
:: Revitalizing primary health care for the 21st century 01-11-2018

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
– No new announcement identified

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: 31 October 2018 – Singapore wipes out measles; Australia, Brunei Darussalam and Macao SAR (China) eliminate rubella
:: 30 October 2018  – Joint News Release  Regional Conference towards the Implementation of INSPIRE: Seven Strategies for Ending Violence against Children