Emergencies

Emergencies
 
 
POLIO
Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)
Polio this week as of 08 January 2019
:: During the four-day visit to polio endemic countries of Afghanistan and Pakistan, WHO Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, reiterated WHO’s commitment to help endemic, outbreak and at-risk countries rid of poliovirus. Read the press release here.
:: In Mozambique, a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) outbreak is confirmed.
 
 
Summary of new viruses this week:
:: Afghanistan – two WPV1-positive environmental samples;
:: Pakistan – nine WPV1-positive environmental samples;
:: Mozambique – one new case of cVDPV2.
 
 
WHO DG calls for concerted efforts to end polio during his visit to Pakistan and Afghanistan
10/01/2019
Endemic countries, WHO and partners are committed to eradicate polio
For Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, the start to the new year was marked with a four-day visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan from 5-8 January. The visit came at the heels of his new role as the Chair of the Polio Oversight Board (POB) on 1 January, a committee which oversees and guides the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, signalling the Board’s utmost commitment towards eradication of polio for good.
Accompanied by WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, Dr Tedros’ well-knit, compact visit covered a lot of bases from field visits to high-level meetings with heads of state from both the countries, giving the POB an opportunity to see that while polio may still be in endemic in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but the process to achieve the goal of ending polio is not far from realization.
“We must all give our best on this last mile to eradicate polio once and for all. My wish for 2019 is for zero polio transmission. You have WHO’s full support to help reach every child and stop this virus for good,” Dr Tedros said…

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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 12 Jan 2019]
Democratic Republic of the Congo
:: 23: Situation report on the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu  8 January 2019
:: DONs  Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo   10 January 2019
[See Milestones above for more detail]
 
 
Bangladesh – Rohingya crisis – No new announcements identified
Myanmar – No new announcements identified
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 12 Jan 2019]
occupied Palestinian territory – No new announcements identified
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
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
 
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WHO Grade 1 Emergencies  [to 12 Jan 2019]
Afghanistan
Chad
Indonesia – Sulawesi earthquake 2018
Kenya
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Mali
Namibia – viral hepatitis
Peru
Philippines – Tyhpoon Mangkhut
Tanzania

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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
Yemen – No 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  – No new announcements identified
Somalia  – No new announcements identified

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“Other Emergencies”
Indonesia: Central Sulawesi Earthquake – No new announcements identified 

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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 12 Jan 2019]
http://www.who.int/ebola/en/
:: 23: Situation report on the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu  8 January 2019
:: DONs  Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo   10 January 2019
[See Milestones above for more detail]
 
 
MERS-CoV [to 12 Jan 2019]
http://who.int/emergencies/mers-cov/en/
No new announcements identified.
 
 
Yellow Fever  [to 12 Jan 2019]
http://www.who.int/csr/disease/yellowfev/en/
No new announcements identified.
 
 
Zika virus  [to 12 Jan 2019]
http://www.who.int/csr/disease/zika/en/
No new announcements identified.