Emergencies

Emergencies

Ebola – DRC+
Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)

Ebola Outbreak in DRC 66: 05 November 2019
1. Situation update
In the past week, from 28 October to 3 November 2019, 10 new confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases were reported from five health zones in two affected provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Though the number of new confirmed EVD cases reported is lower this week, compared to the 20 cases reported last week, security issues and poor access continue to slow response activities in certain health zones. This can prevent the detection of cases in these hard to reach areas.
Violence this week in Lwemba Health Area in the Mandima Health Zone, caused the death of an Ebola response community health worker, and left his spouse critically injured with multiple wounds. WHO and partners condemned the attack, adding that acts of violence against individuals involved with the response are unacceptable and compromise the ability of health workers to provide assistance to communities impacted by the devastating effects of Ebola…

Implementation of ring vaccination protocol
As of 3 November 2019, 246,824 people at risk have consented to and received the rVSV-ZEBOV-GP Ebola Vaccine with 2,865 vaccinated in the past week

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POLIO
Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)

Polio this week as of 06 November 2019
:: The GPEI is pleased to announce that the UK Government has confirmed its commitment to eradicating polio by pledging a £400 million contribution for the next four years, which will help vaccinate more than 400 million children a year. Read more on the remarkable announcement.
:: In Pakistan, a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 has been confirmed.  A detailed investigation into the origin of the outbreak is ongoing, with circulation confirmed in a geographically-limited area, and outbreak response is being planned and implemented.
:: Are you an immunization expert interested in serving on the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on polio? The call for nominations for membership on the working group has now been issued, targeting individuals to submit their nominations.
: Want to know the future of polio eradication efforts in Africa? Then stay tuned for a Facebook live interview with Dr Pascal Mkanda, chief polio expert in the WHO African Region, on 08 November 2019 at 10:00am, West Africa Time.

Summary of new viruses this week (AFP cases and ES positives):
:: Afghanistan— one WPV1 case and one WPV1 positive environmental sample;
:: Pakistan— three WPV1 cases and 19 WPV1-positive environmental samples;
:: Angola— 7 cVDPV2 cases and one cVDPV2 positive environmental sample;
:: Central African Republic— one cVDPV2 case and one cVDPV2 positive environmental sample;
:: Cote d’Ivoire one cVDPV2 positive environmental sample;
:: Ghana two cVDPV2 cases;
:: Philippines— one cVDPV2 case and four cVDPV2 positive environmental samples.

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UK aid to help vaccinate more than 400 million children a year against polio
Press release Published 5 November 2019
International Development Secretary Alok Sharma has pledged new UK aid support to help vaccinate more than 400 million children a year against polio.
:: UK support will help vaccinate more than 750 children a minute against polio in developing countries around the world
:: The UK package of up to £400 million will help support 20 million health workers and volunteers
:: Polio was wiped out in UK in the 1980s, but three countries – Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria – are still not officially wild polio free

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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 9 Nov 2019]

Democratic Republic of the Congo
:: Ebola Outbreak in DRC 66: 05 November 2019

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

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WHO Grade 2 Emergencies [to 9 Nov 2019]

Sudan
:: Yellow fever campaign launches in Khartoum State as final phase of countrywide immunization drive 7 November 2019
:: WHO scales up cholera vigilance in Khartoum, Sudan 5 November 2019

Afghanistan – No new digest announcements identified
Angola – No new digest announcements identified
Burkina Faso [in French] – No new digest announcements identified
Burundi – No new digest announcements identified
Cameroon – No new digest announcements identified
Central African Republic – No new digest announcements identified
Ethiopia – No new digest announcements identified
HIV in Pakistan – No new digest announcements identified
Iran floods 2019 – No new digest announcements identified
Iraq – No new digest announcements identified
Libya – No new digest announcements identified
Malawi floods – No new digest announcements identified
Measles in Europe – No new digest announcements identified
MERS-CoV – No new digest announcements identified
Myanmar – No new digest announcements identified
Niger – No new digest announcements identified
occupied Palestinian territory – No new digest announcements identified
Ukraine – No new digest announcements identified
Zimbabwe – No new digest announcements identified

 

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WHO Grade 1 Emergencies [to 9 Nov 2019]

Chad – No new digest announcements identified
Djibouti – No new digest announcements identified
Kenya – No new digest announcements identified
Mali – No new digest announcements identified
Namibia – viral hepatitis – No new digest announcements identified
Tanzania – No new digest 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. 
Syrian Arab Republic
:: Syria ǀ Flash Update #11, Humanitarian impact of the military operation in north-eastern Syria, 29 – 31 October 2019 [EN/AR]

Yemen – No new digest 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.
Editor’s Note:
Ebola in the DRC has bene added as a OCHA “Corporate Emergency” this week:
CYCLONE IDAI and Kenneth
:: 08 Nov 2019 South Sudan: CERF allocates up to $15 million for flooding response

EBOLA OUTBREAK IN THE DRC – No new digest announcements identified

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