Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)
Polio this week as of 15 June 2021
:: The GPEI is deeply saddened by the reports of attacks on health workers in Afghanistan. We wish to extend our deepest condolences to the families, relatives and colleagues of the victims. These incidents are a somber reminder of the difficult and often dangerous environments health workers operate in. Health workers must never be a target and any attack on health care providers remains completely unacceptable. All parties must respect and uphold the neutrality of health interventions and ensure the safety of all health workers, who are working across the country to prevent disease and improve the health of communities.
:: Delivering on the Promise of a Polio-free World: the new Polio Eradication Strategic Plan 2022-2026, was launched at a virtual event on 10 June 2021. The Strategic Plan has been developed in close consultation across the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) stakeholdership and lays out the roadmap to securing a lasting polio-free world. Key to success will be the ongoing commitment of all partners around the world, to ensure the Plan can be fully implemented. The launch event brought together senior leadership of the Governments of Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as the core partners of the GPEI.
:: The Heads of State of the G7 countries, at the annual meeting held in the UK on 11-13 June 2021, in their official communiqué, highlighted the need for increased global efforts to detect global public health threats, by building international surveillance on existing networks such as polio surveillance.
:: Philippines outbreak officially closed: with no new virus detected in the Philippines in more than 16 months as a result of comprehensive outbreak response, the outbreak has officially been closed. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative commend the Department of Health, government agencies, partners and civil society efforts that ended the polio outbreak in the country.
Summary of new WPV and cVDPV viruses this week (AFP cases and ES positives):
:: Afghanistan: one cVDPV2 case
:: Burkina Faso: two cVDPV2 cases
:: Benin: one cVDPV2 case
:: Congo: one cVDPV2 positive environmental sample
:: Côte d’Ivoire: one cVDPV2 positive environmental sample
:: DR Congo: one cVDPV2 case
:: Ethiopia: six cVDPV2 cases
:: Niger: one cVDPV2 case and one cVDPV2 positive environmental sample
:: Senegal: five cVDPV2 cases
WHO has apparently reorganized and fundamentally shifted how it judges and tracks “emergencies”. We found no announcement of descriptive information to share and present the webpage structure as encountered below. Obviously, the dates associated with some of these emergencies suggest that this is an archival platform as well as a current emergencies resource.
Health emergencies list – WHO
“The health emergencies list details the disease outbreaks, disasters and humanitarian crises where WHO plays an essential role in supporting countries to respond to and recover from emergencies with public health consequences.”
Ebola outbreak, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2021 [last apparent update
[Last apparent update: 3 May 2021]
Ebola outbreak outbreak, N’Zerekore, Guinea, 2021 [Last apparent update: 3 May 2021]
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic [Last apparent update 18 June 2021]
Ebola outbreak, Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2020 [Last apparent update: 1 June 2021]
Ebola outbreak, North Kivu, Ituri, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2018 – 2020 [Last apparent update: 3 May 2021]
Ebola outbreak, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2018 [Last apparent update: 24 July 2018]
Yemen crisis [Last apparent update: 12 February 2021]
Somalia crisis [Last apparent update: 9 May 2018]
Nigeria crisis [Last apparent update: 3 May 2021]
Ebola outbreak, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2017 [Last apparent update: 3 May 2021]
Zika virus disease outbreak, 2015-2016 [Last apparent update: 24 Jan 2020]
Ebola outbreak: West Africa, 2014-2016 [Last apparent update: 3 May 2021]
Iraq crisis [Last apparent update: 9 Jan 2008]
South Sudan crisis [Last apparent update: 23 Jan 2020]
Avian influenza A (H7N9) virus outbreak [Last apparent update: 24 May 2021]
Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV) outbreak [Last apparent update: 18 July 2019]
Influenza A (H1N1) virus, 2009-2010 pandemic [Last apparent update: 10 Aug 2010]
UN OCHA – Current Emergencies
Current Corporate Emergencies
Ethiopia – Tigray Region Humanitarian Update Situation Report, 17 June 2021
:: The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) shows that over 350,000 people are already facing catastrophic conditions (IPC 5).
:: Since the Northern Ethiopia response plan on 1 May, over 2.3 million people were reached with food aid out of the targeted 5.2 million, reaching additional 654,000 people last week
:: More than 500 cases of gender-based violence, including rape, officially reported in May. About 70 cases are against girls under 18.
:: Some 5,500 displaced people sheltering at Axum University were moved to relocation sites in Shire.
:: Partners continue to access previously hard-to-reach areas, particularly in rural remote areas, mapping dozens of locations with unexploded ordnances and remnants of war.