This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:
Anthrax (probable) in Lesotho
Vaccine derived poliovirus type 2 (environmental sample) in Cameroon
Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Cholera in Zambia
Chikungunya in Congo.
In March and April 2019, Mozambique was hit by two consecutive tropical cyclones that left a trail of death, damage and destruction in their path.
This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:
Humanitarian crises in South Sudan
Humanitarian crises in North East Nigeria
Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Cholera outbreak in Kenya
Measles outbreak in Madagascar
Approximately 3,385 cholera / AWD cases including 19 deaths have been reported in 10 out of the 21 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR); with an average Case Fatality Rate of 0.6%, since the beginning of 2019. These countries include; Angola, Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Somalia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Kenya accounts for 35.4 % (1,198) of the total case load reported this year, followed by Mozambique at 31% (1,048).
Chikungunya in the Republic of Congo
Cholera in Uganda
Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Cholera in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
The report offers 20 top recommendations for getting ahead of future outbreaks in Yemen and similarly complex humanitarian settings.
In 2015, Yemen was declared a Level 3 emergency by the UN, kicking into gear the highest level of humanitarian support. A massive cholera outbreak followed, leading to 1 million suspected cases in 2 waves from September 2016-July 2018.
“We largely know ‘what to do’ to control cholera, but context-specific practices on ‘how to do it’ in order to surmount challenges to coordination, logistics, insecurity, access and politics remain needed,” the report states.
While the response improved between the 2 waves, there were gaps. For one, Yemen’s history of cholera should have triggered a heavy focus on pre-planning for an epidemic, such as stockpiling supplies and doubling down on community-based surveillance, the report fou