This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 74 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:
Cholera in Chad
Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan
Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Dengue fever in Côte d’Ivoire.
1,800,944 persons affected by Cyclone Idai and Kenneth as reported by INGC
53,246 persons reported across 50 sites in Sofala, Manica, Tete and Zambezia Provinces in DTM’s multi-sectoral location assessment
279,230 persons assisted with various shelter and essential household items in Sofala and Cabo Delgado Provinces by IOM.
The official death toll had risen to 493 people as of 29 March, according to the Government.
A new cholera outbreak was reported in Nhamatande; nine Cholera Treatment Centres have been established in Beira and other locations.
More than 140,000 people were displaced in 161 sites across Sofala (116 sites), Manica (27 sites), Zambezia (13 sites) Tete (5 sites); of whom more than 7,400 were identified as vulnerable, according to the Government.
Flooding following Cyclone Idai in mid-March has now affected 270,000 people as of 30 March 2019.
• The most heavily affected areas are the districts of Chimanimani and Chipinge in Manicaland which have been isolated due to roads and bridges being washed away. Mashonaland East (Chikomba district) and Masvingo (Zaka and Bikita districts) have also been affected.
• The flood response is being led by the Department of Civil Protection at the national and provincial levels.
• Two district command centres have been set up in Chimanimani and Chipinge. A logistics base has been set up in Mutare.
The official death toll was 447 people as of 25 March, according to the Government.
• Nearly 129,000 people are sheltering in 143 collective sites across Sofala (more than 97,600 people), Manica (more than 14,800 people); Zambezia (more than 9,600 people); and Tete (more than 6,800 people).
• The entire District of Nhamatanda in Sofala Province has been affected by Cyclone Idai and related floods, and nearly 15,000 people are sheltering in 14 sites across the district
The death toll has risen to 172 people and 327 are still missing, according to government reports.
• About 270,000 people have been affected by flooding and landslides.
• Nearly 4,500 people are displaced and at least 16,000 families are in need of shelter assistance.
• The majority of health care facilities in Chimanimani district are inaccessible.