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Source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) |

Nigeria: ICRC surgical teams caring for wounded after air strikes

Two surgical teams in Maiduguri have been operating on the most seriously wounded, including more than 20 children

Three days after air strikes at a settlement for internally displaced people at Rann in Nigeria, two surgical teams from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with the help of one Nigerian surgeon continue to care for those wounded in the blasts. Around 100 injured people were evacuated…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Polio campaign kicks off in Kenya

The campaign, January 18-22, is targeting 15 counties that are that are considered on higher risk and vulnerable and which are mainly situated in remote, hard-to-reach and border areas

Kenya has kicked off its 2017 immunization effort with a polio campaign this week, targeting 2.9 million children aged five years and under.  The campaign, January 18-22, is targeting 15 counties that are that are considered on higher risk and vulnerable and which are mainly situated in remote, hard-to-reach and…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Health |

Motsoaledi to set the record straight on employment status of doctors and pharmacists

The minister will during the briefing update the nation on the status of employment for health professionals in the country

The Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi will on Thursday, 19 January 2017 brief the media on the employment status of medical doctors and newly qualified pharmacists in South Africa. Recently, there has been a lot of misleading public pronouncements about the employment status of these medical professionals. The minister…

Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. |

Let’s Rise: Westin Hotels & Resorts Reveals a Powerful Rally-Cry for Travelers to Regain Control of Their Well-Being while on the Road

$30 Million Brand Campaign Underscores How Westin Tackles the Travel & Wellness Trends Unveiled in New Global Survey

Westin Hotels & Resorts (www.StarwoodHotels.com/westin), part of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) (www.Marriott.com), today unveiled its first global brand campaign in more than five years, taking on the disruptions, distractions and unpredictability of travel and empowering travelers to embrace well-being as a way to regain control of their routines and be…

Source: United Nations (UN) |

Somalia: Early action the only way to avert another catastrophe, says senior UN relief official

The plight of children is particularly worrying with about 320,000 children under the age of 5 years acutely malnourished and in need of urgent nutrition support

Faced with a 'slight but steady' increase in the number of people in need, the humanitarian community in Somalia launched today an $864 million to reach 3.9 million people with urgent life-saving assistance, the United Nations relief wing reported. “Immediate support is required to prevent a significant deterioration of the…

Source: U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia |

USAID Support Saved Lives and Improved Family Health

The program enhanced the capacity and built the skills of public sector health care providers and civil society organizations in 300 woredas (districts)

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and its partners Pathfinder and John Snow, Inc., marked the successful completion of the Integrated Family Health Program, its flagship maternal, newborn and child health support and family planning program. The program enhanced the capacity and built the skills of public sector health…

Source: The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China |

Hong Kong bans import of poultry meat and products from Egypt and areas in Poland and Ukraine

The CFS has contacted the Polish, Ukrainian and Egyptian authorities over the issues and will closely monitor information issued by the OIE on avian influenza outbreaks in the countries concerned

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (January 16) that in view of notifications from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in Egypt and Odessa and Chernovtsy Oblasts in Ukraine, and a notification…

Source: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

Central African Republic (CAR): Doctors Without Borders (MSF) distributes food to 10.500 displaced and vulnerable

MSF decided to carry out the food distribution, which is not a regular activity for its medical teams, as a preventive action, after detecting that the displaced people were receiving insufficient rations

Some 10,500 people in northern Central African Republic (CAR) have received emergency food supplies from international medical organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Since 22 December, teams have distributed nearly 100 tons of food in seven locations where displaced people are sheltering in the areas of Kabo, Gbazara and Moyenne Sido.…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Millions of children to receive measles vaccine in north-eastern Nigeria

The two-week campaign, which starts on 13 January, will target all children aged from 6 months to 10 years in accessible areas in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States

Mass vaccination campaign to protect more than 4 million children (4 766 214) against a measles outbreak in conflict-affected states in north-eastern Nigeria is planned to start this week.   The two-week campaign, which starts on 13 January, will target all children aged from 6 months to 10 years in…

Source: United Nations (UN) |

UN-backed campaign to help vaccinate millions of children against measles in north-east Nigeria

During 2000-2015, measles vaccination prevented an estimated 20.3 million deaths making measles vaccination one of the best buys in public health

A United Nations-supported mass vaccination campaign is set to start tomorrow to protect more than 4.7 million children against a measles outbreak in conflict-affected states in north-eastern Nigeria. “This measles vaccination campaign is an emergency intervention to protect more than 4 million children against a highly contagious and sometimes deadly…