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World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General reconvenes International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Committee will meet on 17 July, 2019, in Geneva from 12 midday, to ascertain whether the ongoing outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern

WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has reconvened an Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005 Emergency Committee on Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.   The Committee will meet on 17 July, 2019, in Geneva from 12 midday, to ascertain whether the ongoing…

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Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

After the first reported case in the Ariwara Health Zone on 30 June, no new cases have been observed in that health zone

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, Democratic Republic of the Congo continues this past week with a similar transmission intensity to the previous week. While the number of new cases continues to ease in former hotspots, such as Butembo, Katwa and Mandima health…

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Nigeria intensifies cross border immunization, with special focus on nomadic populations

WHO has also supported Jigawa state to establish in-between round vaccination teams providing routine immunization, polio vaccination and Measles vaccines

In renewed efforts to vaccinate children traversing in and out of Nigeria, the World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting the government in an initiative to improve supplemental and routine immunization activities in the North Western region, which has a significant nomadic population. Nomadic pastoralists live beyond the reach of established…

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Uganda Launches Scale-up Plan for Tuberculosis Preventive Treatment

The WHO will convene a Guideline Development Group (GDG) to update the existing guidelines on (Tuberculosis Preventive Treatment) TPT

The Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, launched a 100-Day Accelerated Scale-up plan for Tuberculosis Preventive Treatment (TPT) targeting over 300 000 People Living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV) in Uganda. The government will also provide TPT to all children aged 12 months or more living with HIV as…

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Uganda’s groundwork in preparedness bodes well for stopping Ebola’s spread within its borders

Uganda has called for the support of WHO and partners and together they have trained more than 16000 community leaders and volunteers

As Uganda steps up its response to its first confirmed Ebola cases, preparations made since the outbreak began in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are proving crucial to containing the disease. “Uganda has invested heavily in preparing for Ebola cases and I’m looking forward to seeing how…

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WHO and UNICEF Somalia and partners call on all Somalis to vaccinate children against polio

Polio teams roll out targeted polio campaign to halt ongoing outbreak

Health authorities rolled out a polio campaign yesterday in Puntland and Somaliland to vaccinate more than 940,000 children under five years of age to stop an ongoing outbreak of a strain of poliovirus. The campaign runs from 24-27 June 2019, with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the…

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States in Nigeria’s South West zone conclude second round of outbreak response

Initial large-scale zonal supplementary immunization activities were coordinated across all States

All six States in the South West Zone have completed the ‘2nd Outbreak Response’ (OBR2) to the circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Virus (cVDPV2) with varying degrees of success. The exercise, implemented on 15 – 24 June, was in response to confirmed reports by the Lagos State Government of environmental strains…

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WHO flags "critical funding gap” amidst call for all political parties to join the fight against Ebola

WHO’s funding needs for the response are US$98 million, of which US$44 million have been received, leaving a gap of US$54 million

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will only end with bipartisan political cooperation and community ownership, according to the World Health Organization’s Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. He was speaking to Member States in Geneva after returning from a visit to DRC, where he reviewed the health response and…

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Promising results from malaria-prevention medication among children in Borno State, Nigeria

WHO recommends the intermittent administration of full treatment courses of an oral antimalarial medicine to children in areas with high transmission rates

“I had always asked my family members to sit outside for one or two hours at night just before bedtime, when I usually spray the bedroom with indoor sprays,” says Hajia Hauwa Abiso, who lives in the north-eastern Nigerian state of Borno. “Little did I know that mosquito bites during…

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Local leaders help turn the tide on Ebola

So far there have been more than 2008 cases in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri

Joseph Kakule, the community leader of the Vighole area, has become one of the most committed social mobilizers in a region ravaged by the ongoing outbreak Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kakule, 47, is a native of Butembo. He is one of the local leaders who are…