Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)
Polio this week as of 24 April 2018 [GPEI]
:: In January, children in Raqqa city, Syria, received polio vaccines for the first time in two years as families return to their homes.
:: The GPEI Post-Certification Strategy (PCS), which is aimed at ensuring the availability of core functions to sustain a polio-free world after global certification (such as outbreak response capacity, surveillance, immunization and containment), is now available to read on our website. The PCS will be presented to Member States at the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May.
:: Recommendations and meeting outcomes from the recent Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization (SAGE) meeting are now published. Among other things, the group reviewed and endorsed the main elements of the PCS, and reviewed proposed recommendations relating to global containment and immunization policies for countries hosting polio essential facilities (PEFs).
:: The Polio Oversight Board has released a statement welcoming and actively supporting steps being taken by the international community to prevent and stop sexual misconduct. The full statement may be read here.
Summary of newly-reported viruses this week:
Pakistan: One new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) positive environmental sample has been reported, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo: One case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) reported, from Haut Katanga province.
Nigeria: Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) has been confirmed, following isolation of the virus from three environmental samples collected between 10 January and 20 March, from two environmental sites in Jigawa state.
Somalia: Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 3 (cVDPV3) has been confirmed, following isolation of the virus from four environmental samples collected between 8-22 March, from two environmental sites in Banadir province.
WHO Grade 3 Emergencies [to 28 April 2018]
:: WHO scales up support to mitigate child malnutrition in Yemen 18 April 2018
WHO Grade 2 Emergencies [to 28 April 2018]
UN OCHA – L3 Emergencies
The UN and its humanitarian partners are currently responding to three ‘L3’ emergencies. This is the global humanitarian system’s classification for the response to the most severe, large-scale humanitarian crises.
Syrian Arab Republic
:: Syrian Arab Republic: The Humanitarian Crisis in Syria as of 23 April 2018 [EN/AR]
UN OCHA – Corporate Emergencies
When the USG/ERC declares a Corporate Emergency Response, all OCHA offices, branches and sections provide their full support to response activities both at HQ and in the field.
:: OCHA Somalia Flash Update #2 – Humanitarian impact of heavy rains | 26 April 2018
We will cluster these recent emergencies as below and continue to monitor the WHO webpages for updates and key developments.
MERS-CoV [to 28 April 2018]
Maps and epicurves
:: Epicurve of confirmed global cases of MERS-CoV png, 213kb 20 April 2018
:: Global map of countries with confirmed cases of MERS-CoV gif, 2.42Mb 20 April 2018
Yellow Fever [to 28 April 2018]
:: Dr Tedros, WHO Director-General, launches the EYE Strategy in Africa
26 April 2018
On 10 April 2018, as part of the Eliminate Yellow fever Epidemics (EYE) Strategy regional kick-off meeting in Abuja, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, together with Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole, Nigeria’s Minister of Health, and other partners called African countries to reinforce their engagement to eliminate yellow fever epidemics by 2026…