Emergencies

Emergencies

POLIO
Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)
Polio this week as of 24 April 2019
:: Starting 24 April to 30 April 2019, World Immunization Week is celebrated across the world. This year’s theme is Protected Together: Vaccines Work!, which aims to spotlight the important role parents, communities, health workers, innovators and everyday vaccine heroes play in ensuring everybody benefits from the lifesaving vaccines.

Summary of new viruses this week:
:: Afghanistan—three wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases and three WPV1-positive environmental samples;
:: Pakistan—advance notification of two wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases and 13 WPV1-positive environmental samples;
:: Nigeria—two circulating vaccine-derived type 2 (cVDPV2) cases and six cVDPV2-positive environmental samples;
:: Democratic Republic of Congo — one cVDPV2 case and two cVDPV2 community isolates; :: Somalia—one cVDPV2 case and one cVDPV2 contact isolate.

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New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 27 Apr 2019
Asia Pacific
Polio Vaccinator Is Shot and Killed in Pakistan
April 25
The woman was part of a vaccination campaign. Another worker in her team was injured. A total of three polio workers have been killed this week as unfounded rumors against vaccines spread.
Editor’s Note:
WHO has posted a refreshed emergencies page which presents an updated listing of Grade 3,2,1 emergencies as below.

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WHO Grade 3 Emergencies [to 27 Apr 2019]

Democratic Republic of the Congo
:: Zero Palu: Each household, each community, accelerate the commitment in the fight against malaria in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
25 April 2019 Kinshasa — The Democratic Republic of Congo has joined forces with the entire international community to commemorate World Malaria Day, under the theme: ‘Zero palu! I’m in !’. Read the story in French
:: 38: Situation report on the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu 24 April 2019
:: DONs – Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo 25 April 2019

Syrian Arab Republic
:: WHO-supported vaccination campaign to immunize 2.8 million children against vaccine-preventable diseases
22 April 2019, Damascus, Syria ‒ Over the next 6 days, the World Health Organization (WHO), in cooperation with the Syrian Ministry of Health and UNICEF, will conduct a series of national immunization days to immunize children under the age of 5 against vaccine-preventable diseases, including tuberculosis, pertussis, diphtheria, polio, tetanus, hepatitis B, haemophilus influenza, measles, mumps and rubella.
WHO aims to vaccinate approximately 2.8 million children under the age of 5 in 13 governorates in Syria. The campaign will focus on reaching almost 250 000 children who were not vaccinated during previous campaigns. Over 6800 vaccinators and 2487 mobile medical teams will be deployed to 900 public health centres and 1268 temporary vaccination posts. WHO is providing technical support to the Ministry of Health and covering the operational costs of the campaign…

Yemen
:: Government of Japan support to WHO response in Yemen 24 April 2019
…n 2019, donations from Japan will continue to allow WHO to scale up its capacity-building actives for national health care personnel. These activities will target thousands of health professionals across the country, building on their capacity to deliver pre-hospital care…

Bangladesh – Rohingya crisis – No new digest announcements identified
Cyclone Idai – No new digest announcements identified
Myanmar – No new digest announcements identified
Nigeria – No new digest announcements identified
Somalia – No new digest announcements identified
South Sudan – No new digest announcements identified

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WHO Grade 2 Emergencies [to 27 Apr 2019]

Brazil (in Portugese)
:: Últimas notícias OPAS lança iniciativa que prioriza combate à malária em municípios onde se concentram maioria dos casos 
26 de abril de 2019 – Uma nova iniciativa da Organização Pan-Americana da Saúde (OPAS) tem como objetivo abordar a carga da malária na região das Américas, onde o número de casos é mais concentrado. Chamado de “Municípios eliminando a malária”, o projeto se centrará em reunir atores chaves com o fim de apoiar os esforços locais para adotar medidas efetivas contra a doença.

Cameroon – No new digest announcements identified
Central African Republic – No new digest announcements identified
Ethiopia – No new digest announcements identified
Iraq – No new digest announcements identified
Libya – No new digest announcements identified
MERS-CoV – No new digest announcements identified
Niger – No new digest announcements identified
occupied Palestinian territory – No new digest announcements identified
Sudan – No new digest announcements identified
Ukraine – No new digest announcements identified
Zimbabwe – No new digest announcements identified

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WHO Grade 1 Emergencies [to 27 Apr 2019]
Afghanistan – No new digest announcements identified
Chad – No new digest announcements identified
Indonesia – Sulawesi earthquake 2018 – No new digest announcements identified
Kenya – No new digest announcements identified
Lao People’s Democratic Republic – No new digest announcements identified
Mali – No new digest announcements identified
Namibia – viral hepatitis – No new digest announcements identified
Peru – No new digest announcements identified
Philippines – Tyhpoon Mangkhut – No new digest announcements identified
Tanzania – No new digest announcements identified

 

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 – No new digest announcements identified
Yemen – No new digest announcements identified

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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.
CYCLONE IDAI
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