Emergencies

Emergencies

POLIO
Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)

Polio this week as of 22 April 2020
:: The polio eradication programme is making an important contribution to the COVID-19 response across different regions in the world. In a candid statement, Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, Regional Director, WHO EMRO, highlights the programme’s activities in fighting the pandemic in the region. Read more

Summary of new viruses this week (AFP cases and ES positives):
:: Afghanistan: one WPV1 case
:: Pakistan: two WPV1 cases, eight WPV1 positive environmental samples and seven cVDPV2 cases
:: Cameroon: two cVDPV2 cases and one cVDPV2 positive environmental sample
:: Chad: six cVDPV2 cases and two cVDPV2 positive environmental samples

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Breakthrough in the Global Battle Against Polio: AJ Vaccines Granted WHO Prequalification for New Polio Vaccine
International vaccine manufacturer, AJ Vaccines has received WHO prequalification for Picovax®, the first stand-alone dose sparing Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) on 21st April 2020. First deliveries to UN agencies such as UNICEF and PAHO are expected by mid-2020
April 21,2020 COPENHAGEN, Denmark–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Despite ongoing concerted efforts to eradicate polio, it appears to be on the rise again with more cases registered in 2019 than 2018. Looking ahead, AJ Vaccines’ dose sparing technology provides a significant opportunity to expand supply, with the potential to deliver up to 100 million doses over the five-year period 2020-2024 to help meet the currently unmet global demand for inactivated polio vaccines…

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WHO Grade 3 Emergencies [to 25 Apr 2020]

Democratic Republic of the Congo
:: Ebola Outbreak in DRC 89: 21 April 2020
[See Ebola above for detail]

Nigeria – No new digest announcements identified
Somalia – No new digest announcements identified
South Sudan – No new digest announcements identified
Syrian Arab Republic – No new digest announcements identified
Yemen – No new digest announcements identified

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WHO Grade 2 Emergencies [to 25 Apr 2020]
Burkina Faso [in French]
:: Riposte contre la pandémie du Covid-19 : La Chine vole au secours du Burkina Faso
25 avril 2020

Niger
:: Le Niger signale une nouvelle épidémie de polio 24 avril 2020

Angola – No new digest announcements identified
Afghanistan – No new digest announcements identified
Burundi – No new digest announcements identified
Cameroon – No new digest announcements identified
Central African Republic – No new digest announcements identified
Ethiopia – No new digest announcements identified
Iran – No new digest announcements identified
Iraq – No new digest announcements identified
Libya – No new digest announcements identified
Malawi – No new digest announcements identified
Measles in Europe – No new digest announcements identified
MERS-CoV – No new digest announcements identified
Myanmar – 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 25 Apr 2020]

Kenya
:: Malaria vaccine pilot in Africa one year on: new vaccine could boost Kenya’s malaria…
24 April 2020

Chad – No new digest announcements identified
Djibouti – No new digest announcements identified
Mali – No new digest announcements identified
Namibia – viral hepatitis – No new digest announcements identified
Tanzania – No new digest announcements identified

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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: COVID-19 Update No. 07 – 25 April 2020
:: Recent Developments in Northwest Syria Flash Update – As of 24 April 2020

Yemen
:: Yemen: Flash Floods Flash Update No. 2 (As of 23 April 2020)

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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 and Kenneth
:: Zimbabwe Situation Report, 21 Apr 2020

HIGHLIGHTS
. The first imported COVID-19 case was reported on 21 March 2020 and local transmission started on 24 March. As of 20 April, 25 COVID-19 cases were confirmed, including three deaths.
. Despite a one-week disruption due to COVID-19 and the lockdown, nearly 3.4 million people received food or cash assistance in March.
. The number of children treated for acute malnutrition has reduced from 952 in January to 741 in February and 354 in March.
. Since the start of the lockdown, national GBV hotlines have recorded a call increase of over 90 per cent. The child helpline received an increase of 43 per cent in the daily calls.
. About 43,350 people remain displaced in four camps and in host communities.

:: EBOLA OUTBREAK IN THE DRC – No new digest announcements identified

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