POLIO Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC); WHO/OCHA Emergencies

Emergencies

POLIO
Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)

Polio this week as of 09 December 2020
:: The EB reports on both polio eradication and polio transition planning/post-certification are now available here under “148th Executive Board”. These reports will help inform the discussions on polio eradication by Member States at the upcoming EB to be held on 18 – 26 January 2021.
:: Revision to WHO global poliovirus containment guidance – Following a Containment Advisory Group (CAG) recommendation, revision to WHO’s chief guidance document for poliovirus containment – GAPIII– has been initiated. The aim is to harmonize GAPIII requirements with other relevant biorisk management standards and CAG recommendations, through wide stakeholder engagement. Comments are still being received; contact hsingh@who.int for more information. The revised draft is expected to be ready for publication in Q1 2021, with critical review and endorsement of the document by CAG to follow.
:: New online tool to identify and assess potentially infectious material – A Potentially Infectious Materials (PIM), Poliovirus Identification and Assessment Digital Online Tool has been developed to assist all labs to identify samples or collections as PIM and carry out appropriate measures. The tool, to be available in Q1 2021, is to be used in conjunction with WHO’s PIM guidance. Thanks to facilities which helped pilot the tool.

Summary of new WPV and cVDPV viruses this week (AFP cases and ES postitives):
:: Afghanistan: 54 cVDPV2 cases
:: Pakistan: three WPV1 and two cVDPV2 positive environmental samples
:: Chad: two cVDPV2 cases
:: Democratic Republic of the Congo: two cVDPV2 cases
:: Nigeria: two cVDPV2 cases and one positive environmental sample
:: South

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WHO Grade 3 Emergencies [to 19 Dec 2020]

Democratic Republic of the Congo – No new digest announcements identified
Mozambique floods – No new digest announcements identified
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 19 Dec 2020]
Iraq
:: WHO hands over essential health commodities to the Ministry of Health to contain COVID-19 in Iraq
Baghdad, 16 December 2020 – The World Health Organization (WHO) has today handed over essential medical supplies to the Iraqi Ministry of Health to strengthen its capacity to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The supplies, which included personal protective equipment (58 800 face shields, 9800 protective goggles, 10 600 isolation gowns and 28 000 N95 face masks), were handed over to the Ministry of Health by the WHO Representative in Iraq, Dr Adham Ismail….

Burkina Faso
:: Améliorer la prévention et le contrôle de infections (PCI) dans les structures…17 décembre 2020
:: Réglementation des médicaments et produits de santé : L’OMS appuie à distance l’autoévaluation de l…16 décembre 2020

Measles in Europe
:: Republic of Moldova launches campaign to raise awareness about vaccines and encourage catch up on missed immunizations 16-12-2020

Myanmar
:: 12 December 2020 News release Closer to Measles and Rubella elimination from Bangladesh, 34 million children will be immunized within 6 weeks

Afghanistan – No new digest announcements identified
Angola – 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 floods 2019 – No new digest announcements identified
Libya – No new digest announcements identified
Malawi Floods – No new digest announcements identified
MERS-CoV – No new digest announcements identified
Mozambique – No new digest announcements identified
Niger – No new digest announcements identified
occupied Palestinian territory – No new digest announcements identified
HIV in Pakistan – No new digest announcements identified
Sao Tome and Principe Necrotizing Cellulitis (2017) – 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 19 Dec 2020]

Kenya
:: Keeping to the universal health coverage path in Kenya 11 December 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 – 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.
COVID-19
:: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Weekly Epidemiological Update (13 December 2020)

East Africa Locust Infestation
:: Desert Locust situation update 19 December 2020

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