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Nigeria: WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies Week 14: 1 – 7 April 2017 (Data as reported by 17:00, 7 April 2017)

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Source: World Health Organization
Country: Burundi, Ethiopia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan, Togo

Overview

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 39 events: two Grade 3, six Grade 2, two Grade 1, and 29 ungraded events.

This week, one new event has been reported: an outbreak of influenza-like illness in Senegal.

The bulletin also focuses on key ongoing events in the region, including the two grade 3 humanitarian crises in Nigeria and South Sudan as well as outbreaks of acute watery diarrhea /cholera in Ethiopia, malaria in Burundi, and meningitis in Nigeria, Niger and Togo.

For each of these events, a brief description followed by public health measures implemented and an interpretation of the situation is provided.

A table is provided at the end of the bulletin with information on all public health events currently being monitored in the region.

Major challenges to be addressed include:

  • Reluctance of some countries to share data and information on outbreaks and other public health emergencies.

  • The security challenges that impede access to populations in need of humanitarian assistance and deter aid workers from providing life-saving interventions, especially targeting vulnerable and hard to reach populations.

-Ongoing need for strong financial backing from donor partners to humanitarian actors, given the increasing complexity and scale of public health emergencies.

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