This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 42 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including the:
• Undiagnosed paediatric eruptive fever in Cameroon
• Dengue fever in Côte d’Ivoire
• Hepatitis E in Niger
• Humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
• Humanitarian refugee crisis in Uganda
• Humanitarian crisis in Madagascar
• Humanitarian crisis/acute watery diarrhoea in Ethiopia
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 new and ongoing public health events currently being monitored in the region, as well as events that have recently been closed.
Major challenges include:
• A serious but little-known humanitarian crisis in the Kasai Region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with devastating consequences. Humanitarian access is severely constrained, aggravating the dire humanitarian need.
• The unprecedented influx of refugees in Uganda, especially from South Sudan, constraining the current response capacity.