This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 45 events in the region. This week, two new events have been reported: dengue fever in Mali and Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever in Uganda. This week’s edition also covers key ongoing events, including:
• Malaria in Cabo Verde
• Humanitarian crisis (refugee) in Uganda
•Humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
•Floods/mudslide in Sierra Leone
•Landslide in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
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:
•The humanitarian assistance to over 900 000 internally displaced persons in the conflict-affected Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo remains grossly inadequate.
•The unprecedented influx of refugees and asylum seekers to Uganda continues to constrain local and national capacity and infrastructures, and in particular, the healthcare systems.