4 December 2017 - Six million people in South Sudan—well beyond the half of the population (56%)— were estimated to be severely food insecure in September 2017, out of which 40 000 in humanitarian catastrophe. The situation could worsen next year.
6 September 2017 - WHO and partners are supporting government efforts to bring Ethiopia’s acute watery diarrhoea outbreak under control. WHO provides technical experts, supplies and logistical support to assist the Ethiopian health authorities.
July 2017 - In disease outbreak situations, rumours are as valuable as actual surveillance data. In fact, disease response teams particularly surveillance officers, attach a lot of importance on rumours and investigates them until proven wrong or right.
11 May 2017 - WHO is concerned by the chronic shortage of funding for life-saving work in Somalia in response to the ongoing drought that has plunged the country further towards famine, disease, and health insecurity.
3 May 2017 - WHO in Nigeria has deployed 190 Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI) personnel to support Sokoto state government in controlling the outbreak of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis. Response to the outbreak includes a reactive vaccination campaign that targets 740,000 people.
3 May 2016 - WHO and the Federal Ministry of Health of Somalia launched the first round of a preventative oral cholera vaccination campaign (OCV) today in Baidoa at the Baidoa Regional Hospital, targeting 224 000 persons aged 1 year and older.
27 April 2017 - Famine is occurring in parts of Unity State in South Sudan, while the majority of the country faces food crisis. Large areas of Somalia, southeastern Ethiopia, and northeastern Kenya are currently experiencing food insecurity crisis levels, with some areas of Somalia at already at emergency levels.
22 March 2017 - The Ministry of Health in Somalia, with support from WHO, have deployed a technical team to assess the magnitude and challenges of the cholera outbreak in Bay region, and provide technical assistance to scale up the response.
3 March 2017 - Despite multiple humanitarian crises, including famine, the first round of the National Immunization Days of 2017 is underway throughout South Sudan aiming to reach over three million children under 5 with two drops of polio vaccine.
14 February 2017 - Despite the ongoing complex humanitarian crises in South Sudan, WHO in partnership with the Ministry of Health and partners are responding to the latest cholera outbreak in the former Jonglei and Lakes States.
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