Emergencies

Yellow fever outbreak global response

The overarching goal of the yellow fever global strategy is to end yellow fever outbreaks in affected countries and limit international spread.

The Strategic Response Framework guides the international response to the 2016 yellow fever outbreak in Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda, and supports other countries to prepare for the importation of cases.

The Framework focuses on what is needed to help countries to accelerate surveillance, launch mass vaccination campaigns, intensify vector control, effectively communicate risks, manage clinical cases and fast-track research and development of vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics. Under WHO’s new emergency programme, we have activated an Incident Management System to oversee the response and leverage expertise from across the organization to address the crisis.

Coordination database

This tool will help coordinate the global response by bringing together all partner information in one central location. This tool can be used by all those involved in the yellow fever emergency response at global, regional and national level.

This information is designed to be used to tailor the response to the Yellow Fever epidemic, to help address funding gaps, and contribute to updates of the Strategic Response Framework & Joint Operations Plan, which formulates how activities across the globe fit together into a universal strategy. The reporting tool makes information on the global response more accessible and transparent.

There is guidance within the tool on data entry, and all information is validated by WHO to ensure consistency and accuracy. All those involved in the response to yellow fever are requested to update their activity information on a continuous basis, in order to ensure the reports are accurate. Please be aware that entering data into the database is taken as permission to use this information for reporting purposes.

Dashboard for the response

A dashboard is in development that will outline partner activities, donor contributions and the response funding gap.