Acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) in the capital Djibouti District
24 November - The Ministry of Health of Djibouti is reporting an outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) in the capital (Djibouti District). For the first two weeks of November, the national Health Information System has registered 127 new diarrhoea cases for Djibouti city at the Diarrhoea Treatment Centre. There is one Diarrhoea Treatment Centre (DTC) in the main Djibouti referral hospital. It can treat up to 40 patients per day, since the beginning of October, around 300 patients have been treated. A second centre, established with the help of WHO and partners in July 2011, will re-open when necessary structural refurbishments. In addition, each regional hospital has a diarrhoea treatment unit or ward available. Since last July, WHO has been working with the Ministry of Health and other partners on prevention and contingency planning.
10 August 2011
WHO calls for US$ 23.4 million to counter malnutrition and the spread of disease in the Horn of Africa.
3 August 2011
29 July 2011 - The World Health Organization (WHO) will require US$ 29.5 million to finance the prevention and mitigation of disease in the Horn of Africa drought affected areas. The health of 12.4 million people is at risk as a result of widespread malnutrition and disease following the worst drought in the region in decades.
14 July 2011
The health and nutritional status of many communities in the Horn of Africa is fast deteriorating. The cycle of hunger-ill-health-poverty means that fewer resources are dedicated to health care just as health needs increase as a result of poor diet. Lack of water and precarious sanitation further increase the risk of communicable diseases. Cholera and measles outbreaks have already been reported in Djibouti and Ethiopia.
8 July 2011
The Horn of Africa is facing what has been described as the worst drought in over half a century. Around ten million people in Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.