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WHO elections

As Ethiopian Seeks to Head WHO, Outbreak at Home Raises Questions

The Malaysia Sun reviewed the controversy surrounding Lawrence Gostin’s allegations against WHO director-general candidate, Tedros Adhanom. In a New York Times article he alleged Tedros had been less than forthcoming in acknowledging outbreaks of cholera in Ethiopia, during his time as health minister, preferring to call it Acute Watery Diarrhoea. The paper lists the subsequent defence of Tedros by Tom Frieden, former CDC director, who argued the terminology was not irresponsible but rather a necessary compromise

May 23, 2017
Malaysia Sun

Ethiopia’s Cholera-Denying Candidate to Lead the World's Top Health Body is Taking a Battering...

Thousands of tweets, several open letters and a relentless online campaign have dogged Ethiopia’s candidate for the World Health Organization director-general position, Tedros Adhanom, as member states prepare to vote on May 23rd. The article refers to allegations that Adhanom covered up a cholera outbreak during his tenure as Ethiopia’s health minister. It also mentioned that ‘he did not like mentioning a certain disease’ and a letter in the Lancet alleged Adhanom’s indifference towards huge tobacco industry deals struck by the Ethiopian government with both Japanese and British tobacco companies

May 21, 2017
Global Voices

Cholera risks Addis bid for top WHO job

A group of African diplomats defended their candidate for the director general role at WHO against charges that he covered up cholera outbreaks in Ethiopia. The New York Times story pointed out that Ethiopia had called these earlier outbreaks acute watery diarrhoea instead of cholera. It also pointed out there are now more than 16,000 cases of AWD diagnosed in the country’s Somali region this year too

May 19, 2017
Business Daily

Why I run

Ethiopian Olympic athlete Feyisa Lilesa calls out Tedros Adhanom’s bid to become director general of the World Health Organization, listing a series of allegations that suggest he has been less than truthful about his time as health minister and that the Ethiopian government’s human rights record in his native Oromo region is

May 19, 2017
AlJazeera

As WHO Director-General Election Nears, Ethiopia’s Candidate Is Accused of Cholera Cover-Ups

The New York Times article quoting Lawrence Gostin’s allegations against Tedros Adhanom, in which he accused him of covering up cholera outbreaks in Ethiopia during his time as health minister, was hailed by Ethiopian activist opponents of the main government party. An ex-Reuters journalist working in Ethiopia at that time was quoted as saying these allegations were consistent with what he had seen when he worked there

May 18, 2017
The Wire

As WHO Director-General Election Nears, Ethiopia’s Candidate Is Accused of Cholera Cover-Ups

The recent story in the New York Times which questioned Tedros Adhanom’s record as health minister in Ethiopia accusing him up covering up cholera is provoking sharp reactions. Journalist Barry Malone, now an online editor for AlJazeera, says he was working for Reuters at the time in 2009 and obtained Minutes of an NGO/UN meeting at which a cholera outbreak was acknowledged. Malone goes on to say UN officials pressured him not to run this story at the time. Malone added ‘at the time UN officials regularly complained in private that a lack of acknowledgement from the government was stopping them getting more aid in’  

May 16, 2017
Global Voices

Promoting health through the life course

UNICEF: 10 million Yemeni children need urgent help

Most children in Yemen lack medical care, adequate nutrition, fresh water, sanitation and education, UN body says. Jamie McGoldrick, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, said at a news conference that aid groups in Yemen have pulled resources from the fight against malnutrition to battle the cholera outbreak in the country, raising risk of famine as they struggle to find funds. "We`re trying to do our best, but it`s very much beyond what we can cope with," he said

July 6, 2017
aljazeera.com

Millions of Yemenis suffer from lack of food during Ramadan

Nearly 17 million people are facing hunger in war-torn Yemen as Muslims around the world observe the holy month of Ramadan. At the same time, more than two million children suffer from malnutrition in the country, and a child under the age of five dies every 10 minutes of preventable diseases, a UNICEF report said. Additionally, the country is facing a cholera outbreak with more than 29,000 people infected, according to the World Health Organization

May 29, 2017
Daily Sabah, AlJazeera

Threat of malnutrition still high in Somalia despite onset of rains: ICRC

Rains in Somalia have brought some relief from drought but malnutrition remains a threat, the Red Cross said, with the number of children admitted to its feeding centres nationwide nearly doubling over the last year. In addition to food shortages, Somalia is experiencing a rapid spread of cholera, with more than 20,000 cases reported nationwide. The outbreak is expected to worsen due to the rains

May 19, 2017
Reuters

1 million children refugees from South Sudan's civil war

More than 1m children have fled South Sudan’s civil war, two UN agencies said on Monday, part of the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. Roughly 62% of refugees from South Sudan are children, according to the UN, and more than 75,000 are alone or without families, about 1.8m have fled South Sudan in total

May 8, 2017
kwwl.com

Somalia - malnutrition, cholera and diarrhoea rising among children - cases increase

Thousands of children in Somalia suffer from acute malnutrition, cholera and diarrhoea and the figure in increasingly rapidly. According to UNICEF, therapeutic food was given in the months of January and February to 35,400 sick children, double the amount compared to the same period in 2016, while 18,400 were diagnosed with cholera and watery diarrhoea

April 8, 2017
Foreign Affairs
April 7, 2017
Agenzia Fides

Malnutrition, disease rise sharply among children in Somalia - UN

Early numbers show an increasing number of children in Somalia are suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and cholera or acute watery diarrhoea, the UN warned. The UNHCR warned in a statement that children suffering from SAM are nine times more likely to die of disease than a well-nourished child, adding that during a 2011 famine the biggest killers were diarrhoea and measles

March 30, 2017
Agence Presse Africaine
March 31, 2017
China.org
March 30, 2017
China.org

Saudi Arabia delaying aid to Yemen is 'killing children', warns Save the Children

Save the Children said ‘shipments of aid are being delayed for months, denying hundreds of thousands of people access to urgently needed medical aid.’ This year, the Saudi-led coalition has prevented three of the charity’s shipments of medical supplies from landing, forcing them to be re-routed and delaying their arrival by up to three months

March 1, 2017
The Independent

Preparedness, surveillance and response

There were over 750,000 cases of cholera in Yemen in just 5 months, as US-Saudi war continues. W...

Madness: There were over 750,000 cases of cholera in Yemen in just 5 months, as US-Saudi war continues. Worst outbreak in recorded history

September 29, 2017
@BenjaminNorton

Cholera kills one Yemeni every hour in a war the world ignores

The UN calls Yemen the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world, saying 7m people are now a step away from famine. There is not much reporting of this urgent story because Saudi Arabia makes it extremely difficult for journalists to enter the country. Riyadh controls the airspace, determining who comes and goes in Yemen. A senior UN official said the Saudis were blocking journalists to make sure only their version of the story emerged. “They don’t want it said that they are inflicting suffering on their fellow Arabs,” he said

July 30, 2017
The Times

Somalia: Cholera cases rise by 1000

The Ministry of Health of Somalia has reported 1068 acute watery diarrhoea (AWD)/cholera cases and 3 deaths for week 28 (10 – 16 July 2017) with a case-fatality rate of 0.3%. The overall case-fatality rate of 1.4% remains above the emergency threshold of 1%. However, the cholera outbreak which started in January 2017 is slowing down, thanks to timely interventions by WHO, national health authorities and health partners

July 29, 2017
Outbreak News Today

Unpaid doctors and nurses fight largest cholera epidemic on record

Nurses and doctors have been working overtime in public hospitals — without pay — to keep pace with the cholera epidemic in Yemen, which has now infected an estimated 400,000 people across the country. On July 25, the World Health Organization said cholera`s spread is slowing in Yemen and may have reached its peak. But hundreds of thousands more Yemenis will likely be infected before the epidemic is over. The strain on medical staff in public hospitals will continue. Like tens of thousands of other Yemeni government employees, doctors and nurses have not seen a monthly pay check since September 2016

July 28, 2017
Public Radio International (PRI.org)

Cholera still on the rise in Darfur, resurging in eastern Sudan

Five people died of cholera in Kabkabiya in North Darfur on Monday and Tuesday, while the total number of cases in the isolation centre on Wednesday rose to 33. An activist in Radio Dabanga`s voluntary work reported the deaths of five cases, one of which died at Kabkabiya hospital. Three more died at the El Matar camp in Kabkabiya on Tuesday, while one died on Monday evening at the peace camp

July 27, 2017
Radio Dabanga
July 28, 2017
Relief Web International

Yemen cholera epidemic slowing after infecting 400,000

Yemen`s cholera outbreak was set to hit 400,000 cases but there are signs the three-month-old epidemic is slowing, according to World Health Organization data. A dramatic fall over the past month in the number of people dying from the disease each day -- from about 30 to single figures -- suggests the WHO`s strategy of setting up a network of rehydration points to catch patients early is working

July 25, 2017
Reuters

UN delegation visits Yemen amid cholera outbreak

A high-level United Nations delegation arrived in Yemen to visit areas held both by the government and the Houthi rebels across the crisis-hit country. The executive directors of the World Health Organisation, the UN Children`s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme visited the southern province of Aden, where the government is based, and the rebel-held capital Sanaa. UNICEF and WHO representatives declined to elaborate on the visit to the Arabian Peninsula country, where war, cholera and looming famine have killed thousands of people and displaced millions

July 24, 2017
AlJazeera

WHO sees high risk from Kenya cholera outbreak

An outbreak of cholera in Kenya poses a high risk to the region and a moderate threat globally, the World Health Organization said after delegates at two international conferences were hit. The spread of the disease has surged since April, affecting the capital Nairobi, a major hub for conferences in Africa, and the large refugee camps of Dadaab and Kakuma. The disease hit 146 at a conference in Nairobi on June 22, and a further 136 people at the China Trade Fair on July 10-12, one of whom died

July 21, 2017
Reuters, Capitalfm.co.ke, Outbreak News Today
July 19, 2017
Reuters
July 20, 2017
Nation

Yemen cholera to spread with rains; Oxfam sees 600,000 cases

Yemen`s cholera outbreak is far from being controlled and may be further exacerbated by the rainy season, even if the rate of new cases appears to be slowing in some hotspots, the World Health Organisation said. Oxfam projected the number could rise to more than 600,000 cases, "the largest ever recorded in any country in a single year since records began", exceeding Haiti in 2011. The WHO has reported 368,207 suspected cases and 1,828 deaths in the Arabian Peninsula country since late April

July 21, 2017
Reuters, Deutsche Welle, AlJazeera, Cidrap

WHO enhances cholera response in S. Sudan as death toll rises to 320

The WHO said it is working with South Sudan`s health ministry and partners to scale up use of oral cholera vaccines and strengthen strategies for improving access to patient care, surveillance and social mobilization to combat outbreaks. The UN health agency said a total of 17,785 cholera cases including 320 deaths have been reported from 24 counties in South Sudan since the outbreak was reported in June 2016

July 21, 2017
Xinhuanet.com
July 20, 2017
South Sudan News Agency

WHO sees high risk from Kenya cholera outbreak

Since the beginning of the year, Kenya has experienced cholera outbreaks with an ongoing epidemic in Garissa and Nairobi counties. Some 1,216 cases, including 14 deaths, have been reported this year. Saying hotel closures were not punitive, Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu however warned that there is no room for anyone to defy the directives. “It is for the wellbeing of the public,” Dr Mailu said

July 21, 2017
Trust.org
July 27, 2017
Daily Nation

WHO warns of cholera risk at annual haj, praises Saudi preparedness

A cholera epidemic in Yemen, which has infected more than 332,000 people, could spread during the annual haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia in September, although Saudi authorities are well prepared, the World Health Organization said. The pilgrimage draws 2-4 million Muslims every year, including 1.5-2 million foreigners, raising the risk from diseases such as dengue, yellow fever, Zika virus and meningococcal disease as well as cholera

July 14, 2017
Reuters, geo.tv

CSs Rotich, Adan Mohamed admitted after reports of cholera outbreak

Two Kenyan Cabinet Secretaries Henry Rotich (Treasury) and Adan Mohammed (Industrialisation) are among at least 70 patients admitted at Nairobi hospitals with what may be cholera. The two are at Nairobi Hospital where doctors are observing them

July 14, 2017
The Star, Nairobi News, Tuko

Cholera outbreak kills 17 in Nigeria

At least 17 people have been confirmed dead in an ongoing cholera outbreak in Nigeria`s northcentral Kwara state, according to a report by the country`s centre for disease control. "The cholera outbreak in Kwara state continued ... with a total of 1,617 suspected cases reported, an increase of 3.6% from the last Epi-week. 13 laboratory samples were confirmed and 17 deaths recorded, giving a case fatality rate of 1.1%," the centre said

July 12, 2017
Reuters

U.N. slams warring parties in Yemen for fueling cholera outbreak

Top UN officials slammed the warring parties in Yemen and their international allies for fuelling an unprecedented deadly cholera outbreak, driving millions closer to famine and hindering humanitarian aid access. "Seven million people, including 2.3 million malnourished children - of whom 500,000 are severely malnourished under the age of five - are on the cusp of famine, vulnerable to disease and ultimately at risk of a slow and painful death," UN experts said

July 12, 2017
Reuters

Cholera may accelerate famine in Yemen as resources shift: U.N.

Yemen`s growing cholera epidemic may accelerate looming famine, as limited resources are shifted away from malnutrition and other programs to try to contain the disease, the top U.N. aid official in the country said. The United Nations has received only a third of the $2.1 billion it sought to provide food to 12 million people facing famine in Yemen. Its $250 million funding appeal to combat cholera has yielded just $47 million. "As a result of that, organizations who are in areas where cholera has broken out have had to use resources that they would have otherwise programmed for something like food insecurity or malnutrition,” the UN added

July 11, 2017
Reuters

U.N. Suspending Plan for Cholera Vaccination in Yemen

The United Nations said that it was suspending plans for a cholera vaccination campaign in Yemen — reversing a decision made a month ago — because the disease’s rampant spread and the ravages of war there would make such an effort ineffective. Plans for preventive vaccination were being “set aside” as obstacles in delivering vaccines in the middle of a conflict that has crippled the country’s health system are too great, and in addition, aid workers would be hampered accessing some areas threatened by the contagious disease

July 11, 2017
New York Times

Yemen cholera cases pass 300,000 mark, ICRC says

A 10-week cholera epidemic has now infected more than 300,000 people in Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross said, a health disaster on top of war, economic collapse and near-famine in the impoverished country. The World Health Organization has said there were 297,438 suspected cases and 1,706 deaths by July 7, but it did not publish a daily update on Sunday, when the 300,000 mark looked set to be reached. A WHO spokesman said the figures were still being analyzed by Yemen`s health ministry

July 10, 2017
Reuters
July 11, 2017
The Independent
July 13, 2017
The Guardian

Extinguished Epidemics Reappear in Syria

Epidemics are gradually reappearing in Syria as part of a reality that has started to impose itself in zones that are not controlled by the Syrian regime, especially in the northern and eastern regions which have witnessed a series of fights amid the total absence of local and civil authorities. Poliomyelitis is now rampant in Deir ez-Zor, with 58 cases up to the start of June. Displaced Raqqa civilians in nearby camps, especially Tuwayhina, are seeing a resurgence of cholera, leishmania and measles

July 10, 2017
Enab Baladi

Cholera update: Nine die in West Darfur camp

Nine people died of cholera in Murnei camp in West Darfur this week. Three people died in Kabkabiya on Wednesday. In Murnei, nine displaced people died, and at least seventeen others were infected with cholera, the head of the camp reported. One person died of cholera and four others were infected at Khazan Jadeed area in Shearia, East Darfur, on Wednesday. Omda Jaafar told Radio Dabanga that the medical isolation centre has seen eight patients die from cholera since the disease broke out in the area on 6 June. He said that so far there had been 102 cases of cholera

July 7, 2017
Dabanga Sudan

276,000 potential cholera cases in Yemen, WHO reports

The death toll continues to rise in Yemen, where a cholera outbreak has been spreading for months, according to the World Health Organization. There have been 275,987 suspected cholera cases and 1,634 deaths from the illness between April 27 and July 5. Children under the age of 15 make up 41% of these cases, and people older than 60 account for 33% of the deaths

July 6, 2017

Haiti could stem cholera epidemic by end 2018: health officials

Haiti could stem its seven-year-long cholera epidemic by the end of 2018 as the number of reported cases has dropped sharply, government and United Nations officials said. The health ministry said Haiti has had about 7,400 suspected new cholera cases since the start of the year, compared with almost 20,200 at the same point last year. "We have never seen so few cases," Donald Francois, head of the health ministry`s national cholera program said. "With the cases we`ve seen we think we can eliminate cholera by the end of 2018"

July 3, 2017
Reuters

Cholera cases up 10,000 as tons of medical supplies arrive

Since the beginning of the second wave of the cholera outbreak in Yemen (from 27 April to 2 July 2017), 262,650 suspected cholera cases, and 1,587 deaths have been reported in 21 of the country’s 23 governorates, and in 86% of the districts. The World Health Organization reported on a 403-ton shipment of medical supplies that arrived in Hodeida, Yemen recently

July 3, 2017
Outbreak News Today
July 5, 2017
Healio

Experts find new strain of cholera that spreads faster

Forty-five strains of ‘vibrio’ cholera were isolated from 10 different places in India and their genetic modules compared to the Haitian strain, which was responsible for the outbreak of cholera in 2010 in Haiti. The new strain does not lead to sporadic cases, but attacks groups of people, which is why it is stated to be virulent. The samples were taken from sewage treatment plants in Hyderabad and 16 strains were isolated, showing that that there was a gene mutation. The new strain of vibrio cholera showed that it had minor difference from the existing strain and this difference didn’t affect the toxin production in the bacteria

June 28, 2017
Deccan Chronicle

Cholera vaccine faces major test in war-torn Yemen

Imagine a poor, war-ravaged country the size of Spain where more than 20 million people are threatened by a deadly disease that’s spreading fast from city to city. You have 1 million doses of a vaccine at your disposal. Who would you try to protect? On 15 June, a group managing the modest global reserve of cholera vaccine decided to dispatch 1 million doses to the country, about half of what it had in stock; vaccina¬tion is set to begin in early July. It will be one of the biggest tests yet for the vaccine. But where to deploy it is still under debate, says Dominique Legros, a cholera expert at the World Health Organization

June 28, 2017
Science

Cholera kills more than 60 people in South Sudan

A cholera outbreak in South Sudan’s Namurunynag State in Eastern Equatoria has killed more than 60 people in one month, local Governor Louse Lobong Lojore said. The governor and the Health minister, Dr Riek Gai Kok, appeared before lawmakers in Juba to explain how 16 children died in Kapoeta town after they were vaccinated against measles last month

June 28, 2017
Daily Nation

Yemeni PM declares state of emergency over cholera outbreak

Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid Bin Daghr has declared a state of emergency in health sectors in the provinces of Abyan, Aden, Lahij, Dhale, and Shabwah. He also urged the rapid reporting of cases. Bin Daghr asked local authority leaders to be highly prepared to monitor and control cholera cases in hospitals and health centers in these provinces. The UN agency added that the decline in cholera cases should still be taken under consideration, as 1,400 have died in two months with nearly 219,000 suspected cases

June 28, 2017
AlArabiya

Cholera outbreak kills 795 in Somalia since January

An outbreak of cholera/acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) in Somalia has killed 795 people since January, the UN humanitarian agency said. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that there was a 19-percent decrease in the number of new cases in the first week of June, which can be attributed to timely and effective intervention efforts over the past months. The UN also cites figures from the ministry of health of Somalia reported 1979 AWD/cholera cases and 13 deaths between June 12-18. "A cumulative total of 53,015 cases including 795 deaths have been reported since the cholera outbreak started in January 2017. The case-fatality rate of 1.5 percent remains above the emergency threshold of 1 percent," the UN said

June 28, 2017
xinhuanet, PM News

WHO hopes Yemeni cholera outbreak is half done at 218,000 cases

A major cholera outbreak in Yemen may have reached the halfway mark at 218,798 cases as a massive emergency response has begun to curb its spread two months into the epidemic. Soon after the outbreak began, the WHO saw a risk that it could affect 300,000 people within six months. But it spread at double that speed, prompting a far-reaching emergency response that may have turned the corner as WHO says the strength of the response will make a difference

June 27, 2017
Reuters

UN Brought Cholera to Haiti. Now It Is Fumbling Its Effort to Atone

A $400 million voluntary trust fund for Haiti to battle cholera was created last year by Ban Ki-moon, then the secretary general, when he apologized for the United Nations’ role after having repeatedly denied any responsibility. But the fund, meant in part to compensate cholera victims, garnered only a few million dollars and is now nearly empty. Without an immediate infusion of funds, warned UN deputy secretary general, Amina J. Mohammed, “the intensified cholera response and control efforts cannot be sustained through 2017 and 2018”

June 27, 2017
New York Times

Cholera spreads to East Darfur refugee camp

The first cases of cholera have appeared in a South Sudanese refugee camp and a village in East Darfur, as five people reportedly died and more than 100 were infected. Sheikhs in Kriu refugee camp for South Sudanese people, 35 km south of Ed Daein city, reported the deaths of three refugees from cholera. 61 people have been infected. Within a week, the first reports of the spread of cholera in Shangil Tobaya in North Darfur have been accompanied by reports of infections in South Darfur (Kalma camp) and East Darfur

June 27, 2017
Dabanga, allafrica

Red Cross official warns of cholera, famine risks in East Africa, Yemen

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned United Nation member states that outbreaks of cholera are compounding famine risk in East Africa and Yemen. According to IFRC figures, Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan are now grappling with escalating cholera outbreaks that have infected more than 220,000 people and killed nearly 2,100 people since the beginning of 2017. In Yemen alone, more than 166,000 cases have been reported since the end of April, a figure that is climbing by an average of 6,000 cases every day, IFRC said. In Somalia, there have been more than 51,000 cholera cases and nearly 5,000 in South Sudan

June 26, 2017
xinhuanet

Yemen Now Faces 'The Worst Cholera Outbreak In The World,' U.N. Says

Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, and Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, say that "more than 1,300 people have died — one quarter of them children — and the death toll is expected to rise." They suspect that is because Yemen now has upwards of 200,000 cases to grapple with, and that number is growing quickly — by a rate of roughly 5,000 cases a day. "And geographically, it is expanding," Mohamed El Montassir Hussein, Yemen director for the International Rescue Committee, told NPR`s Jason Beaubien earlier this month

June 24, 2017
NPR
June 25, 2017
AlJazeera, BBC
June 23, 2017
Voice of America
June 25, 2017
Xinhuanet
June 22, 2017
Reuters

Cholera cases in North Darfur, Khartoum, eastern Sudan

The cholera epidemic that has claimed hundreds of lives throughout Sudan`s Nile valley has now spread to North Darfur. Nine people have reportedly died and about 82 others have been infected with cholera over the last four days at camp Naivasha in Shangil Tobaya locality, North Darfur. The former director of Nahar Medical and Health Organisation working in the area, Abdallah Rasheed, reported that on Wednesday, 47 patients, including four children, were suffering from acute watery diarrhoea and vomiting - characteristic symptoms of cholera

June 23, 2017
Dabanga
June 22, 2017
AllAfrica, Dabanga

Kenya cholera outbreak hits dozens at health conference

Nearly 50 people have contracted cholera while attending a health conference in Kenya`s capital. The infected delegates were among hundreds who had gathered for the four day forum organised by the Ministry of Health. They have been isolated in a city hospital, but health officials say the number of people infected may rise. It is unclear how they caught the disease, which has led to five deaths in the past month

June 22, 2017
BBC, Nairobi News
June 26, 2017
Xinhuanet
June 24, 2017
KDRTV
June 23, 2017
Daily Nation

The U.N. owes Haiti relief from cholera epidemic it introduced

Seven years after its soldiers sparked the world’s worst cholera epidemic in Haiti, the United Nations is finally preparing to close its MINUSTAH peacekeeping mission there. When MINUSTAH soldiers discharged contaminated waste into the Artibonite River in 2010, sparking a massive cholera outbreak, the U.N. denied its role in the tragedy, in defiance of overwhelming evidence and the organization’s own obligations. While the U.N. ignored cholera’s victims, at least 10,000 Haitians died from the disease (though the U.N. has reported that the number may be three times as high). Today, cholera continues to wreak havoc on the people of Haiti, and the crisis has weakened the organization’s credibility as a human rights defender

June 21, 2017
Miami Herald
June 24, 2017
Reuters

Aid workers race to contain Yemen cholera outbreak, UN agencies report

A “race” is under way to contain the cholera epidemic in Yemen where 20 out of 22 governorates are affected, United Nations agencies said. Nearly 1,200 people have died in the latest outbreak and there are more than 172,000 suspected cases in the crisis-torn country, according to the World Health Organization. Together with UNICEF, WHO says it is attempting to stop cholera being “exported” from the worst-affected areas. In Raymah in western Yemen, mortality rates are almost twice the national average

June 20, 2017
ReliefWeb
June 21, 2017
The Herald
June 20, 2017
pulse.ng, Voice of America

Thousands dead in East Africa plagues

Severe drought has coincided with an outbreak of lethal diseases in the Horn of Africa region. Somalia is experiencing its largest outbreak of cholera in 5 years with 48,607 cases and 763 deaths. Over 1,400 measles cases have been reported since early June and there have been 9,813 suspected measles cases since the start of 2017. Ethiopia reports 35,665 cases of acute watery diarrhoea and 780 deaths since January. Across the country 1,981 suspected measles cases with 961 confirmed. Kenya has 3030 suspected cholera cases and three deaths

June 20, 2017
CAJ News

Sudanese doctors in UK urge Khartoum to declare cholera, take action themselves

The UK-Ireland section of the Sudanese Doctors` Union has called on Khartoum to officially declare the outbreak of cholera and activate the disaster protocols. The Union itself is taking actions to help contain the rapid spread of the epidemic. In an interview with Radio Dabanga, Sarah Abdeljaleel, Media Secretary of the Sudanese Doctors` Union in the UK and Ireland, said that "Urgent intervention is needed to stop the growing number of cholera deaths and infections among the people in Sudan.” "The collapse of the health services in the country requires intervention by international organizations to help eradicating the epidemic, and that can only be done if the government officially declares the cholera outbreak," the doctor said

June 19, 2017
Dabanga, allafrica

Cholera toll in Yemen reaches 1,054

The World Health Organisation announced that the toll in the cholera outbreak in Yemen has reached 1,054, with the total suspected cases reaching 151,000. The outbreak has spread fast in 20 out of 22 Yemeni governorates in just seven weeks, since April 27, Xinhua news agency reported. Last month, the WHO said the number of suspected cases could reach 300,000 in the next six months

June 18, 2017
Odisha Sun Times, Outbreak News Today, AlJazeera

Warning against cholera outbreak

The Palakkad health department issued a warning on the possible outbreak of cholera in the district. The officials said a large number of dysentery cases were reported after the onset of monsoon from different parts of the district. This could be a prelude for the outbreak of cholera. Meanwhile, the Kerala State Human Rights Commission has directed the health department to inform it within two weeks of the number of deaths due to dengue and other monsoon-related diseases in the district and the action taken to prevent them

June 17, 2017
The Times of India

Number of Cholera Cases in Taiz Increase Due to Houthi Siege

In a report issued by the Ministry of Health in Yemen, the ministry said that its medical and epidemiological and preventive monitoring teams are facing huge difficulties to reach Sana’a, Hodeidah and Hajjah governorates where cases of illness were recently detected as a result of the control of the coup militias over these provinces. The report showed that the total number of diarrhoea cases that have been documented until June 12 has exceeded 129,000 cases while the total number of outpatients and treatments is over 126,000, with a recovery rate of 98 percent. The report also explained that the total number of suspected cases is 2,914, while confirmed cases in laboratories have reached 432, and death cases amounted to 942

June 17, 2017
Asharq Al-Awsat

Cholera rages across Yemen, one child infected every minute: charity

Almost 1,000 people have died from cholera in Yemen in just over a month in what is thought to be one of the worst outbreaks of the disease since the Haiti earthquake in 2010. Since late April, 942 people have died from cholera, and there are a further 129,000 suspected cases, Save The Children said. At least one child is infected every minute, according to the aid group, which said that the infection rate had tripled over the past two weeks. More than 30 people are dying a day.“ Cholera has come within a perfect storm. Only half the country’s health centres are still operating. The speed of the disease is unprecedented,” Meritxell Relano, Unicef’s Yemen representative said

June 13, 2017
Reuters, The Globe and Mail, AlJazeera, The Times

Calls for Sudan to declare a cholera epidemic

The Sudanese opposition group, the Popular Congress Party (PCP), has called on the Sudanese prime minister to officially declare that the country is suffering from a cholera epidemic, local news outlets reported. Despite some 292 deaths and 14,659 infections since August 2016, the Sudanese government insist that affected patients suffered from an acute form of “watery diarrhoea” and not cholera

June 13, 2017
Middle East Monitor, Allafrica, Dabanga

Sudan Bans the Word Cholera, Despite 15,000 Infections

Sudan`s Ministry of Health has been suppressing reporting on an epidemic of cholera for the last month, arresting those who try to raise awareness of the disease. The UN cannot officially refer to the outbreak as cholera due to a lack of official testing and is currently reporting the disease as "acute water diarrhoea" (AWD), it has emerged. On 1 June, Sudan`s health minister, Bahr Idriss Abu Garda, told parliament that 292 people had died of AWD and 14,659 people were reported infected between August 2016 and May 2017. Yet the government appears more concerned in fighting the reporting of the epidemic than the cause of the disease itself

June 13, 2017
albawaba

Chienge cholera combated

The Zambian ministry of health declared Chienge district in Luapula Province cholera free after containing the disease which broke out in February of this year. The district has not recorded any cholera cases in the last month and the figure still stands at 82 cases

June 10, 2017
Zambia Daily Mail

WHO, UNICEF rushing to address cholera outbreak in Yemen

The World Health Organization and the United Nations Children`s Fund are taking forceful measures to address the cholera outbreak in Yemen, a UN spokesperson said. UNICEF, WHO, and their partners have reached nearly 3.5 million people across the country by disinfecting water tanker filling stations, chlorinating drinking water, restoring water treatment plants, rehabilitating water supply systems, and providing household water treatments and distributing hygiene kits, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric

June 10, 2017
xinhuanet

Yemen cholera cases pass the 100,000 mark: WHO

The number of suspected cholera cases in war-torn Yemen has risen to more than 100,000 since an outbreak began on April 27, the World Health Organization said. The rapid spread of the disease through 19 of Yemen`s 23 governorates highlighted a humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen after two years of civil war that has disabled most health care facilities, according to the U.N. humanitarian office. "To date, 101,820 suspected cholera cases and 789 deaths have been reported in 19 governorates," WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said. The WHO has warned that the number of cases could hit 300,000, but the daily number of new ones declined slightly in the week to June 5 to 3,432, compared with 3,651 in the previous seven-day period

June 8, 2017
Reuters
June 10, 2017
Albawaba, The Scientist, The Nation

Pressure on Sudan government as cholera advances on Khartoum

The Sudanese Doctors Union and the National Epidemiological Corporation have called on the government to declare a state of health emergency in the areas stricken by the cholera epidemic, and request the World Health Organisation to intervene and provide material and in-kind support to fight the spread of the disease. After first appearing in Blue Nile state 10 months ago, the disease that spread throughout the Nile has now also spread to Khartoum state, threatening the densely populated areas of the national capital, despite attempts by the Health Ministry to hide the facts and reduce the scale of the disaster

June 8, 2017
Dabanga, AllAfrica

Letter from Africa: Sudan's rulers 'shirking action on cholera'

Yousra Elbagir criticises the Sudanese government`s failure to get to grips with a cholera outbreak, which after 10 months, Sudan`s Ministry of Health has finally confirmed that there have been 265 deaths and more than 16,000 infected cases of "acute watery diarrhoea" in 11 of the country`s 18 states. The Federal Minister of Health, Bahar Abu Garda, told parliament that cases of "watery diarrhoea" were not his business - shifting blame to the Ministry of Water Resources and State Ministers

June 7, 2017
BBC

Cholera case count nears 100,000 in Yemen

Just a few days ago, UNICEF Regional Director, Geert Cappelaere, upon return from a visit to Yemen said the number of suspected cases is expected to reach 130,000 within the next two weeks, then, today, the WHO office in Yemen announced over 96,200 suspected cholera cases and 746 deaths have been reported, last week alone, more than 25,000 cases were reported. More than 80 percent of the governorates have reported cholera, with most cases being reported in the west

June 7, 2017
Outbreak News Today, Asharq Al-Awsat, Egypt Independent

Death toll in Yemen cholera outbreak hits nearly 700: WHO

A cholera epidemic in Yemen has killed at least 681 people and the outbreak has yet to peak, according to the World Health Organization figures which showed an increase in the death toll of nearly 50% since its last update on May 27. Figures from this last week show 86,422 suspected cases of cholera being recorded across 19 of Yemen’s 23 governorates, although WHO did say the increase was due to better completeness of the reporting

June 6, 2017
Reuters

Sudan: Cholera Cases Swell Khartoum Bahri Hospitals

Cholera cases are further proliferating in Khartoum and White Nile states with the Health Ministry recording 30 new cases, while local sources, reported about 100 infected patients in areas of Khartoum Bahri. Cholera in Khartoum has further expanded to Teibat El Ahamda, known as El Ezba, in Khartoum Bahri. On Monday, the number of dead from cholera rose to 18 people, while there were approximately 100 infected cases in the district`s hospitals on Sunday and Monday. The Ministry of Health in Khartoum state announced t on Monday that 30 new cases have been recorded. There will be "maximum mobilisation" at Teibat El Ahamda area, with cleaning and waste removal campaigns

June 6, 2017
allafrica.com, Relief Web

Kwara confirms cholera outbreak

The Commissioner for Health in Kwara, Dr Atolagbe Alege, confirmed six cases of cholera in parts of Llorin metropolis, the state capital. Alege, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, said that the outbreak has not claimed any lives to date and that the patients were four adults and two children

June 5, 2017
The News, Africa Independent Television

'Nearly 600 cholera deaths' in Yemen over past month

An estimated 70,000 cases of cholera have been reported by UNICEF in Yemen, with nearly 600 people dying over the past month, as the disease continues to spread at an alarming rate. The UN agency said that the already dire situation for children in Yemen was quickly turning into a disaster

June 2, 2017
Aljazeera

Unicef Fears Yemen Cholera Outbreak Could Hit 300,000 in Coming Weeks

The Yemen UNICEF regional director said he had never seen a cholera outbreak of the size it is in this country, which is already contending with the risk of famine and a collapse of the healthcare system because of the war. Half the cholera cases in Yemen are children, and parents have little recourse to help as many hospitals and clinics are closed or lack supplies

June 2, 2017
New York Times

Cholera kills 248 in South Sudan - UN

At least 248 people have died from a cholera outbreak across 19 counties in South Sudan since the initial outbreak was reported in June last year, the UN said. OCHA said that as of May 15th there have been 8,160 cholera cases since that initial case last year. Nine out of the 19 counties affected by the cholera outbreak since last June have reported cholera cases in the last four weeks and are considered to have active transmission of the disease

May 29, 2017
xinhuanet

Yemen: Cholera deaths mounting as infections increasing

UNICEF reported that 473 people have died from cholera, while infections rose to 52,000 cases across 18 Yemeni governorates. The numbers jumped by 14,000 in just the last two days. The health conditions are being exacerbated by food shortages, increased malnutrition and a lack of access to adequate health services, due to the Yemeni crisis. The UN Population Fund for the Arab Region said that 1.1m pregnant women who are malnourished, need immediate care and pregnancy health service support are at high risk

May 29, 2017
AlArabiya, menafn.com, Ahram Online, Anadolu Agency

Tanzania: Three-Month Baby, 75 Year Old Man Get Resurfaced Cholera in Zanzibar As Heavy Rains Po...

Zanzibar’s Minister for Health and Social Welfare said there are 23 people reported to be suffering from cholera. Most of those affected by the disease were from districts Urban West A, Urban West B and Urban North A, all in Unguja, while the remainder were from the districts of Micheweni and Wete on Pemba Island

May 29, 2017
allafrica.com

25 cases of cholera reported at Kakuma Refugee Camp

There were further reports of the outbreak of cholera in Kakuma Refugee Camp where 25 cases have been confirmed. Those affected are mainly refugees from the Dinka community who recently streamed in from South Sudan as a result of tensions in the country. Kakuma Camp is home to 169,203 refugees out of whom 90,446 are from South Sudan

May 29, 2017
Standard Media

Turkana on alert after cholera outbreak in camp

Refugees in Kakuma camp have been treated for cholera following an outbreak which has hit 25 camp inhabitants, as yet no deaths have been recorded and the patients have been isolated and hospitalised to prevent further spread of the disease

May 27, 2017
Daily Nation

Cholera kills dozens in west Sudan

A cholera epidemic in Sudan’s White Nile has reportedly killed 62 people and infected almost 1,800, since the first cases were recorded last month, so, activists protested in front of the federal health ministry in the capital Khartoum, demanding the government declare the outbreak an epidemic in those areas and respond effectively

May 26, 2017
Journal du Cameroun, Reliefweb International

Yemen cholera caseload leaps, death toll rises: WHO

A cholera outbreak in Yemen has killed 332 people and left more than 32,000 ill in the last four weeks, WHO reports. The disease has spread faster than any previous known outbreak in Yemen and WHO is warning it could affect as many as 300,000 people over the next 6 months. To compound the problem, doctors have not been paid since September and less than half of the hospitals and medical clinics are still operating. There is also a shortage of re-hydration fluids for treating cholera patients

May 23, 2017
Reuters
May 24, 2017
Channel News Asia, AlAlarabiya
May 23, 2017
U.S. Government Accountability Office

Cholera outbreak spreading at 'unprecedented' speed kills 315 in Yemen

WHO said more than 29,300 suspected cases have been reported in 19 of the country’s 22 provinces. The highest number of likely cases, more than 6,000 are in the capital city Sana’a. Last week the UN warned that Yemen could have as many as 300,000 cases of cholera within six months and an extremely high number of deaths

May 21, 2017
UPI
May 22, 2017
AlJazeera
May 21, 2017
Outbreak News Today
May 22, 2017
BBC News

Cholera cases in Yemen could hit 300,000 within six months: WHO

Yemen could have as many as 300,000 cases of cholera within six months and an “extremely high” number of deaths, the World Health Organization said Friday. “We need to expect something that could go up to 200,000-250,000 cases over the next six months, in addition to the 50,000 cases that have already occurred,” Nevio Zagaria. WHO Yemen representative, told reporters in Geneva by phone. The cost in lives from this will be will be “extremely, extremely high,” he said.

May 20, 2017
Daily Star
May 19, 2017
ABNA 24, Radio Pakistan, Eastern Mirror, Albawaba News, MWC News, Oxfam America, TRT World
May 20, 2017
Asharq Al-Awsat
May 19, 2017
Reuters

Cholera outbreak in Nairobi, five admitted

Nairobi county has activated cholera treatment centres following an outbreak of the disease in the city. Health executives confirmed that five cases of cholera have occurred. The authorities believed it was an imported case as the five had travelled to the city to attend a wedding. There were reports three people had died after contracting the disease but the authorities are currently not aware of this and cannot confirm it

May 19, 2017
Star Kenya
May 18, 2017
PMNews Nigeria, Pulse Nigeria, Xinhuanet, Standard Media

Mozambique declares end to cholera epidemic that infected over 2,000

Mozambique has declared an end to a cholera epidemic that was triggered by heavy rains and infected more than 2,000 people, a senior government official said on Friday. The outbreak was another setback for Mozambique, which is grappling with a financial and debt crisis as it strives to woo investors to develop huge offshore gas reserves. "The epidemic is under control: in the last 28 to 29 days we have not registered new cases of cholera and so we are declaring the epidemic terminated," Francisco Mbofana, national director of public health, told a news conference. Five cholera treatment centers installed in the most affected provinces have already been dismantled, Mbofana said.

May 19, 2017
Reuters

Cholera kills two in Kenyan capital, five hospitalized: official

Cholera killed two people in the Kenyan capital and another five are hospitalised receiving treatment a Nairobi health official told Reuters. The victims were part of a larger group of about 400 guests who attended a wedding in a Nairobi neighbourhood where food was provided by a catering company

May 19, 2017
Reuters

186 dead in Yemen Cholera outbreak in addition to 14,000 infected: WHO

The cholera outbreak in Yemen has so far infected 14,000 people, with at least 186 related deaths since April 27, according to the statement tweeted by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday on its official Twitter account. Most cases were reported from the capital Sanaa, reported the WHO. The fresh statistics come 24 hours following the public health emergency state declared by Yemen`s Ministry of Public Health and Population in its capital Sanaa, after the death of 115 cholera victims and the numbers of suspected cases reached 2,567, according to Yemen`s state news agency Saba.

May 17, 2017

World Health Organization: 11000 suspected Cholera cases and 124 deaths in 17 governorates

The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen now stands at 11,000. The suspected cases have been diagnosed as Acute Watery Diarrhoea, while the number of deaths cause by cholera is 124. The head of delegation at the ICRC tweeted that the number of deaths is higher at 184. The sudden hike in the number of patients has made hospitals in Sana’a unable to cope with the large number of AWD patients

May 16, 2017
Yemen Times
May 17, 2017
Xinhuanet, Anadolu Agency, Asharq Al-Awsat
May 18, 2017
News International
May 17, 2017
IRIN News
May 16, 2017
Ahram Online

World Health Organization: 11000 suspected Cholera cases and 124 deaths in 17 governorates

According to the World Health Organization in Yemen, the number of suspected cholera cases is 11000. These suspected cases have been diagnosed with Acute Watery Diarrhea, while the number of deaths caused by Cholera is 124. Though some believe the number is much higher. According to Alexandre Faite, Head of Delegation at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen, there are 184 deaths and 11000 suspected cholera cases. "IV fluid everywhere in hospitals, sometimes in cars parked outside health centers." Twitted Faite on Monday May 15.

May 16, 2017

Cholera death toll in Yemen reaches at least 180: Red Cross

Cholera has killed at least 184 people in Yemen in recent weeks, the ICRC said on Monday, a day after authorities declared a state of emergency and called for international aid. After more than two years of war which has destroyed much of the nation’s infrastructure only a few medical facilities are still functioning and two-thirds of the population are without access to safe drinking water 

May 15, 2017
Reuters, CNN
May 16, 2017
AlJazeera
May 15, 2017
Wall Street Journal, Sky, Voice of America, France24, CBC

Yemen declares state of emergency in Sanaa over cholera

Officials in the Yemeni capital Sanaa declared a state of emergency after an outbreak of cholera which has killed dozens of people. Yemen’s health ministry called on humanitarian organizations and other aid donors to help it deal with the epidemic and avert an unprecedented disaster. The health system, severely degraded by more than two years of war that has displaced millions, cannot cope, the state news agency Saba said 

May 14, 2017
Reuters, New Indian Express

Four die from cholera, dozens of new cases in Sudan’s White Nile

Four people died from cholera Thursday and Friday and dozens of new cases have been recorded in the White Nile state of Sudan, all the while, Sudanese government officials remain silent. The situation is getting out of control as the number of people infected is rapidly increasing in the areas of El Gezira, Aba, Kosti and Rabak, a civil society organization official on the ground told Radio Dabanga

May 14, 2017
Radio Dabanga, AllAfrica.com

Yemen's cholera outbreak kills 51 people in two weeks: WHO

A cholera outbreak in Yemen has killed more than 51 people since April 27, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, more than double the toll of 25 reported three days ago. WHO said there are 2,752 suspected cholera cases and 58 more are confirmed as having the diarrheal disease 

May 12, 2017
Reuters
May 11, 2017
World Health Organization
May 12, 2017
Times Live, Yahoo News UK

Lamdapura declared cholera-affected

Vadodara district health experts issued a notification declaring the 8km area around the district as cholera hit. The administration has been asked to take necessary steps to curb the spread of the water-borne disease. The notification will remain in force for three months

May 10, 2017
Times of India

Au Yémen, le choléra a fait 34 morts en 11 jours

According to the World Health Organization, at least 34 people have died of cholera and 2,022 suspected cases have been recorded in a period of only 11 days in Yemen. WHO now ranks Yemen as one of the biggest humanitarian emergencies on the planet alongside Syria, South Sudan, Nigeria and Iraq

May 9, 2017
CNews Matin, La Croix, Le Monde, Mosaique FM, Yahoo News France, bbc.co.uk, abc.net.au
May 8, 2017
Reuters

Sana’a Reels From Cholera Cases

More than 200 cholera cases have been reported in Yemen’s capital Sana’a as contaminated water and poor sanitation have led to a sharp rise in transmission of the deadly disease. Nurses at Jumhouri Hospital in Sana’a said they’ve received more than 200 patients with cholera in the last few days, two died as they were in bad shape when they arrived. WHO reported that 25 people have died of cholera in the last week. Albawaba reports that Yemeni hospitals are at breaking point due to the cholera epidemic 

May 8, 2017
Financial Tribune, Malayia Sun
May 5, 2017
Almasdar News
May 7, 2017
AlJazeera, Albawaba News, Voice of America, RTE
May 8, 2017
aol.com
May 7, 2017
Albawaba News

Cholera Outbreak is Affecting 13 of Somalia's 18 Regions, UN Says

Nearly 32,000 cholera cases and 618 deaths have been reported since the start of 2017, UN OCHA said in a report. The cholera outbreak continues to spread across Somalia regions, in part due to widespread water shortages, food insecurity and displacement that has stretched sanitation facilities beyond their capacity

May 7, 2017
somaliupdate.com
May 5, 2017
Mareeg
May 7, 2017
Outbreak News Today
May 4, 2017
Xinhuanet
May 5, 2017
Bild

After 4 years, cholera makes a comeback

After a lull of four years, cholera has raised its ugly head around Nagpur once more with 31 positive cases over the last twelve months. Gastro enteritis, with 1,514 positive cases, is the dominant water borne disease in the city but the health authorities are sounding an alert as cholera returns 

May 6, 2017
Times of India

Harrowing images of deadly cholera outbreak sweeping through South Sudan's crowded refugee camps...

A deadly outbreak of cholera has killed hundreds of people fleeing conflict in South Sudan. The country’s Ministry of Health has recorded more than 7,000 cases of cholera, and at least 29 deaths due to the disease. Children and young adults under 30 years old are the worst affected, accounting for more than 70% of the cases

May 2, 2017
International Business Times
April 27, 2017
Radio Dabanga

Humanitarian crisis in Somalia, fuelled by cholera outbreak

International aid agencies are trying to stem a burgeoning humanitarian crisis in Somalia, as a cholera and measles epidemic compounds near famine conditions there. The Australian Red Cross says there have already been 50,000 cases of cholera since last year in Somalia, but it is continuing to spread quickly, including across the border into Ethiopia. The Red Cross expects another 20,000 to 30,000 cases over the next few weeks

May 1, 2017
abc.net.au

Cholera and famine strike Somalia and South Sudan

Caritas said there has been a massive influx of people into the region of Gedo in south central Somalia, most of whom are fleeing drought. This has led to high levels of hunger in the area and the assistance available is not enough to keep up with need. So doctors are facing high levels of malnutrition, which is then compounded by reduced access to water, adding indirectly to malnutrition by increasing the risk of infection, especially acute watery diarrhoea and cholera

April 28, 2017
Caritas

Sudan: Haemorrhagic Fever Outbreak Feared in Sudan's Red Sea State

Tokar hospital in Sudan’s Red Sea state has received dozens of people complaining of symptoms, which some suspect might be haemorrhagic fever, a diagnosis refuted by local authorities. The health commissioner said that 82 people have been infected with these fevers but these are normal levels during the summer months

April 27, 2017
allafrica.com, Radio Dabanga

Sudan: New Cholera Cases in El Gedaref, Eastern Sudan

A source told Radio Dabanga that five new cases of cholera were registered on Wednesday and Thursday. Fifteen patients who entered the wards at the El Gireisha hospital were discharged after recovery. The El Mahala isolation ward in eastern El Gallabat received a new cholera patient from El Zureiga. The ward saw 20 new cases last week

April 25, 2017
Africa News
April 21, 2017
Radio Dabanga

‘Watery diarrhoea’ hits hundreds in Sudan’s White Nile

A watery diarrhoea outbreak has hit hundreds in the Um Jar area of Sudan’s White Nile state. Health coordinators in Um Jar confirmed about 900 people have been affected. They added that the centre is in dire need of Flagyl drips and Sandostin injections. The medicines would be too expensive for many patients as one drip or an injection costs $7. The most affected villages are Arafa, Andalus, Mabrouka and El Hasnab

April 23, 2017
Radio Dabanga, AllAfrica.com, The African.info

Cholera kills 172 in South Sudan: UN

At least 172 people have died from cholera across 14 counties of South Sudan since the initial outbreak was reported in June last year, according to the UN. OCHA said that as of April 14th 6,222 cholera cases had been reported since the start on June 18th 2016. There are now real concerns the outbreak will intensify and spread during the upcoming rainy season due to continued conflict, displacement and inadequate access to clean water and sanitation

April 21, 2017
xinhuanet
April 20, 2017
China.org, Daily Times
April 21, 2017
Africa News
April 20, 2017
PMNews Nigeria
April 21, 2017
L`Expression

450 Killed By Cholera In 3 Months 25000 Hospitalised, Health Minister Says

At least 450 people have died from cholera in the last 3 months in Somalia, according to the World Health Organization’s latest report shared by the Somali Health Minister. 25,000 people have been sickened by the disease in the same period, including 3,000 children. The most hit regions were Bay, Bakool and Gedo

April 20, 2017
Radio Dalsan, AllAfrica.com
April 21, 2017
The Times

Over 500 cases of waterborne infections reported in Ahmedabad

Cases of waterborne infections reported in Ahmedabad have risen sharply to more than 500 in its weekly health report. There were 334 cases of vomiting and diarrhoea, 89 cases of jaundice and 90 cases of typhoid among the 514 cases reported. There have been 12 cases of cholera in civic-body run hospitals in Ahmedabad this year with one reported last week

April 18, 2017
Times of India

Sudan: Cholera Patient Dies, 42 New Cases in Eastern Sudan

Another cholera patient died in El Gedaref in Sudan and 42 new cases were recorded in various parts of the eastern Sudanese state. The victim was from the area of Madardama in West El Gallabat. Four new cases were recorded in the same area and eight other new patients were recorded in Sabouni, while the Mahala isolation district in East El Dallabat saw 10 new cases from Um Seneibra (

April 18, 2017
Africa News
April 17, 2017
Radio Dabanga, AllAfrica.com

Cholera spreading in Somalia, 50,000 cases foreseen: WHO

More than 25,000 people in famine-threatened Somalia have been struck by cholera or acute watery diarrhoea and this deadly epidemic should double by the summer, the  World Health Organization said. The case fatality rate for the disease in Somalia is already twice the emergency threshold and at least 524 deaths have been recorded. The UN told a news briefing that Somali death rates for cholera now reach 14.1% in Middle Jub and 5.1% in Bakool. The centre of the cholera outbreak is said to be Baidoa and thirteen of Somalia’s eighteen regions are affected

April 13, 2017
Reuters, International Business Times, Boursarama, Daily Nation, Punch Nigeria
April 14, 2017
Middle East Monitor

Deadly cholera/acute watery diarrhoea outbreak in Somaliland lays bare devastating vulnerability...

An outbreak of cholera/acute watery diarrhoea in Somaliland has killed 28 people in the last ten days and hospitalized a further 167. More than 411 cases of cholera/AWD have been reported in Somaliland since the start of April. In neighbouring Puntland, the numbers are concerning. Since the beginning of the year there have been more than 1600 cases of cholera/AWD with 57 deaths

April 12, 2017
Somaliland Press, Red Cross, Asia Pacific Daily, India.com, Punch Nigeria

Somaliland – first victim of cholera reported as a cross-border case with Ethiopia

Cholera has spread to Somaliland from the Ethiopian border, with one case reported in the Sabawanaag district close to Hargeisa. The victim was taken to Hargeisa in a very serious condition and later died in hospital. No emergency team has been sent to the area affected by the contagious disease and there is no government plan to counter this epidemic which could pose a threat to the Somaliland population

April 12, 2017
Qaran News
April 9, 2017
Medisha Valley

Cholera continues to kill victims in Sudan's El Gederef

One person died of cholera, and four new cases were reported in the area of Shueib in Gireisha locality on Thursday and Friday, a medical source told Radio Dabanga. He strongly criticised the state Health Ministry for its lack of interest in combating cholera and curbing its spread. He also ridiculed the federal Ministry of Health that continues to define the disease as watery diarrhoea

April 9, 2017
Dabanga Sudan

Ethiopia declares another acute watery diarrhoea outbreak - 16,000 cases

Ethiopia has declared an outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea, also known as AWD, in the country’s Somali region, where people are already struggling to cope with a persistent drought. Dr. Akpaka Kalu, the World Health Organization representative to Ethiopia, told VOA on Friday that 16,000 cases of AWD had been recorded in the region since January

April 7, 2017
Voice of America
April 10, 2017
ESAT News, Journal Focus

Cholera continues to kill victims in Sudan

Authorities in the state of Jonglei, South Sudan, said that they can confirm 200 new cases of cholera and 28 deaths since this outbreak was declared in February. Most of those cases were of people from fishing vilages along the Nile and from rural communities

April 7, 2017
China.org, Africa Review

Update on the Ogaden humanitarian crisis

The Ogaden region continues to be affected by the humanitarian crisis currently impacting the rest of The Horn. However, the strict restrictions on trade and movement imposed by the Ethiopian government on the Ogaden region continues to exacerbate this ongoing humanitarian current crisis. Although a limited number of areas such as Jarar have experienced scarce rainfall recently, the crisis in the Ogaden persists. Areas in the Ogaden region which have been hit hardest include the city of Birqod, it has been confirmed that 50 people have died from Cholera. It was also reported that on the night of April 2nd alone, 44 people were found dead in the town of Qorile in Doolo province. Today that number is at 91

April 6, 2017
Ogaden News Agency

Drought, cholera kills over 400 people in Somalia

Somalia’s health ministry said almost 18,000 people are receiving hospital treatment amid the worst drought since 1945. To date, drought and cholera have killed more than 400 people – the areas most affected are in southern and central Somalia. Experts say this is not the Somalian rainy season yet, which is still a few weeks away. Even so, health workers report at least 300 new cases every day along with dozens of deaths

April 5, 2017
Anadolu Agency, Hiiraan.com

Cholera spread rapidly in new territories in Ogaden, and the situation is out of Control

The Ogaden News Agency is reporting a cholera outbreak which is spreading through the Dollo, Korahay, Nogob, Jara and Afdheer regions killing hundreds. Local Ogaden groups want the international community to persuade Ethiopia to work with international bodies to set up a humanitarian corridor for health treatment and supplies

April 5, 2017
Ogaden News Agency

UNICEF warns of outbreaks of cholera in Yemen

UNICEF warned of outbreaks of cholera in Yemen due to the continuing conflict, lack of clean drinking water and sanitation-related diseases. UNICEF said nearly 462,000 children are suffering from malnutrition and 10,000 under-fives may have died from preventable disease. Across the country, 17 million people – 60% of the population – are food insecure

April 5, 2017
Middle East Monitor

Kongo-Central: sept malades meurent d’une infection similaire au choléra à Songololo

There have been seven deaths in a week from the 82 cholera-like cases which DRC health officials have seen in Songololo (Kongo-Central). Confirmation remains a slow process as test samples need to go to Kinshasa for confirmation and then return

April 4, 2017
Radio Okapi, Afropages

Cholera spreading again in eastern Sudan

Isolation centres in El Gedaref in eastern Sudan have received dozens of new cholera patients over the last week and two have died. Between March 25-28 the centres received 66 new cases

April 3, 2017
Radio Dabanga

2,500 patients of gastroenteritis, cholera admitted to PIMS

As many as 2,500 patients of gastroenteritis and cholera have been brought to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Science in the last two weeks indicating the spread of these diseases mainly due to the use of contaminated water and unhygienic food 

April 2, 2017
The News International

Cholera spreads in famine-threatened Somalia

Deadly cholera is spreading through drought-ravaged Somalia as clean water sources dry up, a top aid official said, deepening a humanitarian crisis in a country that is on the verge of famine. Johan Heffinck, the Somalia head of EU Humanitarian Aid said the country has recorded more than 18,000 cases of cholera so far this year, up from around 15,000 in all of 2016 and 5,000 in a normal year. If the rains fail the country will tip into famine. Somalia’s last famine in 2011 killed more than 260,000 people

March 31, 2017
Reuters

Somalia faces major cholera outbreak

Al Jazeera got access to a hospital in Baidoa in the southern region of Somalia and reported that the UN has raised alarm over a major outbreak of cholera in southern Somalia. Aid groups are scrambling to help people suffering from severe drought and mass malnutrition

March 29, 2017
AlJazeera

New cholera outbreak flares up in Malawi

Malawi health officials reported a new cholera outbreak in Nsanje district in the southern part of Malawi. As of March 24th there were 14 cases recorded and no deaths so far. Nsanje district shares a common border with Mozambique  

March 27, 2017
Outbreak News Today

Zimbabwe floods 'cause spike in malaria cases'

Health authorities in Zimbabwe are stepping up the distribution of anti-malarial drugs after 151 malaria deaths were recorded during the last two months. Overall, the health ministry said, there have been 89,261 cases of malaria recorded. The regional outbreak is due to the incessant rains in recent months

March 27, 2017
News 24, Koaci.com, Enca, Africa News

Mosul refugees up to 433.000, 12 kids die of cholera

A doctor in the Nineveh health department said 12 children in the region have died of cholera infections and drought at areas under ISIS control in western Mosul. He added that 78 were in serious condition due to the infection, citing water contamination, poor environmental conditions and medicine shortages as the reason behind the spread of the disease

March 26, 2017
Iraqi News

Somalie : Le choléra fait 343 victimes depuis le début de l'année

Drought in Somalia has hit women and children under five years old hard and the country has seen a sharp rise in water-borne diseases with 343 cholera deaths and more than 14,000 Somalians with the virus since the start of the year, according to WHO

March 24, 2017
Agence Anadolu
March 27, 2017
Afrique Jet

Plus de 250 cas de choléra enregistrés au Kongo-Central, selon l’OMS

The Kongo-Central province of the DRC has seen more than 250 cases of cholera, with 20 dead, since the start of the year. Three health zones are at the centre of this epidemic: Moanda, Matadi and Nzanza

March 22, 2017
Radio Okapi, Agence Congolaise de Presse, Agence Congolaise de Presse

Cholera breaks out in northern Zambia, 70 hospitalized

Cholera has broken out in two districts of northern Zambia, Chiengi and Mpulungu, although no deaths have been recorded so far. In the Chiengi district the number of cholera cases stands at 54, with 16 in Mpulungu

March 21, 2017
Asia Pacific Daily
March 22, 2017
HT Syndication, Africa News, AllAfrica.com

After Bringing Cholera to Haiti, U.N. Can’t Raise Money to Fight It

After issuing a December apology for ‘bringing cholera to Haiti’ the UN launched a $400m strategy to combat the epidemic and provide material support and assistance for victims. This ‘new approach,’ however, has raised only $2m to date, with just six of the 193 UN member states contributing

March 19, 2017
New York Times
March 18, 2017
Business Standard, Rappler

Mozambique records 1,462 cases of cholera infection

Mozambique recorded 1,462 cases of cholera infection. The Somali Drought Response Committee puts cholera victim death totals at 1,600 since the start of the drought. Mbandaka, in the DRC, has registered 79 cases of cholera since the beginning of the year. There has been 229 suspected cases of cholera in Muanda in the DRC, with 5 dead and 64 cases recoded in Kongo Central. Elsewhere, more than 700 families moved to higher ground due to a cholera outbreak in Yirol East County, South Sudan

March 18, 2017
Africa Review
March 17, 2017
AllAfrica.com
March 16, 2017
Africa News Hub, Radio Okapi, Agence Congolaise de Presse
March 19, 2017
Radio Tamazuj

Mozambique cholera outbreak spreading, more than 1,200 infected

‘A cholera outbreak in parts of Mozambique has infected more than 1,200 people, killing two this month, since the recent heavy rains, and the disease will spread further if no action is taken,’ health ministry officials said

March 14, 2017
Reuters, Le Figaro
March 13, 2017
Club of Mozambique
March 14, 2017
Agence Press Africaine, Eye Witness News

Cholera kills 80 in Zamfara in 1 month

The Zamfara health commissioner said ‘no fewer than 80 people had been killed by a cholera outbreak in the state during the last month,’ adding that ‘around 500 people were currently receiving treatment at various health facilities across the state’

March 14, 2017
Vanguard Nigeria
March 15, 2017
NAIJ.COM, Daily Trust
March 14, 2017
The Eagle

Malawi: Cholera Hits Malawi in Areas Close to Mozambique - Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health said ‘it has received reports of a cholera outbreak in Mozambican communities neighbouring Malaw’ in places such as as Moatize in Tete, which is popular for cross border shopping and business’

March 13, 2017
allafrica.com, Times Malawi, Maravi Post, Capital Radio Malawi

RDC: 29 morts suite à une épidémie de choléra déclarée par les autorités dans l'est du pa...

Twenty nine people have died, from 219 cases, in the DRC, as an epidemic of cholera hit the east of the country in the Mambasa region  

March 11, 2017
cri.cn, L`Expression
March 12, 2017
Koaci.com
March 10, 2017
Radio Okapi

Cholera reaches South Sudan's second-largest city, UN says

The UN says South Sudan’s cholera outbreak has reached the country’s second-largest city, as the number of cases nationwide rises beyond 5,500

March 10, 2017
News24

Aid agency warns of surge in cholera cases in Somalia

Save the Children warned of an increase in cholera cases in Somalia, which has claimed the lives of 200 people since January, amid the shadow of a looming famine. ‘All the early warning signs of an avoidable catastrophe, with deaths from cholera and acute watery diarrhoea are rising sharply’ the NGO said

March 10, 2017
xinhuanet
March 9, 2017
Public Now, Cordaid

ONLF: 300 dead in cholera outbreak in eastern Ethiopia

More than 300 people have died due to cholera in the last 3 days in eastern Ethiopia, according to rebel group ONLF. The group said ‘a thousand more are in dire straits without access to medicine or health support’

March 8, 2017
Hiiraan.com, ZeHabesha.com, Ogaden News Agency

Hungry Somalian families face agonising choice: which child to feed

Reuters Africa reports that hungry Somali families are facing agonising choices as drought kills off their livestock and leaves the country facing a likely famine – this choice is ‘which child to feed.’ Al Jazeera is reporting that WHO are saying there are only two months left to prevent Somalia’s third famine in 25 years. The last one, six years ago, killed more than 250,000 people. Cases of diarrhoea, cholera and measles are already spreading fast because of the severe drought  

March 7, 2017
Reuters, AlJazeera, The Guardian, Daily Times

UN OCHA: 7,909 confirmed cases of cholera resulted in 196 deaths since beginning of 2017

Since the beginning of 2017, there has been nearly 7,909 cases of cholera resulting in 196 deaths in 11 regions across Somalia, according to new data released by UN OCHA on Sunday

March 6, 2017
Hiiraan.com, Africa News, Huffington Post

Cholera on the rise in famine-hit South Sudan

As tens of thousands of people flee from famine and conflict, aid organizations say more than 100 people have died from cholera over the last six month. Health workers say ‘they are facing difficulty getting access to those who are sick’

March 2, 2017
AlJazeera, Radio Dabanga

Imminent cholera outbreak in parts of Brong Ahafo

The deputy regional director of public health raised public alarm about the possibility of a cholera outbreak in the region, this is partly due to a water crisis. The deputy director said ‘with the onset of rains there was the possibility that most river bodies, wells and boreholes could become contaminated’ and he urged people to boil water

March 2, 2017
Business Ghana
March 1, 2017
Peace FM

Cholera confirmed in Carnaza Island

At least 129 people have fallen sick in a cholera outbreak on Carnaza Island in the Philippines. The country’s Department of Health has sent experts to the island to respond

March 2, 2017
Sun Star
March 1, 2017
ABS-CBN

Dr Benoit Kebela parle d’une maladie apparentée au cholera qui sévit à Badengaido en Ituri

In Badengaido there has already been 16 deaths from around 79 cases recorded to date, according to the Ministry of Public Health spokesperson, Dr Benoit Kebela Ilunga

February 27, 2017
Radio Okapi

Non communicable diseases

Safe water: 97,000 kids die yearly from diarrhoea

For every 2,000 children under five who die from diarrhoea, more than 1800 of those deaths are actually linked to water sanitation and hygiene, evidence suggests

March 22, 2017
Daily Trust

Health systems

Unicef: Nurses’ strike will fuel more casualties in outbreaks

The United Nations Children’s Fund has raised the alarm that the nurses’ strike, now in its 23rd day, will fuel more casualties in the disease outbreaks being reported in several parts of Kenya.The UN agency wrote that the strike has impeded response. In a periodical report on the health needs of Kenya, UNICEF listed the disease outbreaks: “There is an active cholera outbreak in five counties (Garissa, Nairobi, Murang’a, Turkana and Nakuru) with 581 confirmed cases and seven deaths”. This excludes the recent cholera outbreak in Nairobi’s Weston Hotel

June 27, 2017
Daily Nation, AllAfrica.com

KMA says Cholera outbreak a sign of broken healthcare system

The Kenya Medical Association (KMA) has said the recent outbreak of cholera where 26 people were infected is a sign of a broken primary health care system in the country. National Chairperson Jacqueline Kitulu stated that primary health care falls squarely under the county governments under the devolved system of government and must be taken seriously

June 24, 2017
Capital News

WHO calls for immediate action to save lives in Somalia

WHO commended the government of the UK for its hosting of an international conference on Somalia but it also sounded an alarm that there is a huge crisis due to the destruction of crops due to drought, famine, disease and health insecurity due to cholera outbreaks. It called on the international community to raise money to urgently overcome the chronic shortage of funding for life-saving work in Somalia before crisis turns into a

May 11, 2017
World Health Organization

23 dead in South Darfur camps lacking medicines

More than twenty people died of an unknown disease in Otash and Lama camps near Nyala in the past two weeks, most of the victims were women or children. Dabanga Sudan reported that many patients have been transferred to Nyala Teaching Hospital because of a lack of medicines and treatment at the camps’ health centres. They cited community leaders as appealing to the international community and aid agencies to provide medicines for the camps

April 7, 2017
Dabanga Sudan
April 11, 2017
Sens 360

MSF opens free treatment centre in Matadi to help cholera victims

MSF has opened up a free medical treatment centre in Matadi in the Congo to help treat the growing number of cholera victims

April 6, 2017
ACP Congo

Communicable diseases

Charity warns S.Sudan 'man-made' famine could kill 6 million

The famine ravaging South Sudan and its neighbours could claim six million lives, a charity warned, as the international community struggles to raise the $4.4bn needed to avert a full-blown disaster. Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa said the chaotic international response to the situation was threatening the lives of millions

May 5, 2017
New Vision

Two billion people drinking contaminated water: WHO

Maria Neira, head of WHO’s public health department, said “today, almost two billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.” Hundreds of thousands of people die each year from drinking contaminated water. WHO is urging the international community to invest to provide universal access to safe drinking water

April 13, 2017
New Vision
April 14, 2017
The Nation, Hindustan Times
April 15, 2017
Sunday Times

U.N. votes to close, replace Haiti peacekeeping mission

The UN Security Council voted unanimously to end its 3-year-long peacekeeping mission in Haiti and replace it with a smaller police force, which would be drawn down after two years as the country boosts its own force. The mission, known as MINUSTAH, has been dogged by controversies, including the introduction of cholera to the island and sexual abuse claims

April 13, 2017
Reuters
April 12, 2017
Miami Herald
April 13, 2017
CBC News, New York Times
April 14, 2017
euronews

Le Nord-Est de Madagascar durement touché

OCHA said that the Enawo cyclone in Madagascar left 30,650 people at risk of food insecurity and 168,000 with no access to drinkable water. Now health authorities are raising concerns about possible disease outbreaks and the first malaria cases have been recorded

April 12, 2017
Temoignages

Madagascar still needs help from the effects of cyclone Enawo one month on

One month ago cyclone Enawo struck Madagascar leaving behind a trail of devastation. Now the government is appealing for international help as it has 81 dead and more than 200,000 badly affected by the extreme weather event. It needs expertise, medical support and help from donors and international aid groups to get itself back on its feet

April 7, 2017
Reunion.orange.fr
April 8, 2017
Dom-Tom Actu

Doctors must check weather forecasts to stop epidemics in their tracks

Experts at the international non-profit, the Malaria Consortium, called for health agencies in Africa to start consulting seasonal weather forecasts to help prepare for malaria epidemics and ensure outbreaks are spotted early and curbed before they become severe. Rising temperatures, floods and droughts can cause major epidemics in areas not usually affected by malaria and people there may lack immunity and are more likely to fall ill and die 

April 6, 2017
Reuters

'White coats' alone can't combat infectious disease outbreaks: U.N. adviser

Poor countries need more resources and training on the ground to combat infectious diseases that are spreading in new ways and to new places, partly due to climate change, said David Nabarro, who is in the race to be next head of the World Health Organization. The first thing in dealing with outbreaks is to make sure there is capacity in the countries to deal with the problems early and simulation exercises are crucial in ensuring local communities are prepared

March 31, 2017
Reuters
April 1, 2017
Economic Times, DFID
March 31, 2017
Financial Times

“What we have seen is hard to believe:” A blog from aid worker in Baidoa, Somalia

International Medical Corps expert explains what he saw when he was part of a fact finding missions to Baidoa in Somalia, in a team to assess the situation and plan for the best way to help the IDPs who have been forced to leave their homes because of drought and hunger

March 31, 2017
Hiiraan.com

What they knew and when they knew it

Slate draws on new emails which show that American officials quickly realised that the UN had brought cholera to Haiti. The emails show that the U.S. government at the highest levels was almost immediately aware that UN forces likely played a role in the outbreak. Multiple federal agencies shielded the UN from accountability to protect the organization. The UN continued to deny any involvement in the outbreak until it admitted it ‘played a role’ in 2016. By then, 800,000 people in Haiti had been sickened and more than 9,500 killed, with some experts saying the real toll could be two or three times higher

March 30, 2017
Slate, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti

Waterborne diseases on the rise

Waterborne diseases appear to be on the rise in Ahmedabad. According to the weekly health report from AMC, five cases of cholera were reported in civic-run hospitals in the city. Last week, 287 cases of waterborne diseases were reported, of these, 186 cases of vomiting and diarrhoea, 39 of jaundice, 70 cases of typhoid and two cases of cholera. Two fresh cases of swine flu have also been reported

March 28, 2017
Times of India, Nyoooz

Drought and War Heighten Threat of Not Just 1 Famine, but 4

The New York Times speaks about ‘another famine tightening its grip on Somalia, but, there also being a real danger that four famines could occur at almost the same time in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen which will endanger more than 20m lives. Finding enough food is only a part of the solution, so water, sanitation, water treatment tablets and hygiene are becoming critical to prevent the large-scale outbreaks of disease from turning from serious to catastrophic in just a small space of time

March 27, 2017
New York Times
March 25, 2017
Asharq Al-Awsat
March 23, 2017
Pulse Nigeria, LA Times

Opinion: My vision for the WHO

One of the three candidates to become Director General of the World Health Organization talks to devex.com about his vision for the future of the World Health Organization should his campaign turn out successful

March 27, 2017
Devex

Number of rural Indians without clean water equivalent to UK population - charity

Reuters reports India is home to the highest number of rural people without access to clean water, and it faces increased strain on scarce resources due to a rising population and climate change among other facts, Water Aid said (

March 21, 2017
Reuters, Press Trust of India, The Hindu