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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

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

Promoting health through the life course

Haryana looks at zero diarrhoea childhood deaths

According to National Family Health Survey-IV, at least 10 per cent of children below the age of five years in Haryana die of diarrhoea. The health officials noticed that the problem was more prevalent among underserved population, without access to clean drinking water and those who lived in unhygienic condition were found to be more vulnerable. For children under the age of five years, around 7.7 per cent of the children across state suffered from diarrhoea

July 3, 2017
Times of India

‘Overemphasis on polio hampering fight against other diseases’

The Pakistan Paediatric Association (PPAP) said that thousands of children in Sindh are dying of vaccine-preventable diseases because the state health authorities are over-emphasizing the fight against polio and neglecting the equally important fight against other vaccine preventable diseases

April 26, 2017
The News Pakistan

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
March 30, 2017

Preparedness, surveillance and response

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

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

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

11,717 cases of fever reported in Kozhikode on Sunday

As many as 11,717 cases of fever were reported at the outpatient wing of the various hospitals in the district on Sunday. Of them, 1,519 cases are viral fever. As many as 47 suspected dengue cases came for screening on Sunday. 108 cases of ADD (Acute diarrhoeal disease) were also reported. Health centres where the OP was not functional witnessed a heavy rush at casualty departments. Special clinics functioned at Koorachundu, Panangad, Kolathur areas where more dengue cases were detected

June 19, 2017
Deccan Chronicle

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

Diarrhoea assumes epidemic scale in Gurugram, officials take urgent steps

Measures might have been taken to tackle vector-borne diseases like Dengue and Malaria but the increase in a number of cases of microbial diseases like Diarrhoea and Typhoid has become a major medical challenge in Gurugram. Even before the arrival of the monsoon, there have been over 2000 cases of diarrhoea registered in the city public hospital and a dozen of serious cases of diarrhoea are being reported daily. The district health department has tested water samples from thirteen prominent areas in the city. Shockingly out of the 75 water samples collected 40 have failed while the rest have been marked as suspect

June 13, 2017
June 12, 2017

Diarrhoea, dengue starting to spiral out of control in Lanka: UN

UN agencies have warned that diarrhoea and dengue are starting to "spiral out of control" in Sri Lanka after the worst flood in over a decade hit the country, killing 224 people, with heavy flooding, landslides and flash floods caused by Tropical Cyclone Mora in Myanmar and Bangladesh, the torrential monsoon rains have affected some 684,000 people in south and central Sri Lanka

June 8, 2017
Outlook India, Free Press Journal

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

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

‘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

Malaria cases on the rise in Boma

The Minister of health in Boma state said that more 30 people have died of suspected malaria in a remote village since the start of April. The deaths were reported in Meun Payam, in a mountainous area close to the Ethiopian border. Despite assurances that the outbreak is in hand, the local MP said the rise in malaria cases was caused by a lack of medical services and 37 people have died, with two of them just a day earlier, with most of the victims being children

April 19, 2017
Eye Radio

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

Floodwater recedes, diseases spread

With floodwater receding in Sylhet and Moulvibazar, Bangladesh, waterborne diseases are spreading in the flood-hit areas as there is hardly any medical care for a large number of affected people. People there are suffering from waterborne diseases like typhoid fever, dysentery, diarrhoea and skin infections. Many complained about not receiving any medical attention and relief aid

July 8, 2017
Daily Star

As Philippines battle grinds on, some displaced die in centres

Four weeks since fierce fighting broke out in the southern Philippines, some people who fled the battle are dying in over-crowded and unsanitary evacuation centres, health officials say. Alinader Minalang, the health director for the Lanao del Sur province which includes Marawi, said 300 cases of diarrhoea had been recorded among the nearly 40,000 people huddled in emergency shelters set up in community halls, gymnasiums and Islamic schools. Many of those who died were elderly and had pre-existing conditions, but at least two of the fatalities were due to diarrhoea

June 19, 2017

More Children and Women Dying in Venezuela as Economy Collapses

Venezuela’s collapsing economy is taking a toll on its population’s health, with more children and women dying and various diseases skyrocketing amid persistent shortages of everything from medicine to drinking water. The country recorded 756 cases of maternal deaths in 2016, up 66% from the previous year according to data from the ministry of health. Infant deaths rose 30% to 11,466 cases in 2016 from 8,812 deaths the previous year 

May 11, 2017

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

Communicable diseases

Diarrhoea kills half a million children globally, shows Lancet study

Half a million children under the age of five died from diarrhoea-related illnesses in 2015, despite a significant reduction in the number of child deaths from such diseases over the past decade, the Lancet Infectious Diseases study say deaths fell by 34% between 2005 and 2015 after concerted efforts to improve water and sanitation. However, 499,000 under-fives and 1.3m people of all ages died as a result of diarrhoea in 2015, making it the fourth leading cause of mortality among young children with 8.6% of all under-fives’ deaths

June 2, 2017
The Guardian, BBC

India continues to record high child mortality rate due to diarrhoea

India continued to have more than 100,000 under-five diarrhoea deaths reported on account of it in 2015, a new Lancet study has found, with the highest rates of mortality for the under-fives were in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, with India and Nigeria combined registering 42% of the 499,000 global under five deaths due to diarrhoea in 2015

June 2, 2017
Financial Express, India.com

Waste not: how cities can improve sanitation

Brian Arbogast, director of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programmes at the Gates Foundation, discusses the group’s ‘Reinvent the toilet’ challenge. He highlights how a lack of sanitation often results in cycles of contamination and infection that impose a heavy cost on human, economic and environmental health. He highlights a new ‘Talking Toilets’ 360 video, which puts viewers face to face with the consequences of poor sanitation and opens eyes to possible solutions

April 28, 2017
Financial Times

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