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Promoting health through the life course

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

Preparedness, surveillance and response

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

Red Cross fears disease outbreak in Marawi City

The International Committee of the Red Cross expressed apprehension of a disease outbreak in evacuation centers by prolonged displacement as a result of the ongoing fighting in Marawi City. The ICRC has observed an increase in the number of reported cases of diarrhea, upper respiratory infection, hypertension and fever in different health facilities providing medical assistance to the displaced residents, particularly those who are staying in evacuation centers. “The health situation is not yet critical at this point, but we fear that this may worsen in the coming days with prolonged displacement,” said Jose Amigo, Health Coordinator of the ICRC in the Philippines

June 9, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Health systems

Only a quarter of damaged health facilities rebuilt

Two years after the Gorkha Earthquake in Nepal damaged 628 health facilities, only 27% of the structures have been rebuilt thanks to the sluggish pace of reconstruction

April 5, 2017
The Kathmandu Post

Communicable diseases

Ebola virus burial teams may have 'saved thousands of lives'

New research suggests Red Cross volunteers who helped bury most of the bodies of Ebola victims in West Africa could have prevented more than 10,000 cases of the deadly disease. A major part of the response was ensuring the safe burials of people who had died of Ebola. The bodies of victims were particularly toxic. Community funerals, where people helped wash the bodies of their loved ones, contributed to so many people becoming infected in the earlier stages of the outbreak. The study used statistical modelling to measure the impact of the Red Cross safe and dignified burial programme

June 22, 2017
BBC, Medical Xpress