PAHO's weekly report says yellow fever cases on declineCIDRAP, 3 March
Despite reporting cases in Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia so far this year, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said in its weekly report yesterday that the current yellow fever outbreak in South America is waning. (PAHO report
Yellow fever in Brazil - Disease outbreak newsWHO, 6 Mar
Updates on yellow fever vaccination recommendations for international travellers related to the current situation in Brazil - As of 3 March 2017, yellow fever virus transmission continues to expand towards the Atlantic coast of Brazil in areas not deemed to be at risk for yellow fever transmission prior to the revised risk assessment...
A Race against Time: Responding to Cholera Outbreaks in GhanaGlobal Communities, 7 Mar
When Cholera strikes, it is devastating. It moves quickly, infecting people who unknowingly pass it on to others. High-density communities around city centers are often the hardest hit by an outbreak, and efforts to contain the disease become a race against time. Since the early 1970s, Ghana has reported intermittent Cholera outbreaks, with significant epidemics in the recent past. In 2014, 60 percent of Ghana’s districts reported Cholera infections and in 2014 and 2015 combined, nearly 30,000 new cases and over 250 deaths were reported.
Famine warning signs were clear – so why are 20 million lives now at risk?The Guardian, 7 Mar
This year could be the most deadly from famine in three decades. The lives of more than 20 million people are at risk in four countries. Large areas of South Sudan have already been declared a famine zone. Five years after a famine that claimed a quarter-of-a-million lives, Somalia is back on the brink of catastrophe: 6 million people are in need of assistance. Both north-east Nigeria and Yemen face real and present risks of famine.
TC Enawo set to affect 1.4 million people in Madagascar
IFRC via ReliefWeb,
The cyclone will trigger life-threatening storm-surge flooding, damaging winds, dangerous surf and mud/rockslides near and along the northeast coast of Madagascar starting Tuesday.
Environmental pollution kills 1.7 million children each year
WHO, 6 Mar
Environmental risks cause more than 1 in 4 deaths in children aged under 5 years every year, according to 2 new reports from WHO. Children are especially vulnerable to pollution due to their developing organs and immune systems, and smaller bodies and airways. The most common causes of death – diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia – are preventable with safe water and clean cooking fuels.