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Statement: Yellow fever campaign launches in Khartoum State as final phase of country-wide immunization drive
7 November 2019, Khartoum, Sudan – “The final phase of the yellow fever vaccination campaign targeting more than 30 million people across Sudan was launched this week in Khartoum State.
WHO scales up cholera vigilance in Khartoum, Sudan
5 November 2019, Khartoum, Sudan -- To prevent a potential spread of the current cholera outbreak to Khartoum State – including to the country’s capital Khartoum City – and at the request of the Federal Minister of Health Dr Akram Eltoum, WHO is working closely with health partners, nongovernmental organizations, and at-risk communities to ensure that suspected cases are quickly identified and responded to, and that people can effectively protect themselves from infection.
EWARS- improving early detection and prompt response to acute public health events
1 November 2019 Maiduguri - Not so long ago, collecting and evaluating large amounts of data in the field on disease trends and patterns – an activity known as surveillance – was a cumbersome process. Surveillance officers noted information by hand on paper and sent hard copies of weekly reports to the local government area (LGA) secretariat via disease surveillance and notification officers (DSNOs).
The day the lab techs helped change the fate of a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Surveillance and rapid detection of an Ebola case are proving to be vital tools in the race to end this outbreak, and case numbers have been dwindling for the past several months. To provide quicker lab analysis needed for quick detection, the Government, in collaboration with the World Health Organization and partners, expanded on an approach started in the previous outbreak but with only a single unit.
The Ministry of Health and the United Nations condemn attack on health worker supporting the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
3 November 2019 Goma – The interministerial technical secretariat of the response to the Ebola outbreak, the Ministry of Health and their partners from the United Nations (the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Emergency Ebola Response Operations (UNEERO)) condemn in the strongest possible terms the violence that took place last night in Lwemba in Ituri Province, in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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