SCHOOLS, YOUNG BOYS AND YOUNG GIRLS FIRST! The message was clear enough for all vaccinators and supervisors. This had been one of the key recommendations made by WHO Officers supporting the campaign with Mr Stanley Diamenu in Upper West Region, Dr Vincent Ahove in Upper East Region and Dr Pierre Bwale, MenA Consultant based at Tamalé, the Capital City of Northern Region.
In effect, vaccinations sites had been established in all those areas. Young vaccinators made up of males and females wearing their yellow aprons were ready for the service.
Syringes, vaccines, diluent, adrenaline to cope with eventual severe adverse events following immunization (AEFI): every needed item was in place. And while some would reconstitute the vaccine and inject the patients, others would keep a tally of all people vaccinated. Someone else was sometimes available to discipline the crowd and get everything in order.
In the Northern region, at the Tamalé Girls Senior High School (which totals 1163 students), we thus met enthusiastic groups entering 10 by 10 for the injection. They were informed of the campaign and ready to be vaccinated. Same attitude observed on day 1 at the Vitting Secondary technical School, at the Dabokpa Technical Insititute and St Charles Minor Seminary High School, all areas of Northern region.
At the debriefing session that was held in the evening by districts, all supervisors exchanged their views and how corrective measures could be applied where needed. There was confirmation of no severe AEFIs reported nowhere accross Tamalé 1 and Tamalé 2 on day 1 in Northern region.
It was advised that foams should be made available along with the vaccine carriers. Also, vaccinators should be sensitized on reporting on vaccination cards the right reference of the batch of vaccines and diluents, which is not systemically the same for all places.
However, on the whole, it was agreed that the first days of the campaign for all regions was very sucessful. As of Day 2, Northern Region reported 481,175 people vaccinated, with 26,2% of coverage while Upper West Region recorded 18,938 vaccinated with a coverage of 32%.
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In order to respond to the great demand for improved information and regular accountability on Human Resources for Health (HRH) issues, the Global Health Workforce Alliance (the Alliance) invites suitable institutions to express their interest in the development of a HRH progress report, which will be launched at the Third Global Forum on HRH, in November 2013 in Recife, Brazil.
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13 NOVEMBER 2012 –The Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) in Sudan has notified WHO of a yellow fever outbreak affecting 23 localities in Greater Darfur. As of 11 November 2012, a total of 329 suspected cases including 97 deaths were reported from this outbreak. Central and South Darfur have reported most of the suspected cases.
Laboratory confirmation was conducted by WHO regional reference laboratory for yellow fever, the Institut Pasteur in Dakar, Senegal, on two samples which tested positive for yellow fever by IgM ELISA test and RT-PCR Differential diagnosis for other flavivirus was negative.
WHO is supporting the FMOH and other partners in the epidemiological investigation and response to the outbreak. Ongoing activities include strengthening of epidemiological surveillance, conducting entomological assessment and standardizing clinical case management. Community leaders are also being mobilized to support with raising awareness on yellow fever in the affected localities.
The government of Sudan has requested the International Coordinating Group on Yellow Fever Vaccine Provision (YF-ICG) to provide support for a reactive mass vaccination campaign. The YF-ICG has approved of 2.4 million doses of vaccine, which is expected to arrive in the country shortly. Sudan, with support from WHO is expected to start the emergency mass vaccination campaign in the affected areas in order to protect the at risk populations and stop the spread of the disease.
The YF-ICG consists of representatives from United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and WHO, which also serves as its Secretariat.
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On 14 November, millions of people around the world will unite to mark World Diabetes Day, the global awareness campaign of the diabetes community led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).
Diabetes is one of the major health and development challenges of the 21st century. It is an incurable, costly, increasing but largely preventable non-communicable disease that affects people of all ages. No country, rich or poor, is immune to the epidemic.
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There are currently 366 million people living with diabetes. This figure is set to rise to over 550 million by 2030.
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Since late September 2012, an outbreak of yellow fever has affected people in the Darfur region of Sudan. Yellow fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease, transmitted by infected mosquitoes, for which there is no cure. The current outbreak in Darfur puts almost 6 million people at risk.
This photo story illustrates WHO’s role in supporting the Ministry of Health of Sudan to confront the yellow fever outbreak. It demonstrates how WHO is assisting in assessing the risk of the outbreak spreading, improving diagnosis, increasing capacity and developing an emergency response vaccination strategy. The photos also show key elements of the vaccination campaign: the provision of injection materials, vaccination challenges and the targets set for the campaign. The story concludes with the WHO proactive recommendation that to effectively prevent outbreaks yellow fever vaccination coverage should be increased.
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11 December 2012 – The first phase of the vaccination campaign ended on 7 December 2012. Results for the first phase are under way as vaccination coverage is currently being assessed by independent monitoring teams. Pending feedback from some mobile teams, the vaccination coverage per area: North Darfur – 97%, South Darfur- 97% and West Darfur – 94%.
The outbreak has affected 34 localities in Central, South, West, North, and East Darfur. As of 9th December, the total number of suspected cases has reached 788, including 166 deaths (case fatality rate of 21.1%).
On 9 December 2012, the additional 1.3 million doses of yellow fever vaccine for the second phase of the vaccination campaign scheduled to commence on 15 December 2012 were received in Khartoum.
Sudan’s Health Minister Bahr Idriss Abu-Garda received around 1.3 million doses of yellow fever vaccine mobilized through the support of the Government of Sweden. Swedish Ambassador Jan Sadek, WHO Representative in Sudan Dr Anshu Banerjee, as well as other officials from the Health Ministry joined the Health Minister at Khartoum International Airport. The second phase of the vaccination campaign targets some 1.2 million population in Nyala, Furbaranga, Shataia, Bendacy, and Mokjer.
The Federal Ministry of Health/State Ministry of Health outbreak investigation team has completed its mission in Jebel A’amir (an area known for traditional mining) in western part of North Darfur. The team reported the high coverage of vaccination campaign (92%). However the mission reported that the environmental health situation in the area needs immediate interventions. In addition, the mission collected blood samples from people with jaundice and were delivered to Central Public Health Laboratory in Khartoum.
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Place: Dubai, United Arab Emirates Date: 29–30 January 2013
WHO, UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund are jointly organizing a high-level meeting: Saving the lives of mothers and children: accelerating progress towards achieving MDGs 4 and 5 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.
It is estimated that 923 000 children under 5 years old and around 39 000 women of childbearing age die every year in this region as a result of common childhood diseases and pregnancy-related complications. Mortality levels are particularly high in poor, rural and underserved areas, among malnourished children and pregnant adolescents. There is thus an urgent need to increase efforts to implement effective interventions to achieve the MDG targets.
High-level delegates are expected to attend from all Member States in the Eastern Mediterranean, including the ten priority countries identified under the Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health: Afghanistan, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Morocco, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Yemen.
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GENEVA | 30 November 2012 – As we mark World AIDS Day “Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination and Zero AIDS-related deaths”, the Global Health Workforce Alliance (the Alliance) underlines the central role of health workers, including community health workers who dedicate their lives to improving health in their communities and providing care for people living with HIV.
Almost four decades after HIV was first discovered and became part of the public consciousness, large amounts of economic resources have been devoted to prevention, treatment and care. Yet, while some countries have made substantial progress in reducing both prevalence and incidence of the disease alongside responding to the social burden, there is still a long way from “Getting to Zero”. Despite 700,000 fewer new infections compared to ten years ago, worldwide there are still 33 million people living with HIV. Last year, 2.5 million new cases of the infection were diagnosed.
The global shortage of health workers has long been recognized as one of the greatest obstacles to scaling up HIV services for achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals. A recent study carried out in South Africa 1 (one of the countries with the highest number of HIV cases) concluded that “as the prices of antiretroviral drugs have dropped over the past years, availability of human resources may now be the most important barrier to achieving universal access to HIV treatment in Africa”. A study2 conducted by the Alliance Task force on Universal Access to HIV/AIDS services in 2011, entitled Can MDG 6 Be Achieved With The Health Workforce We Have? found that the global shortage of health workers is a major obstacle to scaling up HIV services for universal access and achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals.
Health services depend on having the right people, with the right skills, in the right place. Improvements in the numbers and skills of the health workforce could transform the response to HIV and save millions of lives. This can be achieved by preventing HIV among health workers and treating those who are infected; expanding the workforce through training and increasing the skills of the existing health staff; and by retaining skilled staff in the public-health service where they can be most effective in delivering services to the largest numbers of people in need
The importance of health workers was recently acknowledged by Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization. “Health workers stand on the frontline of the AIDS response” said Dr Chan. “If countries are to achieve universal access to HIV services, one of their first steps must be to ensure that all health workers have access to effective and affordable HIV prevention, treatment, and care” she added.
“Progress for an AIDS-free world is possible, and it is happening. Key elements of an effective HIV control strategy are clearly heath system-related. Every country can make steps in the right direction, accelerate progress and save more lives by adopting health workforce development strategies that are evidence-based and tailored to the local context”said Dr Mubashar Sheikh, Executive Director of the Alliance.
On this day, as we celebrate World Aids Day, the Alliance will continue working through its members and partners in strengthening the health workforce contributing towards a world with Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination and Zero AIDS-related deaths. The Alliance urges increased investment in training and recruitment of health workers, at all levels, ensuring a committed and motivated health workforce to better serve our communities.
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