Good News on Yellow Fever

The outbreak killed nearly 1,000 people in DRC and Angola. “Democratic Republic of Congo’s worst yellow fever outbreak in decades has ended two months after Angola declared its epidemic to be over, following a massive U.N.-backed vaccine campaign, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. No new cases have been reported in either country in six months, just over a year after the outbreak began in December 2015 in a slum in Angola’s capital, Luanda, before spreading into neighbouring DRC. In all, more than 400 people died, the WHO said. The epidemic prompted a campaign to vaccinate 30 million people in the two countries with more than 41,000 volunteers and 56 charities carrying out mass the immunisation programme. “We are able to declare the end of one of the largest and most challenging yellow fever outbreak in recent years,” the WHO’s Africa director Matshidiso Moeti said in a statement late on Tuesday.” Reuters

UNICEF Launches Sudan Appeal…”The UN children’s agency on Wednesday launched a $110 million appeal to help two million acutely malnourished children across Sudan, including hundreds of thousands living in conflict areas. UNICEF said Sudan is home to around 13 percent of all children suffering from acute malnutrition across Africa. Their situation is exacerbated by conflict-related displacements, El Nino, epidemics, floods and droughts. “The United Nations Children’s Fund in Sudan launches an appeal in response to children’s needs across the country, for a provisional total of $110 million,” UNICEF said in a statement. The agency said two million children under five in Sudan are acutely malnourished. And two million children have been displaced due to violence in Darfur, the regions of South and North Kordofan, Blue Nile and Abyei, with many separated from their relatives and affected by grave violations, it said.”  (AFP