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The mission of the Community Health Resilience Collaboratory is to advance community health resilience.


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7 Forgotten World Crises That Urgently Need Your Support

The global need for humanitarian aid has reached a level not seen since World War II. More than 128 million people in 33 countries are now affected by crises, including conflict and natural disaster.

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Poping Up

[12:47, 3/31/2016] +232 79 807498: UMARU FOFANA 
Medical sources in Kailahun, eastern #SierraLeone say there's an #Ebola scare in the district after a woman showed signs and symptoms of the disease. She had returned from a funeral in Guinea just a few miles away. The result of the test is being awaited. Today health officials from the capital, Freetown arrived in the area where the outbreak first appeared in 2014.
[12:48, 3/31/2016] +232 79 807498: The first result has been read out this morning in d radio  that it is negative but they are trying  for  the second  result to  confirm properly before tomorrow according to d radio.
FM 98.1 report this morning

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WHO Director-General briefs media

WHO Director-General briefs media on outcome of Ebola Emergency Committee


Remarks at a media briefing following the Ninth meeting of the Emergency Committee concerning Ebola. Geneva, Switzerland 
29 March 2016

Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for joining us.

The ninth meeting of the Emergency Committee on Ebola, convened today under the International Health Regulations, has advised me that the Ebola situation in West Africa no longer constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Although the response to a cluster of new Ebola cases and deaths is being reported in Guinea, that flare-up currently involves a single chain of transmission. It is the Committee's view that the countries have the capacities and capabilities to manage such flares.

To date, nearly 1000 contacts related to this flare-up have been identified, of whom 142 are considered at high risk of exposure.

In making its assessment, the Committee reviewed data on this new cluster of cases together with responses to earlier Ebola flare-ups that occurred after the original chains of transmission were interrupted in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

The response to each and every one of these flares was immediate and very effectively contained.

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Statement on the 9th meeting of the IHR Emergency

Statement on the 9th meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee regarding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa


WHO statement 
29 March 2016

The 9th meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa took place by teleconference on Tuesday, 29 March 2016 from 12:30 until 15:15 hr.

The Committee was requested to provide the Director-General with views and perspectives as to whether the event continues to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and whether the current Temporary Recommendations should be extended, rescinded or revised.

Representatives of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone presented the epidemiological situation, ongoing work to prevent Ebola re-emergence, and capacity to detect and respond rapidly to any new clusters of cases in each country.

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Transmission dynamics of Ebola virus disease and intervention effectiveness in Sierra Leone



Since the initial recognition of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in 1976, many epidemics have occurred in Africa. Serious concerns remain that the fatal disease may repeatedly reemerge. In this study, we used data from an unprecedented EVD outbreak in Sierra Leone to map spatiotemporal transmission patterns, identify influential factors, and assess the effects of interventions at the chiefdom level. Furthermore, we have quantified household transmissibility and the temporal association between interventions and household transmission. Our findings have deepened the understanding of the transmission dynamics of EVD and provided key information for future modeling efforts in forecasting future epidemics and establishing intervention strategies.




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WHO Urges Stronger Regulations on Vaccines in China

WHO Urges Stronger Regulations on Vaccines in China



China needs to more closely regulate the market for private vaccines within its borders, the World Health Organization said Tuesday after authorities broke up a massive illegal drug ring earlier this month.

Police in China arrested more than 130 people allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade after the group dumped around $48 million worth of illegal vaccines onto the private Chinese drug market. Much of the medicine had expired before it was sold.

“This incident has highlighted the need for more, stricter enforcement of vaccine management regulations across the board,” WHO China representative Bernhard Schwartlander said in an email.

According to Chinese police, a woman and her daughter, who have since been arrested, led the drug ring and sold more than $100 million worth of illegal vaccines across the country since 2001.

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All told, 29 pharmaceutical companies are believed to have sold the illegitimate drugs to 16 institutions.

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“TB Causes more than 4,000 deaths daily” Says MOHS


By Lucia S.Kamara
Mar 24, 2016, 17:02
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Ministry of Health and Sanitation has on Wednesday 23rd March, 2016 commemorated World Tuberculosis day on the theme “Unite to End TB”.

The Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Abubakar Fofanah said, TB is the world’s leading infectious killer, causing more than 4,000 deaths every day. He said the burden of the disease is serious enough to possess a significant threat to the social and economic development of any country, unless effective concerted measures are taken to combat the disease.

Dr. Fofanah said that, the bright side of all is that tuberculosis is both preventable and curable, adding that last year in Sierra Leone 12,103 cases of Tuberculosis were reported and put on treatment from 170 service delivery points with a cure rate of 88.1%.

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Global Measle Plan


Global Measles and Rubella Strategic Plan 2012-2020


 This ten year global plan for measles and rubella outlines the strategy that needs to be fully implemented to achieve the measles and rubella goals endorsed by the World Health Assembly. The plan sets out the: vision, goals and targets for the 2011-2020 period, recommended strategies, guiding principles, priorities, costing of reaching the targets, and the challenges as well as ways to overcome them. The plan incorporates the lessons learnt from 10 years experience in measles and rubella accelerated control and elimination and is jointly developed by the Measles Initiative which is spearheaded by the American Red Cross, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United Nations Foundation, UNICEF and World Health Organization.

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Key facts


  • Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available.
  • In 2014, there were 114 900 measles deaths globally – about 314 deaths every day or 13 deaths every hour.
  • Measles vaccination resulted in a 79% drop in measles deaths between 2000 and 2014 worldwide.
  • In 2014, about 85% of the world's children received one dose of measles vaccine by their first birthday through routine health services – up from 73% in 2000.
  • During 2000-2014, measles vaccination prevented an estimated 17.1 million deaths making measles vaccine one of the best buys in public health.

Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused by a virus. In 1980, before widespread vaccination, measles caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year.

The disease remains one of the leading causes of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine. Approximately 114 900 people died from measles in 2014 – mostly children under the age of 5.

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Six Years of CARMMA

Six Years of CARMMA: restoring gains in health service delivery


March 22, 2016 By Ahmed Sahid Nasralla (De Monk)

The Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone had an adverse effect on the health sector, with gains achieved in the implementation of the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality (CARMMA) suffering a set-back as most women were afraid of accessing reproductive health care services.

Restoring such gains made over the years in maternal and infant mortality reduction initiatives is therefore a key post-Ebola objective in the three Ebola-affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.


In Sierra Leone, to mark the sixth year of the CARMMA initiative, the Office of the First Lady (OFL) is collaborating with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS), UNFPA, PPASL and Marie Stopes Sierra Leone to host a one day meeting at the Bo government Hospital on the 22nd March 2016 with a focus on enhancing institutional delivery, increasing family planning services and cervical cancer awareness. Partners such as Marie Stopes Sierra Leone and PPASL will provide free family planning services on that day. The OFL will take the lead, with support from UNFPA and MoHS, in restoring the confidence of pregnant women to access reproductive health services.

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