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ANGOLA: Cholera death toll continues to rise

LUANDA, 23 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has sent a consignment of drugs, re-hydration salts and disinfectant to help fight a cholera outbreak that has claimed close to 1,900 lives in Angola.Full report

GUINEA: Cholera death toll continues to rise

CONAKRY, 22 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - The number of cholera deaths continues to rise in Guinea this year as state radio reported a new flood of cases in the Forest Region of the southeast.Full report

NAMIBIA: People respond to anti-polio campaign

WINDHOEK, 22 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - Thousands of Namibians flocked to polio vaccination points on the second day of an immunisation campaign on Thursday, with the death toll from disease outbreak at 15. Full report

SUDAN: More than 2,000 diarrhoea cases reported

NAIROBI, 22 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - A total of 2,007 cases of acute watery diarrhoea, including 77 deaths, have been reported in northern Sudan since April, according to figures compiled by the country's health ministry. Full report

GUINEA-BISSAU: As rains fall, cholera threat returns

BAIRRO MILITAR, 20 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - The first seasonal rains are falling in Guinea Bissau, damping the searing midday heat but inflaming fears of another cholera outbreak in the poorest districts of the capital, Bissau.Full report

NAMIBIA: Govt set to launch national polio vaccination campaign

WINDHOEK, 19 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - Namibia is to launch a nationwide polio vaccination campaign this week as the health authorities confirmed on Monday the death toll from the virus had risen to 12. Full report

SOMALIA: Diarrhoea kills 20 children in the south

NAIROBI, 19 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - An outbreak of watery diarrhoea in Afmadow District in southwestern Somalia has claimed the lives of at least 20 children during the past 10 days, medical sources said on Monday. Full report

DRC: Plague kills 20 in Ituri District

BUNIA, 16 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - An outbreak of plague in the northeastern district of Ituri in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 20 people out of 70 cases identified in the last three weeks, health officials said on Friday. Full report

NIGERIA: Polio surge thwarts global eradication plan

ABUJA, 16 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - Health officials have confirmed a surge in polio infections in northern Nigeria that threatens to undermine global efforts to eradicate the crippling disease.Full report

CONGO: Second phase of anti-tetanus campaign begins

BRAZZAVILLE, 16 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - The government of the Republic of Congo has launched the second phase of a vaccination campaign against tetanus in 10 districts identified as high-risk zones. Full report


Year in Brief and Review on Health

WEST AFRICA: Year in Review 2005 - Hunger in the Sahel

WEST AFRICA: Year in Review 2005 - Stability see-saws in the world's poorest region

IRIN Special Reports on Health

CHAD: As army pursues rebels, militia massacres fill the vacuum

MALAWI: Input delays could affect next year's harvest

IRIN Focuses & Interviews on Health

GUINEA-BISSAU: As rains fall, cholera threat returns

BURUNDI: Side effects of free maternal, child healthcare

UGANDA: Containing cholera in IDP camps

COTE D IVOIRE: Little known Buruli ulcer disease on the rise

Related Internet Links

Sudan Information Gateway website

Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN)

WFP - Africa Hunger Alert

UN Economic Commission for Africa

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