Dr Ahmed Salim Saif Al Mandhari nominated as WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean
Dr Ahmed Salim Saif Al Mandhari Geneva, 19 May 2018 – WHO's Special Session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean, held today in Geneva, has nominated Dr Ahmed Salim Saif Al Mandhari from Oman as WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, to be formally appointed by the WHO Executive Board during its 143rd session from 28 to 29 May 2018.  The nominee is expected to take up his appointment for a 5 years and 8 months term, starting from 1 June 2018.  The WHO Regional Committee comprises the following Members: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Islamic Republic of Ir...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 19, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Africa:Tillerson's Tour Is About China's Influence and War On Terrorism
[Nation] Of the Kenya-Ethiopia-Djibouti-Chad-Nigeria circuit United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is covering in his first official African outing, he is perhaps only familiar with Nigeria, where the company he headed before joining government - ExxonMobil - drills a lot of oil. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 10, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Djibouti: Chinese Naval Hospital Ship Brings Free Medical Services to Djibouti's Villagers
[Focac] Djibouti -With local patients packed with a temporary clinic in the midst of Djibouti's humid weather, sweats dropped down from the foreheads of Chinese doctors, who were carefully treating villagers through traditional Chinese medicine and modern therapy. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 31, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

HawkWatch international partners with the University of Utah to study raptors in Africa
(University of Utah) HawkWatch International and the University of Utah are partnering on two studies in the Horn of Africa: a new effort studying raptor migration over the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait in Djibouti, and a continuation of vulture extinction studies based in Ethiopia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 29, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Africa and India – Sharing the Development Journey
Djibouti Port. Credit: James Jeffrey/IPSBy Akinwumi AdesinaABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, May 19 2017 (IPS)Africa, like India, is a continent of rich and compelling diversity. Both continents share a similar landscape, a shared colonial history, and similar economic and demographic challenges. This helps both India and Africa work especially well with each other. This cooperation is both a mutual privilege and priority. At the end of the 2015 India-Africa Forum Summit, Indian Prime Minister Modi announced very substantial credits and grant assistance which benefitted our relationship. In addition to an India-Africa Developm...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Akinwumi Adesina Tags: Africa Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Featured Green Economy Headlines Health Labour Trade & Investment African Development Bank (AfDB) Source Type: news

Khat in the Horn of Africa: A Scourge or Blessing?
Men lounging in Dire Dawa’s Chattara Market chewing khat, Ethiopia. Credit: James Jeffrey/IPSBy James JeffreyADDIS ABABA, Mar 12 2017 (IPS)Throughout a Sunday afternoon in the Ethiopian capital, Yemeni émigré men in their fifties and sixties arrive at a traditional Yemeni-styled mafraj room clutching bundles of green, leafy stalks: khat.As the hours pass they animatedly discuss economics, politics, history, life and more while chewing the leaves. The gathering is a picture of civility. But in many countries khat has a bad reputation, with it either being banned or prompting calls for it to be banned.&nb...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 12, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: James Jeffrey Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Population Ethiopia khat Somalia Somaliland Source Type: news

WHO airlifts cholera and tuberculosis medical supplies to Yemen
23 January 2017, Sana’a – Today a cargo plane carrying 8 metric tonnes of cholera kits and tuberculosis medicines landed in Yemeni capital, Sana’a. The cholera kits include anti-diarrhoeal treatment for 12 000 people, as well as cholera laboratory equipment and rapid diagnostics tests.  Part of the airlift coming from Djibouti are also anti-tuberculosis medicines procured by Global Fund on behalf of national health authorities across the country. Since the cholera outbreak was declared in October last year, there were 21 790 suspect cases, including 103 deaths. Out of those sample that were tested...
Source: WHO EMRO News - March 2, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Turkana County: The Face of Kenya's Health Worker Boom
Photo of Dr. Gilchrist Lokoel by Wycliffe Omanya for IntraHealth InternationalOctober 07, 2016It used to be where Kenyan health workers who stepped out of line were sent as punishment. But today, Turkana County has become the go-to place for health workers. Here's how it happened.  Kenya ’s Turkana County is the largest in the country, roughly the size of Burundi, Rwanda, and Djibouti combined. It is also one of the poorest. Home to over 1.4 million people, including over 200,000 refugees from neighboring countries, Turkana County had for years some of Kenya’s worst human develo pment indicators.As recentl...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Ethiopian Food Aid Jammed Up in Djibouti Port
Workers in Djibouti Port offloading wheat from a docked ship. Credit: James Jeffrey/IPSBy James JeffreyDJIBOUTI CITY, Aug 15 2016 (IPS)Bags of wheat speed down multiple conveyor belts to be heaved onto trucks lined up during the middle of a blisteringly hot afternoon beside the busy docks of Djibouti Port.Once loaded, the trucks set off westward toward Ethiopia carrying food aid to help with its worst drought for decades.“The bottleneck is not because of the port but the inland transportation—there aren’t enough trucks for the aid, the fertilizer and the usual commercial cargo.” -- Aboubaker Omar, C...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: James Jeffrey Tags: Advancing Deserts Africa Aid Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Labour Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs Water & San Source Type: news

Weekend Roundup: This Election Is About Defining America
Most presidential elections in America have been contests over different policy solutions and approaches but rooted in a commonly agreed reality. This time around, as the back-to-back Republican and Democratic conventions have demonstrated, the dispute is over what constitutes reality itself. More than anything else, this election is about defining what America is. Nominating conclaves used to be mainly about gritty political tradeoffs among factions in order to reach consensus on a candidate. These conventions were Hollywood-style orchestrations, replete with celebrity testimonials and musical performances, aimed at conv...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 29, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

The Olympics Won't Spread Zika Around the World
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Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This Flowchart Explains Whether Or Not You Should Get A Zika Test
If you’re headed to the Olympic Games in Rio next month, rest assured that it’s highly unlikely you’ll return home afterward with the Zika virus. A recent analysis by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compared the expected 350,000 to 500,000 Olympic spectators and participants to the number of total estimated travelers to Zika-affected countries during 2015. The results revealed that Olympic travel will make up just one-quarter of one percent of last year’s travel volume. This means the games don’t pose a serious risk of Zika transmission beyond normal travel patterns. H...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 18, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Four countries face the highest risk of Zika virus from the Olympics
Four countries face the highest risk of a Zika outbreak if a single one of their athletes or travelers becomes infected during the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, according to a risk analysis published Wednesday by U.S. health officials. The four countries -- Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea and Yemen -- have the factors that could […] (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Tags: cdc/who infectious diseases Olympics zika magnet-zika Source Type: news

A Day in the Life of a Red Cross Team Leader in Djibouti
By Amber O’Steen, Team Leader, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti I’ve been on site for almost four months in Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. I wanted to share a quick peek into my work with Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) so folks have an idea of what it looks like to deploy overseas with the American Red Cross. Here’s what a recent day looked like in the camp. Morning: Red Cross Emergency Communications I started my day with a 0530 phone call requesting information about an emergency communication message. Full disclosure, I am by no means a morning person. Never have been, never su...
Source: Red Cross Chat - June 10, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: American Red Cross Tags: SAF Source Type: news

Pregnant in a city under siege: Yemeni refugees find safety and maternal services in Djibouti
Language English OBOCK, Djibouti – Four months pregnant and living amidst constant shelling and airstrikes, Jamila decided she had to flee her home in Taizz City, Yemen. “To leave everything behind and flee, not only for your own life, but for the life of a creature who you love without having even met him yet, because you are carrying him inside you, is overwhelming,” says the soft-spoken 30-year old. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 3, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: lscott Source Type: news

Countries urged to enhance preparedness and readiness measures for Zika virus infection in the ...
03 March 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean invited representatives from ministries of health in the Region to 2 rounds of emergency meetings to share information on Zika virus infection and associated conditions and discuss implementation of public health measures to prepare for, and respond to, any possible spread in the Region. To date, no case of Zika virus infection has been reported from any country in the Region, either through local transmission or importation via travel from a Zika-affected country. However, the Region remains at risk as the Aedes mosquit...
Source: WHO EMRO News - March 3, 2016 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Video: Explosion on Airliner Causes Emergency Landing in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — An explosion and fire blew a gaping hole in a commercial airliner, forcing it to make an emergency landing at Mogadishu's international airport late Tuesday, officials and witnesses said. The pilot said he thought it was a bomb. An aviation expert who looked at photographs of the hole in the fuselage said the damage was consistent with an explosive device. Two people were slightly injured as 74 passengers and crew of the plane were evacuated after the plane made a safe landing, Somali aviation official Ali Mohamoud said. It was not certain if all the passengers were accounted for. The pla...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 3, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: General News Mass Casualty Incidents WMD & Terrorism Source Type: news

Horn of Africa drying ever faster as climate warms
The Horn of Africa has become increasingly arid in sync with the global and regional warming of the last century and at a rate unprecedented in the last 2,000 years, according to new research. The scientists suggest that as global and regional warming continues, the eastern Horn of Africa -- which includes Somalia, Djibouti and Ethiopia -- will receive progressively less rain during the crucial 'long rains' season of March, April and May. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - October 9, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

In Djibouti, UNICEF Ambassador Eddie Izzard visits Yemeni children refugees fleeing war
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) United Kingdom Ambassador Eddie Izzard has met child refugees in Djibouti who have fled the devastating war in Yemen, the country of the comedian's birth. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - July 16, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UNFPA Executive Director concludes Horn of Africa Mission with a pledge to scale up efforts on gender-based violence - 31 October 2014
UNITED NATIONS, New York, 31 October 2014 -- Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, today concluded a mission to the Horn of Africa with the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, and the World Bank President, Dr. Jim Kim. The mission visited Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia and Kenya to spotlight the issues that threaten the region’s security and development. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - November 23, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Arab Region Has World’s Fastest Growing HIV Epidemic
By Mona AlamiBEIRUT, Sep 1 2014 (IPS)At a time when HIV rates have stabilised or declined elsewhere, the epidemic is still advancing in the Arab world, exacerbated by factors such as political unrest, conflict, poverty and lack of awareness due to social taboos.According to UNAIDS (the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS), an estimated 270,000 people were living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in 2012.“It is true that the Arab region has a low prevalence of infection, however it has the fastest growing epidemic in the world,“...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 1, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Mona Alami Tags: Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights LGBTQ Middle East & North Africa Population Projects Women's Health Arab world awareness raising Civil Society Discrimination Djibouti drugs users Egypt healthcare HIV/AIDS Source Type: news

Djibouti: Djibouti, Unicef Officials Meet to Discuss Child and Maternal Health Strategies
[Sabahi]Top officials from Djibouti's Ministry of Health met with representatives from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Monday (August 4th) to discuss strategic communication efforts to improve child and maternal health, the Djiboutian Information Agency reported. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 7, 2014 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Ode to a Red Cross Deployer
The Service to the Armed Forces division of the American Red Cross helps our military members and their families across the world. In addition to our helping throughout our communities, the Red Cross also has staff and volunteers at military installations stateside and across the world. These Red Crossers, no matter if they are at Fort Hood in Texas, or at Camp Zama in Japan, are there for our service members. They create mini-Red Cross chapters by providing services such as morale-boosting activities, a respite center with entertainment, disaster preparedness, CPR/AED & First Aid courses, babysitting courses, etc. One...
Source: Red Cross Chat - June 20, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lindy Ross Tags: SAF Source Type: news

Djibouti: Djibouti to Seek No-Cost Extension of HIV Grant
[GFO]Extension should help marshal technical assistance ahead of integrated HIV/TB proposal (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - May 28, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Djibouti: Djiboutian Army Holds Infectious Diseases Symposium
[Sabahi]The health services division of the Djibouti Armed Forces (DJAF) held a forum on infectious diseases at the weekend to discuss the status of efforts to prevent the spread of malaria, HIV/AIDS and diarrhoea, the Djiboutian Information Agency reported Monday (March 10th). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 12, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Tunisia: Review of Tunisia's Portfolio At Global Fund to Fight Aids
[Tunis Afrique Presse]Tunis -Minister of Health Mohamed Salah Ben Ammar met, on Monday in Tunis, with Mr. Mark Saalfeld, Fund Portfolio Manager at the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria for Central, Africa, Djibouti, Jordan, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 12, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Djibouti: U.S. Ambassador Leads Distribution of Food for Hungry Families in Djibouti
[WFP]Djibouti -To help combat food insecurity in the Arta region of Djibouti, U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti Geeta Pasi led a food distribution to 200 vulnerable families today. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 12, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Djibouti: WFP Assists Djibouti to Strengthen Resilience As Food Security Improves
[WFP]Djibouti -As food security starts to improve in the Republic of Djibouti, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is intensifying its work to strengthen the country's defenses against recurrent drought while still providing critical assistance to meet urgent food and nutritional needs. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 6, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

OP-ED: Latin America Lags on Reproductive Rights
Indigenous women hauling water in Chiapas, Mexico. Credit: Mauricio Ramos/IPSIn the last decade, several countries in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region have had the opportunity to experience economic growth and establish redistributive fiscal policies aimed at reducing poverty, reducing inequality and improving the coverage and quality of health, education and social protection services. And yet significant gaps exist in the area of reproductive health and rights, both between countries and as a whole, when it comes to some of the key objectives of the Cairo Programme of Action. Let us take one of the basic indi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 6, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Purnima Mane Tags: Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Latin America & the Caribbean Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Abortion Fertility Rates Maternal Health Maternal Mortality Pathfinder International Purnima Man Source Type: news

Support for FGM Slowly Eroding, Global Report Finds
FGM is a taboo and complicated topic in Liberia and it is dangerous for women to speak out about it. Credit: Travis Lupick/IPSThe United Nations children’s agency UNICEF released a report Monday that gives the most complete picture of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) ever published. Over 125 million women and girls have undergone the practice, and there are 30 million women and girls at risk of the procedure in the next decade. The report is a culmination of 20 years of research from 29 countries across Africa and Asia, using national surveys. UNICEF began to look closely at FGM/C 10 years ago. Egypt is the ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 22, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lucy Westcott Tags: Active Citizens Crime & Justice Featured Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva Europe TerraViva United Nations Women's Health World Egypt Equality Now Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Somalia UNICEF Source Type: news

MSF aid workers freed in Somalia, arriving home today in Spain
Montserrat Serra and Blanca Thiebaut, the two aid workers for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) released yesterday in Somalia after 21 months in captivity, arrive today at the Spanish air-base of Torrejón (Madrid) from Djibouti. The organization is extremely relieved to confirm the release of the two colleagues, who were abducted from the refugee camps near Dadaab, Kenya on Oct. 13, 2011 and held in Somalia. MSF continues offering full support to Mone and Blanca as well as to their families.  Mone and Blanca need some time to adjust to their freedom and the organization asks the media and the public...
Source: MSF News - July 19, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: NEWS Somalia Frontpage Source Type: news

Djibouti: Food Shortages Loom
[IRIN]Nairobi -Poor rains and lack of expertise to boost local food production are some of the challenges facing Djibouti's population, says a senior UN official. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 12, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Djibouti: Djibouti Donates Tuberculosis Medicine to Somaliland
[Sabahi]The Djiboutian government's Centre for the Purchase of Medicines and Essential Materials donated 650 cartons of streptomycin sulphate and 150 of vitamin B complex on Tuesday (June 4th) to help Somaliland fight tuberculosis, Djibouti's La Nation reported. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - June 7, 2013 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Smoke-free air policies need to be monitored: No level of exposure to second-hand smoke is safe
20 March 2012 WHO urges governments to protect the public from exposure to second-hand smoke by implementing 100% smoke-free air policies in all enclosed public places. This was a key recommendation of a report released today that measured levels of “second-hand smoke” in countries of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region. In its call to action, WHO recommended that implementation of smoke-free laws in enclosed places be supported by monitoring compliance and providing guidelines for enforcement officials. The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean collaborated with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School ...
Source: WHO EMRO - Press releases - May 2, 2012 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news