Tanzania Press Material

WHO mobilizes 164 500 doses of oral cholera vaccine to help control the cholera outbreak in Tanzania

17 June 2015

WHO mobilizes 164 500 doses of oral cholera vaccine to help control the cholera outbreak in Tanzania Kigoma, 18 June 2015 – The cholera risk remains high in villages around entry points for asylum seekers in Kigoma region, Western Tanzania. The daily influx of asylum seekers has caused the population in the Nyarugusu camp in Tanzania to swell to over 55 500.

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Strengthening the Pharmaceutical System in the United Republic of Tanzania

14 June 2015

The United Republic of Tanzania is one of 15 countries that is being supported by the Renewed Partnership, a collaborative initiative between the European Union (EU), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), which aims to improve patient health outcomes, achieve health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and attain universal health coverage.

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Improved, timely reporting crucial to helping health facilities better respond to Tanzania cholera outbreak

09 June 2015

Improved, timely reporting crucial to helping health facilities better respond to Tanzania cholera outbreak Kigoma, 9 June 2015 –Tanzania’s cholera outbreak has prompted not just a large-scale health response to treat thousands of people, but also a scaling up of disease surveillance systems in this African country.

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Ongoing cholera outbreak in Tanzania puts local population at risk

04 June 2015

Ongoing cholera outbreak in Tanzania puts local population at risk Karago, 4 June 2015 – Tanzania’s large-scale cholera outbreak is not solely confined to the thousands of Burundian refugees who fled insecurity at home. Local Tanzanians have also been infected with the water-borne disease, prompting scaled-up surveillance efforts by the World Health Organization (WHO) and health authorities to trace and stamp out any new cases.

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Proper triage, rehydration and isolation of patients key to bring cholera outbreak in Tanzania under control

01 June 2015

Proper triage, rehydration and isolation of patients key to bring cholera outbreak in Tanzania under control Kigoma, 1 June 2015 – The number of suspected cholera cases has been dropping dramatically over the past few days, underlining the tremendous progress being made to bring the ongoing cholera outbreak under control in the Kigoma region, Tanzania. Rehydrating cholera patients, as well as isolating them, have been key to the progress made to date.

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WHO strengthens laboratory capacity during cholera outbreak in Tanzania

28 May 2015

Jacob Lusekelo, Laboratory Technician Kigoma, 28 May 2015 – As of 16 May 2015, a cholera outbreak was confirmed in the Kigoma region, on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, along the Tanzania border with Burundi. Cholera is endemic in the region, but due to a recent influx of thousands of Burundian refugees, overcrowding and poor sanitation, the situation got worse. As of 28 May 2015, a total of 4487 suspected cholera cases have been reported so far. 

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Cholera crisis in Tanzania improving despite high transmission risk

26 May 2015

WHO Representative for Tanzania with the medical doctor in charge reviewing a severely dehydrated patient at the CTC at Nyarugusu Kagunga, 26 May 2015 – The ongoing cholera outbreak in western Tanzania appears to be improving thanks to intensive national and international efforts, but the risk of transmission remains high due to limited access to shelter, toilets, water and essential medical care. As of 25 May, the total number of cases diagnosed and treated was 4408 and no deaths have been reported between 21-24 May.

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Burundian crisis triggers emerging humanitarian emergency in Tanzania

19 May 2015

Burundian crisis triggers emerging humanitarian emergency in Tanzania Brazzaville/ Dar es Salaam, 19 May 2015 – A severe humanitarian crisis is developing in Tanzania as thousands of refugees from Burundi seek asylum due to escalating political tensions. The situation is especially worrisome in Kagunga village in Tanzania where the original population of 11 382 has increased to over 90 000 since the crisis began in April 2015.