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Pakistan: HIV outbreak in Sindh province

Pakistan: HIV outbreak in Sindh province

Pakistan: HIV outbreak in Sindh province

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13 June 2019 - Authorities announced the current outbreak of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Larkana, Sindh Province in Pakistan on 25 April 2019. On 1 June 2019, 251 people were screened for HIV, of which 9 people were found to be HIV positive.

In total, 26,041 people have been screened for HIV since the beginning of the outbreak and 751 people have tested positive for HIV.

Of the 751 positive cases, only 324 (43%) are receiving Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) due to insufficient stocks in-country. Current stocks are enough to meet the needs of 240 children until 15 July 2019, of which 231 are already receiving treatment. This means that only 9 more children can be enrolled for treatment using available stocks, leaving many other children who have tested positive without treatment.

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The Gaza trauma response: WHO conducted a one-year analysis of trauma injuries in Gaza

The Gaza trauma response: WHO conducted a one-year analysis of trauma injuries in Gaza

The Gaza trauma response: WHO conducted a one-year analysis of trauma injuries in Gaza

29 May 2019 - The World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with over 20 agencies conducted a detailed analysis of one year of trauma injuries in Gaza and its humanitarian impact. From 30th March 2018 to 30th March 2019, 277 Palestinians were killed and 28,014 injured.

Although any health system in the world would be overwhelmed if it had to manage such a high influx of trauma casualties, the most pressing concern is the staggering number of gunshot wounds – 6872 or 25% of the total casualty caseload. Out of those, 87% were to the limbs.

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Iran floods leave people with limited access to life-saving health services

Iran floods leave people with limited access to life-saving health services

Iran floods leave people with limited access to life-saving health services

10 May 2019 - On 18 March 2019, a flood hit the eastern part of Mazandaran and Golestan provinces after four days of heavy rain. A few days later, additional floods in the west, southwest, and northeast of the country affected thousands of people. Shortly after, a third wave of heavy rains commenced.

As of 9 April, a total of 28 provinces have been affected by the floods (out of 31 provinces in total).

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