Oropouche virus disease – French Guiana, France

On 30 September 2020, the French Guiana Regional Health Agency (ARS) reported the first detection of Oropouche virus (OROV) in French Guiana. On 22 September 2020 the Pasteur Institute in Cayenne (a member of the French National Reference Laboratory for arboviruses) notified the France IHR National Focal Point of seven laboratory-confirmed cases of Oropouche virus infection in the village of Saül. These cases were identified following clinical investigations of an unusually high number of dengue-like illnesses in the village. Between 11 August and 25 September, there were 37 clinically-compatible cases of Oropouche virus disease identified in Saül. The results of serology for dengue, chikungunya, and Zika were negative, and seven of nine cases tested positive for OROV by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).

Among the 37 clinically-compatible cases, most cases are male (60%) and the median age is 36 years (range 3-82 years). The most represented age range is 15 to 54-years-old (19 cases) followed by 0 to 14-years-old (10 cases). A peak of cases was observed in mid-September however, the outbreak investigation remains ongoing.

On 30 September 2020, the French Guiana Regional Health Agency (ARS) reported the first detection of Oropouche virus (OROV) in French Guiana. On 22 September 2020 the Pasteur Institute in Cayenne (a member of the French National Reference Laboratory for arboviruses) notified the France IHR National Focal Point of seven laboratory-confirmed cases of Oropouche virus infection in the village of Saül. These cases were identified following clinical investigations of an unusually high number of dengue-like illnesses in the village. Between 11 August and 25 September, there were 37 clinically-compatible cases of Oropouche virus disease identified in Saül. The results of serology for dengue, chikungunya, and Zika were negative, and seven of nine cases tested positive for OROV by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).

Among the 37 clinically-compatible cases, most cases are male (60%) and the median age is 36 years (range 3-82 years). The most represented age range is 15 to 54-years-old (19 cases) followed by 0 to 14-years-old (10 cases). A peak of cases was observed in mid-September however, the outbreak investigation remains ongoing.

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Release of module and mapping of tools on stakeholder and community engagement in quality of care initiatives for maternal, newborn and child health

Rab Okt 14 , 2020
<p><span>The WHO and UNICEF recently published a module to guide policy makers and programme implementers working in quality improvement in maternal, newborn and child health, to support making comprehensive and meaningful stakeholder and community engagement an integral part of quality improvement (QI) initiatives.</span></p><table><tbody><tr><td><span>Publications</span><br><br><img src="https://www.who.int/images/default-source/mca/maternal-newborn-child/sce-mnch-cover-200px.png?sfvrsn=d6a7136e_2" alt="sce-mnch-cover-200px"><p><a href="https://www.who.int/81481555-DCFC-4984-8679-AF70E95CA86A">Read online/Download the module</a><br><a href="https://www.who.int/81481555-DCFC-4984-8679-AF70E95CA86A">View the mapping of tools</a></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong>Orientation module</strong> </p><div><p><span>This module compliments the implementation guide developed by The Network for Improving Quality of care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (QoC Network).  Four key topics are covered, including: rationale for engagement; building and strengthening partnerships; strategies for information, communication and advocacy; and monitoring, evaluation and learning.</span><br></p></div><p><strong>Mapping of tools</strong><span></span><br></p><div><p>The mapping of tools identified 70 tools to further support implementation of stakeholder and community engagement across the seven steps of the Quality of Care Network’s Implementation Framework*. <span> </span>The tools are available through an online portal, which allows uses to filter based on the different topic focus and phase of implementation. <br></p></div><div><p><span>* 1) establish leadership group, 2) situation analysis, 3) adapt standards of care, 4) identify QI interventions, 5) implementation of QI interventions, 6) continuous measurement of quality outcomes and 7) refinement of strategies. </span></p><p><span> </span></p><p><span> </span></p><p><span></span><br></p></div><p> </p>