News in Brief 28 August 2015 (AM)

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Cholera cases in Tanzania. Photo: IRIN/Nancy Palus (file)

Spike in cholera in Tanzania

A new spike in cholera cases in the Dar es Salaam and Morogoro regions of Tanzania in the past two weeks has led to eight deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Dar es Salaam region was the most affected, with 354 of the 404 cases reported.

WHO and Tanzanian health officials have visited the area to assess needs and five treatment centres have been established.

WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier said no epidemiological link had been established between cases in the two regions and the recent outbreak at a camp in Kigoma for Burundian refugees.

Cut- 18" The spike is an unusual spike right now because it jumped in a short time from a few hundred cases to 400 cases yet cholera  is endemic in Tanzania. So as such is not a worrying situation but it needs to be addressed and that  is what is happening right now as we understand with the authorities and with WHO".

WHO calls for humanitarian corridor in Yemen governorate

Warring parties in Taiz governorate in Yemen are being urged to observe a ceasefire and demilitarize hospitals and health facilities to allow the safe delivery of humanitarian aid.

The call was made by the World Health Organization (WHO) which reports that fighting has fanned a dengue fever outbreak.

Taiz is Yemen's most populous governorate, with just over three million people, but WHO reports that three main hospitals there are inaccessible or caught in frontline fighting.

The United Nations considers Yemen one of the world's major humanitarian crises, with roughly 80 per cent of the population—just over 21 million people–in need of aid relief.

Sudanese authorities urged to overturn "outrageous" indecent dressing conviction

Authorities in Sudan are being urged by UN human rights experts not to publicly flog a young woman who was charged with indecent dressing.

The young woman faces 20 lashes and a heavy fine, which the UN experts described as an "outrageous conviction."

She was among a group of peers who that was arrested in June after attending a Baptist Church ceremony.

At the time, some of the women were wearing trousers while others had on skirts.

The UN experts added that in Sudan, "the offence of modesty and the penalty of flogging are disproportionately used to punish women."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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