Attacks stall surveillance for Marburg cases

first_img See also: The WHO also launched an appeal today through the United Nations for funds to support the response to the outbreak. The agency said $2.4 million is needed to strengthen field operations by Angola’s Ministry of Health. The outbreak has expanded to 205 cases, 180 of them fatal, the WHO reported in its latest update. Earlier today, WHO officials at a briefing in Geneva had put the death toll at 174. “Mobile surveillance teams in Uige were forced to suspend operations yesterday when vehicles were attacked and damaged by local residents,” the agency said. “As the situation has not improved, no surveillance teams were operational today in this province, which remains the epicentre of the outbreak. “WHO staff in Uige were notified today of several fatalities but teams were unable to investigate the cause of death or collect the bodies for safe burial. Discussions have been held with provincial authorities to find urgent solutions.” Similar reactions have been seen during outbreaks of Ebola fever. To help educate the public about the disease, two medical anthropologists are in Uige and will be joined by experts in social mobilization from Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Mozambique, the WHO said.center_img Getting the affected communities involved as partners is the key to controlling viral hemorrhagic fevers in Africa, officials said. To achieve this, “Local belief systems about the causes of disease and traditional rituals for mourning the dead must be respected. When the public understands and accepts a few simple messages—avoid contact with blood and other fluids when caring for the ill, don’t touch bodies of the deceased—transmission within the community can be stopped and the outbreak brought under control.” Apr 8 WHO statement Apr 8, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Local residents attacked the vehicles of disease surveillance teams in Angola yesterday, stalling efforts to find Marburg hemorrhagic fever cases even as the toll in the outbreak climbed further, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today. The deadly disease, which resembles Ebola fever, is spreading fear, the WHO said. “Moreover, because the disease has no cure, hospitalization is not associated with a favourable outcome, and confidence in the medical care system has been eroded,” the agency said.last_img read more

​Denmark’s Norli wins contract to run NOK600m Norway fund

first_imgNorli Pension, the Danish firm specialising in traditional guaranteed pension schemes, announced it has won a contract to take over the entire portfolio of a Norwegian pension scheme, as it eyes more expansion in the neighbouring Nordic market.The Copenhagen-based pensions firm did not disclose the name of the pension scheme, but said it would take over the management of 550 of its individual policies with total pension assets of around NOK600m (€56.5m) – subject to approval from the Norwegian and Danish financial supervisory authorities.Mads Jakobsen, chair of Norli Pension’s board of directors, said: “We see this as a strategically important step in our ambitions for growth in the Norwegian market.”The firm, which is owned by Nordic Insurance Consolidation Group, specialises in the acquisition and management of traditional, guaranteed average-rate pension schemes in run-off. Its business began with the takeover of a pension portfolio from Skandia in 2015. Last year the Norli Pension’s then chief executive officer Mads Smith Hansen told IPE the case for pooling traditional pension liabilities at firms such as his own was improving, as it was now more complex for pension funds to manage average-rate pensions than the market-rate products they were increasing offering.At the time, he said he believed Norli Pension was the only operator in Denmark actively pursuing this strategy, with the entry barrier to the business being quite high.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more