WHO & Regionals [to 10 January 2015]

WHO & Regionals [to 10 January 2015]
:: 136th WHO Executive Board session
26 January–3 February 2015

:: WHO grants approval for safe, effective meningitis A vaccine for infants
9 January 2015
WHO has opened the door to routine immunization of infants in Africa by approving for use an innovative and affordable vaccine that has all but rid the meningitis belt of a major cause of deadly epidemics.
Since its introduction in Africa in December 2010, MenAfriVac has had an immediate and dramatic impact in breaking the cycle of meningitis A epidemics, leading the safe, effective technology to be approved by WHO through its prequalification process for use in infants, and paving the way for protecting millions more children at risk of the deadly disease.
Read the news release on meningitis A vaccine

:: Global Alert and Response (GAR): Disease Outbreak News (DONs)
– Ebola virus disease – United Kingdom 30 December 2014
On 29 December 2014, WHO was notified by the National IHR Focal Point for the United Kingdom of a laboratory-confirmed case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). This is the first EVD case to be detected on UK soil.
– 5 January 2015 – Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Jordan
On 25 December 2014, the National IHR Focal Point of Jordan notified WHO of 1 additional case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.
Contact tracing of household contacts and healthcare contacts is ongoing for this case.
The National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also notified WHO of the death of 3 previously reported MERS-CoV cases.*
Globally, the WHO has been notified of 945 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including at least 348 related deaths.

:: The Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) for 9 January 2015, vol. 90, 1/2 (pp. 1–8) includes:
– Immunization and Vaccine related Implementation Research Advisory Committee (IVIR-AC): summary of conclusions and recommendations 17–19 September 2014 meeting

WHO Regional Offices
WHO African Region AFRO
Press Releases
:: Sexual and intimate partner violence affects millions in Africa
Brazzaville, 5 January 2015 – In the African Region, one in five girls have been sexually abused during childhood, with estimates from some countries placing that proportion closer to one in three. This startling statistic is highlighted in the newly released Global status report on violence prevention 2014.

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: PANAFTOSA marks three years without foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks in the Americas
Rio de Janeiro, 5 January 2015 (PANAFTOSA) – January 2015 marks the third year in a row in which the Region of the Americas has had no outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), a highly contagious animal disease that can have a devastating impact on livestock.
In marking the achievement, the Pan American Foot-and-Mouth Disease Center (PANAFTOSA), a specialized technical center of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), noted the importance of the investments and hard work of the two organizations’ member countries.
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious viral disease that primarily affects cloven-hooved livestock and wildlife. Outbreaks can severely disrupt livestock production and trade, causing major economic losses and threatening food security. FMD is not related to hand, foot and mouth disease, a condition seen only in humans, and is not considered a public health problem, as human cases are extremely rare…

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
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WHO European Region EURO
:: United Kingdom Ebola case: tracing of airline passengers completed 10-01-2015
:: Kyrgyz initiatives help reduce preventable child mortality 08-01-2015

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
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WHO Western Pacific Region
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