WHO & Regionals [to 17 January 2015]
:: Global Alert and Response (GAR): Disease Outbreak News (DONs)
– Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Oman 16 January 2015
– Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia 15 January 2015
:: The Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) for 16 January 2015, vol. 90, 3 (pp. 9–16) includes:
– Detection of influenza virus subtype A by polymerase chain reaction: WHO external quality assessment programme summary analysis, 2014
WHO Regional Offices
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Safe breastfeeding key to improve children’s health
Brazzaville, 12 January 2015 – Every day an estimated 8000 children die in sub-Saharan Africa from easily preventable or treatable illnesses. Breastfeeding is one of the best ways to provide newborns, infants and young children with the nutrients that they need while protecting them against conditions such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, and measles.
:: A Decade of WHO Action in the African Region: Striving together to achieve health goals [pdf1.27MB ]
By Luis Gomes Sambo, Regional Director 2005–2015
ISBN: 978 929 023 2551
WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: Isabella Danel, former CDC official, sworn in as PAHO/WHO Deputy Director (01/16/2015)
:: PAHO/WHO honors Haitians and international relief workers on 5th anniversary of 2010 earthquake
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 12 January 2015 (PAHO/WHO) – On the fifth anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti on 12 January 2010, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) honors the earthquake’s estimated 230,000 victims and their families and pays tribute to the many Haitian health workers and international relief workers for their dedication and outstanding efforts to bring relief to the disaster’s victims and survivors…
WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
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WHO European Region EURO
:: Tajikistan introduces rotavirus vaccine to protect children from diarrhoeal disease
With an official launch ceremony on 8 January 2015, Tajikistan became the fourteenth country in the WHO European Region to introduce rotavirus vaccination into its national immunization schedule, and the fourth to do so through the generous support of the GAVI Alliance.
WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: One Year Since the Last Case of Polio In Syria
Friday, January 16, 2015
Despite civil war and mass population displacement, incredible gains have been made against the polio outbreak in the Middle East.
WHO Western Pacific Region
:: Update on the cluster of HIV cases, Roka Commune, Sang Ker District, Battambang Province
PHNOM PENH, 9 January 2015 – Between 8 to 31 December, 2014, a total of 1940 people from Roka Commune, voluntarily undertook HIV testing and counselling and 212 people tested positive for HIV. Among the people who tested HIV positive, 174 (82%) are from Roka Village. Among the total of 212 diagnoses, 39 people (18%) are 14 years old or younger, 127 (60%) are between 15 and 59 years old and 46 (22%) are 60 years old or older.
Read the joint news release