WHO & Regionals [to 25 April 2015]

WHO & Regionals [to 25 April 2015]
:: Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly – 18–26 May 2015

Stories from Countries
:: India drives down malaria rates, sets sights on elimination
24 April 2015
:: Ebola diaries: Creating ways to understand an outbreak
24 April 2015
:: Improved blood systems in Ebola-affected countries expected to be positive outcome
21 April 2015

:: The Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) 24 April 2015, vol. 90, 17 (pp. 169–184) includes:
:: Polio surveillance: tracking progress towards eradication worldwide, 2013–2014
:: Performance of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance and incidence of poliomyelitis, 2015

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:: WHO Regional Offices
WHO African Region AFRO
:: WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti concludes her visit to Liberia
Monrovia, 24 April 2015 – The WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti has wrapped up her 3 day official visit to Liberia with a courtesy call on the President of Liberia, Her Excellency, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Welcoming Dr Moeti, the President congratulated her for having been elected as Regional Director of WHO for the African Region. She also expressed her gratitude to WHO for being a good partner in health development and said that the organization has contributed tremendously in building capacity for Ebola virus Disease outbreak response…
:: A child dies every minute from malaria in Africa – 24 April 2015
:: Zambia’s First Lady launches African Vaccination Week in Lusaka – 23 April 2015
WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: Vaccination Week in the Americas will target 60 million children and adults (04/22/2015)
WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Close the immunization gap
Progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is far off-track with 1 in 5 children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases. WHO is calling for renewed efforts to get progress back on course.
WHO European Region EURO
:: Towards a malaria-free European Region by the end of 2015 24-04-2015
:: Poor indoor environments at school 23-04-2015
:: First meeting of the European Health Information Initiative: working together to improve information for better health 20-04-2015
:: Stronger action required on environmental pollutants 20-04-2015
WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO warns of imminent collapse of health care services in Yemen
21 April 2015, Cairo, Egypt – WHO warns of an imminent collapse of health care services in Yemen. Health facilities are struggling to function as they face increasing shortages of life-saving medicines and vital health supplies, frequent disruptions in power supply and lack of fuel for generators. Lack of fuel has also disrupted functionality of ambulances and the delivery of health supplies across the country.
:: Keeping Syrian children free from polio at home and across the border
21 April 2015
:: WHO continues to address health needs of affected populations in Anbar; appeals for funding
20 April 2015
WHO Western Pacific Region
:: World Malaria Day 2015: Protecting and strengthening gains for a malaria-free future
Dr Shin Young-soo discusses malaria surveillance in Xekong Province, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
MANILA, 24 April 2015 – With the theme “Invest in the future, defeat malaria”, the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Western Pacific Region urges Member States to consolidate recent gains against malaria and accelerate efforts towards a malaria-free Region.