WHO & Regionals [to 9 May 2015]

WHO & Regionals [to 9 May 2015]
:: Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly – 18–26 May 2015

:: Improving access to lifesaving medicines for hepatitis C, drug-resistant TB and cancers
8 May 2015 — WHO today published the new edition of its Model List of Essential Medicines which includes ground-breaking new treatments for hepatitis C, a variety of cancers (including breast cancer and leukaemia) and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB), among others. The move opens the way to improve access to innovative medicines that show clear clinical benefits and could have enormous public health impact globally.
Press release on the new edition of the Essential Medicines list

:: WHO issues best practices for naming new human infectious diseases
May 2015 — WHO today called on scientists, national authorities and the media to follow best practices in naming new human infectious diseases to minimize unnecessary negative effects on nations, economies and people

:: A commitment to improve global health information
May 2015 — WHO and the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) signed a Memorandum of Understanding defining areas where they will work together to improve the quality and use of global health estimates to measure the world’s health challenges.
Stories from countries
Nepali and international medical teams join forces to fill health care gaps in quake-ravaged Sindhupalchok
6 May 2015
“Sin Tax” expands health coverage in the Philippines
6 May 2015
Syrian Arab Republic builds capacity for mental health care during conflict
5 May 2015
Mobile health clinics help tackle post-earthquake mental health problems in Nepal
5 May 2015
Sierra Leone: Helping health workers protect patients with clean hands
4 May 2015
:: The Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) 8 May 2015, vol. 90, 19 (pp. 201–216) includes:
..Dracunculiasis eradication: global surveillance summary, 2014
..Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January– February 2015

:: Global Alert and Response (GAR) – Disease Outbreak News (DONs)
..8 May 2015 – Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Iran
..8 May 2015 – Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

:: Global Immunization Meeting: “Protect, Innovate, Accelerate”
23-25 June 2015, Sitges/Barcelona, Spain.
Agenda pdf, 499kb
:: WHO Regional Offices
WHO African Region AFRO
:: WHO calls Experts’ Meeting to promote responsible use of antimicrobials and combat antimicrobial resistance in the African Region
Brazzaville, 8 May 2015 – The African Region is facing an increasing risk of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) that threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. AMR and its spread will compromise health security in the Region as many standard medical treatments will fail or turn into high-risk procedures causing prolonged illnesses, high health care expenditures, and greater risks of death.
:: African Public Health Leaders Unite to End Preventable Deaths and Improve Health of Women, Children and Adolescents by 2030 – 06 May 2015

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: Ten key actions by PAHO member countries that led to elimination of rubella (05/04/2015)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: WHO committed to helping Nepal deliver health care to its citizens, says WHO South-East Asia Regional Director 07 May 2015
:: WHO setting up Gorkha field office to extend health-care reach in Nepal 03 May 2015

WHO European Region EURO
:: Health financing course on universal health coverage another success 05-05-2015

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO pushes health diplomacy agenda forward in fourth high-level seminar in Cairo
Cairo, 2 May 2015 – The WHO Regional Office held the fourth seminar on health diplomacy in Cairo, Egypt, from 2 to 4 May 2015. Senior officials from ministries of health and foreign affairs, ministers and permanent missions at the United Nations in Geneva, ambassadors, heads of parliamentary health committees and public health institutes attended the meeting and discussed priority issues, such as: noncommunicable diseases; the post-2015 development agenda; health security; and crises and humanitarian response.
:: Syrian Arab Republic builds capacity for mental health care during conflict May 2015
:: WHO/UNHCR issue new guide on mental health in humanitarian emergencies 5 May 2015

WHO Western Pacific Region
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