WHO & Regionals [to 30 May 2015]

WHO & Regionals [to 30 May 2015]
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Egypt: increase in H5N1 human and poultry cases but no change in transmission pattern of infection
May 2015 — The recent increase in the number of people affected by the avian influenza virus H5N1 in Egypt is not related to virus mutations but rather to more people becoming exposed to infected poultry. Since November 2014 to 30 April 2015, the period analysed by the international mission, a total of 165 cases, including 48 deaths were reported.

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WHO recommends 10 measurements for HIV
May 2015 — WHO released new guidelines recommending simplified indicators to measure the reach of HIV services, and the impact achieved at both the national and global levels.

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Global Alert and Response (GAR) – Disease Outbreak News (DONs)
30 May 2015 – Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – China
30 May 2015 – Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Republic of Korea
28 May 2015 – Lassa Fever – United States of America
25 May 2015 – Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
24 May 2015 – Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – United Arab Emirates

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:: WHO Regional Offices
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Cholera crisis in Tanzania improving despite high transmission risk
Kagunga, 26 May 2015 – The ongoing cholera outbreak in western Tanzania appears to be improving thanks to intensive national and international efforts, but the risk of transmission remains high due to limited access to shelter, toilets, water and essential medical care. As of 25 May, the total number of cases diagnosed and treated was 4408 and no deaths have been reported between 21-24 May.

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: PAHO urges member countries to ratify new protocol on illicit tobacco (05/29/2015)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Stop illicit trade of tobacco products 29 May 2015

WHO European Region EURO
:: Final day of the World Health Assembly: highlights for the European Region 28-05-2015
:: World No Tobacco Day awards 2015 27-05-2015
:: Days 5 to 7 of the World Health Assembly: highlights for the European Region 27-05-2015

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Urgent funding needed to prevent imminent closure of health care projects in Iraq
Cairo, 27 May 2015 – If urgently needed funds are not secured by the end of June 2015, more than 84% of health care projects serving populations in need in Iraq will be forced to close. If this happens, more than 3 million refugees, internally displaced persons and host communities will not have access to the treatment and care that these projects provide. WHO is coordinating the response of health cluster partners to optimize the use of available resources and calls on donors to provide financial support to prevent further avoidable death and additional suffering for millions of the most vulnerable people in Iraq.
:: WHO statement on the situation in Yemen by WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan
27 May 2015
:: WHO and UNICEF launch vaccination campaign to keep Iraq polio free 26 May 2015
:: WHO partners with MENTOR Initiative to control leishmaniasis in Aleppo and Deir ez-Zor  26 May 2015

WHO Western Pacific Region
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