WHO & Regionals [to 25 July 2015]

WHO & Regionals [to 25 July 2015]
The Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) 24 July 2015, vol. 90, 30 (pp. 373–380) includes:
:: Genetic diversity of wild-type measles viruses and the global measles nucleotide surveillance database (MeaNS)

WHO calls for urgent action to curb hepatitis
News release
23 JULY 2015 ¦ GENEVA – On World Hepatitis Day (28 July) WHO highlights the urgent need for countries to enhance action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment. This year, the Organization is focusing particularly on hepatitis B and C, which together cause approximately 80% of all liver cancer deaths and kill close to 1.4 million people every year…

The control of neglected zoonotic diseases
July 2015 — A newly published report finds that most neglected zoonotic diseases can be controlled through the use of existing knowledge and tools. WHO estimates that nearly two-thirds of all human pathogens originate from zoonoses.
:: WHO Regional Offices
WHO African Region AFRO
:: High level delegation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation visits World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa
Brazzaville, 21 July 2015 – A high level delegation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has begun a four-day official visit to the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) in Brazzaville, Congo from 21-24 July 2015. The aim of the visit is to review ongoing collaboration between the two organizations and explore new ways of working together to improve the health of people in the African Region. An initial team of senior leaders from BMGF including Dr Steve Landry Director, Multilateral Partnerships and Mr Tom Hurley, Deputy Director, Multilateral Partnerships, began discussions with the senior management…

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: WHO validates Cuba’s elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis (06/30/2015)
:: Women’s health needs still not adequately met, according to new articles in the Pan American Journal of Public Health (06/24/2015)
:: Health Coverage Reaches 46 Million More in Latin America and the Caribbean, says new PAHO/WHO–World Bank report (06/22/2015)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
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WHO European Region EURO
:: WHO delivers emergency health kits to Suruc in Turkey 24-07-2015
:: Georgia sets sights on eliminating hepatitis C 23-07-2015
:: Viral hepatitis – 400 deaths a day in the WHO European Region could be prevented 23-07-2015
:: WHO receives Turkmenistan State award for collaboration in public health 21-07-2015

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: World Hepatitis Day in Egypt focuses on hepatitis B and C prevention
23 July, 2015 | Cairo – Preventing hepatitis B and C is the regional theme of this year’s World Hepatitis Day. Viral hepatitis is a global health problem affecting hundreds of millions of people worldwide. The Eastern Mediterranean Region has some of the highest rates of viral hepatitis in the world, with an estimated 4.3 million people becoming infected with hepatitis B and 800 000 with hepatitis C every year. This year, the WHO Regional Office will host an event to observe World Hepatitis Day on 28 July 2015 in Cairo, Egypt.

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: Do your part to prevent hepatitis
MANILA, 24 July 2015 – Nearly 40% of global deaths attributable to viral hepatitis occur in the Western Pacific, more than the combined death toll from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. To mark World Hepatitis Day on 28 July, the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Western Pacific Region urges policy-makers, health workers and the public to take action to stop infection and death from hepatitis B and C.
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