WHO & Regionals [to 24 October2015]

WHO & Regionals [to 24 October2015]
Disease Outbreak News (DONs)
:: Zika virus infection – Brazil and Colombia 21 October 2015
:: Cholera – United Republic of Tanzania 21 October 2015
:: Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China 19 October 2015

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Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) 23 October 2015, vol. 90, 43 (pp. 577–588):
577 Progress towards eliminating onchocerciasis in the WHO Region of the Americas: verification of elimination of transmission in Mexico
581 Progress towards poliomyelitis eradication: Afghanistan, January 2014–August 2015

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:: WHO Regional Offices
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Statement by the WHO Regional Director for Africa on World Polio Day 2015: A tribute to polio successes in Africa
Brazzaville, 24 October 2015 – Today, we celebrate a very special World Polio Day and a historic moment in the WHO African Region, one without a case of wild polio virus in over a year. The day comes just days before the official ceremony with the President of Nigeria to take the country off the polio endemic list. The day is a true testament of what political will, government leadership and the collective efforts of partners can achieve when united behind a global public health good. The successes in Africa demonstrate that strategies for eradication of vaccine preventable diseases work…
:: WHO ramps up response to cholera outbreak in two regions – 22 October 2015
:: WHO scales up efforts to detect and control the spread of influenza viruses in Africa – 19 October 2015

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
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WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Act tough against tobacco 20 October 2015

WHO European Region EURO
:: Towards domestic funding of HIV and TB response in eastern Europe and central Asia 23-10-2015
:: Day 2 of Life-course Conference: Minsk Declaration signed 23-10-2015
:: World Polio Day highlights progress and concerns in the final stretch to polio eradication 23-10-2015
:: Day 1 of Life-course Conference: synergies between Health 2020 and sustainable development goals 21-10-2015
:: Nationwide polio immunization campaign under way in Ukraine 21-10-2015

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO responds to deteriorating health situation in Taiz, Yemen
20 October 2015, Sana’a, Yemen – Ongoing violence and insecurity continue to limit the delivery of aid in Taiz, Yemen, where more than 3.3 million people, including 300,585 internally displaced persons, are in critical need of health assistance. WHO has provided 30 metric tonnes of medicines and medical supplies to Taiz and is distributing almost one million litres of water. It urgently needs US$ 60 million to continue life-saving response operations across the country until the end of 2015.
:: Mass polio immunization campaign aims to reach 3 million children in Syria
18 October 2015

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: World Polio Day: Fewer children than ever with polio