WHO & Regionals [to 28 November 2015]

WHO & Regionals [to 28 November 2015]

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Iraq cholera vaccination campaign
24 November 2015 — An oral cholera vaccine campaign in Iraq helps to control and contain the outbreak. This photo story follows the vaccination teams that are disseminating the vaccine and educational material on how to prevent the disease. The campaign has reached over 232 000 people during the first round. In the last 3 weeks the number of cases has continued to decline with only a few cases being reported from the affected areas.

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New recommendations show how to treat all people living with HIV and decrease new infections
Harare, 27 November 2015 –The world is poised to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 – provided it can accelerate the pace of progress achieved globally over the past 15 years, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report…

Treatment for all people living with HIV
Recent findings from clinical trials have confirmed that the early and expanded use of antiretroviral treatment saves lives by keeping people living with HIV healthier and by reducing the risk that they will transmit the virus to partners.

In September, that confirmation led WHO to recommend that all people living with HIV start ART as soon as possible after diagnosis.

At ICASA, WHO is presenting a set of recommendations to enable countries to expand treatment to all — rapidly and efficiently. These recommendations include using innovative testing strategies to help more people learn they are HIV positive; moving testing and treatment services closer to where people live; starting treatment faster among people who are at advanced stages of HIV infection when they are diagnosed; and reducing the frequency of clinic visits recommended for people who are stable on ART…

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Eliminate violence against women
25 November 2015 — WHO releases a new tool for medical and legal professionals to ensure that proper evidence is collected in cases of sexual violence to help bring justice for victims. The goal is to end impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence and help eliminate violence against women. Globally 1 in 3 women has been a victim of physical/sexual partner violence in her lifetime.
New toolkit to strengthen the medico-legal response to sexual violence

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Global Alert and Response (GAR) – Disease Outbreak News (DONs)
:: 27 November 2015 Zika virus infection – Guatemala
:: 27 November 2015 Zika virus infection – El Salvador
:: 27 November 2015 Microcephaly – Brazil
:: 26 November 2015 Cholera – Iraq
:: 26 November 2015 Cholera – United Republic of Tanzania
:: 26 November 2015 Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus – Lao People’s Democratic Republic

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Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) 27 November 2015, vol. 90, 48 (pp. 645–660)
Contents:
645 Review of the 2015 influenza season in the southern hemisphere

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:: WHO Regional Offices
WHO African Region AFRO
:: New recommendations show how to treat all people living with HIV and decrease new infections
:: Youngest victims of the health crisis in Central African Republic – 26 November 2015
:: Health Ministers Endorse a Research Strategy for the African Region – 25 November 2015

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: Lila Downs and PAHO launch campaign to prevent postpartum hemorrhage deaths in the Americas (11/24/2015)
:: First meeting of the Program to Strengthen Cooperation for Health Development in the Americas, in Brazil (11/24/2015)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
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WHO European Region EURO
:: New HIV guidelines will help Europe meet the ambitious global goal 27-11-2015
:: Highest number of new HIV cases in Europe ever 26-11-2015
:: “Europe is Europe because of migration”: highlights from day 2 of the high-level conference on refugee and migrant health 24-11-2015
:: “We cannot turn away our eyes”: highlights from day 1 of the high-level conference on refugee and migrant health 24-11-2015
:: European health decision-makers meet for high-level discussion on refugee and migrant health 23-11-2015

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
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WHO Western Pacific Region
:: The Royal Government of Cambodia launches the first dedicated, nationally representative study on the prevalence of intimate partner violence
PHNOM PENH, 24 November 2015 – One in five women in Cambodia has experienced sexual and/or physical intimate partner violence, according to the National Survey on Women’s Health and Life Experiences launched by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the National Institute of Statistics. The study documents significant physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health consequences, including injuries and pain, suicide and miscarriage. The study shows that 90% of women who reported being injured by their intimate partner had been hurt severely enough to need health care. However, 47% never sought health care.