WHO & Regionals [to 12 December 2015]

WHO & Regionals [to 12 December 2015]

New global framework to eliminate rabies
News release
10 DECEMBER 2015 | GENEVA – A new framework to eliminate human rabies and save tens of thousands of lives each year has been launched today by WHO, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Global Alliance for the Control of Rabies (GARC).

The framework calls for 3 key actions – making human vaccines and antibodies affordable, ensuring people who get bitten receive prompt treatment, and mass dog vaccinations to tackle the disease at its source.

“Rabies is 100% preventable through vaccination and timely immunization after exposure, but access to post-bite treatment is expensive and is not affordable in many Asian and African countries. If we follow this more comprehensive approach, we can consign rabies to the history books,” says WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan…

Global elimination of human rabies – The time is now!
On 10 and 11 December 2015, experts, donors, and veterinary and public health officials will adopt a plan of action that is expected to deliver prompt post-exposure prophylaxis for all in rabies endemic areas as well as a framework for scaling up sustained, large-scale dog vaccination. This milestone international conference will also discuss a push for coordinated activities targeting dog and human populations by adapting proven control strategies.

Another important component is harnessing support for community awareness and engagement to facilitate and strengthen data collection, bite incidence reporting and demand for post-exposure prophylaxis. Educating children on how to avoid being bitten is also vital.

The conference “Global elimination of dog-mediated human rabies – The time is now” is jointly organized by WHO and the OIE, in collaboration with FAO with the support of GARC.

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Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) 11 December 2015, vol. 90, 50 (pp. 681–700)
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681 Meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization, October 2015 – conclusions and recommendations

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9 December 2015
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:: WHO Regional Offices
WHO African Region AFRO
:: The road to universal health coverage: a case study on Gabon
11 December 2015 — Mobile phones are becoming one of the world’s most important health tools, used in many countries to track exercise, ensure medicines are genuine, and even to read blood glucose levels. In Gabon, they’re being used to raise revenue for the national health system. A 10% levy on the revenues of mobile phone companies and on mobile phone usage, introduced by Gabon’s government in 2008, has helped to more than double the funds for a health insurance programme that now covers 99% of the equatorial nation’s poor, giving them access to critical health services such as care…

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: Experts seek ways to boost public spending on health in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve and sustain universal health (12/07/2015)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
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WHO European Region EURO
:: A strong agreement from COP21 matters to health – and to the European Region 11-12-2015

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO condemns attack on Al Houban clinic in Taiz, Yemen run by MSF, wounding 9 people
7 December 2015

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: Malaysia and WHO tackle the marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children
KUALA LUMPUR, 7 December 2015 – Recognizing the need to protect children from unhealthy diet, the Malaysian Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) regional offices for South-East Asia and the Western Pacific convened a bi-regional workshop to guide Member States in restricting the marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages to children.