WHO & Regionals [to 19 December 2015]
Health and human rights
Fact sheet N°323
:: The WHO Constitution enshrines “…the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental right of every human being.”
:: The right to health includes access to timely, acceptable, and affordable health care of appropriate quality.
:: Yet, about 100 million people globally are pushed below the poverty line as a result of health care expenditure ever year.
:: Vulnerable and marginalized groups in societies tend to bear an undue proportion of health problems.
:: Universal health coverage is a means to promote the right to health.
Launch of WHO mobile phone application for nutrition
December 2015 — Access the latest WHO nutrition guidelines, recommendations and related information for nutrition interventions, wherever you are, with the eLENA (e-Library of Evidence for Nutrition Actions) mobile phone application.
Global Alert and Response (GAR) – Disease Outbreak News (DONs)
:: 17 December 2015 Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China
:: 15 December 2015 Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus – Lao People’s Democratic Republic
:: 15 December 2015 Microcephaly – Brazil
:: 15 December 2015 Cholera – Democratic Republic of the Congo
Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) 18 December 2015, vol. 90, 51/52 (pp. 701–712)
701 Index of countries/areas
701 Index, Volume 90, 2015, Nos. 1–52
:: 17 December 2015
WHO seeks expression of interest from sub-Saharan African countries for pilot implementation projects of the RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine.
Expression of interest – English pdf, 332kb
Expression of Interest – French pdf, 301kb
Deadline for application: 15 January 2016
:: 17 December 2015
Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (IPAC): CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
Information and submission of proposals pdf, 124kb
Closing date: 1 February 2016
:: WHO Regional Offices
WHO African Region AFRO
:: The African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) closes and a new body set up to eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases
KAMPALA, 17 December 2015:- The African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) founded in 1995 has been formally closed and a new entity – the Expanded Special Project for the Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN), with an expanded mandate, proposed to replace it. ESPEN was formally introduced to delegates at the 21st session of the Joint Action Forum (JAF) of the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) that has concluded in Kampala, Uganda.
WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
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WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Make focused, accelerated efforts to prevent, reduce newborn deaths: WHO
New Delhi, 14 December 2015: Nearly 7400 new-borns die every day in the WHO South-East Asia Region causing untold misery to mothers and families. Two-thirds of these deaths can be prevented by adopting proven and cost-effective measures, World Health Organization today said seeking focused efforts by governments and partners to prevent newborn deaths with a sense of urgency.
“Scaling up interventions with good quality care around the time of childbirth and during the first days after birth can substantially prevent complications and infections in new-borns, which are the main causes of newborn deaths,” Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director for WHO South-East Asia Region, said here as health partners signed a pledge to reduce newborn deaths.
Led by WHO; UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank, UNAIDS and UNWOMEN pledged to jointly support the countries in the Region to prioritize accelerated reduction in newborn deaths by ensuring equitable access to essential life-saving interventions for mothers and babies across the Region…
WHO European Region EURO
:: Will there be sufficient health professionals to meet future needs? 18-12-2015
:: European health report available in French, German and Russian 16-12-2015
WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO: Urgent support needed to provide health services for 15 million people in Yemen
Geneva, 15 December 2015 – WHO and health partners are appealing for US$ 31 million to ensure the continuity of health services for nearly 15 million people in Yemen affected by the ongoing conflict. Funding is urgently needed as the Yemeni health system has collapsed, leaving millions of vulnerable people without the care and medications they urgently need. Conflict is making the delivery of health services and supplies extremely challenging, health facilities and ambulances have been damaged, and there is a shortage of health workers, limiting access to health care.
WHO Western Pacific Region
:: Universal Health Coverage – a Foundation for the Sustainable Development Goals
MANILA, 12 December 2015 – Held every year since 2012 on 12 December, Universal Health Coverage (UHC) day gathers partners globally to reaffirm the urgency for greater action and progress towards UHC. WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific calls for countries to ensure good quality health services are accessible to all as it celebrates UHC Day. Dr. Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific said, “Every country – no matter how rich or poor – can do something now to improve access to good quality services, to improve financial protection and to improve efficiency.”