WHO & Regionals [to 23 January 2016]

WHO & Regionals [to 23 January 2016]

El Niño threatens at least 60 million people
22 January 2016 — WHO and partners predict a major global increase in health-related emergencies this year due to El Niño. According to a new WHO report, severe drought, flooding, rains and temperature rises are all known effects of El Niño that can lead to food insecurity, malnutrition, disease outbreaks, acute water shortages and disruption of health services.
Read the story on El Niño and health

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Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) 22 January 2016, vol. 91, 3 (pp. 21–32)
Contents
21 Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety, 2–3 December 2015
31 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January– November 2015

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Disease Outbreak News (DONs)
:: 21 January 2016 – Zika virus infection – France – Saint Martin and Guadeloupe
:: 21 January 2016 – Guillain-Barré syndrome – El Salvador
:: 21 January 2016 – Zika virus infection – Haiti
:: 20 January 2016 – Zika virus infection – Bolivia
:: 20 January 2016 – Zika virus infection – Guyana, Barbados and Ecuador
:: 19 January 2016 – Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China
Call for nomination of experts to serve on the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization (SAGE) Working Group on Typhoid Vaccines
20 January 2016
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:: WHO Regional Offices
WHO African Region AFRO
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WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: As the Zika virus spreads, PAHO advises countries to monitor and report birth anomalies and other suspected complications of the virus (01/18/2016)
:: PAHO helps countries in the Americas prepare for spread of Zika (01/16/2016)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
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WHO European Region EURO
:: Collaboration on refugee and migrant health 21-01-2016
Countries in the WHO European Region have agreed to prepare a common framework for coordinated collaboration and action on refugee and migrant health, based on solidarity and mutual assistance and in the spirit of the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda, whereby “no one should be left behind”
…The document states, among other issues:
:: Migrants and refugees do not pose an additional threat to health security in host communities.
:: Screening can be an effective public health instrument but should be non-discriminatory and non-stigmatizing and should benefit both the individual and the public.
:: Special attention should be paid to the most vulnerable groups, such as children, pregnant women, the elderly, people with disabilities and victims of torture.
:: Health records and health cards must be made portable as a priority…

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: New delivery rooms in camps for the internally displaced in Iraq save the lives of mothers and babies
20 January 2016

WHO Western Pacific Region
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