WHO & Regionals [to 12 March 2016]

WHO & Regionals [to 12 March 2016]

WHO SAGE Meeting
Geneva: 12 – 14 April 2016.
Draft agenda pdf, 200kb – As of 15 February 2016

Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) 11 March 2016, vol. 91, 10 (pp. 121–132)
121 Recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2016–2017 northern hemisphere influenza season

Disease Outbreak News (DONs)
:: 10 March 2016 – Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
:: 10 March 2016 – Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Qatar
:: 10 March 2016 – Dengue Fever – Uruguay
:: 7 March 2016 – Guillain-Barré syndrome – France – French Polynesia
:: 7 March 2016 – Zika virus infection – Argentina and France

More than numbers: how better data is changing health systems
March 2016
The Health Data Collaborative, launched by WHO and partner development agencies, countries, donors and academics, will strengthen countries’ capacity to collect, analyse and use reliable health data, thereby reducing administrative burden. A list of 100 core health indicators has been produced, and 60 low income and lower-middle income countries, and their supporting donors, will be using common investment plans to strengthen their health information systems by 2024.
:: Health Data Collaborative website
Editor’s Note:
The core health indicator referencing immunization is here:
Pdf: Immunization coverage rate by vaccine for each vaccine in the national schedule

WHO Highlights
Fukushima five years on
March 2016 — On 11 March 2011, a magnitude 9 earthquake occurred off the east coast of Japan, generating a tsunami that severely damaged coastal areas. These 10 questions and answers address WHO’s current response and next steps to mitigate the public health impact of the Fukushima accident.

Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality
March 2016 — This year’s International Women’s Day focuses on accelerating the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, especially goal number 5 – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls and goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

Consultation for adolescent health
March 2016 — In response to the health needs of adolescents, WHO and partners are developing a Global Framework for Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (the Global AA-HA! Framework). Initial input is now requested from governments, civil society, the private sector, academia, youth groups and citizens.


:: WHO Regional Offices
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Angola immunizes 6.7 million people against yellow fever
WHO experts remain at the frontline Luanda, 9 March 2016 – Angolan health authorities and national and international partners continue making tireless efforts to immunize 6.7 million people in Luanda Province and to stop the yellow fever outbreak the country has been facing since December 2015.WHO is supporting the procurement of 7.4 million doses of vaccine that will allow the vaccination of the entire population of Luanda above the age of 6 months.

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: PAHO and OAS partner with University of Miami to offer online courses on good research practices and standards (03/11/2016)
:: Scientists studying intensified vector control measures to combat Zika, dengue and chikungunya in the Americas (03/11/2016)
:: Misión de la OPS en El Salvador destaca oportunidad del país para aportar a la investigación internacional sobre el zika (03/11/2016)
:: International mission convened by PAHO visits El Salvador to exchange experiences and support the response to Zika (03/08/2016)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Media statement on International Women’s Day 8 March 2016

WHO European Region EURO
:: E-health in practice 10-03-2016
:: E-health – when, not if 10-03-2016
:: Outcome of the 2nd meeting of IHR Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations 09-03-2016
:: Towards a European strategy for women’s health 08-03-2016

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Yemen’s national oncology centre struggles to continue functioning
10 March 2016 – In late 2015, the national oncology centre in Yemen appealed to the humanitarian community and international bodies to save cancer care services in Yemen from the brink of complete collapse. They warned of the looming health disaster brought about by lack of life-saving chemotherapy drugs, laboratory reagents, and even simple pain killers. The lack of availability of medicines and diagnostic supplies is a direct result of the defacto blockade on Yemen since March 2015, which shows few signs of lifting. Since its establishment in 2005, the national oncology centre has diagnosed and treated more than 60 000 patients.
:: Women working for polio eradication in Pakistan 9 March 2016

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: International Women’s Day 2016: Stand up against gender-based violence
8 March 2016 —Violence affects women and girls in epidemic proportions across the Western Pacific Region – with severe consequences for their health and well-being. Women and girls are at greatest risk of violence in their homes from someone they know. On International Women’s Day (8 March), the World Health Organization (WHO) enjoins everyone to protect and promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.