WHO & Regional Offices [to 23 July 2016]
WHO Secretariat paper on the use of a fractional dose yellow fever vaccine as a dose-sparing option for outbreak response to the ongoing yellow fever outbreak in Africa
21 July 2016
[See Yellow Fever section above for more detail]
Disease Outbreak News (DONs)
:: Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China 22 July 2016
:: Enterohaemorrhagic Escherischia coli – United Kingdom 20 July 2016
Countries act on noncommunicable diseases, but more effort needed
18 July 2016 – A new WHO report highlights the need to intensify national action to meet global targets on noncommunicable diseases such as heart disease, cancers, diabetes, and lung diseases, which collectively represent the largest cause of death in people aged under 70 years. A number of countries have put in place measures to prevent tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity, but progress is insufficient and uneven.
Tropical Data helps countries collect and leverage data
July 2016 − A new WHO initiative called Tropical Data provides an end-to-end epidemiological survey support service, covering planning and protocol development, training, data processing, and application of the survey outputs. The initiative will initially focus on supporting trachoma prevalence surveys.
Antibiotics needed for maternal and congenital syphilis
July 2016 – New evidence shows that shortages of benzathine penicillin are prevalent in countries with high numbers of pregnant women and infants who are infected with syphilis. Shortages of this antibiotic may lead to a lack of treatment for pregnant women, and ultimately to adverse birth and health outcomes.
:: WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: WHO encourages countries to act now to reduce deaths from viral hepatitis
20 July 2016, Geneva – Ahead of World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2016, WHO is urging countries to take rapid action to improve knowledge about the disease, and to increase access to testing and treatment services. Today, only 1 in 20 people with viral hepatitis know they have it. And just 1 in 100 with the disease is being treated
WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: PAHO urges health and agriculture sectors in the Americas to work together to ensure prudent use of antimicrobials (07/21/2016)
:: PAHO/WHO updates the characterization of Zika Congenital Syndrome (07/21/2016)
WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Sri Lanka celebrates elimination of lymphatic filariasis
World Health Organization presented a certificate to Sri Lanka for eliminating lymphatic filariasis at the event in Colombo on 21 July 2016.
WHO European Region EURO
:: Escherischia coli (E. coli) outbreak in United Kingdom 21-07-2016
:: Greece and Portugal exchange experience and good practices in health technology assessment (HTA) 20-07-2016
WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region
:: WHO condemns multiple attacks on Syrian hospitals
19 July 2016 WHO condemns the attacks on hospitals in Aleppo and Idleb governorates in the Syrian Arab Republic, and offers its condolences to the families and colleagues of the health staff and patients killed in these attacks. These latest events represent a serious setback for the affected community and an additional challenge to humanitarian work in Syria. It is unacceptable that such attacks on health care, which violate international humanitarian law, are increasing in both frequency and scale.
WHO Western Pacific Region
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