WHO & Regional Offices [to 29 October 2016]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 29 October 2016]

WHO financing dialogue
28 October 2016 – The financing dialogue is a key element of WHO’s reform process to better address the increasingly complex challenges of health in the 21st century. From persisting problems to new and emerging health threats, WHO needs the capability and flexibility to respond to this evolving environment. WHO is making some fundamental changes to enable it to respond faster and more effectively to emergencies, as well as to anticipate future health challenges and to minimize their impact

Over 1 million treated with highly effective hepatitis C medicines
27 October 2016 – Over one million people in low- and middle-income countries have been treated with a revolutionary new cure for hepatitis C since its introduction two years ago. The new medicines have a cure rate of over 95%, fewer side effects than previously available therapies, and can completely cure the disease within three months.

Trachoma: WHO-led alliance awarded for saving the sight of millions
October 2016 – The WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by the year 2020 (GET2020) has been awarded the Global Partnership Award by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. The award is in recognition of the remarkable work accomplished by the Alliance in implementing the WHO-recommended SAFE strategy.

New web portal on health law and universal health coverage
October 2016 – With countries working towards universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals, WHO has developed a new portal to help strengthen health laws and regulatory systems. The portal provides guidelines, case studies, research, lessons learned, and other resources on health law topics


Weekly Epidemiological Record, 28 October 2016, vol. 91, 43 (pp. 501–516)
Progress towards eliminating onchocerciasis in the WHO Region of the Americas: verification of elimination of transmission in Guatemala
Progress report on the elimination of human onchocerciasis, 2015–2016
10 facts on rabies


:: WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
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WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: Haiti’s Ministry of Health organizing a vaccination campaign against cholera in areas affected by Hurricane Matthew, supported by PAHO-WHO, UNICEF and other partners (10/27/2016)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Prevent brain stroke – 29 October 2016

WHO European Region EURO
:: Europe strengthens its role in international outbreak response and calls for GOARN 2.0 27-10-2016
:: Italian Government provides funding to improve health services in eastern Ukraine 26-10-2016
:: Lead Poisoning Prevention Week: ban lead paint 26-10-2016

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO releases emergency funds to support cholera response in Yemen
27 October 2016 – WHO has released approximately US$ 1 million from its internal emergency funds to support the ongoing response to the cholera outbreak in Yemen. Since the outbreak was announced by the Ministry of Public Health and Population on 6 October, a total of 1184 suspected cases of cholera, including 6 deaths, have been reported. More than 7.6 million people are currently living in areas affected by the outbreak, and more than 3 million internally displaced persons are especially vulnerable.
:: New neonatal intensive care unit at Heevi Paediatric Hospital in Iraq gives newborns a fighting chance – 26 October 2016
: WHO expands the system for detection, alert, and containment of potential epidemics in light of Mosul humanitarian response – 26 October 2016
:: Major campaign launched to immunize 5.8 million Iraqi children against polio
25 October 2016

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: WHO stresses the importance of neonatal best practices for a healthy start to life
MANILA, 25 October 2016 – The neonatal period is one of the most crucial phases in the survival and development of a child. At the recently concluded session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, Member States widely acknowledged the importance of Early Essential Newborn Care (EENC) in reducing neonatal mortality in the Region, and highlighted significant progress made in countries towards scaling-up EENC.