WHO & Regional Offices [to 26 November 2106]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 26 November 2106]

International day for the elimination of violence against women
25 November 2016 – Worldwide, 1 in 3 women will experience physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner, or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their life. Women who have experienced violence use health services more than non-abused women. Health professionals are in a unique position to address the health, psychosocial, and legal needs of women who have experienced violence.

Eliminating malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion
25 November 2016 – Since 2012, countries across the Greater Mekong Subregion have reported a sharp decline in malaria cases and deaths. But the spread of antimalarial drug resistance threatens to undermine these gains. A new report from WHO offers a set of tried-and-tested approaches that can help countries countries end transmission of this deadly disease.

WHO scales up trauma care services for injured people from Mosul, Iraq
November 2016 – As military operations into Mosul continue, WHO is working with national health authorities to ensure that people with war-related trauma injuries have access to live-saving medical care. WHO anticipates that approximately 40 000 civilians will require care for trauma injuries as a result of Mosul military operations.

WHO and partners immunized over 155,000 migrant children in South Sudan
November 2016 – In response to the poliomyelitis outbreak associated with type 2 circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus and ambiguous vaccine derived polio virus identified in Unity state, WHO, in collaboration with Ministry of Health and partners immunized over 155 000 migrant children under the age of 15 through special vaccination posts.

Handbook: Strategizing national health in the 21st century
November 2016 – A new WHO handbook on national health planning and strategizing has been launched, providing up-to-date and practical guidance. The handbook establishes a set of best practices to support strategic plans for health and represents the wealth of experience accumulated by WHO on national health policies, strategies and plans (NHPSPs).

UN urges protection for breastfeeding, end of inappropriate marketing of substitutes
November 2016 – Today, UN human rights experts told countries that they need to do more to support and protect breastfeeding as a human right, including ending the inappropriate marketing of breast-milk substitutes and other foods intended for infants and young children.


Stories from countries
Winning the war against yellow fever
25 November 2016

Finding the gaps in meeting adolescent health needs in Nepal
22 November 2016


Weekly Epidemiological Record, 25 November 2016, vol. 91, 47 (pp. 549–560)
:: Progress towards poliomyelitis eradication: Pakistan, January 2015–September 2016
:: Performance of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance and incidence of poliomyelitis, 2016


:: WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Regional consultation in Chad to discuss accelerating progress towards the prevention and control of HIV infection in children and adolescents – 22 November 2016
:: Global leaders agree to promote health to achieve Sustainable Development Goals – 21 November 2016

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
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WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Countries of the South-East Asia Region Launch Path-breaking Initiative to Guarantee High-Quality Medical Products
25 November 2016

WHO European Region EURO
:: Influenza A(H5N8) virus detected in birds in several countries in the WHO European Region 24-11-2016
:: WHO and European Committee of the Regions join forces to improve European dialogue on health policy 22-11-2016

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO scales up trauma care services for injured people from Mosul, Iraq 24 November 2016
:: WHO denounces false reporting regarding Iraq 20 November 2016

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: Partnership, protection, response and empowerment: rolling out essential services to end gender-based violence against women and girls in Asia and the Pacific
BANGKOK, 24 November 2016 – Governments, civil society and the United Nations family in Asia and the Pacific are strengthening efforts to respond to the persistent scourge of gender-based violence against women and girls in the region, with the roll-out of an essential services package that incorporates prevention and response underpinned by strategic partnerships, impactful laws and policies, and justice and healing for survivors.