WHO & Regional Offices [to 14 January 2017]
140th session of the Executive Board
23 January–1 February 2017, Geneva
[see selected main documents summary above]
Tobacco control can save billions of dollars and millions of lives
10 January 2017 – Policies to control tobacco use, including tobacco tax and price increases, can generate significant government revenues for health and development work, according to a new landmark global report from WHO and the National Cancer Institute of the United States of America.
Dracunculiasis eradication: Mali reports zero cases in 2016
January 2017 – In 2016, a total of 25 human cases of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) were reported to WHO; Mali reported zero cases for the first time. In 2015, Mali reported 5 human cases.
Consultation: Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!) Implementation Guidance Draft
January 2017 – The first draft of the Global AA-HA! Implementation Guidance is now available for review by individuals and institutions. If you have feedback, please respond by 15th January 2017 so that your comments can influence and be incorporated into the final document.
Response to trauma cases saves hundreds of lives in Iraq
January 2017 – Since 17 October 2016, WHO has supported the Government of Iraq and the Kurdish Regional Government with emergency lifesaving health services, including emergency medicines and other medical supplies like trauma and surgery kits.
Weekly Epidemiological Record, 13 January 2017, vol. 92, 2 (pp. 13–20)
Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety, 30 November – 1 December 2016
:: WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Millions of children to receive measles vaccine in north-eastern Nigeria
A mass vaccination campaign to protect more than 4 million children (4 766 214) against a measles outbreak in conflict-affected states in north-eastern Nigeria is planned to start this week.
WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Countries in South-East Asia Region combat polio vaccine shortage, committed to remain polio-free 13 January 2017
On the sixth anniversary of the last case of wild poliovirus in the South-East Asia Region, World Health Organization commends countries in the Region for their continued efforts to protect children against this crippling virus and maintain the Region’s polio-free status, despite challenging conditions.
Amid a global shortage of injectable inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), countries in the WHO South-East Asia Region are opting to use fractional doses of IPV, an evidence-based intervention that not only ensures continued protection of children against all types of polioviruses, but also helps save vaccine – a move bound to positively impact global vaccine supply in the coming years.
India became the first country globally to introduce fractional doses of IPV in childhood immunization programme in eight of its 36 states / union territories in early 2016. The initiative is now being scaled up nationwide. Sri Lanka followed suit in July 2016. Bangladesh has decided to introduce fractional IPV doses this year. Other countries in the Region are also considering a shift to the use of fractional IPV doses in their immunization schedule…
WHO European Region EURO
:: Kick-off meeting of UN European coalition on health identifies 4 workstreams for joint action 13-01-2017
:: What can countries expect during the 2016–2017 influenza season? 13-01-2017
WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Survey raises concerns about hepatitis C infection in Syria 10 January 2017