WHO & Regional Offices [to 11 February 2017]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 11 February 2017]

WHO issues updated tetanus vaccines position paper
10 February 2017
In a revised position paper on tetanus toxoid (TT) vaccines published in today’s edition of the Weekly Epidemiological Record, WHO provided updated guidance on vaccination schedules for primary and booster vaccine doses, according to age and population group.
All children worldwide should be immunized against tetanus. Every country should seek to achieve early and timely infant vaccination. Other tetanus prevention efforts are also needed including individual and community education on clean wound care and the importance of following standard surgical protocols in accordance with WHO guidelines.
Weekly Epidemiological Record,10 February 2017, vol. 92, 6 (pp. 53–76)
Tetanus vaccines: WHO position paper – February 2017

Highlights
Strengthening resilience of hospitals during and after emergencies
February 2017 – 18 hospitals in 7 countries in the WHO European Region were assessed using the WHO Hospital Safety Index tool in 2015–2016. The Hospital Safety Index is a rapid, reliable way of assessing risk in the health sector.

Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action
February 2017 – There is a substantial and ever-increasing unmet need for rehabilitation worldwide, which is particularly profound in low- and middle-income countries. The availability of accessible and affordable rehabilitation is necessary for many people with health conditions to remain as independent as possible, to participate in education, to be economically productive, and fulfil meaningful life roles.

:: WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: India’s measles-rubella vaccination campaign a big step towards reducing childhood mortality, addressing birth defects 5 February 2017

WHO European Region EURO
:: Member States invited to propose candidates for the WHO Independent Expert Oversight Advisory Committee 10-02-2017
:: WHO/Europe strengthens resilience of hospitals during and after emergencies 06-02-2017

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Prevention is crucial in tackling Afghanistan’s cancer burden
Kabul 5 February 2017 – New guidance from WHO aims to improve the chances of survival for people living with cancer by ensuring that health services can focus on diagnosing and treating the disease earlier. WHO figures indicate that each year 8.8 million people die from cancer, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. In Afghanistan, according to WHO estimates, there are around 15 000 new cancer cases every year.