WHO & Regional Offices [to 18 February 2017]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 18 February 2017]

Reducing maternal and newborn deaths by half
14 February 2017 – Today, 9 countries – Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – committed to halving preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns in their health facilities within the next 5 years. Through a new network supported by WHO, UNICEF, and other partners, these countries will improve the quality of care mothers and babies receive.

Highlights
Operationalising national plans on noncommunicable diseases prevention and control in Bhutan
Reducing harmful alcohol use, and improving diet and nutrition in Bhutan were among key areas focused on by the first joint mission to the country by the United Nations Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

Weekly Epidemiological Record, 17 February 2017, vol. 92, 7 (pp. 77–88)
:: Human rabies: 2016 updates and call for data

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:: WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: WHO and the African Union Commission map the way forward for stronger partnership
Brazzaville, 17 February 2017 – The World Health Organization (WHO) and the African Union Commission (AUC) held a bilateral meeting at the WHO Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) Secretariat in Brazzaville on 16-17 February 2017 to take stock of progress in implementing their partnership agreement, discuss lessons learnt and map out the way forward. The meeting was attended by Senior Management from the African Union Commission, WHO AFRO and the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern and Mediterranean Region (WHO EMRO). Both organizations are undergoing reforms, and the meeting was an opportunity to synergize efforts around common goals such… read more
: WHO teams assist people in hard-to-reach areas of Nigeria – 17 February 2017
:: The yellow fever outbreak in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo ends – 14 February 201
[See Yellow Fever summary above for more detail]

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: Cartoon Network, PAHO and UNICEF launch second phase of campaign to educate kids about preventing Zika (02/16/2017)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
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WHO European Region EURO
:: Cultural contexts of health project expands with grant to build better evidence base for Health 2020 17-02-2017
:: WHO’s commitment to air quality: from the 1950s to today 17-02-2017
:: New WHO/Europe report offers policy options to reduce out-of-pocket payments for medicines in Kyrgyzstan 15-02-2017
:: Expert meeting lays foundation for scaled-up action on strengthening public health services in Europe 15-02-2017

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO responds to health needs of populations fleeing conflict in Al-Mokha City in Taizz governorate, Yemen
Sana’a, 12 February 2017 — As violent conflict continues in Al-Mokha City in Taizz governorate, Yemen, more than more than 8000 internally displaced persons have fled to several districts of Al-Hudaydah governorate. WHO teams in the governorate are providing trauma care and primary health care services to newly displaced persons, and delivering medicines and supplies to health facilities.

WHO Western Pacific Region
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