WHO & Regional Offices [to 25 February 2017]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 25 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
Rapid response teams and medicines deployed to cholera outbreak in South Sudan
February 2017 – Essential medicines and supplies have been delivered to communities in South Sudan affected by the cholera outbreak. The supplies were deployed along with rapid response teams that are currently working alongside local teams to control the outbreaks.

WHO issues first viral hepatitis testing guidelines
February 2017 – WHO issued its first-ever global guidance on testing for chronic viral hepatitis B and C on 16 February 2017. Viral hepatitis causes an estimated 1.4 million deaths worldwide each year. he guidelines were released in a special session at the 26th Conference of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL), held in Shanghai, China.

South African government commits to implement sugary drinks tax to tackle diabetes and obesity
February 2017 – WHO strongly supports announcement by the Government of South Africa to implement a tax on sugary beverages as part of the country’s campaign to promote the health of its citizens and combat the increasing challenges of diabetes and obesity.

Sri Lanka gears up to host Global Consultation on Migrant Health
February 2017 – Health leaders will gather in Colombo, from 21 to 23 February 2017, for a landmark consultation on migrant health. The 2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health, jointly organized by the Government of Sri Lanka, IOM and WHO, strives to build international solidarity to enhance the health and well-being of migrants and their families.

Weekly Epidemiological Record, 24 February 2017, vol. 92, 8 (pp. 89–96)
Continued endemic wild poliovirus transmission in security-compromised areas – Nigeria, 2016

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:: WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: About 17 million people are affected by crisis in the Lake Chad Basin 23 February 2017
:: WHO and the African Union Commission map the way forward for stronger partnership – 18 February 2017
:: Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance visits the WHO Regional Office for Africa – 18 February 2017

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: WHO and PAHO Initiative to Support 17 New Research Proposals on Zika in Seven Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (02/23/2017)
:: Early cancer diagnosis saves lives, cuts treatment costs (02/03/2017)
:: The Zika Virus outbreak continues one year after the global emergency (02/02/2017)
:: Overweight affects almost half the population of all countries in Latin America and the Caribbean except for Haiti (01/18/2017)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Migrant Health: Resetting the agenda
21 February 2017 – The health problems of refugees and migrants are similar to those of the rest of the population. The most frequent health problems of newly arrived refugees and migrants include accidental injuries, hypothermia, burns, cardiovascular events, pregnancy and delivery-related complications, diabetes, and hypertension. Key stakeholders are discussing improving the health aspects of refugees and migrants, in the 2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health, on 21–23 February 2017, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

WHO European Region EURO
:: The Crown Princess of Denmark, WHO/Europe Patron, receives WHO Medal for commendable contributions to global health 24-02-2017
:: Tobacco control activities in Turkey enter a new phase, with leaders looking to ensure sustainability 24-02-2017
:: Slovenian National Assembly passes strong tobacco control law 20-02-2017

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Tracing every last virus:  Afghanistan steps up surveillance to accelerate polio eradication
Kabul 23 February 2017 – Afghanistan’s strong surveillance system is the backbone of the country’s polio eradication effort. It ensures that every single poliovirus is detected and analysed, enabling a quick and effective response to stop every strain of the debilitating virus. Afghanistan is closer than ever to stopping polio. Together with partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, WHO is further strengthening Afghanistan’s surveillance system to accelerate progress towards a polio-free Afghanistan.

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: A new vision for WHO–Lao People’s Democratic Republic partnership
VIENTIANE CAPITAL, 21 February 2017 – Over the past decade, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic has observed significant improvements in the health status of the population. People are living longer, maternal mortality and deaths from malaria have been drastically reduced, and the number of tuberculosis cases is in decline. However, these impressive improvements in the country’s health are at risk from a new set of challenges, including rapidly increasing rates of noncommunicable disease and injury.