WHO & Regional Offices [to 4 March 2017]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 4 March 2017]

Check the source: WHO-validated websites provide trustworthy information on vaccine safety
March 2017
When people need advice about topics like health, careers, or relationships, the first place they often look is the internet. The same is true when parents and caregivers are seeking credible information about whether vaccines are safe for their children.
…”Every day, misinformation about vaccines continues to proliferate on the internet,” says Isabelle Sahinovic, Vaccine Safety Net coordinator at WHO. “This is dangerous. We need to make sure that all parents, caregivers, and health care professionals can easily access accurate and trustworthy information about vaccines.”
WHO’s Vaccine Safety Net, a global network of vaccine safety websites, aims to do just this. Today, the network has 47 member websites in 12 languages. It is estimated that more than 173 million users every month access VSN websites that contain, among other information, credible vaccine safety information…

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Highlights
Borno State Reports First Lassa Fever Outbreak in 48 Years
March 2017 – Borno state in northeast Nigeria has recorded its first Lassa fever outbreak in almost five decades. The last confirmed outbreak of the deadly disease was in 1969. WHO is supporting the government to contain the outbreak in an area of the country which is already coping with a humanitarian crisis resulting from years of conflict.

Cholera and tuberculosis medical supplies airlifted to Yemen
March 2017 – A plane carrying 8 metric tonnes of cholera kits and tuberculosis medicines provided by WHO and the Global Fund has landed in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a. The cholera kits include anti-diarrhoeal treatment for 12 000 people, laboratory equipment, and rapid diagnostics tests.

Tobacco control: saving lives and driving development
March 2017 – A new study by WHO and partners, titled The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control, shows highly cost-effective measures exist to control the health and economic impacts of tobacco which pose no economic harm and, in turn, save lives and generate financial gains for communities and governments.

WHO scales up response in Somalia as drought-affected populations face difficult situation
February 2017 – WHO is scaling up its response in Somalia to provide critical health services for 1.5 million people currently affected by severe drought conditions and a worsening food crisis. However, the Organization urgently requires US$ 10 million as part of the United Nations appeal for the first 6 months of 2017.

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Weekly Epidemiological Record, 3 March 2017, vol. 92, 9/10 (pp. 97–116)
:: Roadmap to elimination standard measles and rubella surveillance
:: Meeting of the International Task Force for Disease Eradication, November 2016

GIN February 2017 pdf, 2.13Mb 1 March 2017

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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 – 24 February 2017

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: WHO publishes list of bacteria for which new antibiotics are urgently needed (02/27/2017)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Prevent and control birth defects 3 March 2017
:: Maldives making commendable efforts for measles elimination and rubella control
26 February 2017 The World Health Organization commends Maldives for its unprecedented efforts to eliminate measles. The launch of the Measles and Rubella campaign today is a demonstration of its strong commitment to rid the country of the disease, a major childhood killer globally as well as in WHO South-East Asia Region.
Though countries in WHO South-East Asia Region are rolling out MR campaigns, Maldives’ intervention is unique as it covers adults up to the age of 25 years. The campaign will help close any immunity gaps and lay the groundwork for elimination of this life-threatening disease.
Maldives has not reported any measles case since 2010. This mass campaign will fast track progress towards WHO’s regional goal of measles elimination by 2020, and achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of ending preventable deaths of newborns and children under five by 2030, and ensuring health and wellbeing for all at all ages…

WHO European Region EURO
:: A journey interrupted: the changing health needs of refugees and migrants stranded in Greece 02-03-2017
:: What is a migrant? How definitions affect access to health care 02-03-2017
:: WHO mobile clinics bring health care to northern Syria 01-03-2017
:: Health and well-being depend on action at city level 01-03-2017

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO responds to reported use of chemical weapons agents in East Mosul, Iraq 3 March 2016
WHO steps up medical preparations in response to West Mosul operations 28 February 2017
:: WHO scales up response for drought-affected populations in Somalia
Cairo, 27 February 2017 –WHO  is scaling up its response in Somalia to provide critical health services for 1.5 million people currently affected by severe drought conditions and a worsening food crisis. However, the Organization urgently requires US$ 10 million as part of the United Nations appeal for the first 6 months of 2017. The humanitarian situation in Somalia continues to deteriorate, and there is a high risk that the country will face its third famine in 25 years.

WHO Western Pacific Region
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