WHO & Regional Offices [to 18 March 2017]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 18 March 2017]

The road to universal health coverage in the Solomon Islands
16 March 2017 – In a nation of 620 000 people dispersed over more than 600 islands, patients travel for days by truck and boat to receive medical care. A bold new plan is restructuring available health resources, setting out the Pacific nation’s roadmap towards universal health coverage while ensuring efficient use of resources at strategic locations.

Health care a casualty of 6 years of war in the Syrian Arab Republic
15 March 2017 –This week the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic enters its seventh year. Over the past 6 years access to health services for the civilian population in the country has seriously deteriorated.


WHO and partners re-open Qayyara Hospital in Mosul with support from ECHO
March 2017 – Five months after Al-Qayyara Hospital was closed due to extensive damage, the facility has been re-opened to provide trauma care and obstetric services to peoples affected by the ongoing conflict.

WHO responds to reported use of chemical weapons agents in East Mosul, Iraq
March 2017 – Following the reported use of chemical weapons agents in East Mosul, Iraq, WHO, partners and local health authorities have activated an emergency response plan to safely treat men, women and children who may be exposed to the highly toxic chemical.

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.

Weekly Epidemiological Record, 17 March 2017, vol. 92, 11 (pp. 117–128)
:: Recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2017–2018 northern hemisphere influenza season

Disease outbreak news
:: Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China 16 March 2017
:: Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China 15 March 2017

:: WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Building the legacy of Ebola: Survivors, health systems, and a blueprint for research and development
This report describes the work done by WHO from January 2015 up to the end of December 2016 to address the long-term issues of survivor care, health-systems strengthening and research. This work would not otherwise have been possible without the foresight and commitment of donors  who, having contributed generously to the WHO-led response to the outbreak, recognised the importance of dealing with its consequences.
Ebola Response Report 2016 (2.1 MB)

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
– No new announcements identified.

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: South-East Asia countries adopt Call for Action to accelerate efforts to End TB
New Delhi, 16 March 2017 – Health Ministers from countries in WHO South-East Asia Region which bear half the global TB burden, and WHO today signed a Call for Action for Ending TB, pledging to scale-up efforts and implement adequately funded, innovative, multisectoral and comprehensive measures to achieve the global target to end the disease by 2030.
“We need to make ending TB our central priority. The disease continues to be a leading cause of death and lost productive years in the crucial age group of 15-49 years causing catastrophic expenses, financial losses, outright impoverishment of individuals and households and massive aggregate costs to national economies. Ending TB is paramount for health and development across the Region,” Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director for WHO South-East Asia, told the Ministerial Meeting Towards Ending TB in the South-East Asia Region, here…

WHO European Region EURO
:: Strengthening countries’ pharmaceutical systems: a year in review 17-03-2017
:: 6 years into the conflict, hero vaccinators in northern Syria brave danger to protect children from disease 15-03-2017
:: WHO European Healthy Cities Network adopts the Pécs Declaration 14-03-2017
:: Regional Director visits Israel to further strengthen collaboration 14-03-2017

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Health care a casualty of 6 years of war in the Syrian Arab Republic 16 March 2016
:: Oral cholera vaccination campaign launched in Somalia 15 March 2017
:: First Joint Ministerial Meeting of the Arab Councils of the Health and the Environment Ministers 12 March 2017

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: The road to universal health coverage in the Solomon Islands 16 March 2017


CDC/ACIP [to 18 March 2017]
Media Statement
MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017
CDC identifies potential risk of Zika virus transmission since June 15, 2016, in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties
CDC has identified a potential risk of Zika virus transmission starting on June, 15, 2016, to present in Miami-Dade County, Florida, that also could affect risk for residents of Broward and Palm Beach counties.

MMWR Weekly March 17, 2017 / No. 10
:: Notes from the Field: Investigation of Patients Testing Positive for Yellow Fever Viral RNA After Vaccination During a Mass Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign — Angola, 2016