WHO & Regional Offices [to 25 March 2017]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 25 March 2017]

Highlights

10th meeting of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases
March 2017 – The meeting, taking place on 29–30 March 2017, will cover issues on Global Vector Control Response, examination of dossiers requesting the potential inclusion of diseases as NTDs, gaps in disease elimination, eradication of dracunculiasis, integrated data management, and the 2nd WHO NTD Global Partners’ Meeting.

Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis
March 2017 – Worldwide, approximately 240 million people have chronic hepatitis B infection and 80 million people have chronic hepatitis C infection. A dedicated portal has been developed for the first ever Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis 2016–2021.

Ad-hoc Interagency Coordination Group on antimicrobial resistance
March 2017 – At the UN General Assembly’s high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance in September 2016, Member States requested the Secretary-General to establish, in consultation with WHO, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the World Organisation for Animal Health, an ad-hoc interagency coordination group on antimicrobial resistance.

Weekly Epidemiological Record, 24 March 2017, vol. 92, 12 (pp. 129–144)
Zoonotic influenza viruses: antigenic and genetic characteristics and development of candidate vaccine viruses for pandemic preparedness

Disease outbreak news

:: Meningococcal disease – Nigeria  24 March 2017
:: Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China  23 March 2017
:: Yellow fever – Brazil  20 March 2017  [See Yellow Fever above]

:: WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements

WHO African Region AFRO
:: From coast to coast: Africa unites to tackle threat of polio – 23 March 2017
:: Dr Matshidiso Moeti on an official visit to Republic of Niger – 21 March 2017

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: PAHO/WHO: “Let’s unite to end TB, leaving no one behind” (03/23/2017)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
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WHO European Region EURO
:: World TB Day: leave no one behind 23-03-2017
:: France becomes one of the first countries in Region to recommend colour-coded nutrition labelling system 22-03-2017
:: World Water Day: good health and managing wastewater go hand-in-hand 22-03-2017
:: TB/HIV co-infections up 40% across Europe over the last five years 20-03-2017

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: World TB Day: Unite to End TB and alleviate the suffering of millions  22 March 2017
:: WHO reinforces monitoring of health facilities, services and resources in Syria  22 March 2017
:: WHO scales up disease surveillance reporting in East Mosul and Hamdaniya districts, Iraq
19 March 2017

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: Unite to End TB, by properly financing care MANILA, 24 March 2017

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CDC/ACIP [to 25 March 2017]
http://www.cdc.gov/media/index.html

MMWR Weekly March 24, 2017 / No. 11
[Excerpts]
:: World TB Day — March 24, 2017
:: Tuberculosis — United States, 2016
:: Tuberculosis Among Foreign-Born Persons Diagnosed ≥10 Years After Arrival in the United States, 2010–2015
:: Establishing a Timeline to Discontinue Routine Testing of Asymptomatic Pregnant Women for Zika Virus Infection — American Samoa, 2016–2017
:: Notes from the Field: Obstetric Tetanus in an Unvaccinated Woman After a Home Birth Delivery — Kentucky, 2016