WHO & Regional Offices [to 8 April 2017]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 8 April 2017]

World Health Day – 7 April 2017
Depression: let’s talk
7 April 2017 – Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. More than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. WHO is leading a global campaign on depression for World Health Day 2017, with the goal of enabling more people with mental disorders to live healthy, productive lives.

World Health Day 2017 – High-level event on mental health and depression in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
[Event Video: 2:25:58]
Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. Untreated depression can prevent people from working and participating in family and community life.
WHO’s “Depression: Let’s Talk” campaign seeks to promote a better understanding of depression, prevention and treatment mechanisms, and the underlying importance of talking about depression as a vital component for reducing stigmas and supporting recovery.

Reference Guide: Developing health financing strategy
April 2017 – A new guide published by WHO examines policy development for health financing, expanding on areas including revenue raising, pooling revenues, purchasing services, benefit design, and rationing mechanisms. Health financing is key to improving health system performance and progressing towards universal health coverage (UHC).

WHO alarmed by use of highly toxic chemicals as weapons in Syria
   April 2017 – WHO is alarmed by serious reports of the use of highly toxic chemicals in an attack in Khan Shaykhun, southern rural Idleb, Syria. According to Health Cluster partners on the ground treating the patients, at least 70 people have died and hundreds more have been affected.

Study on the persistence of Zika virus in body fluids
April 2017 – Over the course of 2016, WHO along with the global research community quickly built evidence that Zika virus transmission through sex was not only possible, but more common than previously assumed. But many questions still remain unanswered.

WHO calls for increased support for health aid in Syria and refugee-hosting neighbouring countries
April 2017 – In Syria, limited specialized medical staff, ambulances, equipment and medical supplies have led to growing numbers of deaths which could have been prevented. Large numbers of wounded Syrians continue to die or face permanent disabilities as a result of limited access to medical care


Weekly Epidemiological Record, 7 April 2017, vol. 92, 14 (pp. 165–180)
Surveillance systems to track progress towards polio eradication worldwide, 2015–2016
Performance of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance and incidence of poliomyelitis, 2017
Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January– December 2016

GIN March 2017  pdf, 1.77Mb   3 April 2017


WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
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WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: Ismael Cala joins PAHO’s World Health Day Campaign (04/06/2017)
:: PAHO trains more than 100 journalists from the Americas on responsible coverage of suicide to prevent ‘suicide contagion’ (04/06/2017)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
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WHO European Region EURO
:: Journalists in Tajikistan expand skills for reporting on tobacco 07-04-2017
:: Policy dialogue proposed during visit of Minister of Health of Latvia to WHO/Europe 07-04-2017
:: Greek Government hosts broad policy dialogue on public health reform 05-04-2017
:: Tackling mild depression: “iCBT was perfect for me.” 04-04-2017
:: Major health gains achieved through working together: 15 years of the South-eastern Europe Health Network and beyond 03-04-2017
: Examples of investing in health from the South-eastern Europe Health Network 03-04-2017

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO alarmed by use of highly toxic chemicals as weapons in Syria  5 April 2017
:: WHO releases new guidance on malaria elimination  5 April 2017
:: WHO and Morocco sign Country Cooperation Strategy for 2017–2021  2 April 2017

WHO Western Pacific Region
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CDC/ACIP [to 8 April 2017]
CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report – Zika Virus
New Vital Signs Report – Possible Zika virus infections in 44 U.S. states: What can healthcare providers do to help protect pregnant women and their babies?

Press Release
About 1 in 10 U.S. pregnant women with confirmed Zika infection had a fetus or baby with birth defects in 2016
Of the 250 pregnant women who had confirmed Zika infection in 2016, 24 – or about 1 in 10 of them – had a fetus or baby with Zika-related birth…

Press Release
CDC Study Finds Flu Vaccine Saves Children’s Lives
   A new CDC study published today in Pediatrics is the first of its kind to show that flu vaccination significantly reduced a child’s risk of dying from influenza.

MMWR: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/index2017.html
MMWR Weekly April 7, 2017 / No. 13
:: HIV Services Provided by STD Programs in State and Local Health Departments — United States, 2013–2014
:: Surveillance Systems to Track Progress Toward Polio Eradication — Worldwide, 2015–2016
:: Vital Signs: Update on Zika Virus–Associated Birth Defects and Evaluation of All U.S. Infants with Congenital Zika Virus Exposure — U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry, 2016
:: Announcement: Sexually Transmitted Diseases Awareness Month — April 2017