WHO & Regional Offices [to 15 April 2017]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 15 April 2017]

World Immunization Week, 24-30 April
Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions.

Radical increase needed in funding for water and sanitation
13 April 2017 – Countries are not increasing spending fast enough to meet the water and sanitation targets under the Sustainable Development Goals, says a new report published by WHO on behalf of UN-Water. According to the report, countries have increased their budgets for water, sanitation and hygiene over the last 3 years, yet 80% of countries report that this financing is still insufficient to meet nationally-defined targets

Highlights
WHO and partners provide vaccines to control meningitis C in Nigeria
April 2017 — A vaccination campaign is underway in Nigeria to contain an outbreak of meningitis C, a strain of meningitis which first emerged in the country in 2013.

WHO boosts emergency lifesaving care for civilians severely injured in west Mosul
April 2017 – Since the start of the campaign in Mosul late last year, over 6000 patients have been referred to hospitals in Mosul and neighbouring governorates. To further boost all levels of trauma care, the EU has committed an additional €10 million to WHO.

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).

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Weekly Epidemiological Record, 14 April 2017, vol. 92, 15 (pp. 181–192)
:: Immunization and Vaccine-related Implementation Research Advisory Committee (IVIR-AC): summary of conclusions and recommendations, 1–2 February 2017 meeting
:: Zika virus: an epidemiological update

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WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: African Vaccination Week 24-30 April 2017
:: Elephantiasis is no longer a public health problem in Togo: WHO commends Togo for Historic Achievement
Brazzaville, 14 April 2017 – After over a decade of persistent efforts, Togo has eliminated lymphatic filariasis—also known as elephantiasis—as a public health problem. The announcement follows a formal validation by the World Health Organization (WHO) which congratulated the Togolese government for this historic achievement.

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: PAHO opens contest on best experiences in health promotion in cities, schools and universities in the Americas (04/11/2017)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Scaling up health sector response to viral hepatitis
WHO today launched the Regional Action Plan for Viral Hepatitis which provides an actionable framework of evidence-based, priority interventions to support national responses for prevention, control and management of viral hepatitis. The goal of the action plan is to eliminate viral hepatitis as a major public health threat in the Region by 2030.
The action plan was launched at a three-day meeting of programme managers from all member countries, partners and donors, to accelerate efforts to end viral hepatitis.

WHO European Region EURO
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WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO increases support for cancer patients, the forgotten casualties of the Syrian war
13 April 2017
:: WHO welcomes support from Government of Brazil to Syria health response  13 April, 2017
:: WHO’s Regional Director launches National Immunization Week in Lebanon  10 April 2017

WHO Western Pacific Region
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CDC/ACIP [to 15 April 2017]
http://www.cdc.gov/media/index.html

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