WHO & Regional Offices [to 22 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.
World Malaria Day, 25 April 2017
Malaria prevention works: let’s close the gap
Number of pages: 28
Publication date: 2017 :: 28 pages
WHO reference number: WHO/HMT/GMP/2017.6
On World Malaria Day 2017, WHO is placing a special focus on prevention, a critical strategy for reducing the burden of a disease that continues to kill more than 400 000 people annually.
This new report offers a brief summary of WHO-recommended tools in the malaria prevention arsenal. It is divided into 2 parts: the first chapter focuses on core vector control measures, and the second on preventive treatment strategies for the most vulnerable groups in Africa. It addresses a key biological threat – mosquito resistance to insecticides – and highlights the need for new anti-malaria tools.
[See HIH Announcement below]
Urgent response needed for viral hepatitis
21 April 2017 – New WHO data reveal that an estimated 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The WHO Global hepatitis report, 2017 indicates that the large majority of these people lack access to life-saving testing and treatment. As a result, millions of people are at risk of a slow progression to chronic liver disease, cancer, and death.
Preventing malaria during pregnancy in Africa
21 April 2017 – Approximately 52 million pregnant women living in sub-Saharan Africa are at risk of exposure to malaria each year. A key preventive therapy – known as intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp) – has been added to the antenatal care package in response. An estimated 69% of pregnant women are not receiving the full cycle of IPTp however, a gap which must be urgently closed.
Tobacco: China’s addiction
April 2017 – Smoking-related diseases are on track to claim more than 200 million lives in China this century, a new joint WHO/UNDP report warns. The majority of these deaths will occur in China’s poorest and most vulnerable communities unless critical steps are taken to reduce China’s dependency on tobacco.
Weekly Epidemiological Record, 21 April 2017, vol. 92, 16 (pp. 193–204)
Eliminate Yellow fever Epidemics (EYE): a global strategy, 2017–2026
WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: High level calls for vaccinations for all : Immunization partners and countries celebrate African Vaccination Week
Brazzaville /N’Djamena, 22 April 2017 – UN agencies, high level government officials, immunization partners and community leaders, with the support of the Organization of African First Ladies against AIDS (OAFLA) are launching today the African Vaccination Week (AVW), urging all people to protect their health by getting vaccinated..
WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: Vaccination Week in the Americas celebrates 15 years (04/20/2017)
:: Unprecedented progress against neglected tropical diseases reported (04/19/2017)
:: Regulating marketing of alcohol can help reduce consumption, harm (04/18/2017)
WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: WHO South-East Asia countries pledge inclusive approaches for autism 21 April 2017
WHO European Region EURO
:: Vaccination protects health at every stage of life 21-04-2017
:: Inspiration tour to North Karelia: 45 successful years of reducing coronary heart disease mortality the community way 21-04-2017
:: Neglected tropical diseases: Collaborate Accelerate Eliminate 19-04-2017
WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO increases support for cancer patients, the forgotten casualties of the Syrian war13 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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