WHO & Regional Offices [to 29 April 2017]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 29 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.

Improving tracking of vaccines in Zambia
26 April 2017 – In search for a solution to track vaccines in real-time, the Zambian Ministry of Health and WHO piloted a logistics management information system in 34 facilities in 2016. Through the web and mobile phones, the system allows supply chain managers in the country’s national, district, and provincial vaccine warehouses and stores to monitor vaccine stocks, usage, and expirations by the minute

Thousands of lives at risk as Gaza public hospitals face fuel and electricity crisis
27 April 2017 – Increasing power cuts and shortages of fuel are creating an impending crisis for Gaza’s 14 public hospitals, threatening the closure of essential health services which would leave thousands of people without access to life-saving health care.

Highlights
WHO Director-General’s statement to high-level pledging event for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen
April 2017 – As the international community gathers in Geneva, the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen continues to unfold. Health partners require US$ 322 million for response activities in Yemen in 2017, of which WHO is requesting US$ 126 million.

Health security: is the world better prepared?
April 2017 – There is no more acute need for a guardian of health than during a disease outbreak. Lessons learned from the West Africa Ebola outbreak in 2014 were the catalyst to creating our new Health Emergencies Programme, enabling a faster, more effective response to outbreaks and emergencies.

World Report on Health Policy and Systems Research
April 2017 – The first-ever World Report on Health Policy and Systems Research commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research. The report describes the evolution of the field and provides figures on publications produced, funding trends, and institutional capacity.

Mexico eliminates trachoma, leading infectious cause of blindness
April 2017 – Trachoma has been eliminated as a public health problem in Mexico, WHO announced today. Mexico becomes the first country in the Americas and the third in the world after Oman and Morocco to receive validation from WHO for having eliminated this disease.

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Weekly Epidemiological Record, 28 April 2017, vol. 92, 17 (pp. 205–228)
Measles vaccines: WHO position paper – April 2017
 
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WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Improving tracking of vaccines in Zambia  26 April 2017
:: Treated mosquito nets are safe and effective – 25 April 2017
:: Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to take part in WHO malaria vaccine pilot programme – 24 April 2017

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: Ministros de Salud de Mesoamérica acuerdan trabajar juntos para atender las necesidades de salud de los migrantes (04/26/2017)
:: “Malaria Champions of the Americas” contest seeks nominations for best surveillance, universal access to diagnosis and treatment (04/25/2017)
:: Mexico eliminates trachoma, leading infectious cause of blindness (04/24/2017)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: WHO South-East Asia pledge intensified efforts against neglected tropical diseases  26 April 2017
:: Malaria prevention works: let’s close the gap  24 April 2017
 
WHO European Region EURO
:: Hepatitis B vaccination has dramatically reduced infection rates among children in Europe, but more is needed to achieve elimination 28-04-2017
:: The WHO European Region remains malaria free 25-04-2017
:: Vaccination – we must not take the benefits for granted 24-04-2017

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: As trauma needs escalate in west Mosul more ambulances are deployed  24 April 2017
:: Trauma field hopital in Hammam Al-Alil goes 24/7  27 April 2017
:: WHO support saves lives of people injured in the frontlines of Mosul  23 April 2017
:: Expanding access to vaccines is crucial for saving thousands of children’s lives across Afghanistan  23 April 2017

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: Immunization can save a million and a half more lives in WHO’s Western Pacific Region
MANILA, 24 April 2017 — Despite the proven effectiveness of vaccines and the tens of millions of lives they have saved, an estimated 400 000 people die needlessly every year in the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Western Pacific Region from diseases that vaccines could prevent. Vaccines save up to 3 million lives each year worldwide from infectious diseases, such as hepatitis, diphtheria, tetanus, measles and polio. Still, nearly 2.3 million children in the Region each year are not fully immunized against these threats.

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