WHO & Regional Offices [to 27 May 2017]
Report: Ten years of transformation
26 May 2017 — WHO has made extraordinary progress in its bold reform agenda over the past decade. Innovative leadership, managerial structures and systems have resulted in increased effectiveness, efficiency, responsiveness, transparency and accountability. This report tells the story of WHO’s transformation from 2007 through to the current day.
Stand up for human rights to – and through – health, experts urge Governments
May 2017 – The world is at a watershed moment that could lead to greater dignity for everyone throughout their lives, but only if Governments invest in the relationship between human rights and health specifically for women, children and adolescents, a UN-backed group of politicians and health and human rights experts said.
Double-duty actions for ending malnutrition within a decade
May 2017 – Malnutrition has many forms. Undernutrition can see children dangerously thin for their height (wasting), or their growth permanently impeded (stunting). Inadequate intake of key nutrients may weaken immune systems, impair brain development, and worsen the risk of conditions such as anaemia and blindness.
WHO list of priority medical devices for cancer management
May 2017 – From kick buckets to MRI units, medical devices are an indispensable part of preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer, as well as for palliative care for cancer patients. WHO’s new List of priority medical devices for cancer management describes hundreds of devices that are needed for six types of cancer: breast, cervical, colorectal, leukemia, lung and prostate.
Weekly Epidemiological Record, 26 May 2017, vol. 92, 21 (pp. 293–300)
:: Virologic monitoring of poliovirus type 2 after OPV2 withdrawal in April 2016: an important advance in eradicating poliomyelitis and eliminating live oral poliovirus vaccines worldwide, 2016–2017
WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Unprecedented New Organizational Reforms for WHO in the African Region announced
Three years after Ebola crisis, Dr Matsidisho Moeti’s Transformation Agenda yields numerous achievements by WHO in the Africa region; sets stage for new focus on adolescent health and establishment of emergency response hubs
Geneva, 22 May 2017 – The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Director for Africa announced today four new flagship programs for the region over the next two years, including a major push on adolescent health and the creation of regional emergency hubs. She also announced that WHO country offices in the African region will be held accountable to a mandatory set of performance deliverables over the next two years as part of the next phase of an ambitious reform program begun in 2015 in the wake of the Ebola crisis in West Africa…
WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: Sudamérica adapta estrategia mundial para mejorar la salud de las mujeres, niños, niñas y adolescentes (05/25/2017)
WHO European Region EURO
:: Strengthening women’s leadership in public health in Ukraine 23-05-2017
WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Jumbo jet lands in war-torn Yemen carrying 67 tons of cholera response supplies
25 May 2017 – A World Health Organization-chartered aircraft carrying intravenous fluids and cholera kits has successfully landed at Sana’a airport in Yemen. At 67 tons, it constitutes the largest planeload of medical goods WHO has brought into the country since the escalation of the conflict in March 2015. The supplies, sufficient for the treatment of 10 000 patients, are a welcome boost to the country’s response to a cholera outbreak which has caused more than almost 70 000 suspected cases since it began in October 2016. The epidemic had shown signs of slowing but recently reignited, causing 42 207 suspected cases and 420 deaths between 27 April 2017 and 24 May 2017.
:: WHO mobilizes health response for Ar-Raqqa, Syria 23 May 2017