WHO & Regional Offices [to 3 June 2017]
New vector control response a game-changer
1 June 2017 – Today more than 80% of the world’s population is at risk of vector-borne disease, with half at risk of two or more diseases. Mosquitoes, flies and bugs such as ticks can transmit diseases such as malaria, lymphatic filariasis, leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, Lyme disease and encephalitis. Over the past year, WHO has spearheaded a reprioritization of vector control, resulting in the Global Vector Control Response (GVCR) 2017–2030.
:: Global Vector Control Response 2017–2030
Huge bed net campaign kicks off in Sierra Leone
June 2017 – Sierra Leone kicked off bed net distribution campaign to help protect its population against malaria, which remains as one of the most deadly diseases in the country. In total, 4.3 million insecticide treated bed nets will be distributed through the landmark nationwide campaign. Sierra Leone is one of the most severely malaria-burdened nations in Africa, with its entire population of 7 million people at risk of the disease.
WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
;; Accelerating the AIDS response in western and central Africa
31 May 2017 – Only 1.8 million people of the 6.5 million people living with HIV in western and central Africa were on antiretroviral therapy at the end of 2015. This 28% treatment coverage of people living with HIV in the region contrasts with the 54% coverage in eastern and southern Africa in the same year.
:: New technology allows for rapid diagnosis of Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo – 29 May 2017
WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: World No Tobacco Day 2017: Tobacco threatens development, strong control measures needed (05/30/2017)
:: Colombia, Ecuador and Peru to receive WHO World No Tobacco Day Award (05/30/2017)
WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: India’s Health Minister gets WHO’s special recognition for tobacco control; Maldives, Bhutan Ministers conferred World No-Tobacco Day Award 30 May 2017
WHO European Region EURO
:: World No Tobacco Day: tobacco threatens us all 30-05-2017
WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO and UNFPA scale up trauma and emergency obstetric response capacity to safeguard lives of newly displaced families from west Mosul Baghdad, 31 May 2017 –
:: Japan’s support to WHO boosts lifesaving health interventions for IDPs and refugees in Ninewa, Erbil and Duhok 29 May 2017
WHO Western Pacific Region
:: World No Tobacco Day 2017: Tobacco is a threat to development MANILA, 31 May 2017