WHO & Regional Offices [to 10 June 2017]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 10 June 2017]
WHO updates Essential Medicines List with new advice on use of antibiotics, and adds medicines for hepatitis C, HIV, tuberculosis and cancer
News release
6 June 2017 | Geneva – New advice on which antibiotics to use for common infections and which to preserve for the most serious circumstances is among the additions to the WHO Model list of essential medicines for 2017. Other additions include medicines for HIV, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and leukaemia.

The updated list adds 30 medicines for adults and 25 for children, and specifies new uses for 9 already-listed products, bringing the total to 433 drugs deemed essential for addressing the most important public health needs. The WHO Essential Medicines List (EML) is used by many countries to increase access to medicines and guide decisions about which products they ensure are available for their populations.

“Safe and effective medicines are an essential part of any health system,” said Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation. “Making sure all people can access the medicines they need, when and where they need them, is vital to countries’ progress towards universal health coverage.”…
:: Model List of Essential Medicines, 20th List (March 2017) pdf, 1.50Mb
19.3 Vaccines [p.43]
:: Model List of Essential Medicines for Children, 6th List (March 2017) pdf, 1.19Mb
19.3 Vaccines [p.32]

Health facilities in 7 Caribbean countries to be transformed to be disaster resistant
June 2017 – WHO PAHO analyzed the safety situation of nearly 350 hospitals and health centers, and their likelihood of continuing to function in disasters. WHO then selected 16 hospitals and health centers in seven Caribbean countries to make them safer, greener and more resilient to natural disasters.

Mothers’ groups play key role in lowering Sierra Leone’s high rates of maternal and child deaths
June 2017 – Mothers’ Support Groups have been trained in many communities in Sierra Leone, with the support of WHO. As well as promoting trust and use of health services, they raise awareness on nutrition, vaccines and disease prevention, to help save the lives of both women and their children.

Statement on Dr Babatunde Osotimehin
June 2017 – WHO is profoundly saddened by the news that Dr Babatunde Osotimehin passed away on 4 June 2017. As Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr Osotimehin was a champion of health for all, but especially for women and adolescent girls.

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.

Weekly Epidemiological Record, 9 June 2017, vol. 92, 23 (pp. 321–332)
The International Health Regulations (IHR) – 10 years of global public health security
Japanese encephalitis: surveillance and immunization in Asia and the Western Pacific, 2016
Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January– April 2017

GIN May 2017 pdf, 1.67Mb 2 June 2017

Request for proposals: evaluation of malaria vaccine RTS,S/AS01 pilot implementation
22 May 2017

WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Dr Moeti’s Interview with United Nations Radio: “Flexible funding” key under new UN health agency chief – 05 June 2017
:: In equatorial Congo, WHO and its partners respond to an Ebola outbreak – 02 June 2017

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: Health facilities in seven Caribbean countries to be transformed to be disaster resistant (06/07/2017)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Make cities green for better health  5 June 2017
WHO European Region EURO
:: Minister of Health of Montenegro visits WHO/Europe 08-06-2017
:: Hepatitis A outbreaks in European Region mostly affecting men who have sex with men 08-06-2017
:: Can Europe exceed the global target and reduce premature mortality by 45%? 08-06-2017
:: Nordic and Baltic countries gather to discuss intersectoral action to prevent child maltreatment 07-06-2017

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Treating trauma and the wounds of war in Helmand 8 June 2017

WHO Western Pacific Region
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