WHO & Regional Offices [to 17 June 2017]
Bhutan, Maldives eliminate measles
13 June 2017 – Bhutan and Maldives have eliminated measles, a highly infectious disease that is a major childhood killer globally. The 2 countries are the first in the WHO South-East Asia Region to be verified for having interrupted endemic measles virus transmission, ahead of the 2020 regional target.
Abuse of older people on the rise – 1 in 6 affected
14 June 2017 – Around 1 in 6 older people experience some form of abuse, a figure higher than previously estimated and predicted to rise as populations age worldwide. Awareness about elder abuse, still largely a taboo topic, has started to increase across the world. It is defined as actions or lack of appropriate action which can cause harm or distress to an older person, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust.
WHO and health authorities investigate suspected cases of foodborne illness in Hassan Sham U2 camp
June 2017 – WHO, in coordination with Iraq’s Erbil and Ninewa Directorates of Health, rapidly responded to a suspected foodborne illness outbreak in Hassan Sham U2 camp by conducting an investigation with the aim of identifying the source and cause of the outbreak, treating those who are ill as well as containing and preventing any spread.
Weekly Epidemiological Record, 16 June 2017, vol. 92, 24 (pp. 333–344)
333 Validation of maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination in Equatorial Guinea, 2016
WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
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WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: Caribbean Regulatory System recommends its first generic drugs for sale in the region (06/12/2017)
:: Voluntary blood donors are increasing, but the numbers are not enough to ensure sufficient blood supplies (06/12/2017)
WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: · Bhutan, Maldives eliminate measles 13 June 2017
WHO European Region EURO
:: Day 3 of Environment and Health Conference: Commitments to advance the agenda in Europe 16-06-2017
:: Day 2 of Environment and Health Conference: Addressing inequalities, good governance, rights and resilience 15-06-2017
: Day 1 of Environment and Health Conference: Taking stock of the past to transform the future 14-06-2017
:: United Nations agencies urge Europe’s action on 1.4 million annual deaths from polluted environments 13-06-2017
:: WHO and health partners provide vital care to displaced people in northern Syria 13-06-2017
WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: King Salman Centre for Humanitarian Aid and Relief supports cholera response in Yemen
15 June 2017
:: WHO and health authorities immediately investigate suspected cases of foodborne illness in Hassan Sham U2 camp in Iraq
13 June 2017
:: WHO conducts EWARN evaluation protocol training workshop in Cairo 13 June 2017
WHO Western Pacific Region
:: Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands achieves hepatitis B milestone
SAIPAN, 15 June 2017 — The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands – a stretch of 14 islands in the northwest Pacific – may be small, but it is scoring big goals in health. This island chain in political union with the United States of America has just been confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having reduced hepatitis B infection among children to less than 1%.