WHO & Regional Offices [to 1 July 2017]
Ending discrimination in health care settings
27 June 2017 – Discrimination in health care is widespread across the world and takes many forms. It violates the most fundamental human rights and affects both users of health care services and health care workers. The new joint United Nations statement on ending discrimination in health care settings calls for health workers to fulfil their responsibilities, but also to have their rights protected. Many health workers, especially women, are themselves vulnerable and victims of discrimination, abuse, and violence.
Read the joint UN statement
Public health surveillance ethics
26 June 2017 — Public health officials regularly collect and analyse data to map disease, spot patterns, identify causes and respond to outbreaks. But surveillance can lead to harm if people’s privacy is violated, or they are stigmatized on the basis of the information they provide about themselves. WHO’s new Guidelines on ethical issues in public health surveillance offer 17 guidelines that can assist everyone involved in surveillance to make the right decisions.
Disease outbreak news
:: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia 28 June 2017
:: Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China 28 June 2017
:: Lassa Fever – Nigeria 28 June 2017
Weekly Epidemiological Record, 30 June 2017, vol. 92, 26 (pp. 357–368)
Index of countries/areas; Index, Volume 92, 2017, Nos. 1–26
:: WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020: progress report on elimination of trachoma, 2014–2016
WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: “Call-to-Action” – Putting People First: The Road to Universal Health Coverage in Africa – 28 June 2017
Brazzaville, 28 June 2017 – The World Health Organization’s inaugural Africa Health Forum ‘has concluded with a resounding call to action that all stakeholders in Africa must work together to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), a key aim of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Experts from a wide range of backgrounds including academics, ministers of health, intergovernmental agencies, academics, civil society, philanthropic foundations, private sector, and youth organisations attended the two-day landmark event organized by WHO under the theme: ‘Putting people first: The Road to Universal Health Coverage in Africa.’
:: Africa needs to act now to safeguard the health of its youth – 27 June 2017
WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
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WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
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WHO European Region EURO
:: Countries mark World No Tobacco Day with outreach to all levels of society and across sectors 30-06-2017
:: Exploring synergies between health, climate change mitigation and nature conservation 28-06-2017
:: Europe’s small countries commit to ending childhood obesity 27-06-2017
:: New WHO report provides blueprint for delivering people-centred care for tuberculosis 26-06-2017
WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Partnerships, empowerment and action: a multisectoral response to end gender-based violence against women and girls in Asia and the Pacific 28 June 2017
:: Joint United Nations statement on ending discrimination in health care settings 27 June 2017
:: Statement from UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan on the cholera outbreak in Yemen as suspected cases exceed 200,000 24 June 2017
WHO Western Pacific Region
:: Let’s talk about it: improving immunization coverage in Solomon Islands
29 June 2017 – Baby Joy looks around the room with bright, curious eyes, closely watching the nurse as she pulls on her white latex gloves. Joy is 17 weeks old, and that means she is overdue to receive four different vaccinations, as per Solomon Islands’ routine immunization schedule. Unfortunately, many children are like Joy: they receive their vaccinations late. In fact, over 25% do not receive the full schedule at all.