WHO & Regional Offices [to 8 July 2017]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 8 July 2017]

Dr Tedros to lead WHO delegation at the G20 Summit
4 July 2017 – WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will lead the WHO delegation at the G20 Summit on 7–8 July 2017, in Hamburg, Germany. Dr Tedros will participate in all G20 sessions during the Summit, including deliberations on priorities for health, global growth, trade, sustainable development, climate, energy, partnership with Africa, migration, digitalization, women’s empowerment, and employment.

Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea on the rise, new drugs needed
News release
7 July 2017 | GENEVA – Data from 77 countries show that antibiotic resistance is making gonorrhoea – a common sexually-transmitted infection – much harder, and sometimes impossible, to treat.
“The bacteria that cause gonorrhoea are particularly smart. Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them,” said Dr Teodora Wi, Medical Officer, Human Reproduction, at WHO.
WHO reports widespread resistance to older and cheaper antibiotics. Some countries – particularly high-income ones, where surveillance is best – are finding cases of the infection that are untreatable by all known antibiotics.
“These cases may just be the tip of the iceberg, since systems to diagnose and report untreatable infections are lacking in lower-income countries where gonorrhoea is actually more common,” adds Dr Wi…

Highlights
Protecting health from climate change
July 2017 – Climate change undermines access to safe water, adequate food, and clean air, exacerbating the approximately 12.6 million deaths each year that are caused by avoidable environmental risk factors. Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250 000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and heat stress, and billions of dollars in direct damage costs to health.

400 tons of life-saving health supplies arrive in Yemen
June 2017 – Twenty ambulances, 100 cholera kits, hospital equipment and 128 000 bags of intravenous fluids – these are just some of the supplies which arrived in Hodeida, Yemen, Friday, as part of a 403-ton shipment sent by the WHO. An additional 10 ambulances were delivered through the Port of Aden 3 weeks ago with 10 more due to arrive in coming weeks.

Inaugural Africa Health Forum in Kigali, Rwanda
June 2017 – For the first time, WHO’s Regional Office for Africa is convening global leaders and thinkers to explore Africa’s healthcare priorities and challenges and find new ways to achieve better health for all.

More can be done to restrict sunbeds to prevent increasing rates of skin cancer
June 2017 – WHO underscores national actions to limit the use of artificial tanning devices (sunbeds) in a bid to reduce the associated health risks, such as melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. For more than three decades, the deliberate sunbed exposure to ultraviolent radiation (UVR) for cosmetic purposes has been driving up the incidence of skin cancers and driving down the age of their first appearance.

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Weekly Epidemiological Record, 7 July 2017, vol. 92, 27 (pp. 369–392)
:: Hepatitis B vaccines: WHO position paper – July 2017

GIN June 2017  pdf, 1.51Mb 3 July 2017

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WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: WHO declares an end to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – 02 July 2017

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
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WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Saima Hossain is WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Autism in South-East Asia Region
6 July 2017
 
WHO European Region EURO
:: Together for a healthier world: Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks at European Development Days 07-07-2017
:: As refugee and migrant arrivals steadily increase, WHO invests in Europe’s public health response 07-07-2017
:: New path for health and human rights opens in Andorra 06-07-2017

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: 400 tons of life-saving health supplies arrive in Yemen  2 July 2017

WHO Western Pacific Region
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