WHO & Regional Offices [to 19 August 2017]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 19 August 2017]
Patients, health workers and hospitals are #NotATarget
18 August 2017 – Last year 418 people died because health facilities were attacked. Every hospital destroyed and every health worker killed or injured takes years of health services away from the people who need them most. Stop attacks on health care.

Highlights
Reaching key populations to prevent the spread of disease in Ethiopia
August 2017 – In Ethiopia, thousands of pilgrims flock to holy water sites for spiritual cleansing and physical healing. People often drink the holy water and perform ceremonial cleansing, but there is a risk that these sites can be contaminated with bacteria, causing waterborne diseases.

Breaking the link between disability and exclusion in Tajikistan
August 2017 – Several hundred Tajik people developed impairments and now need long-term rehabilitation care following a large poliomyelitis (polio) outbreak in 2010, which also spread to 3 neighbouring countries. To improve the provision of and access to rehabilitation services for people with disabilities in Tajikistan, WHO set up a disability rehabilitation programme in 2013 that focuses on people affected by polio.

WHO delivers medicines and medical supplies to Al-Qamishli, Syria
August 2017 – For the first time in 3 years, WHO has delivered almost 30 tons of medicines and medical supplies by road to health facilities and mobile clinics in Al-Qamishli. The supplies will support the delivery of health services to displaced people from northern and eastern regions of Syria.

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Disease outbreak news
:: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia  17 August 2017
:: Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China  7 August 2017
:: Dengue fever – Côte d’Ivoire  4 August 2017

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Weekly Epidemiological Record, 18 August 2017, vol. 92, 33 (pp. 453–476)
:: Progress towards poliomyelitis eradication: Afghanistan, January 2016–June 2017
:: Human cases of influenza at the human-animal interface, January 2015–April 2017
:: Health conditions for travellers to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj), 2017

Weekly Epidemiological Record, 11 August 2017, vol. 92, 32 (pp. 437–452)
:: Deployments from the oral cholera vaccine stockpile, 2013–2017
:: Yellow fever in Africa and the Americas, 2016

Weekly Epidemiological Record, 4 August 2017, vol. 92, 31 (pp. 417–436)
:: Diphtheria vaccine: WHO position paper – August 2017
:: WHO African Region Immunization Technical Advisory Group: Call for nominations

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WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: South SudanOral Cholera Vaccination campaign to combat cholera in South Sudan concludes despite security and access challenges  16 August 2017
:: Taking stock of lessons learnt from the Cholera outbreak response in Tanzania 14 August 2017
The United Republic of Tanzania is battling an outbreak of Cholera…
:: Seventy seven percent (77%) of children 12 – 23 months in Nigeria did not receive all routine immunization – Survey findings  13 August 2017
Abuja, 10 August, 2017 – A major survey finding from 2016…
:: WHO supports the development of the Seychelles’ Introduction Plan for Rotavirus and Pneumococcal Vaccines 09 August 2017

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: PAHO Launches New Initiative to Eliminate Mother-to-Child Transmission of Four Diseases (08/10/2017)
The series of interventions seek to reduce the number of children born with HIV, syphilis, Chagas disease, or hepatitis B in Latin America and the Caribbean
 
WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Milkha Singh appointed WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Physical Activity in South-East Asia Region  11 August 2017
 
WHO European Region EURO
:: World Humanitarian Day: WHO urges more health aid to address Ukraine’s humanitarian crisis 18-08-2017
:: Experts and patients come together on people-centred hepatitis response in the Russian Federation 11-08-2017
:: Course on health financing for universal health coverage offered in Russian 11-08-2017
:: Breaking the link between disability and exclusion in Tajikistan 07-08-2017
:: Prenatal classes in Georgia turn pregnancy into a life-course opportunity for health 01-08-2017

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Cholera count reaches 500 000 in Yemen  14 August 2017
 
WHO Western Pacific Region
:: Progress on Early Essential Newborn Care in the Western Pacific Region, but millions of newborn infants remain at risk  DA NANG, Viet Nam, 14 August 2017