WHO & Regional Offices [to 26 August 2017]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 26 August 2017]

New vision and strengthened partnership for WHO and China
21 August 2017 | GENEVA – WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus concluded a 3-day official visit to the People’s Republic of China paving the way for stronger and more strategic WHO-China collaborations. Outcomes of his visit included a new financial contribution to WHO from China, and strengthened commitments to improve the health of billions of people in the 60 countries in the Belt and Road Initiative.

World Humanitarian Day
21 August 2017 – Dr Tedros honoured the heroic people who have died for the humanitarian cause, and thanked those who continue to devote their lives to helping the world’s most vulnerable people – in so many different countries, in such difficult circumstances.

Preventing spread of disease after Sierra Leone mudslide
21 August 2017 – WHO is working closely with the Government of Sierra Leone to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as malaria and cholera in the wake of last week’s mudslides and flooding in Freetown. The Organization is also working with partners to ensure ongoing health care for the injured and displaced, and to provide psychological aid to those coping with trauma.

Disease outbreak news
:: Chikungunya – France   25 August 2017


Weekly Epidemiological Record, 25 August 2017, vol. 92, 34 (pp. 477–500)
:: Cholera vaccines: WHO position paper – August 2017
:: Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January-June 2017

WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Africa on the verge of winning the fight against Neglected Tropical Disease
Brazzaville, Congo. 24 August 2017 – For more than 40 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) has worked to control river blindness (onchocerciasis), the second major infectious cause of blindness in Africa. Today, 30 years after a major donation of medication by Merck & Co, a pharmaceutical company, and after 20 years of the success of the African Program for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) the reduction of the disease intensity has allowed WHO to shift the goal from control to elimination – a really ambitious achievement.
The unprecedented donation of medication “as much as needed for as long as needed”, combined with innovative distribution mechanism from WHO was protecting more than 110 million people annually in 19 countries by 2015, when the APOC program closed. It prevented over 40,000 cases of blindness every year between 1995 and 2015…

:: Acting on the call (AOTC) 2017 Summit kicks off in Addis Ababa: “Let’s make the world a better place for mothers and children”
Addis Ababa, 24th August, 2017: The 4th Acting On The Call (AOTC) conference started on the 24th August 2017 at the African Union, Addis Ababa Ethiopia with a theme “Overcoming Critical Barriers to Maternal and Child Survival”. The AOTC conference which is hosted by the governments of Ethiopia and India gathered more than 500 participants from 24 countries and held in the presence of the President of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, Ministers and high level policymakers from the public and private sectors, NGOs and UN agencies including UN Women, UNICEF, UNFPA and WHO. .. 

WHO European Region EURO
:: Chikungunya cases reported in France 25-08-2017
:: Report shows progress towards Health 2020 targets 24-08-2017
:: Towards tobacco-free generations: stopping second-hand smoke and smoking initiation among children 22-08-2017

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO and health authorities deliver 24/7 health services for hundreds of people fleeing the crisis in Telafar, Iraq   Baghdad, 22 August 2017
WHO Western Pacific Region
:: New vision and strengthened partnership for WHO and China   21 August 2017