WHO & Regional Offices [to 9 September 2017]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 9 September 2017]

Seventieth session of WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia
6 September 2017 — Dr Tedros outlined the priorities of WHO and several fast track initiatives during the transition period.

Highlights
Hurricane Irma: WHO taking measures to provide support
September 2017 – WHO country offices in the Caribbean are taking preventive measures to provide the necessary support to the authorities, and a team of infrastructure, engineering, and administrative specialists has been prepared to support the immediate assessment and response to the impact of countries located on the path of hurricane Irma.

A child’s search to treat kidney disease in Yemen
September 2017 – Accessing dialysis has always been tricky in Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East. And now conflict has created additional challenges, with health facilities facing a shortage of supplies, and travel complicated by checkpoints and insecurity. In the midst of an economic crisis, it is exceptionally difficult for all patients to access the treatment they need.

Transforming primary care services in Kazakhstan
September 2017 – Kazakhstan is on track to achieve the global target of a 25% reduction in premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases by 2025. The main causes of years of life lost due to premature death in 2013 in Kazakhstan were ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and self-harm.

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Weekly Epidemiological Record, 8 September 2017, vol. 92, 36 (pp. 521–536)
:: Cholera, 2016
:: Performance of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance and incidence of poliomyelitis, 2017
:: The International Health Regulations (IHR) – 10 years of global public health security
 
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WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Osun State distributes over two million Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets for malaria control. 08 September 2017
:: South Sudan launches the Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN)
:: WHO Intensifies Efforts to Contain Cholera Outbreak in Borno State  08 September 2017
:: WHO deploys Polio personnel to forestall disease outbreaks in Benue state communities affected by floods.  07 September 2017
:: WHO and the Carter Center supports the cash reward programme for reporting of Guinea Worm Disease in Tonj State, South Sudan 07 September 2017
:: South Sudan’s malaria toll highlights disease burden in war-torn nation  06 September 2017
:: Looking out for Acute Watery Diarrhoea in Somali region: A day in the life of a World Health Organization (WHO) surveillance officer in Ethiopia’s Somali region  05 September 2017
:: Sierra Leone to begin cholera vaccination drive in disaster-affected areas  05 September 2017
:: African Health Ministers pledge firm actions against yellow fever  04 September 2017

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: Measles and Rubella Initiative Champion Award presented to PAHO (09/07/2017)
 
WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Prepare well to rapidly detect, respond to vector-borne diseases: WHO
:: Ministry of Health Maldives gets WHO Excellence in Public Health Award

WHO European Region EURO
:: Breakthrough for men’s health: WHO and experts kick off development of strategy and report 08-09-2017
For the first time, WHO is undertaking a strategy entirely focused on the health and well-being of men and boys. A group of experts from a range of fields and disciplines related to men’s health came together on 5 September 2017 at UN City in Copenhagen, Denmark, to launch the development of the strategy for the WHO European Region.

:: European leaders set new roadmap to achieve 2030 Agenda and improve 900 million people’s health and well-being 07-09-2017
Health leaders gather at the annual meeting of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe. In Budapest, Hungary on 11–14 September 2017 they will take decisions on health priorities that will have an impact on the health and well-being of about 900 million people in the WHO European Region, including in the European Union, central and eastern Europe, the Caucasus and central Asia.

:: Towards tobacco-free generations: emerging threats for children in the Region 06-09-2017
Several Member States in the WHO European Region are moving towards becoming “tobacco-free”, which means having a smoking prevalence of 5% or less. To achieve this, countries must address a number of tobacco-related issues that specifically impact children, and work to protect children from the harmful effects of tobacco.

::L Ukraine: 20% reduction in smokers since 2010 04-09-2017
The results of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) recently released in Ukraine reveal a 20% reduction in the number of smokers over the past 7 years. Following WHO recommendations, Ukraine has strengthened its anti-tobacco legislation resulting in this reduction in the proportion of the population who smoke.

:: The Ashgabat Statement: Europe commits to staying malaria free 04-09-2017
The WHO European Region is marking an important step on the road from malaria control to malaria elimination, and then on to maintaining malaria-free status, with the launch of The Ashgabat Statement: Preventing the re-establishment of malaria transmission in the WHO European Region. The Statement is being formally presented on 4 September in Moscow, Russian Federation.

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Effective preparedness for hajj 2017 (1438 H) pays off: no major public health events reported
3 September 2017, Makkah – The World Health Organization (WHO) today concluded a successful mission to Saudi Arabia to support the Ministry of Health in ensuring a safe hajj season. No disease outbreak or public health event of concern was reported among the nearly 2.4 million pilgrims visiting the holy sites during this year’s hajj, in spite of an increased number of pilgrims performing hajj this year.
WHO’s mission to Saudi Arabia was conducted as part of a range of activities undertaken by the Organization to support countries in ensuring effective implementation of the core public health capacities required under the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) to prevent, detect and rapidly respond to any public health threat before it becomes an event of international concern. These activities are also outlined in the Regional Director’s roadmap which details a set of strategic actions to guide WHO’s work with Member States for the next five year…