WHO & Regional Offices [to 30 September 2017]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 30 September 2017]

Health services must stop leaving older people behind
29 September 2017 – Ahead of the International Day of the Older Person – 1 October – WHO calls for a new approach to providing health services for older people. WHO highlights the role of primary care and the contribution community health workers can make to keeping older people healthier for longer. Older adults are more likely to experience chronic conditions and often multiple conditions at the same time. Yet today’s health systems generally focus on the detection and treatment of individual acute diseases.

Antimalarial drug resistance in the Greater Mekong Subregion: How concerned should we be?
September 2017 – A recent letter published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases reported on the presence of a drug-resistant lineage (strain) of malaria parasites in south Viet Nam that is responsible for “alarming rates of failure” of dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine, a first-line antimalarial medicine.


Weekly Epidemiological Record, 29 September 2017, vol. 92, 39 (pp. 573–588)
:: Armenia, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Kyrgyzstan certified malaria-free
:: Malaria elimination: report from the inaugural global forum of countries with potential to eliminate malaria by 2020
:: Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January-August 2017
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WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Uganda commits to scaling up collaboration between veterinary health and the public health sector  29 September 2017
:: WHO and partners meet to reflect on progress made in expanding access to medicines through the EC/ACP/WHO Renewed Partnership Project  28 September 2017
:: WHO’s emergency mobile medical teams provide lifesaving health services in famine-affected and hard-to-reach areas of South Sudan  27 September 2017
:: Sixth Meeting of African Ministers of Health of Small Island Developing States opens in Seychelles  27 September 2017
:: South Sudan completes the self-assessment for the implementation of the Joint External Evaluation of the International Health Regulations (2005)  27 September 2017
:: President Danny Faure calls on small island developing nations to continue to ‘Work together as One’  27 September 2017
: Uganda hosts Inter-agency meeting on Neonatal health for Eastern and Southern Africa
25 September 2017
:: Tackling the common health challenges of African Small Island Developing States 25 September 2017

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: PAHO aims to reduce shortage of health workers in the Americas, improve distribution, and enhance skills to achieve SDGs (09/28/2017)
::  Agreements reached on new sustainable health agenda, tobacco control and maintenance of measles and rubella elimination (09/28/2017)
::  Region of the Americas aims to be smoke-free by 2022 (09/28/2017)
::  Dr. Carissa F. Etienne re-elected for second term as PAHO Director (09/27/2017)
:: The Americas adopt ambitious agenda to build sustainable and universal health by 2030 (09/27/2017)
::  Countries of the Americas pledge to improve the health of ethnic groups (09/26/2017)
::  Life expectancy in the Americas increases to 75 years (09/26/2017)
::  PAHO Director highlights regional health achievements and challenges during 2013-2017 (09/25/2017)
::  Health ministers’ meeting at PAHO opens with somber tone after recent disasters (09/25/2017)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: 900,000 vaccines “en route” to Cox’s Bazar to prevent cholera  29 Sep 2017
[See Cholera above for more detail]

WHO European Region EURO
:: Living longer, healthier lives – working towards integrated, people-centred care for older persons 29-09-2017
::  Over 100 cases of Chikungunya confirmed in Italy 29-09-2017
::  WHO and Italy sign first country cooperation strategy 26-09-2017
::  Endemic measles interrupted in 42 out of 53 countries in the Region 26-09-2017
[See Milestones above for more detail]