WHO & Regional Offices [to 7 October 2017]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 7 October 2017]
 
High level meeting for the Evaluation of the International Coordinating Group on Vaccine Provision (ICG)
Date: 17 October 2017
Place: Geneva, Switzerland
Background
The management of emergency stockpiles has become increasingly complex due to the growing number of epidemics, the number of countries able to access emergency stockpiles, new vaccine stockpiles managed by the ICG, the increased number of stakeholders involved in outbreak response and a fragile vaccine supply market. ICG partners and stakeholders asked for an independent external evaluation to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of ICG’s governance, decision-making and communications mechanisms, and to develop actionable options for improving the functioning of the ICG.
Objective
The aim of the meeting is to reach agreement about actions to improve the ICG’s governance, accessibility and management of disease-specific, emergency stockpiles and their composition, the transparency of decision-making processes as well as ICG internal and external communication processes.
Outcome
Action plan for improving the functioning of the ICG.

Highlights
WHO provides 1.2 million antibiotics to fight plague in Madagascar
News release
6 October 2017 | ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR – WHO has delivered nearly 1.2 million doses of antibiotics and released US$1.5 million dollars in emergency funds to fight plague in Madagascar.

“Plague is curable if detected in time. Our teams are working to ensure that everyone at risk has access to protection and treatment. The faster we move, the more lives we save,” said Dr. Charlotte Ndiaye, WHO Representative in Madagascar.
WHO has delivered 1 190 000 doses of antibiotics to the Ministry of Health and partners this week, and a further supply of 244 000 doses is expected in the days ahead.

The different types of drugs will be used for both curative and prophylactic care. They are enough to treat up to 5000 patients and protect up to 100 000 people who may be exposed to the disease.

The medicines are being distributed to health facilities and mobile health clinics across the country with the support of the Ministry of Health and partners.

WHO is also filling critical shortages in disinfection materials and personal protective equipment for health professionals and safe burials.

WHO and the Ministry of Health are training local health workers on how to identify and care for patients, and how to trace people who have had close contact with symptomatic patients so that they may be given protective treatment.

Most of the 231 infections and 33 deaths that the Ministry of Health has reported since August are associated with pneumonic plague – a more dangerous form of the disease that affects the lungs and is transmitted through coughing at close range.

Both bubonic and pneumonic plague can be cured using common antibiotics if delivered early. Antibiotics can also help prevent infection among people who have been exposed to plague.

WHO has rapidly released $1.5 Million from it emergency funds to allow for immediate support to the country until more substantial funds are received.

WHO is appealing for US$5.5 million to effectively respond to the outbreak and save lives.

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Weekly Epidemiological Record, 6 October 2017, vol. 92, 40 (pp. 589–608)
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WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: WHO provides 1.2 million antibiotics to fight plague in Madagascar 06 October 2017
: WHO and the Ministry of Health strengthens immunization program in South Sudan
06 October 2017
:: Dr Moeti focuses on “Transforming Africa’s Health: Leaving No-one Behind”  05 October 2017
:: Planning and roll out for first malaria vaccine implementation in Kenya underway 03 October 2017
:: WHO Regional Director For Africa Visits Botswana  03 October 2017
The Ministry of Health and Wellness will host the World Health…
:: Eritrea – Health Facility Standards Validation Workshop  03 October 2017
:: WHO scales up response to plague in Madagascar  03 October 2017

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: WHO appeals for USD 10.2 million to support critical health interventions in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh  6 October 2017

WHO European Region EURO
:: Healthy places, healthy people – applying Scotland’s Place Standard tool 05-10-2017
:: Understanding behaviours as a first step to addressing declining vaccination uptake in Europe 04-10-2017
:: Cycling: a vital link between transport, health, environment and economy 02-10-2017
:: Comprehensive approach to tobacco control in Russian Federation shows results 02-10-2017

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Developing a universal health coverage priority benefit package for Member States of the Region  2 October 2017

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: Health leaders to meet in Brisbane, Australia, for WHO Regional Committee
Ministers of health and senior officials from the WHO Western Pacific Region’s 37 countries and areas will meet in Brisbane, Australia from 9 to 13 October..