WHO & Regional Offices [to 14 October 2017]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 14 October 2017]
WHO to establish commission on noncommunicable diseases
10 October 2017 – Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s Director-General, today announced the establishment of a new High-level global Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). The announcement came at the 64th Session of WHO’s Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean being held in Islamabad, 9-12 October. The commission’s aim is to identify innovative ways to curb the world’s biggest causes of death and extend life expectancy for millions of people.
Read the statement

Sixty-eighth session of the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific
10 October 2017 — The WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific today opened its 68th session in Brisbane, Australia. The annual meeting brings together ministers of health and senior officials from 37 countries and areas to decide on issues that affect the health and well-being of the Region’s peoples.

Investing in disaster prevention for a healthier world
October 2017 – The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) reminds us of the importance of putting health at the centre of action to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters. Millions of people are killed, injured or made sick each year by natural and manmade disasters.

Nepal tackles diabetic retinopathy
October 2017 – Diabetic retinopathy, which contributes to 2.6% of blindness in the world, can be a challenging disease for many countries to manage, because doing so involves two different parts of the health system, that which cares for patients with diabetes and that which cares for patients with vision loss. A lack of coordination can lead to people missing out on essential services, enduring long waits or traveling far from home to receive care.

Progressing the Sustainable Development Goals through Health in All Policies
October 2017 – WHO and the Government of South Australia have published the case study book on Health in All Policies (HiAP), which describes experiences from around the world in the context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

WHO scales up response to plague in Madagascar
October 2017 – WHO is rapidly scaling up its response to an outbreak of plague that has spread to the capital and port towns, infecting more than 100 people in just a few weeks.


Weekly Epidemiological Record, 13 October 2017, vol. 92, 41 (pp. 609–624)
:: Executive summary of the 9th meeting of the WHO working group RT-PCR for the detection and subtyping of influenza viruses
:: Executive summary of the 6th meeting of the WHO Expert Working Group of the GISRS for Surveillance of Antiviral Susceptibility
:: Continuing risk of meningitis due to Neisseria meningitidis serogroup C in Africa: revised recommendations from a WHO expert consultation
:: Progress towards eliminating onchocerciasis in the WHO Region of the Americas: elimination of transmission in the north-east focus of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
5 October 2017
GIN September 2017 pdf, 2.74Mb
WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: With USAID’s support, WHO strengthens integrated diseases surveillance and response for timely and effective public health action in South Sudan  13 October 2017
:: WHO Regional Director for Africa begins official visit to Nigeria  11 October 2017
:: The World Mental Health Day commemorated in South Sudan  11 October 2017

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: Eradicating hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean by 2030 is becoming increasingly unlikely (10/10/2017)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: WHO, partners implement 900 000 dose oral cholera vaccination campaign in Cox’s Bazaar  10 Oct 2017

WHO European Region EURO
:: World Obesity Day: Understanding the social consequences of obesity 10-10-2017
:: “We’re doctors but we’re also human”: helping Syrian health workers handle severe stress 09-10-2017

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: 64th session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean concludes in Pakistan
12 October 2017, Islamabad, Pakistan – Members of WHO’s Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean today concluded their 64th Session, endorsing a number of resolutions that will have a positive impact on the health of populations in countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region.
Among the topics discussed were cancer, climate change, the health of adolescents and antimicrobial resistance…

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: Countries pledge to fund priority public health services; make medicines, the health workforce and food safer
BRISBANE, Australia, 12 October 2017 – Governments from across the Region today pledged to take action to ensure the safety of medicines and competence of health workers. They also agreed on frameworks for the financing of priority health services and for making food safer. Ministers and senior officials at the 68th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for the Western Pacific also noted progress in areas of public health including: noncommunicable diseases, tobacco control, mental health, tuberculosis (TB), hepatitis, traditional medicine, and gender and health…
:: World Health Organization Director-General Dr Tedros appoints Cook Islands’ Elizabeth Iro as WHO’s Chief Nursing Officer
BRISBANE, Australia, 12 October 2017 – Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today appointed Ms Elizabeth Iro as the Chief Nursing Officer at the World Health Organization (WHO). Ms Iro is a registered nurse, and the Cook Islands’ current Secretary of Health. With this announcement, Dr Tedros fulfils a commitment he made during his transition to the Director-General role to appoint a nurse to his senior team. “I am thrilled to welcome Ms Iro to our team as WHO’s Chief Nursing Officer,” said Dr Tedros.