WHO & Regional Offices [to 21 October 2017]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 21 October 2017]
 
Latest news
WHO supports containment of rare virus on Uganda-Kenya border
20 October 2017 – WHO is working to contain an outbreak of Marburg virus disease that has appeared in eastern Uganda on the border with Kenya.

Governments commit to reduce suffering and deaths from noncommunicable diseases
18 October 2017 – Heads of State and Government and ministers from around the world today committed to new and bold action to reduce suffering and death from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), primarily heart and lung diseases, cancers and diabetes, the world’s leading killers.
 
Highlights
Responding to children and adolescents who have been sexually abused
October 2017 – Sexual abuse of children and adolescents is a gross violation of their rights and a global public health problem. It adversely affects the health of children and adolescents. Health care providers are in a unique position to provide an empathetic response to children and adolescents who have been sexually abused.

Evaluation of the election of the Director-General of WHO
October 2017 – The Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly decided, in resolution WHA65.15 (2012), that an evaluation, open to all Member States, will be conducted by the Executive Board within one year from the appointment of the next Director-General of WHO, to assess the efficacy of the revised process and methods for the election of the Director-General, in order to discuss any need for further enhancing fairness, transparency and equity among the Member States of the six regions of WHO.

WHO delivers lifesaving trauma medicines and supplies for victims of Mogadishu blasts
October 2017 – WHO has delivered lifesaving blood supplies and trauma care medicines as part of its emergency response to the bombings in Mogadishu, Somalia on 14 October, in which more than 275 people were killed and more than 300 people severely injured.

Handwashing an affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives
October 2017 – Global Handwashing Day is an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times.

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Weekly Epidemiological Record, 20 October 2017, vol. 92, 42 (pp. 625–648)
:: Recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2018 southern hemisphere influenza season
:: Zoonotic influenza viruses: antigenic and genetic characteristics and development of candidate vaccine viruses for pandemic preparedness
 
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WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: South Sudan conducts Joint External Evaluation of Core capacities for International Health Regulation (2005) 20 October 2017
:: WHO supports containment of rare virus on Uganda-Kenya border20 October 2017
:: WHO supports Bayelsa state to rapidly contain outbreak of Monkeypox virus. 20 October 2017
:: WHO facilitates training on contact tracing for health professionals and volunteers on Plague
:: Namibia Continues to invest in Polio Eradication  19 October 2017
:: Monkey pox virus-Sultan dispels rumours linking outbreak to vaccine safety. 18 October 2017
:: Suspected cases from Seychelles test negative for plague  18 October 2017
:: Supporting the mental health needs of frontline responders 18 October 2017
:: WHO supports the immunization of 874 000 people against yellow fever in Nigeria 16 October 2017

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: Governments commit to reduce suffering and deaths from noncommunicable diseases (10/19/2017)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Over 700 000 people vaccinated against cholera in Cox’s Bazar  20 October 2017
[See Cholera above for more detail]

WHO European Region EURO
:: European Region makes huge gains in NCD response, but needs faster progress 19-10-2017
:: Obituary: Dr Mahmoud M. Fikri, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region 18-10-2017
:: Using taxes to beat NCDs: success story in Hungary 17-10-2017
:: Giving influenza vaccination a boost among older people 16-10-2017
:: Nurse Gladis leads the way on influenza vaccination in Jönköping, Sweden 16-10-2017

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO delivers additional trauma care supplies to patients injured in Mogadishu attacks, Somalia  19 October 2017
:: Tenfold increase in childhood and adolescent obesity in four decades  11 October 2017