WHO & Regional Offices [to 4 November 2017]
WHO meeting concludes with commitment to delivering results in countries
2 November 2017 – This week more than 260 of the WHO’s leaders from headquarters, regional and country offices gathered in Geneva to discuss how to transform WHO into an organization that is better able to deliver meaningful improvements in health to the world’s people. It was first time that WHO’s new Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with all senior leadership in the same room.
[See Milestones above for full Statement]
Madagascar plague: preventing regional spread
2 November 2017 – More than 1800 suspected, probable, or confirmed plague cases were reported in Madagascar from August to late October 2017, resulting in 127 deaths. WHO has moved quickly in response to this unusually severe outbreak by supporting the Government of Madagascar, while at the same time working with nearby countries and territories to prevent regional spread.
Plague – Madagascar
2 November 2017
Close to 3 million people access hepatitis C cure
31 October 2017 – On the eve of the World Hepatitis Summit in Brazil, WHO reports increasing global momentum in the response to viral hepatitis. A record 3 million people were able to obtain treatment for hepatitis C over the past two years, and 2.8 million more people embarked on lifelong treatment for hepatitis B in 2016.
WHO report signals urgent need for greater political commitment to end tuberculosis
30 October 2017 – Global efforts to combat tuberculosis (TB) have saved an estimated 53 million lives since 2000 and reduced the TB mortality rate by 37%, according to the Global TB Report 2017, released by WHO today.
WHO helps Kenya guard against Marburg Virus Disease
November 2017 – WHO is helping the Kenyan Ministry of Health guard against the spread of Marburg Virus Disease from neighbouring Uganda. Health authorities are strengthening preparedness measures in Trans Nzoia and West Pokot counties along the border with Uganda, where an outbreak was officially declared on 19 October.
Global Nutrition Summit 2017: Milan
November 2017 – Building upon the spirit and outcomes of the L’Aquila Food Security Initiative, the Milan Expo 2015, the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) and the G7 Summit in Taormina, the Nutrition for Growth Stakeholder Group will organize a day-long, high-level summit on nutrition and food for a healthier future which is co-facilitated and co-hosted by the Italian G7 Presidency, the City of Milan and Ministry of Health: the Milan Global Nutrition Summit.
Video: The eHealth journey in Latvia
October 2017 – The Ministry of Health of Latvia has created a national programme of electronic health (eHealth). As part of an ambitious, long-term national health reform agenda, the eHealth programme has been a key element of ensuring that Latvian people receive the right care in the right place and at the right time.
Using digital technology to strengthen public health services in Africa
October 2017 – With Africa currently undergoing a digital revolution, WHO and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) signed a Cooperation Agreement, on using digital services to save lives and improve people’s health.
Weekly Epidemiological Record, 3 November 2017, vol. 92, 44 (pp. 661–680)
:: Update on vaccine-derived polioviruses worldwide, January 2016–June 2017
:: Progress with the implementation of rotavirus surveillance and vaccines in countries of the WHO African Region, 2007–2016
WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Health Workers urged to Work with Communities to Stop Marburg 04 November 2017
:: WHO helps Kenya guard against Marburg Virus Disease 03 November 2017
:: Strengthening Medicines Quality Control in Tanzania 03 November 2017
:: Fostering partnerships for health: WHO and partners conduct a joint field visit 02 November 2017
:: Madagascar plague: mitigating the risk of regional spread 02 November 2017
:: Bringing the human and animal health sectors closer: The National Bridging Workshop
02 November 2017
:: Integrated campaign tackles malaria and polio in north-eastern Nigeria 01 November 2017
:: Experts begin second wave of polio outbreak response assessment in Nigeria. 31 October 2017
:: Routine immunization in Nigeria gets a bolster from the European Union 29 October 2017
WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Second phase of cholera, polio vaccination begins in Cox’s Bazar 4 November 2017