WHO & Regional Offices [to 18 November 2017]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 18 November 2017]

Highlights
Preterm birth
November 2017 – Every year, an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm (before 37 completed weeks of gestation), and this number is rising. Preterm birth complications are the leading cause of death among children under 5 years of age, responsible for approximately 1 million deaths in 2015.

Nutrition Report highlights an increase in malnutrition in Africa
November 2017 – A newly released nutrition report by WHO has revealed that undernutrition is still persistent in the region and the number of stunted children has increased. The Report also a growing number of children under five years old are overweight.

River blindness: shifting to surveillance and elimination
November 2017 – After years of painstaking control and prevention activities, the world is finally edging to eliminate river blindness. Latest data show globally almost 133 million people received treatment in 2016, compared with 46 million in 2005.

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Progress towards rubella and congenital rubella syndrome control and elimination
17 November 2017
A new report published in todays’ edition of the WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record shows that 53 more countries introduced rubella vaccine into their national immunization schedules since 2000. This led to a decline in cases by 97% from 2000-2016. But, improved disease surveillance and stronger country commitment are still needed to reach elimination goals.
WHO recommends that all countries that have not yet introduced rubella vaccine should consider doing so using existing, well-established measles immunization programmes.

Weekly Epidemiological Record, 17 November 2017, vol. 92, 46 (pp. 701–716)
:: Global routine vaccination coverage, 2016
::Progress in rubella and congenital rubella syndrome control and elimination – worldwide, 2000–2016

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WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Ghanaians urged to seek advice from qualified health practitioners before taking antibiotics
17 November 2017
:: Women and Girls should be empowered to strengthen their capacity to prevent Type 2 Diabetes  17 November 2017
:: WHO’s Africa Nutrition Report highlights an increase in malnutrition in Africa. 16 November 2017
:: International Health Emergency Response plan on Marburg virus disease  15 November 2017
:: Plague in Madagascar – Disease Outbreak News Update  15 November 2017
:: WHO implements Emergency Response Plan  15 November 2017
:: WHO strengthening the capacity of frontline healthcare workers in Yei River State, Central Equatoria hub to improve the management of cases of priority diseases in South Sudan
14 November 2017
:: South Sudan conducts Polio Outbreak Simulation Exercise to strengthen Polio outbreak preparedness and response  14 November 2017

WHO European Region EURO
:: Tuberculosis (TB) research and innovation among key priorities at global conference to end TB 17-11-2017
:: Planning cities to boost physical activity 14-11-2017
:: Turkey takes strong action to reduce antibiotic consumption and resistance 13-11-2017
::  Every infection prevented is an antibiotic treatment avoided 13-11-2017

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO airlifts medical supplies to treat wounded in Islamic Republic of Iran-Iraq earthquake
16 November 2017
:: WHO delivers urgent health assistance for earthquake trauma patients  15 November 2017
:: Government of Italy boosts efforts to eradicate polio and improve child nutrition in Afghanistan  14 November 2017