WHO & Regional Offices [to 16 December 2017]
Up to 650 000 people die of respiratory diseases linked to seasonal flu each year
14 December 2017 – Up to 650 000 deaths annually are associated with respiratory diseases from seasonal influenza, according to new estimates by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC), WHO and global health partners.
Half the world lacks access to essential health services
13 December 2017 – At least half of the world’s population cannot obtain essential health services, according to a new report from the World Bank and WHO. And each year, large numbers of households are being pushed into poverty because they must pay for health care out of their own pockets. Currently, 800 million people spend at least 10% of their household budgets on health expenses for themselves, a sick child or other family member.
[See Milestones/Perspectives above for more detail]
New perspectives on global health spending for universal health coverage
December 2017 – WHO global health financing report summarizes the latest internationally comparable data on health spending in all WHO Member States between 2000 and 2015. For the first time the report uses the new international classification for health expenditures in the revised System of Health Accounts.
Weekly Epidemiological Record, 15 December 2017, vol. 92, 50 (pp. 761–780)
:: Review of global influenza activity, October 2016– October 2017
:: Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January-October 2017
WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: The Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) program contributes to sustain Polio eradication in South Sudan 15 December 2017
:: South Sudan implements the second round of Oral Cholera Vaccination to enhance outbreak response efforts in high risk locations 15 December 2017
:: Amid protracted and widespread violence, WHO partners with National NGOs to improve immunization coverage and save the lives of women and children in South Sudan
Juba, 15 December 2017: The World Health Organization (WHO) is expanding on its partners’ engagement mechanisms to address critical barriers in reaching vulnerable persons including women and children with life-saving interventions in besieged and hard-to-reach areas, where access and restrictions on movement severely hinder the ability of populations to get health services.
Since 2015, an estimated 456 000 people in south-eastern Upper Nile area have not been reached with life-saving health interventions leaving critical gaps and the derailment of vaccine preventable and communicable disease control achievements. Besides, surveillance indicators have remained very sub-optimal for vaccine preventable diseases.
To improve access and reduce family and community resistance to vaccination, WHO signed an agreement with Universal Network for Knowledge and Empowerment Agency (UNKEA), a national non-governmental organization operating in South Sudan to increase access to Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) services to achieve the overall goal of immunizing every child against vaccine preventable diseases in four counties of the south-eastern Upper Nile.
The four counties host over 342 482 persons at risk of meningitis, 86 763 exposed to deadly effects of measles and over 91 300 children not immunized with vaccine in the past two years, says Mr Kofi Boateng, the WHO EPI Officer…
:: Saving lives through streamlined emergency care 15 December 2017
:: WHO spearheads provision of mental health services in primary healthcare facilities 15 December 2017
:: South Sudan is getting closer to becoming free from Guinea-worm disease 14 December 2017
:: The Ministry of Health and World Health organization Conclude a 3-day advanced Infection Prevention Control (IPC)Follow Up training Workshop for County and Hospital IPC Focal Persons
14 December 2017
:: South Sudan adopts a new strategy to reduce deaths from cholera by 90 percent by 2030
14 December 2017
:: WHO reaffirms its support for initiatives and networks for harmonization and convergence of regulatory practices for Medicines in Africa 12 December 2017
:: WHO donates cholera kits to support the cholera outbreak response in the country 12 December 2017
WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: Regional movement for universal health launched (12/13/2017)
:: PAHO Director calls for building alliances to leave no one behind on the road to universal health (12/11/2017)
WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Bangladesh moves to protect Rohingya children from diphtheria
WHO European Region EURO
:: Greek health reform: opening of new primary health care units 14-12-2017
:: Financial hardship linked to inadequate health coverage policies 12-12-2017
:: Systems thinking helps England plan future health and care workforce 12-12-2017
:: Belarus and WHO Europe sign new collaborative agreement 11-12-2017
WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Universal Health Coverage Day: ensuring the right to health, leaving no one behind
13 December 2017
WHO Western Pacific Region
:: More action needed to achieve universal health coverage in Asia and the Pacific by global deadline 13 December 2017