WHO & Regional Offices [to 6 January 2018]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 6 January 2018]

Highlights
WHO prequalifies breakthrough vaccine for typhoid
January 2018 – WHO prequalified the first conjugate vaccine for typhoid. The new typhoid vaccine is an innovative product with longer-lasting immunity than older vaccines, requires fewer doses, and can be given to young children through routine childhood immunization programs.

WHO helps Nigeria control cholera in Borno state
Nigeria has successfully contained a 5-month cholera outbreak in conflict-affected Borno state, with support from WHO and other partners. The Government announced the end of the outbreak on 21 December after 2 weeks had passed with no new cases.

Situation update on meningitis C epidemic risk
December 2017 – As bacterial meningitis season begins in West Africa this year, a convergence of factors is threatening the region with large outbreaks.

South Sudan implements the second round of oral cholera vaccination
December 2017 – As part of the ongoing cholera response, the Ministry of Health of South Sudan with support from WHO and partners has deployed cholera vaccines to complement traditional cholera response.
From the 2,178 ,177 doses secured by WHO in 2017, a total of 1,133,579 doses have already been deployed.

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Weekly Epidemiological Record, 22 December 2017, vol. 92, 51/52 (pp. 781–788)
The International Health Regulations (IHR) – 10 years of global public health security
Index of countries/areas
Index, Volume 92, 2017, Nos. 1–52

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WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Ministry of Health conducts a study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of antimalarial Medicines used in Liberia  03 January 2018

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: WHO releases US$1.5 million to fight diphtheria in Cox’s Bazar as probable cases exceed 1,500  SEAR/PR/1675
19 December 2017, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh – The World Health Organization has deployed additional staff and resources to respond to a rapidly spreading outbreak of diphtheria among Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
WHO has released US$1.5 million from its Contingency Fund for Emergencies to help finance scaling up of health operations in Cox’s Bazar over the next six months, in efforts to respond to an outbreak that has seen more than 1,500 probable cases, including 21 deaths…

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Kuwaiti donation brings hope to children with cancer in Syria  31 December 2017
:: Government of Japan donates mobile clinics and ambulances to Aleppo Governorate  31 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