WHO & Regional Offices [to 3 February 2018]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 3 February 2018]
Latest news
High levels of antibiotic resistance found worldwide, new data shows
29 January 2018 — WHO’s first release of surveillance data on antibiotic resistance reveals high levels of resistance to a number of serious bacterial infections in both high- and low-income countries.
Cervical cancer prevention and control is saving lives in the Republic of Korea
2 February 2018 – The Republic of Korea is demonstrating how it is possible, through investment and expanded universal health coverage, to reduce illness and death through cervical cancer prevention and control, also a key focus of World Cancer Day on 4 February

Proposed members announced for WHO Independent Commission on NCDs
January 2018 – Leaders in health, politics and development have accepted to participate in the first-ever WHO Independent Global High-level Commission on Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), which aims to identify and propose bold and practical ways to curb the world’s leading causes of death and illness.

Kiribati Butiraoi ferry disaster
January 2018 – WHO and UNICEF send their deepest condolences to the people of Kiribati following the recent Butiraoi ferry disaster. This is a tragic event for the country of Kiribati, and we extend our thoughts to those affected families and communities. WHO and UNICEF are closely coordinating with the Government of Kiribati to support the emergency response.

$46 billion in productivity lost to cancer in major emerging economies
January 2018 – A new study published today in the journal Cancer Epidemiology evaluates for the first time the cost of productivity lost due to premature cancer deaths in several major emerging economies.

First online consultation of the Nurturing Care Framework for Early Childhood Development
January 2018 – In the first of two online consultations, WHO is seeking feedback from stakeholders on a global framework for early childhood development. This process will guide policy, programme, and budget support focused on early childhood development and the first 1000 days after conception, at country level.

Weekly Epidemiological Record, 26 January 2018, vol. 93, 04/05 (pp. 33–44)
:: Meeting of the International Task Force for Disease Eradication, October 2017
:: Fact sheet on tuberculosis (updated January 2018)

WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
Selected Featured News
:: Tanzania prepares to provide vaccination against cervical cancer
02 February 2018
:: Major stakeholders review MoU on Routine Immunization progress in Borno and Kano states 
01 February 2018
:: WCO-Gambia staff introduced to the new Emergency Response Framework (ERF)
31 January 2018
:: WHO urges Karonga District Health Office to intensify Cholera outbreak interventions in identified risk areas of the district  31 January 2018
:: Advancing NTD elimination in Sierra Leone  31 January 2018

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: ‘Big 6’ countries of WHO South-East Asia Region meet to close measles’ immunity gap, accelerate elimination efforts   SEAR/PR/1679
New Delhi, 31 January 2018 – With nearly 4.8 million children in WHO South-East Asia Region missing measles vaccination every year, the ‘big six’ countries of the Region today shared their immunization challenges and lessons learnt for accelerating efforts to eliminate measles and control rubella by the year 2020.
“Eliminating measles would avert half a million deaths, while controlling rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome would promote health of pregnant woman and the infants they give life to,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director for WHO South-East Asia.
Two of the Region’s countries – Bhutan and Maldives – eliminated measles in 2017 while the others are carrying out large-scale immunization drives to achieve the same.
Nearly 500 million children in the Region are planned to be reached with measles and rubella containing vaccines through routine immunization and supplementary immunization campaigns in the next two years. Sharing challenges and lessons learnt from various recent achievements and initiatives will help member countries address their unique problems to close the immunity gap against measles, rubella and CRS, she said…
:: Over 350,000 children to get additional dose of diphtheria vaccine in Cox’s Bazar  28 January 2018,
WHO European Region EURO
::  Raising awareness of the link between alcohol and cancer 02-02-2018
::  Mayors unite in Copenhagen for a future of healthy cities 29-01-2018

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO responds to humanitarian needs in Benghazi with the support of ECHO 28 January 2018
:: Afghanistan introduces rotavirus vaccine to protect infants and young children against severe diarrhoea  27 January 2018