WHO & Regional Offices [to 17 March 2018]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 17 March 2018]

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India takes on malaria in its highest burden state
14 March 2018 – India has made major inroads in reducing the toll of malaria. But the path towards elimination has proven a challenge in the eastern state of Odisha, which carries more than 40% of the country’s malaria burden. This photo story illustrates how in recent years, the state government has dramatically scaled up efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria – with impressive results in a short span of time

Highlights
Diphtheria vaccination campaign for 2.7 million children concludes in Yemen
March 2018 – WHO, UNICEF and national health authorities have completed a large-scale vaccination campaign to control the spread of diphtheria in Yemen. The campaign targeted nearly 2.7 million children aged 6 weeks to 15 years in 11 governorates.

Have your say and help give every child the best start in life
March 2018 – The Nurturing Care Framework for early childhood development is now entering its second phase of online consultations. The Framework builds on state-of-the-art evidence of effective interventions and recognises the critical importance of an enabling environment, with policies, information and services in a range of sectors including health, nutrition, education, social protection and child protection. The Framework will be launched at the time of the World Health Assembly in May 2018. The consultation runs until 28 March 2018.

Saving lives by sharing knowledge online
March 2018 – In June 2017, WHO publicly launched its own Massive Open Online Courses platform – OpenWHO – offering online courses specially tailored for health emergency responders.

Pacific leadership in new WHO global commission on noncommunicable diseases
March 2018 – Globally, communities are struggling to cope with the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancers. In another step forward in combatting this epidemic, WHO has established an Independent Global High-level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases, where the Tongan Minister of Health and Public Enterprises, Dr Saia Ma’u Piukala, has been appointed as one of the commissioners who will help raise awareness of the issues and experiences of NCDs in the Pacific.

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Weekly Epidemiological Record, 16 March 2018, vol. 93, 11 (pp. 117–132)
:: Vaccine-derived polioviruses outbreaks and events in 3 provinces of Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2017
:: Emergence of monkeypox in West and Central Africa, 1970–2017

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WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
Selected Featured News
:: On the frontlines of the fight against Lassa fever in Nigeria  16 March 2018
:: WHO establishes emergency water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in health facilities to mitigate public health risks in South Sudan  16 March 2018
:: Polio personnel support Lassa fever response in Nigeria for rapid containment of an unprecedented outbreak.  15 March 2018
:: Kenya Certified Free of Guinea worm disease  14 March 2018
:: WHO to roll out integrated disease surveillance training in districts hosting refugees.
13 March 2018
:: WHO supports Nigeria to respond to new cholera outbreak in Borno State  13 March 2018
:: South Sudan declares Rift Valley fever outbreak in parts of Eastern Lakes State  12 March 2018

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: PAHO urges countries to vaccinate against measles to maintain its elimination in the Americas (03/16/2018)
[See Milestones/Perspectives above for more detail]

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Delhi TB Summit: WHO South-East Asia countries commit to intensified efforts, concrete progress to End TB 14 March 2018
[See Milestones/Perspectives above for more detail]
 
WHO European Region EURO
:: Seven years of grief: Syrian doctors and psychologists talk about the mental scars of war 16-03-2018
:: Out of conflict, a new life for Syrian health workers in Turkey 15-03-2018
:: Albania mounts rapid and comprehensive response to measles outbreak 14-03-2018
::  Meetings with high-level Finnish delegation focus on emergencies, communicable and noncommunicable diseases 13-03-2018

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Seven years of Syria’s health tragedy   14 March 2018
:: WHO responds to humanitarian needs of people living with HIV in Benghazi  8 March 2018

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: Pacific leadership in new WHO global commission on noncommunicable diseases
SUVA, Fiji, 13 March 2018 – Globally communities are struggling to cope with the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancers. In another step forward in combatting this epidemic, WHO has established an Independent Global High-level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases, where the Tongan Minister of Health and Public Enterprises, Dr Saia Ma’u Piukala, has been appointed as one of the commissioners who will help raise awareness of the issues and experiences of NCDs in the Pacific.
:: Emergency health team deployed to earthquake-affected provinces of Papua New Guinea
08 March 2018.