WHO & Regional Offices [to 24 March 2018]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 24 March 2018]

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Civil society meeting on HIV, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections and universal health coverage
Statement by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General
22 March 2018
On the trail of Lassa fever in southern Nigeria
21 March 2018 – Some 3675 contacts of the 376 confirmed Lassa fever cases in Nigeria had been identified and more than three-quarters had completed their 21 days of monitoring as of 18 March. WHO, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the local government are reaching out to communities with a large-scale awareness raising campaign. This feature story tell of the importance of contact tracing in controlling the disease outbreak.

Highlights
WHO supports 16 African countries to protect against Listeriosis
March 2018 – WHO has reached out to 16 African nations to provide support for preparedness and response to a listeriosis outbreak that started in South Africa in 2017 but is now threatening other countries on the continent.

Call for Europe’s commitment to increase investment to end TB
March 2018 – The number of new tuberculosis (TB) patients has been decreasing at an average rate of 4.3% yearly in the last decade in the WHO European Region. Despite being the fastest decline in the world, the trend is insufficient to achieve the target of ending the TB epidemic by 2030.

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Weekly Epidemiological Record, 23 March 2018, vol. 93, 12 (pp. 133–152)
:: Recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2018–2019 northern hemisphere influenza season
:: Antigenic and genetic characteristics of zoonotic influenza viruses and development of candidate vaccine viruses for pandemic preparedness

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WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
Selected Featured News
:: Annual peer review and planning workshop for Anglophone national malaria programmes in Africa takes place in Harare  23 March 2018
WHO continues to Support Response to Cholera Outbreak in Refugee Settlement  22 March 2018 Hoima
:: ESA EPI Managers and partners meet in Kigali to deliberate on immunization
20 March 2018  Nearly two hundred participants from East and Southern African (ESA)…
 
WHO European Region EURO
:: Time for revamped commitment by all to end TB 23-03-2018
:: Environment and Health Task Force meeting kicks off national planning in 7 key areas 22-03-2018
:: WHO supports large-scale polio and measles vaccination campaigns in northern Syria 21-03-2018
:: Safe drinking-water in Europe? 20-03-2018
:: WHO Europe/ECDC joint press release: 4% annual decrease too slow to end TB by 2030 – call for Europe’s commitment to increase investment to end TB 19-03-2018

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO is providing urgent health services in response to displacements from Afrin  23 March 2018
:: WHO Director-General calls for urgent action to improve health conditions in Gaza, March 2018
19 March 2018

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: TB down in past decade; universal health coverage key to faster progress
MANILA, 23 March 2018 – New estimates show a 14% reduction in the incidence of tuberculosis (TB) in the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Region over the past decade, but with 1.8 million people newly infected in the Region each year, more needs to be done. On the eve of World Tuberculosis Day, WHO calls on governments to provide all citizens access to TB testing and treatment as part of universal health coverage.