WHO & Regional Offices [to 14 April 2018]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 14 April 2018]
Latest News
Guidance to promote breastfeeding in health facilities
11 April 2018 – Breastfeeding all babies for the first 2 years would save the lives of more than 820,000 children under age 5 annually.

Denmark hosts the WHO Global Dialogue on Partnerships for Sustainable Financing of Noncommunicable Disease Prevention and Control
April 2018 – Noncommunicable diseases are responsible for 40 million deaths globally every year. Tackling NCDs is a global priority, but despite this, investment is still lacking and action is needed to reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal target 3.4 of reducing premature deaths from NCDs by one third by 2030. In response, Denmark is co-hosting the WHO Global Dialogue in Copenhagen from 9 to 11 April 2018
Weekly Epidemiological Record, 13 April 2018, vol. 93, 15 (pp. 185–200)
:: Surveillance to track progress towards polio eradication worldwide, 2016–2017
:: Performance of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance and incidence of poliomyelitis, 2018
:: Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January-February 2018

SAGE call for nominations
Deadline for applications: 31 May 2018
WHO is soliciting proposals for nominations of experts to serve on its Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunization.
SAGE is the principal advisory group to WHO for vaccines and immunization. SAGE reports to the Director-General of WHO and advises on global policies and strategies, ranging from vaccine R&D and vaccination recommendations to delivery of immunization, its linkages with other health interventions and integration into health systems. Its remit is not restricted to childhood immunization but extends to all vaccine-preventable diseases for all age groups.
Please see this link for further information: http://www.who.int/immunization/sage/en/

WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
Selected Featured News
:: Tanzania rolls out vaccination against cervical cancer  12 April 2018
:: Nearly one billion people in Africa to be protected against yellow fever by 2026  10 April 2018

WHO European Region EURO
:: Multidisciplinary primary care teams in Spain provide person-centred care 11-04-2018
:: Surveillance teams risk all to track disease outbreaks in northern Syria 11-04-2018
:: Northern Syria: access to primary health care gives hope to malnourished child 10-04-2018
:: Bringing health services closer to people in Kyrgyzstan 05-04-2018

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO concerned about suspected chemical attacks in Syria  11 April 2018

CDC/ACIP [to 14 April 2018]

MMWR News Synopsis for April 12, 2018
Surveillance Systems to Track Progress Toward Polio Eradication — Worldwide, 2016–2017
While 2017 saw the fewest number of polio cases ever recorded globally, continued improvements to national surveillance systems are necessary to ensure timely detection of cases and accurate certification of polio-free status. As the world moves closer to eliminating polio, it is more important than ever to have strong surveillance systems in place. Only 22 wild poliovirus (WPV) cases were reported in 2017, the fewest ever reported globally. Despite this improvement, the number of vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVPDVs) cases increased to 96 in 2017, due to outbreaks in Syria and in Democratic Republic of the Congo. While surveillance performance is improving at the country level, gaps remain within countries largely because of conflict and inaccessibility in some regions. Rapid improvements in surveillance systems are needed. As long as polioviruses continue to circulate in any country, all countries remain at risk.