WHO & Regional Offices [to 21 April 2018]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 21 April 2018]

Latest News
Vaccine hesitancy in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
19 April 2018
Immunization rates in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina are as low as 40% in some areas and continuing to decline, increasing the risk of large disease outbreaks. But, no one knows precisely why.
Growing vaccine hesitancy, misinformation in social media, lack of trust in the health system, a shortage of health workers and supply issues are all suspected reasons for low coverage rates. However, these are mostly assumptions with little evidence.

Highlights
Revised SAGE recommendation on use of dengue vaccine
April 2018 – Dengue is the most frequent and rapidly spreading mosquito-borne virus. The first dengue vaccine, CYD-TDV (Dengvaxia®) is currently licensed in 20 countries. The key findings from 2 large Phase 3 trials involving over 30,000 participants.
[See Milestones above for detail]

Urgent action needed to tackle the double burden of malnutrition
April 2018 – Under nutrition, obesity and diet-related noncommunicable diseases are leading to catastrophic costs to individuals, to communities and to national healthcare systems in Africa. According to experts nutritional status, a critical component of a person’s health and wellbeing, must be recognized as a key building block towards achieving Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

WHO continues to serve communities affected by PNG quake
April 2018 – Fifty days after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Papua New Guinea (PNG), limited delivery of essential health services has resumed in earthquake-affected provinces. However, thousands remain vulnerable to health threats as they continue to live in crowded temporary settlements with inadequate access to clean water and medical services.

New hepatitis data highlight need for urgent global response
April 2017 – New WHO data reveal that an estimated 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The WHO Global hepatitis report, 2017 shows the majority of these people lack access to life-saving testing and treatment.
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Weekly Epidemiological Record, 20 April 2018, vol. 93, 16 (pp. 201–220)
Rabies vaccines: WHO position paper – April 2018
WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunization: request for nominations

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WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
Selected Featured News
:: WHO supports South Sudan to strengthen health promotion strategic actions  19 April 2018
:: Botswana Excels in the 2018 National Measles Laboratory Review For Accreditation  18 April 2018
:: New data from Africa allays fears of bowel obstruction from rotavirus vaccine  18 April 2018
:: Malawi administers Oral Cholera Vaccine to over 500,000 people in Lilongwe Urban  17 April 2018

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: 70 million people to be vaccinated as part of Vaccination Week in the Americas (04/19/2018)
 
WHO European Region EURO
:: WHO delivers 185 tonnes of medical supplies to improve access to health services in northern Syria 20-04-2018
:: Evidence shows banning asbestos has no negative economic impact 19-04-2018
:: Day 3 of high-level meeting Health Systems Respond to NCDs: opportunities and challenges for accelerated response 19-04-2018
:: Day 2 of high-level meeting Health Systems Respond to NCDs: Learning from good examples and real-time problem solving in policy labs 18-04-2018
:: Day 1 of high-level meeting Health Systems Respond to NCDs: focus on equity and people centredness 17-04-2018

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO scales up support to mitigate child malnutrition in Yemen
18 April 2018 – As the conflict in Yemen continues unabated, the situation worsens, with more than 1.8 million children under the age of 5 acutely malnourished, including 500 000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, requiring immediate admission into therapeutic nutrition programmes. Responding to rising malnutrition rates in Yemen, WHO is providing life-saving treatment for children with severe acute malnutrition and medical complications, supporting 47 centres, with 3 more planned in 2018, to cope with the rising needs for malnutrition treatment services.
:: Addressing emergency care in Afghanistan  18 April 2018
:: Health worker shot in the leg during Gaza demonstrations  April 2018

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: 50 days on, WHO continues to serve communities affected by PNG quake
PORT MORESBY, 16 April 2018 – Fifty days after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Papua New Guinea (PNG), limited delivery of essential health services has resumed in earthquake-affected provinces. However, thousands remain vulnerable to health threats as they continue to live in crowded temporary settlements with inadequate access to clean water and medical services. More than 500 000 were affected by the earthquake that struck on 26 February.