WHO & Regional Offices [to 5 May 2018]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 5 May 2018]

UN’s Health and Development Agencies Join Forces for Good Health
4 May 2018
While real progress has been made on a number of serious health issues, half of the world’s citizens lack access to essential health services.
Today, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and WHO signed a five year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to help support countries to achieve the health-related targets across the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the agenda’s commitment to leave no-one behind.
“Universal health coverage is a powerful tool not only for better health, but for reducing poverty, creating jobs, fueling inclusive economic growth and promoting gender equality,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO. “But achieving a healthier world is not a job for the health sector alone. By working with partners like UNDP, we can better address the social, economic and environmental determinants of health and make progress towards a fairer, safer and more prosperous future for everyone.”…


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2 May 2018

Weekly Epidemiological Record, 4 May 2018, vol. 93, 18 (pp. 229–240)
:: Progress towards measles elimination, Western Pacific Region, 2013–2017
:: Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January-March 2018

WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
Selected Featured News
:: Wellbeing Foundation Africa seeks WHO’s support in major nationwide campaign to curb disease outbreaks.  04 May 2018
:: Uganda vaccinates more than 360,000 people against cholera  03 May 2018
:: Celebrating African Vaccination Week in Sierra Leone: “Vaccines work, do your part!”  29 April 2018

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: PAHO/WHO calls for grant applications to support health policy, programs and systems on projects related to the SDGs (05/03/2018)
:: Bahamian pioneer in disease elimination is named a PAHO Health Hero of the Americas (05/03/2018)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Fast-track efforts to eliminate rabies: WHO
Kathmandu, 3 May 2018: The World Health Organization today called upon Member States and partners to accelerate efforts to end rabies which causes 59 000 agonizing and painful deaths globally every year, one person every nine minute, mostly children and the poor.
Eight of the 11 Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region account for nearly 26 000 rabies deaths, 45% of the global rabies toll, as over 1.5 million people in the Region remain at risk of rabies.
“Human rabies is caused mostly by dogs and can be eliminated by increasing awareness about the disease, vaccinating dogs and most importantly by making the already available life-saving rabies vaccines, medicines, tools and technologies affordable and available to all. We can, and must break the disease cycle and save lives,” Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia, told the global meeting ‘Driving progress towards rabies elimination’ here.
At the meeting, the global rabies partners comprising of WHO, OIE, FAO and UNICEF and rabies endemic countries from Asia-Pacific and Africa, shared and deliberated on measures to fast-track elimination of dog transmitted rabies by 2030.
Countries from Africa and Asia, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Kenya, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, who have assessed access, delivery and distribution of rabies post-exposure prophylaxis, shared outcomes of their studies. These studies were conducted with WHO support to enable GAVI take an informed decision to support rabies vaccines. The rabies endemic countries are seeking GAVI support to improve affordability and access to rabies vaccines for vulnerable populations, of which many are children…
WHO European Region EURO
:: Celebrating nurses’ and midwives’ role in bringing health services to everyone, everywhere 04-05-2018
:: Ukraine restores immunization coverage in momentous effort to stop measles outbreak that has affected more than 12 000 this year 04-05-2018
:: Hand Hygiene Day: It’s in your hands – prevent sepsis in health care 03-05-2018
:: Over half a million premature deaths annually in the European Region attributable to household and ambient air pollution 02-05-2018
:: New law on cigarettes and tobacco coming into effect in Georgia 01-05-2018

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Statement on the death of a WHO team member in Somalia  2 May 2018
WHO Director-General visits Saudi Arabia  30 April 2018

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: One third of global air pollution deaths in Asia Pacific
MANILA, 2 MAY 2018 – Air pollution levels remain dangerously high in many parts of Asia according to new data from the World Health Organization (WHO). Around one third, or 2.2 million of the world’s 7 million premature deaths each year from household (indoor) and ambient (outdoor) air pollution are in the WHO Western Pacific Region—home to one quarter of the world’s population.