WHO & Regional Offices [to 30 Jun 2018]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 30 Jun 2018]

27 June 2018 – News Release, Geneva
WHO study shows drug could save thousands of women’s lives
A new formulation of a drug to prevent excessive bleeding following childbirth could save thousands of women’s lives in low- and lower-middle-income countries, according to a study led by the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with MSD for Mothers and Ferring Pharmaceuticals.
Currently WHO recommends oxytocin as the first-choice drug for preventing excessive bleeding after childbirth. Oxytocin, however, must be stored and transported at 2–8 degrees Celsius, which is hard to do, in many countries, depriving many women of access to this lifesaving drug. When they can obtain it, the drug may be less effective because of heat exposure.
The study, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, has shown an alternative drug – heat-stable carbetocin – to be as safe and effective as oxytocin in preventing postpartum haemorrhage. This new formulation of carbetocin does not require refrigeration and retains its efficacy for at least 3 years stored at 30 degrees celsius and 75% relative humidity…


Weekly Epidemiological Record, 29 June 2018, vol. 93, 26 (pp. 369–380)
Index of countries/areas
Index, Volume 93, 2018, Nos. 1–26

:: WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020: progress report on elimination of trachoma, 2017

WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
Selected Featured News
:: Bringing Ebola vaccine to remote communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo
27 June 2018
:: Government launches new Rotavirus vaccine to protect children in Uganda from diarrhea
26 June 2018
:: Adamawa state gets over 700,000 doses of oral cholera vaccines for emergency vaccination
25 June 2018

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: PAHO Executive Committee concludes its 162nd session on advancing health in the Americas region (06/27/2018)
Issues that were advanced during the Committee include: action plans to ensure the health of women, children and adolescents; the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer; and the human resources required for universal health access and coverage.
WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
No new announcements identified.
WHO European Region EURO
:: Primary health care: the bridge to universal health coverage in Greece 28-06-2018
:: Climate change increasingly affects small countries 25-06-2018

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
No new announcements identified.

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: Papua New Guinea confirms poliovirus outbreak, launches response  25 June 2018
[See Polio above for more detail]