WHO & Regional Offices [to 21 Jul 2018]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 21 Jul 2018]

The 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018)
23 – 27 July 2018  Amsterdam, the Netherlands

WHO at AIDS 2018
The 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) to be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 22-27 July will be a milestone event for WHO for a range of reasons: WHO Director-General Dr Tedros will participate in opening ceremony. He will be joined by other senior WHO leaders in attending several key events and engage with HIV community and partners. WHO will host over 20 satellites, workshops or other events and will release several new publications, including on the use of dolutegravir in HIV treatment, HIV testing, pre-exposure prophylaxis, HIV drug resistance, toxicity monitoring, key populations and HIV strategic information. WHO sessions will highlight integrating HIV into universal health coverage, the importance of reaching key populations and addressing the rising HIV epidemics in Eastern Europe and Central Asia


Weekly Epidemiological Record, 20 July 2018, vol. 93, 29/30 (pp. 388–396)
:: Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety, 6–7 June 2018
WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
Selected Featured News
:: WHO secured over 562 000 doses of oral cholera vaccine for pre-emptive campaigns in South Sudan in 2018  21 July 2018
:: Baseline assessment of the national Viral Hepatitis response in Namibia  20 July 2018
:: South Sudan held a high level Polio Transition Advocacy and Resource Mobilization meeting to prevent the collapse of key immunization health system functions  20 July 2018
:: WHO strengthened the National Public Health Laboratory to safely manage infectious specimens in South Sudan  19 July 2018
:: WHO strengthens sentinel surveillance for vaccine preventable diseases  17 July 2018

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
No new announcements identified.
WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Strengthen efforts to immunize five million unvaccinated children: WHO
New Delhi, 17 July 2018: Lauding efforts being made by countries to save more and more lives through immunization, including during public health emergencies, World Health Organization today called for further accelerating efforts to reach the nearly five million unvaccinated children in WHO South-East Asia Region.
“It is critical to identify who are missing vaccination and reach them with lifesaving vaccines. Equity and improving vaccination coverage is the key to preventing resurgence of diseases, especially the ones eradicated with painstaking efforts, and for further reducing diseases and deaths among children,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director WHO South-East Asia, inaugurating a three-day meeting of Immunization Technical Advisory Group, here.
The WHO South-East Asia Region records about 37 million births every year, of them over 88% children are now getting three doses of diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus (DPT) vaccines annually, an indicator of basic vaccination coverage.
“Mapping hard-to-reach areas and population, addressing social and cultural and other barriers for them to access immunization services, and closely monitoring these activities for progress, should be among our immediate priorities,” the Regional Director said…
WHO European Region EURO
:: European Commission and WHO strengthen collaboration on public health 19-07-2018
:: How to ensure access to essential medicines for all? New WHO report reviews medicines reimbursement policies in Europe 18-07-2018

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO responds to growing health needs in Gaza
Gaza, 18 July 2018 – In response to increasing violence in Gaza, WHO is scaling up its response by providing life-saving medicines and medical supplies to hospitals and frontline trauma stabilization points. Since the start of demonstrations on 30 March, 148 Palestinians have died and 16 496 have been injured. To date, 500 000 emergency and trauma patients have been treated with supplies from WHO’s recent delivery of medicines, assistive devices and medical equipment.

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: WHO calls on businesses to create smoke-free workplaces
MANILA, 16 July 2018 – The World Health Organization is inviting businesses across the Western Pacific Region to join a new campaign, “Revolution Smoke-Free”, and establish smoke-free workplaces in which everyone is free from tobacco smoke in their workplaces and beyond.