WHO & Regional Offices [to 20 Oct 2018 ]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 20 Oct 2018 ]

WHO SAGE Meeting
23-25 October 2018.

:: Draft agenda for SAGE October 2018 meeting pdf, 147kb [as of 10 October 2018]
:: Declaration of interests for SAGE October 2018 meeting pdf, 301kb

Weekly Epidemiological Record, 19 October 2018, vol. 93, 42 (pp. 553–576)
:: Recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2019 southern hemisphere influenza season
:: Antigenic and genetic characteristics of zoonotic influenza viruses and development of candidate vaccine viruses for pandemic preparedness

WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
Selected Featured News
:: The Ministry of Health of South Sudan successfully conducts its first ever diagnostic test for Ebola  19 October 2018
:: Ghana launches a nationwide campaign to fight Measles-Rubella  17 October 2018
:: Liberia Commemorates World Rabies Day  15 October 2018
:: WHO is using strategic approaches to provide lifesaving health and nutrition services in hard to reach areas of South Sudan  14 October 2018

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: Caribbean Ministers of Health meet to approve plan on health system resilience in the face of climate change (10/16/2018)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
– No new announcement identified


WHO European Region EURO
:: Romania – investing in primary health care and bringing care to where it’s most needed 18-10-2018
:: WHO Summer School on Refugee and Migrant Health: sharing experiences and best practices 15-10-2018
:: Policies to limit marketing of unhealthy foods to children fall short of protecting their health and rights 15-10-2018

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Polio vaccinators in Pakistan conduct measles campaign   15 October 2018

– More than 32 million Pakistani children are to be vaccinated against measles in late October in a countrywide immunization campaign that pulls together national funding and the polio programme’s greatest asset: its human resources.
From 15 to 27 October, Pakistan’s Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) plans to carry out a nationwide measles campaign targeting approximately 31.8 million children aged from 9 to 59 months (and 6 to 83 months in Punjab province). Measles is a highly contagious disease which can be fatal in children, but is preventable with vaccination.
The October measles immunization campaign comes as a response to the ongoing measles outbreak in Pakistan. More than 24 000 suspected measles cases were reported in Pakistan in 2017, and so far this year there have been 30 000 suspected reported cases.
Pakistan typically encounters a measles outbreak every 8 to 10 years, and the Federal Ministry of Health, through the EPI, works proactively to stop these outbreaks with regular vaccination campaigns. Although the Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI) and EPI are separate entities, both work hand in hand on efforts to improve immunization in Pakistan, with the understanding that achieving strong essential immunization coverage is a critical step in bringing Pakistan closer to ending polio, and once this goal is reached, in maintaining polio-free status.
During the upcoming national measles campaign, the polio programme will lend its human, physical and systems resources, knowledge and expertise to the task of achieving highest possible immunization coverage against measles across the country. It’s a good fit: many of the areas at highest risk for polio are also at high risk for measles…

WHO Western Pacific Region
– No new announcement identified