WHO Regional Offices

WHO & Regional Offices [to 30 Mar 2019]

27 March 2019 | News Release
Diseases cost African region $2.4 trillion per year
WHO launches an investment case to achieve SDGs and universal health coverage in Africa 
Praia, Cabo Verde, 27 March 2019 – The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that nearly 630 million years of healthy life were lost in 2015 due to the diseases afflicting the population across its 47 Member States in Africa, now amounting to a loss of more than 2.4 trillion international dollars ($) from the region’s gross domestic product value annually.
Noncommunicable diseases have overtaken infectious diseases as the largest drain on productivity, accounting for 37 per cent of the disease burden. Other culprits for lost healthy years are communicable and parasitic diseases; maternal, neonatal and nutrition-related conditions; and injuries.
Around 47%, or $ 796 billion, of this lost productivity value could be avoided in 2030 if the Sustainable Development Goals related to these health conditions are achieved, WHO found.
“Four years into the implementation of countries’ efforts towards achieving UHC, current average expenditure on health in the Region falls short of this expectation,” the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, writes in the foreword to A Heavy Burden: The Productivity Cost of Illness in Africa, which was launched during the second WHO Africa Health Forum this week in Cabo Verde.
As a target of Sustainable Development Goal 3, universal health coverage would require countries in the WHO African Region to spend, on average, at least $ 271 per capita per year on health, or 7.5% of the region’s gross domestic product…

26 March 2019 | News Release
Yemen witnessing sharp increase in reported cases of acute watery diarrhoea and cholera

22 March 2019   Statement
WHO reaffirms commitment to Democratic Republic of the Congo as Ebola outbreak nears 1000 cases amid increased violence

WHO calls on international community to join urgent push to end outbreak

[See Ebola above for detail]


Weekly Epidemiological Record, 29 March 2019, vol. 94, 13 (pp. 161–168)
:: Retrospective detection of Zika virus transmission in Paraguay – January to December 2016
:: Addendum to the Recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2019–2020 northern hemisphere influenza season

WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements

WHO African Region AFRO
:: In Madagascar, mothers show grit to protect their children as government, partners battle measles epidemic  29 March 2019
:: Diseases cost the African Region $2.4 trillion a year, says WHO  27 March 2019
:: WHO Mobilizes Urban-based Congolese Refugees in Uganda for Ebola action  26 March 2019
:: WHO reaffirms commitment to Democratic Republic of the Congo as Ebola outbreak nears 1000 cases amid increased violence  24 March 2019
WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
– No new digest announcements identified.
WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Marking five years of polio-free certification, WHO South-East Asia Region uses polio legacy to enhance overall immunization   SEAR/PR/1708
New Delhi, 27 March 2019: On this day in 2014, WHO South-East Asia Region was certified polio-free, proving wrong many public health experts who believed that the Region, which accounts for one-fourth of the global population, would be the last bastion for polio eradication. Five years on, the Region not only continues to maintain its polio-free status but is demonstrating how the polio legacy can effectively strengthen overall immunization and other programs…
WHO European Region EURO
:: Improving TB patient care in the Russian Federation with video-observed treatment 28-03-2019
WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO strongly condemns killing of health worker in the West Bank  27 March 2019
:: Yemen witnessing sharp increase in reported cases of acute watery diarrhoea and cholera
27 March 2019
:: Improving health outcomes for people with TB in Syria  27 March 2019
:: Polio immunization campaign in Somalia aims to leave no child under 5 behind  26 March 2019
:: WHO to release Arabic version of package on health system response to violence against women and girls
27 March 2019 ‒ As part of its effort to address violence against women and girls, the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean is launching an Arabic version of the WHO package on health system response to violence against women and girls. In releasing this evidence-based guidance, WHO seeks to ensure that preventing and responding to violence against women and…

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: Immunization gaps threaten gains on measles
29 March 2019   News Release  Manila, Philippines
Measles outbreaks in the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Region are putting babies, children and young people at risk and threatening progress towards wiping out the disease.
The Region had historically low levels of measles cases and no major outbreaks in 2017. This landmark decline was achieved through steady efforts to vaccinate all children against measles, but last year, measles cases in the Region increased by 250%, and more than two-thirds of cases were in the Philippines. So far this year, the Philippines has reported 23 000 cases with 333 deaths — already more than all of last year. Tragically, most of the cases were among children under 5 years old.
Measles can cause debilitating complications, including encephalitis, severe diarrhoea and dehydration, pneumonia, ear infections and permanent vision loss.
“In recent months, we’ve seen how swiftly and easily measles can make a comeback in communities where not enough children have been immunized,” said WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Takeshi Kasai…