WHO & Regional Offices [to 29 Jun 2019]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 29 Jun 2019]
27 June 2019 News release
Eliminating trachoma: WHO announces sustained progress with hundreds of millions of people no longer at risk of infection

27 June 2019 News release
A New WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Universal Health Coverage
Professor Keizo Takemi. Japan

26 June 2019
WHO advice for international travel in relation to measles
Measles is one of the world’s most contagious diseases and the best protection against the disease is through receiving two doses of the measles vaccine.
Over recent months, spikes in measles case numbers have occurred including in countries with high overall vaccination coverage as the disease has spread fast among clusters of unvaccinated people.

25 June 2019 News release
WHO and UNICEF Somalia and partners call on all Somalis to vaccinate children against polio
Mogadishu, 25 June 2019 – Health authorities rolled out a polio campaign yesterday in Puntland and Somaliland to vaccinate more than 940,000 children under 5 years of age to stop an ongoing outbreak of a strain of poliovirus.
The campaign runs from 24 to 27 June 2019, with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). It targets all children in 12 districts in Somaliland and 9 districts in Puntland.
By the numbers:
:: 945,480 children to be vaccinated
:: 3160 vaccinators knocking on doors
:: 677 team supervisors taking part
:: 1558 social mobilizers sharing messages on vaccination and children’s health
:: 15 children have been infected with the polioviruses so far, since outbreaks began



Weekly Epidemiological Record, 28 June 2019, vol. 94, 26 (pp. 293–300)
:: Index of countries/areas
:: Index, Volume 94, 2019, Nos. 1–26
:: Weekly Epidemiological Record, 24 May 2019, vol. 94, SPECIAL ISSUE (pp. i–xlviii)
:: Validation of elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus in Chad



WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Ethiopia sets new standards for the management of acute malnutrition 28 June 2019
:: Behind the scenes in the Ebola response : The call centre manager 27 June 2019
:: WHO Regional Director commends Uganda’s Ebola preparedness response 26 June 2019
:: Winning the hearts of communities fearful of Ebola 24 June 2019

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: PAHO Executive Committee concludes sessions with agreements on advancing health in the Region of the Americas
Washington, DC, June 28, 2019 (PAHO/WHO) – The Executive Committee of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) concluded its 164th session on June 27, following discussions and deliberations on a variety of strategies, actions plans and policies that address a number of key health challenges for the population in the Americas.
Issues that were advanced during the Committee include: strategies and action plans to improve quality of care in health service delivery; to ensure donations and equitable access to organ, tissue and cell transplants; on ethnicity and health; and on health promotion within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Executive Committee also addressed issues around the elimination of industrially produced trans-fatty acids, and the strengthening of information systems for health, as well as a PAHO disease elimination initiative for an integrated approach to communicable disease…

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
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WHO European Region EURO
:: Alongside European Development Days, WHO and the European Commission reinforce cooperation to help countries move towards universal health coverage 26-06-2019

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Ending cholera in Somalia 26 June 2019
:: Vaccines protect children from preventable diseases in Iraq 23 June 2019
:: Cholera vaccination drive begins in high-risk districts in Somalia 23 June 2019

WHO Western Pacific Region
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