WHO & Regional Offices [to 24 Aug 2019]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 24 Aug 2019]
23 August 2019 News release
Rising to the challenge of malaria eradication
The World Health Organization (WHO) says accelerated research and development (R&D) in new tools for malaria prevention and treatment is key if the world is to eradicate malaria in the foreseeable future: today less than 1% of funding for health R&D investment goes to developing tools to tackle malaria.
WHO also flags the urgent need for progress to advance universal health coverage and improve access to services, and better surveillance to guide a more targeted malaria response.
The findings have emerged in a report from WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group on Malaria Eradication (SAGme)…

22 August 2019 News release
World Bank and WHO Statement on Partnership & Deployment of Financing to WHO for Ebola Response in DRC
[See Ebola above for detail]

22 August 2019 News release
WHO calls for more research into microplastics and a crackdown on plastic pollution

21 August 2019 News release
Three years without a case of wild polio virus, Government of Nigeria warns against complacency

18 August 2019 News release
WHO Director-General underscores commitment to strengthening health in Pacific Islands

15 August 2019 News release
WHO congratulates new UNAIDS Executive Director

14 August 2019 News release
Burundi launches ebola vaccination campaign for health and front-line workers



Weekly Epidemiological Record, 23 August 2019, vol. 94, 34 (pp. 381–388)
:: Progress towards poliomyelitis eradication – Afghanistan, January 2018–May 2019

Weekly Epidemiological Record, 16 August 2019, vol. 94, 33 (pp. 365–380)
:: fever in Africa and the Americas, 2018
:: Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January- June 2019

Weekly Epidemiological Record, 9 August 2019, vol. 94, 32 (pp. 345–364)
:: Review of the 2018–2019 influenza season in the northern hemisphere



WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: WHO supports Cross River State in administering polio vaccines to Cameroonian refuge…
22 August 2019
:: Restoring people’s trust in medical facilities an essential prescription for achievi…
22 August,  Brazzaville – Populations across the 47 Member States of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) African Region only utilize an average 48% of their available health services. But only an average 34% of those same populations even has access to essential services. And health systems in those countries only perform, on average, at 49% of their possible level of functionality.
:: WHO and Africa CDC agree on joint actions to improve health security in Africa 22 August 2019
:: African health ministers agree to an all-fronts push to control the rise in vector-b…
22 August 2019
With countries in Africa experiencing increased cases and deaths due to malaria and other vector-borne diseases, 47 health ministers endorsed the region’s first aggressive plan for vector control across the continent that recognizes the need for an all-fronts push on eliminating the disease transmitters.
:: Countries launch synchronized cross border campaign to fight against polio: Somali region of Ethiopia alone to vaccinate over half million under 5 children 21 August 2019
:: Africa today heads into the last mile to be free of wild polio 21 August 2019
:: Burundi launches ebola vaccination campaign for health and front-line workers 14 August 2019
:: Driving levers of change for improved immunization coverage in weak performing LGAs
Abuja, 8 August, 2019 – The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently providing guidance to intensifying Routine Immunization (RI) strategies in low performing Local Government Areas (LGAs) in priority States in Nigeria.

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: Youth leaders to share ideas with PAHO on improving adolescent health in the Americas (08/12/2019)
:: Which are the key medical devices for primary health care services (08/06/2019)
:: Birth defects registries expanding in Latin America (08/06/2019)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
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WHO European Region EURO
:: Remembering Professor Lowell Levin, pioneer of health promotion 21-08-2019
:: Low risk of Ebola virus disease in the WHO European Region 19-08-2019
:: On World Humanitarian Day, WHO recognizes women at the forefront of humanitarian work 16-08-2019
:: International Youth Day 2019: Role of mentors in nursing and midwifery education 12-08-2019
:: Syrian Arab Republic: tackling noncommunicable diseases in emergencies through primary health care 08-08-2019

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO trains Libyans to prevent and control deadly diseases 22 August 2019
:: Oral cholera vaccine reaches nearly 400 000 people in Yemen 21 August 2019
:: Stamping out leprosy in Libya 8 August 2019

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: Parliamentarians: Climate crisis one of the most critical threats to health in the Asia-Pacific region 23 August 2019