WHO & Regional Offices [to 14 Sep 2019]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 14 Sep 2019]
News release
WHO calls for urgent action to reduce patient harm in healthcare
13 September 2019: Millions of patients are harmed each year due to unsafe health care worldwide resulting in 2.6 million deaths annually in low-and middle-income countries alone.  Most of these deaths are avoidable. The personal, social and economic impact of patient harm leads to losses of trillions of US dollars worldwide. The World Health Organization is focusing global attention on the issue of patient safety and launching a campaign in solidarity with patients on the very first World Patient Safety Day on 17 September.
“No one should be harmed while receiving health care. And yet globally, at least 5 patients die every minute because of unsafe care,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “We need a patient safety culture that promotes partnership with patients, encourages reporting and learning from errors, and creates a blame-free environment where health workers are empowered and trained to reduce errors.”…

9 September 2019
News release
Suicide: one person dies every 40 seconds

8 September 2019
News release
PAHO issues $3.5 million donor appeal for humanitarian health response in the Bahamas



Weekly Epidemiological Record, 13 September 2019, vol. 94, 37 (pp. 413–424)
Algeria and Argentina certified as malaria-free by WHO
Progress in eliminating onchocerciasis in the WHO Region of the Americas: doxycycline treatment as an end-game strategy
Performance of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance and incidence of poliomyelitis, 2019



WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Malaria vaccine launched in Kenya: Kenya joins Ghana and Malawi to roll out landmark…
13 September 2019
:: Ghana Health Service and Partners launch polio vaccination campaigns in Ghana 12 September 2019

:: Experts convene to chart a roadmap towards malaria elimination 10 September 2019

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: PAHO urges the health and education sectors to work together to create healthy schools (09/13/2019)
:: PAHO hurricane relief partners, the Dutch military, evacuate pregnant woman from Abaco (09/12/2019)
:: How to cope with the psychological impact of disasters (09/11/2019)
:: PAHO issues $3.5 million donor appeal for humanitarian health response in the Bahamas (09/08/2019)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
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WHO European Region EURO
:: RC69 opens on 16 September with review of progress in public health 13-09-2019
:: Moscow joins the WHO Regions for Health Network (RHN) 11-09-2019
:: Progress on health equity is stalling across Europe; new WHO report reveals gaps can be reduced within the lifetime of a single government 10-09-2019

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Japan contributions enable WHO support for Syrian children 12 September 2019
:: WHO sends life-saving medical supplies across Libya 9 September 20

WHO Western Pacific Region
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