WHO & Regional Offices [to 12 Oct 2019]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 12 Oct 2019]
10 October 2019
News release
WHO welcomes vital new funding for the Global Fund

10 October 2019
News release
The use of non-pharmaceutical forms of Artemisia
Today, the most widely used antimalarial treatments, artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), are produced using the pure artemisinin compound extracted from plant Artemisia annua. Currently, all malaria strains globally can be treated with at least one of the ACTs recommended by WHO.
However, for those living in malaria-affected areas, ACTs are not always readily accessible. In some countries, the medicines are only available at high prices or are of sub-standard quality. These challenges have given rise to the promotion of a range of products made from Artemisia plant material – such as teas, tablets and capsules – as affordable and effective medicines against malaria.
Traditional herbal remedies have several limitations, especially when used to treat potentially fatal diseases such as malaria. The main limitations are related to standardization of plant cultivation, the preparation of formulations, dosages, quality assurance, and evidence of clinical safety and efficacy.
WHO position 
Following an extensive evidence review on the effectiveness of non-pharmaceutical forms of Artemisia, conducted in 2019, WHO has issued a new position statement on this issue with a clear message:
WHO does not support the promotion or use of Artemisia plant material in any form for the prevention or treatment of malaria…

9 October 2019
News release
New evidence shows significant mistreatment of women during childbirth

8 October 2019
News release
WHO launches first World report on vision



Weekly Epidemiological Record, 11 October 2019, vol. 94, 41 (pp. 457–470)
:: Global programme to eliminate lymphatic filariasis: progress report, 2018
:: Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January-August 2019



WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: WHO in Africa offers small research grants on the innovative use of GIS towards polio eradication… 11 October 2019
:: [DRC] Parents rush to get measles vaccine after recent outbreak kills thousands of childre…
10 October 2019

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: Ministries of Health from across the Caribbean meet to discuss urgent need to fund health and climate change initiatives (10/08/2019)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
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WHO European Region EURO
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WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
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WHO Western Pacific Region
:: 11 October 2019 News release
Region’s leaders discuss need to protect health in relation to climate change and the environment

10 October 2019 News release
Region’s health leaders pledge to tackle antimicrobial resistance and strengthen tobacco control

9 October 2019 News release
Regional action to protect children from harmful impact of food marketing and promote healthy ageing

8 October 2019 News release
Health ministers endorse WHO five-year plan to make the Western Pacific the healthiest, safest region