WHO & Regional Offices [to 23 Nov 2019]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 23 Nov 2019]
22 November 2019
News release
New WHO-led study says majority of adolescents worldwide are not sufficiently physically active, putting their current and future health at risk

19 November 2019
News release
Global leaders pledge US$2.6 billion to eradicate polio at the Reaching the Last Mile Forum in Abu Dhabi
[See Milestones above for detail]

18 November 2019
News release
Sweeping Agreement Inked by WHO and African Union to Accelerate Vital Health Goals
[See Milestones above for detail]



Weekly Epidemiological Record, 22 November 2019, vol. 94, 47 (pp. 541–560)
Meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization, October 2019: conclusions and recommendations



WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Ebola vaccinations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – In the community, by th…
22 November 2019
:: Weak vaccine-preventable disease surveillance could cost the African Region $22.4 b…
Abu Dhabi, 20 November 2019 – In its newly launched Investment Case for Vaccine-Preventable Disease Surveillance in the African Region 2020-2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa highlights the drastic consequences that could be in store for the region if countries do not invest in disease surveillance efforts, including a US$22.4 billion economic burden over the next decade.
The announcement was made at the high-level “Reaching the Last Mile Forum” in Abu Dhabi on 19 November, by Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, to an audience of over 300 health leaders from across the globe.
…The WHO Investment Case makes the argument for increased domestic investment in vaccine-preventable diseases surveillance, under the overall umbrella of integrated disease surveillance and response, from countries in the African Region. As resources for VPD surveillance have declined markedly over the past two years – and domestic surveillance expenditure in the African Region remains low – funding for disease surveillance is urgently needed, now more than ever.
During the launch announcement, Dr Moeti called on governments to invest in strong disease surveillance systems that will ensure early detection and response to risks and outbreaks. “Strong surveillance is the backbone of a functioning health information system, empowering health workers with timely, quality evidence to inform decision-making. To curb the spread of life-threatening diseases, governments must invest in strong and functioning surveillance systems,” she stated…

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: Nearly 16 million people still practice open defecation in Latin America and the Caribbean (11/19/2019)
:: 1 in 5 men will not reach the age of 50 in the Americas, due to issues relating to toxic masculinity (11/18/2019)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
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WHO European Region EURO
:: New WHO report: Ignoring the health of people in prisons now comes at a high cost for society later 21-11-2019

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO establishes Commission on Social Determinants of Health for the Region 20 November 2019
:: Support for flood-affected districts in Somalia 18 November 2019

WHO Western Pacific Region
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