WHO & Regional Offices [to 25 Jan 2020]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 25 Jan 2020]
Message for World Leprosy Day 2020
24 January 2020 Statement

Effective outbreak response reduces the risk of measles spread in the Pacific
Joint WHO-UNICEF statement on Pacific measles situation
In 2019, the Pacific saw the re-emergence of measles, with outbreaks declared in Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and American Samoa, and cases reported in Kiribati. For Samoa, the country experienced a widescale measles outbreak which had significant impact upon the country’s population and health system. The disease has cost lives, with infants and young children being most affected.
In response to the identification of measles in the region, many Pacific countries and areas have made serious efforts to close immunity gaps in their population and strengthen infectious disease prevention, surveillance and response systems. These efforts align to the core public health capacities required by all countries under the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005, and critical to preventing and controlling the spread of infectious diseases, such as measles.
The governments of Samoa, Tonga and Fiji, have conducted vaccination campaigns aimed at closing immunity gaps in their populations to stop the transmission of the virus. These immunization activities are bringing the outbreaks under control. In Samoa, the mass immunization campaign which targeted individuals aged six months to 60 years achieved 95 per cent vaccination coverage, the rate needed to prevent measles transmission in a population.  Fiji and Tonga continue immunizing those most at risk of measles to meet the target of 95 per cent and ensure that populations are protected. Other Pacific countries and areas have also conducted supplementary immunization activities to reduce the risk of potential measles outbreaks.
Due to the public health efforts of Pacific countries and areas, the risk of measles spreading in Samoa and in other Pacific Island countries and areas has notably reduced…



Weekly Epidemiological Record, 24 January 2020, vol. 95, 04 (pp. 25–36)
Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety, 4–5 December 2019



Calls for consultants / proposals
Health impact and cost-effectiveness of introduction of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis booster doses in low- and middle-income countries pdf, 1.05Mb
Deadline for applications: 14 February 2020


WHO African Regions Immunization Technical Advisory Group (RITAG)
:: Call for nominations pdf, 147kb Deadline for applications: 28 February 2020
:: RITAG Terms of Reference pdf, 211kb
:: RITAG application annexes pdf, 91kb



WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
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WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: PAHO Director urges readiness to detect cases of new coronavirus in the Americas (01/24/2020)
:: Haiti reaches one-year free of Cholera (01/23/2020)
:: PAHO issues epidemiological alert on Novel Coronavirus for the Americas (01/20/2020)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
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WHO European Region EURO
:: 2019-nCoV outbreak: first cases confirmed in Europe 25-01-2020
:: Novel coronavirus outbreak in China – What does it mean for Europe? 24-01-2020
:: New report reveals the role of physical activity in preventing and treating cardiovascular diseases 22-01-2020
:: Romania: tuberculosis patients to avoid unnecessary hospitalization 21-01-2020

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
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WHO Western Pacific Region
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