WHO & Regional Offices [to 28 Mar 2020]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 28 Mar 2020]
3 April 2020 News release
WHO and UNICEF to partner on pandemic response through COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

2 April 2020 News release
IPA, WHO and UNICEF launch Read the World on International Children’s Book Day to support children and young people in isolation

31 March 2020 News release
Medical Product Alert N°3/2020
[See Milestones above for detail]

30 March 2020 News release
WHO releases guidelines to help countries maintain essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic is straining health systems worldwide. The rapidly increasing demand on health facilities and health care workers threatens to leave some health systems overstretched and unable to operate effectively.
Previous outbreaks have demonstrated that when health systems are overwhelmed, mortality from vaccine-preventable and other treatable conditions can also increase dramatically. During the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, the increased number of deaths caused by measles, malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis attributable to health system failures exceeded deaths from Ebola [1,2].
“The best defense against any outbreak is a strong health system,” stressed WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “COVID-19 is revealing how fragile many of the world’s health systems and services are, forcing countries to make difficult choices on how to best meet the needs of their people.”
To help countries navigate through these challenges, the World Health Organization (WHO) has updated operational planning guidelines in balancing the demands of responding directly to COVID-19 while maintaining essential health service delivery, and mitigating the risk of system collapse. This includes a set of targeted immediate actions that countries should consider at national, regional, and local level to reorganize and maintain access to high-quality essential health services for all…

30 March 2020 Statement
Joint Statement by QU Dongyu, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Roberto Azevedo, Directors-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO)

29 March 2020 Statement
Information sharing on COVID-19 [Taiwan]



Weekly Epidemiological Record, 3 April 2020, vol. 95, 14/15 (pp. 133–144)
Control of epidemic meningitis in countries in the African meningitis belt, 2019



WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
No new digest content identified.

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: PAHO Director calls for private sector cooperation in COVID-19 response in the Americas (04/03/2020)
:: PAHO launches searchable database on COVID-19 guidance and research (04/02/2020)
:: PAHO appeals for $95 million to help Latin America and the Caribbean cope with the COVID-19 pandemic (04/02/2020)
:: Time is of the essence – Countries of the Americas must act now to slow the spread of COVID-19 (03/31/2020)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: COVID19: WHO calls for stronger whole of society approach in South-East Asia Region
3 April 2020 News release Amidst rapid spread of COVID19 and continuing challenges, the World Health Organization today emphasized on a stronger whole of society and whole of government effort in South-East …

WHO European Region EURO
:: “China shows COVID-19 responses must be tailored to the local context” 03-04-2020
:: WHO project on cultural contexts of health and well-being adopted in the United States 03-04-2020
:: Supporting older people during the COVID-19 pandemic is everyone’s business 03-04-2020
:: WHO releases guidelines to help European countries maintain essential health services during the COVID 19 pandemic 02-04-2020
:: Health System Response Monitor: new tool to analyse COVID-19 response measures across European countries launched 02-04-2020

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: The fight to contain COVID-19 in Iraq 1 April 2020
:: Meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in Yemen 30 March 2020

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: Virtual press conference on COVID-19 in the Region 31 March 2020
Opening remarks of Dr Takeshi Kasai, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific