WHO & Regional Offices [to 25 Apr 2020]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 25 Apr 2020]
24 April 2020 News release
Global leaders unite to ensure everyone everywhere can access new vaccines, tests and treatments for COVID-19
[See COVID-19 above for detail]

24 April 2020 Statement
Commitment and call to action: Global collaboration to accelerate new COVID-19 health technologies
[See COVID-19 above for detail]

23 April 2020 News release
WHO reports fivefold increase in cyber attacks, urges vigilance

23 April 2020 News release
Hard fought gains in immunization coverage at risk without critical health services, warns WHO

23 April 2020 Statement
WHO urges countries to move quickly to save lives from malaria in sub-Saharan Africa

20 April 2020 Statement
ITU-WHO Joint Statement: Unleashing information technology to defeat COVID-19



Weekly Epidemiological Record, 24 April 2020, vol. 95, 17 (pp. 161–172)
Update on vaccine-derived poliovirus outbreaks – worldwide, July 2019–February 2020
Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, March 2020



Call for nominations for experts to serve on a Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization Working Group on COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccination
Terms of reference pdf, 129kb
Declaration of interests form docm, 64kb
Deadline for applications: 11 May 2020


Call for nominations for experts to serve on a Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) Working Group on hepatitis A
Terms of reference pdf, 1.73Mb
Declaration of interests form docm, 64kb
Deadline for applications: 15 May 2020



WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Niger reports new polio outbreak 24 April 2020
Niger has reported a new polio outbreak that has affected two children in Niamey and Tillaberi region, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.
:: Africa Vaccination Week 2020 kicks off as COVID-19 threatens immunization gains 24 April 2020
This year’s Africa Vaccination Week starts today as the COVID-19 pandemic is causing significant disruption to vaccination efforts and to the surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases on the continent.
:: WHO urges countries not to let COVID-19 eclipse other health issues 23 April 2020
Public health systems in Africa are coming under severe strain as the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic persists. But as countries battle to bring the outbreak under control, efforts must also be maintained on other health emergencies and progress made against diseases such as malaria or polio preserved, the World Health Organization (WHO) urged today.
: African regulatory agencies, ethics committees to expedite COVID-19 clinical trial r…
20 April 2020
National regulatory authorities and national ethics committees from across Africa have agreed to combine their expertise to expedite clinical trial review and approvals for new multinational preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, joint reviews are based on voluntary cooperation between the national regulatory authorities and ethics committees. Each country is solely responsible for granting regulatory approval.

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
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WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: 21 April 2020 News release
WHO condoles death of staff in Myanmar, condemns targeting of health workers involved in COVID19 response

WHO European Region EURO
:: WHO/Europe publishes considerations for gradual easing of COVID-19 measures 24-04-2020
:: Invest in the overlooked and unsung: build sustainable people-centred long-term care in the wake of COVID-19 23-04-2020
::WHO expert mission to Belarus recommends physical distancing measures as COVID-19 virus transmits in the community 21-04-2020
:: We all look forward to the day when we can be protected from COVID-19 through a vaccine. :: Statement by HRH The Crown Princess Mary of Denmark 20-04-2020
:: Maintaining routine immunization services vital during the COVID-19 pandemic 20-04-2020

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO urges countries to continue lifesaving immunization services during the COVID-19 pandemic

24 APRIL 2020 | Cairo –  Any suspension of immunization services or hesitancy to use them during the COVID-19 pandemic will result in a resurgence of diseases that have largely been controlled thanks to safe and effective vaccines. That is the warning from WHO’s Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean as World Immunization Week (24–30 April 2020) begins.
:: Statement by WHO’s Regional Director Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari on Ramadan during the pandemic
22 April 2020

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: Virtual press conference on COVID-19 outbreak in the Western Pacific Region: 21 April 2020
Remarks by Dr Takeshi Kasai, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific