WHO & Regional Offices [to 16 May 2020]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 16 May 2020]
News release
WHO and Costa Rica preview technology pooling initiative to ensure access to COVID-19 health products for all
Geneva, 15 May 2020 – Presidents Carlos Alvarado Quesada of Costa Rica and Sebastián Piñera of Chile joined WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today to announce progress on a technology platform that aims to lift access barriers to effective vaccines, medicines and other health products against COVID-19. Costa Rica proposed the idea at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak and several countries are now backing the proposal.
“Our proposal relies on solidarity,” said President Alvarado of Costa Rica. “It’s a Solidarity call to action to Member States, to academia, to companies, research institutions and cooperation agencies, based on global social responsibility, on a voluntary basis, promoting more global nonexclusive voluntary licensing.”
“We need to unleash the full power of science, without caveats or restrictions, to deliver innovations that are scalable, usable, and benefit everyone, everywhere, at the same time,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus…

14 May 2020 News release
Substantial investment needed to avert mental health crisis

13 May 2020 News release
WHO: People living longer and healthier lives but COVID-19 threatens to throw progress off track

13 May 2020 News release
Launch of the WHO Academy and the WHO Info mobile applications

11 May 2020 News release
ECOSOC Informal Briefing on ‘Joining Forces: Effective Policy Solutions for Covid-19 Response’



Weekly Epidemiological Record, 15 May 2020, vol. 95, 20 (pp. 209–228)
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WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: COVID-19 could deepen food insecurity, malnutrition in Africa 14 May 2020
:: Nigeria drives routine immunization amid COVID-19 14 May 2020
:: Ghana bolsters medicines regulatory system, guarantees product quality 13 May 2020

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
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WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Local epidemiology should guide focused action in ‘new normal’ COVID-19 world 15 May 2020

WHO European Region EURO
:: COVID-19: WHO joins forces with young Global Shapers to disseminate health advice 15-05-2020
:: Behavioural insights are valuable to inform the planning of appropriate pandemic response measures 14-05-2020
:: Polish medics bring Italian COVID-19 experience to Kyrgyzstan with WHO support 13-05-2020
:: Bulgaria launches new national programme amid pandemic on violence against women and children 13-05-2020
:: New WHO resource on enhancing competencies of primary care nurses 12-05-2020

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Yemen faces unprecedented risk as COVID-19 starts to spread 13 May 2020
:: WHO supports accelerated response efforts for contact tracing in Somalia 11 May 2020
:: Migrants face COVID-19 discrimination in Yemen 10 May 2020

WHO Western Pacific Region
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