WHO & Regional Offices [to 30 May 2020]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 30 May 2020]
29 May 2020 News release
Stop tobacco industry exploitation of children and young people

29 May 2020 News release
International community rallies to support open research and science to fight COVID-19

27 May 2020 News release
Countries failing to stop harmful marketing of breast-milk substitutes, warn WHO and UNICEF

27 May 2020 News release
WHO Foundation Established to Support Critical Global Health Needs
The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes the creation of the WHO Foundation, an independent grant-making entity, that will support the Organization’s efforts to address the most pressing global health challenges.
Headquartered in Geneva, the Foundation will support global public health needs by providing funds to WHO and trusted implementing partners to deliver on the Organization’s “triple billion” goals. Featured in WHO’s five-year strategic plan, these goals aim to: protect 1 billion people from health emergencies; extend universal health coverage to 1 billion people; and assure healthy lives and wellbeing to 1 billion people by 2023.
The Foundation, which is legally separate from WHO, will facilitate contributions from the general public, individual major donors and corporate partners to WHO and trusted partners to deliver on high-impact programmes. Its goal is to help broaden WHO’s donor base and work towards more sustainable and predictable funding.  The WHO Foundation will simplify the processing of philanthropic contributions in support of WHO and make such contributions possible on all aspects of health and WHO’s mission.
“An important part of WHO’s future success is broadening its donor base and increasing both the quantity and quality of funds at its disposal,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “The creation of the WHO Foundation, as part of WHO’s transformation, is an important step towards this goal, and towards achieving our mission to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable.”…

27 May 2020 News release
The World Health Organization, UN Foundation and Illumination partner on health messages



Weekly Epidemiological Record, 29 May 2020, vol. 95, 22 (pp. 241–256)
Meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization, 31 March–1 April 2020: conclusions and recommendations



WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Africa COVID-19 cases top 100 000 22 May 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic today reached a milestone in Africa, with more than 100 000 confirmed cases. The virus has now spread to every country in the continent since the first case was confirmed in the region 14 weeks ago.
:: WHO showcases leading African innovations in COVID-19 response 21 May 2020
A community of African innovators is stepping up support to the continent’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic, collaborating with the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop solutions to help contain the spread of the virus.

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
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WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: India elected chair of WHO’s Executive Board 22 May 2020

WHO European Region EURO
:: Embracing cultural diversity unlocks key resources for more inclusive health systems 20-05-2020
:: WHO report on health behaviours of 11–15-year-olds in Europe reveals more adolescents are reporting mental health concerns 19-05-2020
:: HealthBuddy: a new chatbot to engage with communities in Europe and central Asia on COVID-19 18-05-2020

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Statement by WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari on regional solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic
20 May 2020 – The current COVID-19 pandemic has shown us all the severe and unimaginable impact that a public health threat can have on individuals, communities and nations. We have often said that infectious diseases respect no borders, and that an outbreak in one country can threaten the health security of the Region and beyond. Today, we are witnessing…

WHO Western Pacific Region
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