WHO & Regional Offices [to 19 Sep 2020]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 19 Sep 2020]

WHO and UNICEF recommit to accelerating health and well-being at all ages
New partnership calls for key actions in universal health coverage, mental health, emergencies and nutrition
18 September 2020 News release Geneva
[See Milestones above for detail]

Keep health workers safe to keep patients safe: WHO
17 September 2020 News release Geneva
The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on governments and health care leaders to address persistent threats to the health and safety of health workers and patients.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded all of us of the vital role health workers play to relieve suffering and save lives,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “No country, hospital or clinic can keep its patients safe unless it keeps its health workers safe. WHO’s Health Worker Safety Charter is a step towards ensuring that health workers have the safe working conditions, the training, the pay and the respect they deserve.”
The pandemic has also highlighted the extent to which protecting health workers is key to ensuring a functioning health system and a functioning society.
The Charter, released today for World Patient Safety Day, calls on governments and those running health services at local levels to take five actions to better protect health workers. These include steps to protect health workers from violence; to improve their mental health; to protect them from physical and biological hazards; to advance national programmes for health worker safety, and to connect health worker safety policies to existing patient safety policies…

WHO’s three messages for UN75
15 September 2020 News release Geneva, Switzerland
…The first is about equitable access to COVID-19 tools…
…The second message is about maintaining the momentum towards achieving the sustainable development goals. The pandemic risks unravelling decades of gains made in health and development…
…Finally, we must prepare for the next pandemic together, now. COVID-19 has shown us that the world was woefully unprepared – despite the many warning signs and warnings…



Weekly Epidemiological Record, 18 September 2020, vol. 95, 38 (pp. 449–460)
:: Progress in poliovirus containment– worldwide, 2019–2020
:: Performance of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance and incidence of poliomyelitis, 2020
:: The Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator
:: COVID-19 update



WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: 19 September 2020 Expert panel endorses protocol for COVID-19 herbal medicine clinical trials
:: 17 September 2020 WHO encouraged by South Africa’s declining COVID-19 trend

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
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WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
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WHO European Region EURO
:: Self-testing for HIV at home – successful project in Bulgaria 18-09-2020
:: COVID-19: Regional coherence and a spirit of collective support are crucial 18-09-2020
:: WHO/Europe and the Turkic Council sign a new Memorandum of Understanding strengthening new partnerships in the region 16-09-2020
:: Statement by Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, 70th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe 16-09-2020
:: In brief: the 70th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe (RC70) 15-09-2020

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Statement by WHO’s Regional Director on a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the Region
15 September 2020 ‒ Today, the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean Region is extremely worrying, with more people being infected every day. In some countries, including Iraq, Morocco, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates, the significant increase in the number of cases is especially concerning, and highlights an urgent need for more rigorous action. While an upsurge of cases was expected…

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: 17 September 2020 | Media Release
Asia Pacific health and finance ministers stress importance of universal health coverage in COVID-19 era and beyond

:: 16 September 2020 | Feature story
How countries in Asia and the Pacific are working towards universal health coverage and combating COVID-19