Informing vaccination programs: a guide to the design and conduct of dengue serosurveys

WHO & Regional Offices [to 26 Sep 2020]


Informing vaccination programs: a guide to the design and conduct of dengue serosurveys
25 September 2020 :: 50 pages
In this document, considerations are provided on designing and implementing a cross-sectional serosurvey using school-based sampling to estimate age-specific DENV seroprevalence to inform a country’s national dengue vaccination program. The document includes suggestions for methods for planning and conducting serosurveys, including survey design, specimen collection, laboratory testing, data analysis, and the interpretation and reporting of results.

23 September 2020 Joint News Release
COVID-19 pandemic: countries urged to take stronger action to stop spread of harmful information
The World Health Organization (WHO) together with the UN, specialised agencies and partners today called on countries to develop and implement action plans to promote the timely dissemination of science-based information and prevent the spread of false information while respecting freedom of expression.
WHO, the UN, UNICEF, UNAIDS, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UNESCO, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN Global Pulse initiative and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies  (IFRC), together with the governments of Indonesia, Thailand and Uruguay held a webinar on the margins of the 75th UN General Assembly to draw attention to the harm being done by the spread of misinformation and disinformation, the latter being deliberate misinformation to advance an agenda.
“As soon as the virus spread across the globe, inaccurate and even dangerous messages proliferated wildly over social media, leaving people confused, misled and ill-advised”, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres. ”Our initiative, called “Verified”, is fighting misinformation with truth. We work with media partners, individuals, influencers and social media platforms to spread content that promotes science, offers solutions and inspires solidarity. This will be especially critical as we work to build public confidence in the safety and efficacy of future COVID-19 vaccines. We need a ‘people’s vaccine’ that is affordable and available to all.”…

23 September 2020 Statement
Managing the COVID-19 infodemic: Promoting healthy behaviours and mitigating the harm from misinformation and disinformation
Joint statement by WHO, UN, UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO, UNAIDS, ITU, UN Global Pulse, and IFRC
[See COVID-19 above for detail]

23 September 2020 News release
UNGA Virtual high-level side event on mitigating the impact of COVID-19

22 September 2020 News release
Tobacco responsible for 20% of deaths from coronary heart disease

21 September 2020 News release
Boost for global response to COVID-19 as economies worldwide formally sign up to COVAX facility
:: 64 higher income economies have now joined the COVAX Facility, with a further 38 economies expected to sign in the coming days
:: These self-financing economies, which include 29 from ‘Team Europe’ participating as part of an agreement with the European Commission, join 92 lower income economies eligible for financial support through the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment
:: This means a total of 156 economies, representing nearly two-thirds of the global population, are now committed to or eligible to receive vaccines through the Facility Click here for the list of economies



Weekly Epidemiological Record, 25 September 2020, vol. 95, 39 (pp. 461–476)
:: Neglected tropical diseases: impact of COVID-19 and WHO’s response
:: Summary of global update on implementation of preventive chemotherapy against neglected tropical diseases in 2019
COVID-19 update
:: Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January–July 2020



WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Social, environmental factors seen behind Africa’s low COVID-19 cases 24 September 2020
COVID-19 transmission in Africa has been marked by relatively fewer infections, which have been on the decline over the past two months, owing to a variety of socio-ecological factors as well as early and strong public health measures taken by governments across the region.

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
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WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
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WHO European Region EURO
:: WHO deploys help to refugees and migrants in Lesvos’s fire-burned camp in the midst of COVID-19 outbreak 24-09-2020
:: WHO launches guide to boost children’s health and well-being in Russian-speaking countries 23-09-2020
:: WHO/Europe’s Regional Director begins visit to Russian Federation with commitment to global solidarity in fight against COVID-19 22-09-2020

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: EU/WHO deliver emergency supplies to flood-affected areas in Somalia 23 September 2020
:: Cancer patients in Yemen face compounded pain of disease and conflict 20 September 2020

WHO Western Pacific Region
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