WHO & Regional Offices [to 3 Oct 2020]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 3 Oct 2020]

The best time to prevent the next pandemic is now: countries join voices for better emergency preparedness
1 October 2020
News release
COVID-19 will not be the world’s last health emergency and there is an urgent need for sustainable health emergency preparedness to deal with the next one.
This was the strong sentiment shared by participants of the United Nations General Assembly side-event on ‘Sustainable preparedness for health security and resilience: Adopting a whole-of-society approach and breaking the “panic-then-forget” cycle’. The high-level virtual event was co-hosted by Finland, France and Indonesia, along with the World Health Organization (WHO)…

Global partnership to make available 120 million affordable, quality COVID-19 rapid tests for low- and middle-income countries
28 September 2020
News release
:: A full access package includes WHO policy guidance on the use of antigen-based rapid diagnostic tests, manufacturer volume guarantees for low and middle-income countries, catalytic funding to assist governments to deploy the tests and an initial US$50 million procurement fund
:: Several rapid, point-of-care antigen tests are being assessed by WHO for Emergency Use Listing (EUL)
:: Agreements between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and test manufacturers Abbott and SD Biosensor make available innovative tests priced at a maximum of US$5 for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)
:: The Global Fund commits an initial US$50 million to enable countries to purchase the new tests, with the first orders expected to be placed this week
:: Expedited market introduction of these tests in multiple LMICs is being supported through the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), Unitaid, FIND, CHAI, and their partners
:: This is the latest move from the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator to develop, procure and distribute critical new tools to fight the pandemic; new tests are urgently needed to meet the huge unmet needs for testing worldwide

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Weekly Epidemiological Record, 2 October 2020, vol. 95, 40 (pp. 477–488)
Maternal and neonatal tetanus eliminated in the south-west geopolitical zone of Nigeria
Progress in eliminating onchocerciasis in the WHO Region of the Americas: advances towards transmission suppression in parts of the Yanomami focus area.

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WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Review of maternal deaths and the continuity of essential reproductive, maternal, an…
01 October 2020
In the context of the double burden of COVID-19 and Humanitarian Emergencies in the Sahel region, analysis of data from the official weekly telegram-letter (TLOH) of the Ministry of Health’s showed an unusually high number of institutional maternal deaths reported in this region during the four weeks (Week 16 to Week 19) of the year 2020, compared to data from the same period in 2019.
:: Statement from Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, on Sexual Abus…
30 September 2020
Brazzaville – The allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by aid workers, who identified themselves as working for the World Health Organization (WHO) Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are deeply horrific and heartbreaking. All my life as a woman, doctor, leader, mother and health worker, I have fought against gender inequality, as well as sexual harassment and abuse. When I became WHO Regional Director for Africa, I committed to advancing women’s careers and interests in the workplace and robustly addressing sexual harassment.
:: African island states launch joint medicines procurement initiative
29 September 2020
Ministers of Health from seven small African island states today signed an agreement to jointly procure drugs and vaccines in a bid to improve quality and access to medicines and other health products.

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 and European Union support COVID-19 training for medical personnel in Georgia to improve health system readiness 30-09-2020
:: Global solidarity in the fight against COVID-19 takes centre stage during Regional Director’s visit to Russian Federation 30-09-2020
:: Tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke linked to more than 20% of deaths from coronary heart disease 29-09-2020

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO Regional Director’s press briefing statement on vaccine development and COVAX Facility for COVID-19 30 September 2020

WHO Western Pacific Region
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