WHO & Regional Offices [to 17 Oct 2020]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 17 Oct 2020]
15 October 2020 Departmental news
WHO Bulletin Call for Papers: Behavioural and Social Sciences for Better Health

15 October 2020 News release
WHO appoints co-chairs of Independent Commission on sexual misconduct during the Ebola response in North Kivu and Ituri, the Democratic Republic of the Congo

15 October 2020 Departmental news
New electronic survey manual supports countries to combat micronutrient deficiencies

14 October 2020 Departmental news
Sixth Annual meeting of the “Friends of the Task Force” Working with Member States to deliver the NCD-related SDG targets during and beyond COVID-19

14 October 2020 Departmental news
WHO takes a position on genetically modified mosquitoes
Position statement 
In recent years, there have been significant advances in GMM approaches aimed at suppressing mosquito populations and reducing their susceptibility to infection, as well as their ability to transmit disease-carrying pathogens. These advances have led to an often polarized debate on the benefits and risks of genetically modified mosquitoes.
According to the WHO statement, computer simulation modelling has shown that GMMs could be a valuable new tool in efforts to eliminate malaria and to control diseases carried by Aedes mosquitoes. WHO cautions, however, that the use of GMMs raises concerns and questions around ethics, safety, governance, affordability and cost–effectiveness that must addressed.
The statement notes that GMM research should be conducted through a step-wise approach and supported by clear governance mechanisms to evaluate any health, environmental and ecological implications. It underscores that any effective approach to combating vector-borne diseases requires the robust and meaningful engagement of communities. This is especially important for area-wide control measures such as GMMs, as the risks and benefits may affect large segments of the population.
Countries and other stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback on the new position statement by contacting WHO at: geneticallymodifiedmosquitoes@who.int
New guidance
Despite the growing threat of vector-borne diseases to individuals, families and societies, the ethical issues raised by vector-borne diseases have received only limited attention. Recognizing this gap, WHO has issued new guidance to support national VBD control programmes in their efforts to identify and respond to the core ethical issues at stake.
The new guidance, titled Ethics & vector-borne diseases, was issued today alongside the position statement on genetically modified mosquitoes. Grounded in a multidisciplinary framework, the guidance emphasizes the critical role of community engagement in designing and implementing an appropriate, sustainable public health response.

14 October 2020 News release
WHO: Global TB progress at risk

14 October 2020 Departmental news
Investment in digital health needs careful planning: new WHO guide explains how to do it well

14 October 2020 Departmental news
Release of module and mapping of tools on stakeholder and community engagement in quality of care initiatives for maternal, newborn and child health

13 October 2020 Statement
Impact of COVID-19 on people’s livelihoods, their health and our food systems

12 October 2020 Departmental news
WHO publishes guidance on climate resilient and environmentally sustainable health care facilities

12 October 2020 Departmental news
Neglected tropical diseases: tackling stigmatization, discrimination and mental health through a person-centred approach



WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization (SAGE) : Request for nominations
16 October 2020
WHO is soliciting proposals for nominations of two new experts to serve on its Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunization. Deadline for applications: 22 November 2020
The new SAGE members’ appointment, for an initial period of three years, is scheduled for the first quarter of 2021.
WHO is seeking nominations particularly from the WHO South-East Asia and Western-Pacific Regions. Nominations of women and persons from low- and middle-income countries are specifically encouraged. A track record of achievements on implementation research and social sciences would be of particular relevance…



Weekly Epidemiological Record, 9 October 2020, vol. 95, 41 (pp. 489–496)
Progress towards poliomyelitis eradication – Afghanistan, January 2019–July 2020



WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Keeping displaced persons safe from COVID-19 in South Sudan 13 October 2020

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
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WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Handwashing an effective tool to prevent COVID-19, other diseases 15 October 2020 News release

WHO European Region EURO
:: Providing an update on the COVID-19 situation 15-10-2020
:: Bringing sexual and reproductive health services to young people across the Republic of Moldova 15-10-2020
:: Governments across the WHO European Region contribute over US$ 749 million to the COVID-19 global response 15-10-2020

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Statement of the WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean on the closing of the 67th session of the Regional Committee
13 October 2020 – I am pleased at the outset to welcome Her Excellency Dr. Hala Zayed, Minister of Health and Population of Egypt, and to congratulate Her Excellency on her election as Chair of the 67th session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean. The 67th session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean has just concluded.
:: COVID-19 dominates discussion of the 67th WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean
Cairo 12 October 2020 ‒ The annual meeting of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean began on Monday, 12 October 2020 with a strong focus on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Ministers and representatives from across the Region discussed the impact of the pandemic on health systems and society more generally, and the conference itself was impacted by the pandemic,…
:: Virtual 67th session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean
11 October 2020, Cairo ‒ Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 67th session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean will be held virtually for the first time ever. Health ministers and high-level representatives of the 22 countries of WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region, along with partner organizations and civil society, will connect online to discuss health issues during…

WHO Western Pacific Region
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