WHO & Regional Offices [to 14 Nov 2020]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 14 Nov 2020]
13 November 2020 News release
Access to COVID 19 Tools Accelerator commitments reach US$ 5.1billion following new contributions, including at Paris Peace Forum

13 November 2020 Departmental news
First ever vaccine listed under WHO emergency use
[See Milestones above for detail]

13 November 2020 News release
WHO establishes Council on the Economics of Health for All

12 November 2020 News release
WHA73 endorses resolutions on meningitis control and epilepsy, roadmap on neglected tropical diseases

12 November 2020 News release
Worldwide measles deaths climb 50% from 2016 to 2019 claiming over 207 500 lives in 2019

12 November 2020 Departmental news
Neglected tropical diseases: World Health Assembly endorses bold new road map targets for 2030
2030 road map targets
The road map sets global targets and milestone to prevent, control, eliminate and eradicate 20 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and disease groups. By shifting away from single-disease vertical programmes to integrated approaches, it aims to promote improved coordination and collaboration. Another distinct feature is to drive greater ownership by national and local governments, including communities. The overarching 2030 global targets are to:
:: reduce by 90% the number of people requiring treatment for NTDs
:: eliminate at least one NTD in 100 countries
: eradicate two diseases (dracunculiasis and yaws)
:: reduce by 75% the disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) related to NTDs
The road map’s cross-cutting and other targets can be consulted here.

12 November 2020 Departmental news
Updated dashboard supports differentiated HIV testing services

12 November 2020 Departmental news
WHO HTS Info app

11 November 2020 Departmental news
2021 designated as the International Year of Health and Care Workers

10 November 2020 News release
73rd World Health Assembly set to strengthen preparedness for health emergencies

9 November 2020 Statement
Statement to the resumed 73rd World Health Assembly by the Chair of the Review Committee on the Functioning of the International Health Regulations (2005) during the COVID-19 Response
[7] Preliminary findings include:
:: Preparedness assessment and monitoring as well as core capacities need to be further examined in light of the observed performance in the response of many Member States. A universal peer-review mechanism such as that used in human rights reviews may be useful.
:: Both official information as well as information through media, social media and rumors are useful surveillance information. IHR provisions for notification and verification of information for events need to be further examined to understand the reluctance of some countries for early reporting and the need for incentives or other approaches to ensure better compliance.
:: WHO-provided Rapid Risk Assessments for events that may pose a risk of international spread are of utmost importance.
:: The meaning and consequences of Public Health Emergencies of International Concern have to be fully understood by Member States and inter- as well as supranational institutions. The relevance of an intermediate level of alert to prevent a PHEIC from occurring, and options for its implementation, need to be also clearly examined.
:: Implementation of travel restrictions at the national level was widespread. The role of WHO in relation to travel recommendations as well as incentives for States Parties to comply with their obligations related to travel measures need to be further examined.
:: Strong support for the current mechanisms for global outbreak alert and response as well as adequate national legislation are key to strengthen the response to global public health risks. The authority of National IHR Focal Points is critical to ensure rapid communication and coordination.
:: What also became very clear during our work so far, and looking beyond just the IHR, both strong public health as well as health care systems are needed for effective response.

[8] Beside the work in the sub-groups we have started to organize our work around issues that are not addressed in the sub-groups or are relevant for more than one sub-group. These include:
:: The overarching question of whether the IHR are fit for purpose. Are there challenges in their design or in their implementation that raised concerns during the COVID-19 response?
:: Issues of financing at the national and international level, especially for preparedness, as well as the functions and effectiveness of IHR governance bodies and mechanisms.
:: Conducting an article-by-article analysis to ensure a systematic review and identify whether any amendments may be required.
:: And examining the progress made on implementing the recommendations of previous Review Committees to refine our own recommendations….

9 November 2020 News release
WHO Director-General calls on world to “choose health” at resumed 73rd World Health Assembly in the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife



Call for consultant to support countries to conduct cold chain and Effective Vaccine Management (EVM) assessments as part of COVID-19 vaccine deployment
Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals (IVB) Essential Programme on Immunization (EPI)
11 November 2020 Call for consultation



Weekly Epidemiological Record, 13 November 2020, vol. 95, 46 (pp. 557–572)
:: Routine vaccination coverage – worldwide, 2019
:: Progress towards regional measles elimination – worldwide, 2000–2019



WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Nearly 1 in 5 COVID-19 deaths in the African region linked to diabetes 12 November 2020
:: Mauritian clinics help cut diabetic foot amputations 12 November 2020

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
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WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
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WHO European Region EURO
:: Hopeful, colourful, simple: WHO adapts COVID-19 messages in Ukraine to the local audience 13-11-2020
:: Outstanding public health achievements from the WHO European Region receive the highest recognition at the resumed 73rd World Health Assembly 13-11-2020
:: WHO/Europe is focusing on eye screening for people with diabetes 13-11-2020
Antimicrobials: handle with care. United in the One Health approach to protect antimicrobials 12-11-2020
:: Romania and the Republic of Moldova stand together to tackle COVID-19 11-11-2020

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
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WHO Western Pacific Region
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