WHO & Regional Offices [to 30 Jan 2021]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 30 Jan 2021]
30 January 2021 Statement
Messages for World Leprosy Day 2021

29 January 2021 News release
WHO publishes new Essential Diagnostics List and urges countries to prioritize investments in testing

29 January 2021 Departmental news
New videos explain how to prevent COVID-19 infection in oral health-care services

28 January 2021 News release
WHO issues new 10-year plan to end suffering from neglected tropical diseases

28 January 2021 Departmental news
Message from Director SRH/HRP

28 January 2021 Departmental news
Issuing of an evidence review to the Nutrition-Friendly Schools Initiative (NFSI)

27 January 2021 Departmental news
In memory: Dr Alexander Kessler, co-founder of HRP

27 January 2021 Departmental news
WHO announces updated definitions of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis

27 January 2021 Departmental news
INFOSAN Quarterly Summary, 2020 #4

27 January 2021 Departmental news
WHO highlights progress in accelerating access to hepatitis C diagnostics and treatment in low- and middle-income countries

26 January 2021 Departmental news
WHO recommends the dapivirine vaginal ring as a new choice for HIV prevention for women at substantial risk of HIV infection

26 January 2021 Departmental news
IDIA and the WHO announce strategic collaboration to support the scale-up of health innovations



Weekly Epidemiological Record, No 4, 2021, 96, 21–32 29 JANUARY 2021
:: Detection of influenza viruses by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction: WHO external quality assessment programme summary analysis, 2020



WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: New COVID-19 variants fuelling Africa’s second wave 28 January 2021
Brazzaville – COVID-19 cases and deaths are surging in Africa as new, more contagious variants of the virus spread to additional countries.
Over 175 000 new COVID-19 cases and more than 6200 deaths were reported in Africa in the last week while infections rose by 50% on the continent between 29 December 2020 and 25 January 2021 when compared with the previous four weeks. In the past week, there has been a small dip in cases in South Africa, but 22 countries continue to see their case numbers surge. Deaths rose two-fold in the same four-week period, with over 15 000 concentrated in 10 mainly southern and northern African nations.
The 501Y.V2 variant, first identified in South Africa, is predominant and powering record case numbers in South Africa and the sub-region. It has been found in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Comoros, Zambia and in 24 non-African nations.
“The variant which was first detected in South Africa has spread quickly beyond Africa and so what’s keeping me awake at night right now is that it’s very likely circulating in a number of African countries,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa.
The variant that was initially detected in the United Kingdom has been found in The Gambia and Nigeria. Further research is needed to determine whether the new strain causes more severe illness…

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
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WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
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WHO European Region EURO
:: The pandemic paradox, hope and hardship in equal measure 28-01-2021
:: First perinatal mortality audit in North Macedonia reveals gaps in the health system and suggests ways to address them 27-01-2021
:: WHO and Germany deliver critical medical supplies to Western Balkans countries to strengthen COVID-19 response and save lives 25-01-2021

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO and KSRelief support COVID-19 preparedness and response in Yemen 27 January 2021
:: Update on COVID-19 vaccination in Syria 26 January 2021
:: Polio vaccination campaign targets 8 million children in Sudan 25 January 2021

WHO Western Pacific Region
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