WHO & Regional Offices [to 3 Apr 2021]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 3 Apr 2021]
1 April 2021 Departmental news
Living with the Times: new toolkit helps older adults maintain good mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

31 March 2021 News release
Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister of Sweden, appointed WHO Special Envoy for the ACT-Accelerator

31 March 2021 Highlights
VSN membership

30 March 2021 Departmental news
New WHO-IUCN Expert Working Group on Biodiversity, Climate, One Health and Nature-based Solutions

30 March 2021 News release
WHO calls for further studies, data on origin of SARS-CoV-2 virus, reiterates that all hypotheses remain open
[See Milestones above for detail]

30 March 2021 News release
Global leaders unite in urgent call for international pandemic treaty
[See Milestones above for detail]



Weekly Epidemiological Record, Vol. 96, No. 13, pp. 105–112 2 April 2021
:: Pneumococcal vaccines: WHO position paper on their use in community outbreak settings
:: Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January-December 2020



WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Bolstering community approach in Guinea’s Ebola fight 01 April 2021
A few days after he referred a patient from his clinic to the regional hospital, Emmanuel Goepogui, a private practitioner in N’Zerekore prefecture in south-eastern Guinea, received a visit by a community disease surveillance team. “They came to inform me that my patient had tested positive for Ebola and that I was a direct contact,” he says.
:: Genome sequencing in Ebola response 01 April 2021
Studies show that the Ebola virus can persist in bodily fluids – such as semen and breast milk – of survivors for months. The recent resurgence of Ebola in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been linked to bodily fluids of survivors.
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:: Better transport can save up 55 000 premature deaths in Accra, WHO report 01 April 2021

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
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WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
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WHO European Region EURO
:: Slow vaccine roll-out prolonging pandemic 01-04-2021
:: Minimizing COVID-19 risk around religious celebrations as European Region sees resurgence of cases 31-03-2021
:: Regional Director meets TB patients and policy-makers in Kyrgyzstan as COVID-19 continues to threaten health care across the Region 31-03-2021

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Yemen receives 360 000 COVID-19 vaccine doses through the COVAX Facility 31 March 2021
:: WHO committed to ensuring fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccine in Syria 31 March 2021
:: WHO/KSrelief helping children to recover from malnutrition in Yemen 30 March 2021

WHO Western Pacific Region
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