WHO & Regional Offices [to 27 Nov 2021]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://www.who.int/
Selected News, Statements
26 November 2021
Statement
Classification of Omicron (B.1.1.529): SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern
[See COVID above for detail]

26 November 2021
Departmental news
WHO publishes updated guidance on validation of elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B virus

26 November 2021
Departmental news
Onchocerciasis elimination: achieving NTD road map targets, despite current pandemic challenges

24 November 2021
Statement
Interim statement on COVID-19 vaccination for children and adolescents
[See COVID above for detail]

24 November 2021
News release
First meeting of Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO)
[See COVID above for detail]

24 November 2021
Departmental news
What’s new in the TB section of the 2021 WHO Model Lists of Essential Medicines

24 November 2021
Departmental news
WHO releases HIV drug resistance report 2021

23 November 2021
Statement
Statement of the Thirtieth Polio IHR Emergency Committee
[See Polio above for detail]

23 November 2021
News release
WHO issues guidelines on the treatment of children with multisystem inflammatory syndrome associated with COVID-19
WHO today issued updated guidelines on the management of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children associated with COVID-19 (MIS-C).
MIS-C is a rare but serious condition where children with COVID-19 develop inflammation affecting different organs of the body. Children with this condition need specialized care, and may need to be admitted to intensive care. Although MIS-C is a serious condition, with the right medical care, children with this condition recover.
WHO’s updated guidelines recommend the use of corticosteroids in hospitalized children (aged 0-18 years) with this condition, in addition to supportive treatment and care. This recommendation comes following the availability of three observational studies, pooling data from 885 patients in total.
WHO first described this condition in May 2020, and provided a preliminary clinical definition…

23 November 2021
Joint News Release
WHO and MPP announce the first transparent, global, non-exclusive licence for a COVID-19 technology
WHO’s COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP) and the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) today finalized a licensing agreement with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) for a COVID-19 serological antibody technology. The test effectively checks for the presence of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies developed either in response to a COVID-19 infection or to a vaccine.  This represents the first transparent, global, non-exclusive licence for a COVID-19 health tool, and the first test licence signed by MPP and included in the WHO Pool…

22 November 2021
Departmental news
Gonorrhoea: latest antimicrobial global surveillance results and guidance for vaccine development published

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Weekly Epidemiological Record, Vol. 96, No. 47, pp. 569–584 26 November 2021
:: Meeting of the Immunization and Vaccine-related Implementation Research Advisory Committee
(IVIR-AC), September 2021
:: Performance of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance and incidence of poliomyelitis, 2021
:: Corrigendum to No. 37, 2021

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WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: WHO Press Briefing on health care workers vaccination 25.11.2021
:: Only 1 in 4 African health workers fully vaccinated against COVID-19 25 November 2021

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
No new digest content identified

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: WHO asks countries in South-East Asia Region to be vigilant as cases surge globally and new Variant of Concern is detected 27 November 2021 News release

WHO European Region EURO
:: Women and children experienced higher rates of violence in pandemic’s first months 26-11-2021
:: What are public health and social health measures and why are they still needed at this stage in the COVID-19 pandemic? 25-11-2021
:: WHO Regional Office for Europe: Nearly half a million lives saved by COVID-19 vaccination in less than a year 25-11-2021
:: The WHO European Region could hit over 2 million COVID-19 deaths by March 2022. We can avoid reaching this grim milestone by taking action now 23-11-2021
:: COP26 highlights links between COVID-19 and the SDGs, reinforcing need for bold action in the recovery process 23-11-2021

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
No new digest content identified

WHO Western Pacific Region
No new digest content identified

 

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WHO Events
https://www.who.int/news-room/events/2
[Selected]
Extraordinary meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) – 7 December 2021
7 December 2021
This extraordinary virtual meeting for the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) will take place on Tuesday 7 December 2021 to propose recommendations to WHO on the use of COVID-19 vaccine(s).
Agenda: https://cdn.who.int/media/docs/default-source/immunization/sage/2021/december/sage-agenda-7dect2021-virtual-draft-rev26nov.pdf?sfvrsn=f2b71e9f_10

Building stronger, sustainable, equitable societies for pandemic prevention and for navigating the response to the COVID-19 crisis
7 December 2021 12:00 – 13:00 CET
Join us to launch the new WHO evidence brief, “COVID-19 and the social determinants of health and health equity”, and to discuss the implications of the impacts of the social determinants of health equity for pandemic prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.
* Tuesday 7 December 2021 * 12:00-13:00 Central European Time *
* Join via Zoom * https://who.zoom.us/j/96260096854
Password: Yt@W21bZ

 

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New WHO Publications
https://www.who.int/publications/i
Selected Titles
26 November 2021
Global guidance on criteria and processes for validation: elimination of mother-to-child transmission…

25 November 2021
Caring for women subjected to violence: a WHO curriculum for training health-care providers, revised…

24 November 2021
WHO malaria terminology, 2021 update

24 November 2021
HIV drug resistance report 2021

23 November 2021
WHO third global infodemic management conference: whole-of-society challenges and approaches to responding to infodemics

23 November 2021
Living guidance for clinical management of COVID-19

23 November 2021
WHO preferred product characteristics for gonococcal vaccines

22 November 2021
Paediatric drug optimization standard procedure

22 November 2021
WHO HIV drug resistance network steering group meeting report, June 2021

22 November 2021
Assessment of HIV testing services and antiretroviral therapy service disruptions in the context of COVID-19:…