WHO & Regional Offices [to 23 Apr 2022]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 23 Apr 2022]
https://www.who.int/news
News [Selected]
14 April 2022
Departmental news
The Global Diabetes Compact: a promising first year

14 April 2022
Departmental news
World Chagas Disease Day: finding and reporting every case

13 April 2022
Statement
Statement on the eleventh meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic
[See Milestones above for detail]

13 April 2022
Departmental news
Ukraine next country to receive technology from the WHO mRNA technology transfer hub

12 April 2022
Departmental news
Meeting of WHO Director-General’s Expert Group on Cervical Cancer Elimination, 19 April 2022

11 April 2022
Departmental news
SAGE April 2022 meeting highlights
[See Milestones above for detail]

11 April 2022
Departmental news
WHO, WIPO, WTO launch trilateral COVID-19 technical assistance platform

11 April 2022
News release
One-dose Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine offers solid protection against cervical cancer
[See Milestones above for detail]

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WHO Director General Speeches [selected]
https://www.who.int/director-general/speeches
Selected
14 April 2022
Speech
WHO Director-General’s opening remarks on Member State Information Session on COVID-19 – 14 April 2022

14 April 2022
Speech
WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the Briefing to the African Union Ambassadors in Geneva on Strengthening Local Manufacturing Capacity – 14 April 2022

13 April 2022
Speech
WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the WHO press conference – 13 April 2022

12 April 2022
Speech
WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the International Strategic Dialogue on Noncommunicable Diseases and the Sustainable Development Goals – 12 April 2022

12 April 2022
Speech
WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the Global Launch of the WHO QualityRights e-training to advance mental health, eliminate stigma and promote community inclusion  – 12 April 2022

12 April 2022
Speech
WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the Public Hearing regarding a new international instrument on pandemic preparedness and response – 12 April 2022

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WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region
:: Africa witnesses longest-running decline in COVID-19 cases 14 April 2022
Brazzaville – Africa is experiencing its longest-running decline in COVID-19 infections since the onset of the pandemic. Recorded weekly cases have fallen for the past 16 weeks, while deaths have dropped for the last eight.
Infections—largely due to the Omicron-driven fourth pandemic wave—have tanked from a peak of over 308 000 cases weekly at the start of the year to less than 20 000 in the week ending on 10 April 2022. Over the past week, around 18 000 cases and 239 deaths were recorded, a decline of 29% and 37% respectively compared with the week before. This low level of infection has not been seen since April 2020 in the early stages of the pandemic in Africa…
:: Botswana, South Africa deepen probe into new Omicron sub-variants 12 April 2022
Brazzaville – Researchers in Botswana and South Africa have detected new sub-lineages of the Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 and are carrying out further investigations to fully understand crucial traits such as infectivity and virulence.
The identified sub-lineages variant are BA.4 and BA.5. World Health Organization (WHO) experts are working with scientists and researchers in the two countries to deepen analysis of the sub-lineages which have so far been identified in four people in Botswana and 23 in South Africa. Outside Africa, the BA.4 and the BA.5 have been confirmed in Belgium, Denmark, Germany and the United Kingdom…
:: Deaths from noncommunicable diseases on the rise in Africa 11 April 2022
Accra/Brazzaville – Noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes are increasingly becoming the main cause of mortality in sub-Saharan Africa, where the diseases were responsible for 37% of deaths in 2019, rising from 24% in 2000 largely due to weaknesses in the implementation of critical control measures including prevention, diagnosis and care. This comes on the eve of a high-level heads of state and health leaders meeting in Ghana to find ways of accelerating progress against noncommunicable diseases…

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: 13 Apr 2022
Less than 10% of those infected with Chagas disease receive timely diagnosis and treatment
PAHO calls for detection of all cases and equitable access to care for this disease, which causes about 30,000 new infections each year. Washington, DC, April 13, 2022 (PAHO)- Due to its silent nature, less than 10% of those infected with Chagas disease each year receive timely diagnosis and, therefore, effective treatment in Mexico, Central…
:: 11 Apr 2022
One-dose Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine offers solid protection against cervical cancer
Geneva, 11 April 2022 (WHO)- The 4-7 April convening of the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) evaluated the evidence that has been emerging over past years that single-dose schedules provide comparable efficacy to the two or three-dose regimens. SAGE’s review concluded that a single-dose Human Papillomavirus (HPV)…

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
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WHO European Region EURO
:: Regional Director pledges WHO support to help Ukraine’s health system build back better during visit to Lviv 13-04-2022
:: Adjusting health financing for people fleeing conflict: WHO releases new guidance for countries in Europe 13-04-2022
:: ‘Ensuring high-quality of HIV Care for displaced people from Ukraine’ 13-04-2022
:: Novo Nordisk Foundation supports WHO’s emergency response in Ukraine and neighbouring countries with 25 million Danish kroner/3.4 million euros 13-04-2022

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Taking the battle against malaria to its source – the mosquito 14 April 2022
:: WHO and KSrelief join efforts in the fight against child malnutrition in Yemen 13 April 2022
:: WHO delivers rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 to Iraq 11 April 2022

WHO Western Pacific Region
No new digest content identified.

 

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Disease Outbreak News (DONs)
Latest WHO Disease Outbreak News (DONs), providing information on confirmed acute public health events or potential events of concern.
15 April 2022 | Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 3 – Israel

 

15 April 2022 | Acute hepatitis of unknown aetiology – the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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WHO Events
https://www.who.int/news-room/events/1
[Selected]
WHO Public Health Laboratories knowledge sharing webinars – Genomic surveillance and building up Next Generation Sequencing capacity
20 April 2022 11:00 – 12:30 CET

 

World Immunization Week
World Immunization Week 2022 – Long Life for All
24 – 30 April 2022

 

World Malaria Day 2022 – Harness innovation to reduce the malaria disease burden and save lives
25 April 2022

 

10th ACT-Accelerator Facilitation Council meeting
26 April 2022 12:30 – 15:00 CET

 

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New WHO Publications
https://www.who.int/publications/i
Selected Titles
14 April 2022
Environmental surveillance for SARS-COV-2 to complement public health surveillance – Interim Guidance
Overview
Routine diagnostic surveillance for COVID-19 has been augmented with environmental surveillance (ES) in wastewater in many locations. ES provides additional evidence on virus in circulation at population level including presence or absence, early warning of increasing or decreasing trends, and information on variants of concern or interest.
This guidance provides advice on:
What situations ES has been shown to add value to public health decision making
What is needed to plan and coordinate an effective ES programme
How to carry out data collection, analysis, interpretation and communication of results.
This guidance is targeted at public health officials who want to understand and integrate complementary ES into COVID-19 control strategies.

14 April 2022
Emergency in Ukraine: external situation report #7, published 14 April 2022: reporting period: 7–13 April…

13 April 2022
INSPIRE: seven strategies for ending violence against children: uptake between 2016 and 2021

13 April 2022
Health system performance assessment

12 April 2022
Optimized broth microdilution plate methodology for drug susceptibility testing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis…

12 April 2022
WHO Expert Committee on Biological Standardization: seventy-fourth report

12 April 2022
Emergency use of unproven clinical interventions outside clinical trials: ethical considerations
[See COVID above for detail]

12 April 2022
Ethics and medical radiological imaging: a policy brief for health-care providers

12 April 2022
Towards better engagement of the private sector in health service delivery

12 April 2022
Equitable access to COVID-19 tools
[See COVID above for detail]

11 April 2022
How to temperature map cold chain equipment and storage areas

11 April 2022
Noncommunicable Diseases Progress Monitor 2022