WHO & Regionals [to 21 February 2015]

WHO & Regionals [to 21 February 2015]
:: Global Alert and Response (GAR): Disease Outbreak News (DONs)
– 16 February 2015 Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

:: The Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) 20 February 2015, vol. 90, 8 (pp. 57–68) includes:
– Meningococcal A conjugate vaccine: updated guidance, February 2015
– Preparation for Ebola in Côte d’Ivoire: WHO Ebola response and preparedness support team, October 2014
– Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January– December 2014
In an updated position paper published in today’s edition, WHO emphasizes the importance of completing mass vaccination campaigns in individuals aged 1 to 29 years in all countries in the African meningitis belt, and the need to conduct high quality surveillance and vaccine programme evaluation in those countries

:: WHO Regional Offices
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Plague in Madagascar: need for heightened vigilance
[Undated] Since September 2014, 283 suspected, probable or confirmed cases, including 74 deaths have been reported for all affected areas in Madagascar. The outbreak peaked in November and December but has slowed for the time being. Health officials are keeping a close watch over the situation as the plague season on the island continues until April. The district of Amparafavarola, in the central highlands, has been one of the most heavily affected areas, where cases of pneumonic plague have been reported…

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
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WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
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WHO European Region EURO
:: Medical supplies from WHO reach Donetsk as part of UN aid convoy 21-02-2015
:: New tool helps countries identify foods with too much fat, sugar and salt 19-02-2015
:: WHO increases humanitarian efforts as crisis in Ukraine continues 17-02-2015

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO responds to increasing health needs in Yemen 16 February 2015

WHO Western Pacific Region
Getting everyone in the picture by 2024
16 February 2015 – If someone asks you to prove who you are, you would show them your passport or birth certificate. However, many children are born and people of all ages die without their births and deaths ever recorded. Countries need to know how many people are born and die each year – and the main causes of their deaths – to develop well-functioning health systems. Many Pacific Island countries do not have adequate civil registration and vital statistics systems…