Containing outbreaks in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo

22 June 2016 – On 20 June the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Ministry of Health declared a yellow fever epidemic. Angola has reported close to 3000 suspected yellow fever cases. Despite extensive mass vaccination campaigns circulation of the virus persists. These photo stories illustrate the diagnosis and care of yellow fever patients and how WHO is working with the Ministries of Health to contain the outbreak.

Health advice for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games

21 June 2016 – WHO, today, releases health advice for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games geared towards national health authorities and health workers. The health advice gives measures travellers can take to be as safe as possible from any public health risk. WHO provides advice and support to host governments preparing for mass gathering events, including major sporting, religious, and cultural events.

New data initiative for risk factors of noncommunicable diseases

21 June 2016 – A new initiative, called Data for Health, is helping WHO to conduct household surveys on risk factors for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in Morocco and Zambia initially, with an 4 additional countries to be selected in the coming months. Using mobile phones, this initiative will help health authorities to establish baseline data and build strong information collection systems for all NCD-related health issues.

New technologies prequalified for detecting HIV in infants

20 June 2016 – WHO has prequalified 2 new innovative technologies for early infant diagnosis of HIV that will allow many more infants to be diagnosed quickly and placed on life-saving treatment. The products can be used to diagnose infants in as little as an hour, instead of sending a sample to a laboratory, which can take weeks or months to return a result.

Lower doses of yellow fever vaccine could be used in emergencies

17 June 2016 -- WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization found that one fifth of the regular dose of yellow fever vaccine could be used to control an outbreak in case of vaccine shortages. In the current yellow fever outbreak almost 18 million doses of yellow fever vaccine have been distributed in emergency vaccination campaigns in Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Uganda.

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WHO fact sheets


Highlights

  • Research and development blueprint to prevent epidemics
    June 2016 -- WHO's research and development blueprint is a global strategy that accelerates lifesaving R&D during epidemics. The strategy aims to fast-track the availability of effective tests, vaccines and medicines when they are most needed in emergency situations.
  • Antiretroviral therapy reduces risk of life-threatening infections from HIV
    June 2016 -- Two new WHO studies confirm that HIV-related deaths can be dramatically reduced in both adults and children if access to antiretroviral therapy is provided as soon as possible, regardless of the stage of HIV infection. Opportunistic infections are the major cause of death for people with HIV.
  • Launch of the 2016 Global Nutrition Report
    June 2016 --The Global Nutrition Report examines the world’s nutrition and the efforts to improve it. It assesses progress in meeting Global Nutrition Targets established by the World Health Assembly, and provides current information from global, regional and country perspectives. WHO is a Global Nutrition Report Partner.
  • UN General Assembly adopts the 2016 Political Declaration to end AIDS
    June 2016 -- United Nations Member States have committed to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030, a key target of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. The Political Declaration reaffirms previous commitments which have led to decreases in new HIV infections and better access to antiretroviral therapy.

Zika virus and complications

After a spike in cases of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome associated with Zika virus, WHO declared a public health emergency.

Commentaries

Breastfeeding in emergencies: a question of survival

"Humanitarian organizations must protect, promote, and support breastfeeding in emergencies."

Dr Francesco Branca, WHO Director of Nutrition for Health and Development, and
Mr Werner Schultink, Chief of Nutrition, UNICEF


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