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What's new in the WHO regions

AFRO: Integrated Disease Surveillance (IDSR) - Publication of revised guidance

The document Technical Guidelines for Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response in the African Region, second edition, has now been released in English. This document was developed in collaboration between AFRO Disease Prevention and Control Cluster with programmes dealing with disease surveillance, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The second edition of the IDSR Guidelines was revised to update existing information, include other priority diseases, conditions and public health events and incorporate aspects of the IHR that deal with disease surveillance. The French version of the Guidelines will be released in the first quarter of 2011.

EMRO: Evaluation of training needs in epidemiology in Morocco

WHO is collaborating with the Moroccan Ministry of Health to assess the needs for epidemiological training among the staff at the country's newly established centres for epidemiological surveillance. The Moroccan national health system has been reorganized over the last years, setting up small units all over the country thus creating a network of epidemiological surveillance. The purpose is to map the current human resources in this surveillance system, evaluate the impact of epidemiological training already received and identify gaps. The project should also suggest ways to give training in applied epidemiology that are consistent with the assessment. The work started with a survey including all 16 Moroccan regions and will be followed by a visit to some of them in early 2011. Part of the work will be to review the tools and documents currently supporting epidemiological surveillance in the country.

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PAHO/AMRO: Cholera in Haiti

WHO/PAHO and partners continue to support the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population in the response to the cholera outbreak. Civil unrest since 15 November has slowed down several activities, including delivery of supplies for prevention and treatment of patients, particularly in the northern city of Cap Haitian. Trainings on cholera treatment and initiatives to chlorinate water for 300 000 people had to be postponed. Regular updates on the response to the cholera outbreak, including cumulative number of cases and deaths due to cholera are posted on the PAHO and Disease Outbreak News web pages:

PAHO/AMRO: Assessment tool for core capacity requirements at designated airports, ports and ground crossings - now available in Spanish

This document, developed to support States Parties in assessing existing capacities and capacity needs at points of entry when deciding which airports, ports and ground crossings to designate under Article 20.1 and Annex 1B, is now available in Spanish thanks to the technical support of PAHO/AMRO and the Spanish Ministry of Health:

SEARO/WPRO: Launch of APSED 2010

APSED (2010) is a revision and update of the Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases, originally developed in 2005 as a bi-regional five-year strategy to provide a common strategic framework for countries and areas of the Asia Pacific Region to strengthen their capacity to manage and respond to disease outbreaks and acute public health events. It serves as a roadmap to enable all countries in the Region to fulfil the requirements of the revised IHR, thus ensuring regional health security and contributing towards the global IHR goal. APSED (2010) continues to focus on emerging diseases. However, its scope has now been widened to also address threats posed by other public health emergencies. APSED (2010) does this by supporting Member States to strengthen their capabilities to detect, report and respond to acute public health events, thus contributing to a global public health defence system.

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