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7703rd Meeting (AM)
The Security Council’s visiting mission to East Africa and its efforts to build stronger relations with the African Union were among the highlights of its work in May, members said today, as the 15-member organ held its monthly “wrap-up” meeting.
Amnesty International welcomes the Working Group on discrimination against women in law and in practice’s report on the issue of women’s health and safety.
Canada participated in the Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting and the 69th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva last week. The meetings focused on taking action on a number of global health priorities to help achieve positive health results here and abroad.
At the Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting, Ministers committed to a number of actions focussed on strengthening health systems and improving countries' capacities to prevent, detect and respond to public health threats.
This week, health ministers from around the world are convening in Geneva for the annual World Health Assembly (WHA). Among other public health topics, delegates will review and discuss the latest global polio epidemiology. The GPEI has set up a WHA-specific polio website, with the key documents that are guiding discussions.
Main conclusions and options for response
In the EU/EEA, the risk of yellow fever virus being introduced is limited to unvaccinated viraemic travellers coming from epidemic areas. Given that outbreaks of yellow fever in urban settings have the potential for rapid spread and that significant yellow fever epidemics are ongoing in Angola, DRC and Uganda, EU/EEA Member States should consider a range of options for response.
Information for travellers to and EU citizens residing in areas with active transmission
This is an interim report on the WHO-led global response to the emerging threat posed by Zika virus. It summarises the background to the Strategic Response Framework and Joint Operations Plan published in February 2016, provides an update on some key activities conducted by WHO and its partners since, and sets out the current funding gap for critical activities until the end of June 2016, as well as the approach to setting a new strategy from July 2016 onwards.
29 May 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the “invaluable partnership” between Rotary International and the United Nations, telling delegates gathered in Seoul, Korea, for the organization's annual international conference that Rotarians had been instrumental in working with the UN to defeat polio.
26 DE MAYO DE 2016 | GINEBRA - Los delegados en la Asamblea Mundial de la Salud acordaron hoy poner en marcha dos nuevas estrategias sanitarias que están estrechamente relacionadas con los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible. Una guarda relación con la salud de la mujer, el niño y el adolescente, y otra con el envejecimiento saludable.
Estrategia Mundial para la Salud de la Mujer, el Niño y el Adolescente
Manifestó que todas las mujeres deben estar en capacidad de tomar decisiones informadas y las autoridades deben asegurar que las que deseen postergar el embarazo tengan acceso a los métodos de planificación familiar y al servicio de consejería relacionado con el uso de anticonceptivos.
Cólera en las Américas – Resumen de la situación
Desde la semana epidemiológica (SE) 1 del 2016 a la SE 17 de 2016, se registraron 14.574 casos de cólera en tres países en las Américas: Ecuador (1), Haití (13.859) y la República Dominicana (714). Es decir, Haití registró el 95 % del total de casos notificados hasta la SE 17 de 2016 en la Región de las Américas.
Washington, DC, 24 May 2016 (PAHO / WHO) - A group of bioethicists who analyzed the main ethical challenges in response to the outbreak of the Zika virus have concluded that countries are obliged to give all available information on Zika and be explicit about what is not known. Their recommendation from the ethics perspective is that countries should also give women the capacity to choose from all relevant reproductive options.
Mister President, Excellencies, honourable ministers, ambassadors, distinguished delegates, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,
I have taken one overarching message from this Assembly. We can do anything in the world we want to, provided we speak with a united voice.
Your support for the new programme on health emergencies sends a powerful political signal. You want WHO, as the single agency with universal legitimacy in matters of international health, to lead and coordinate the response to emergencies. This function stays at WHO. Thank you.
27 May 2016 – Dr. Catherine Buzmion-Cheong, a United Nations peacekeeper, was working in Liberia when the first case of Ebola was confirmed in the West African nation.
“The Ebola epidemic was unprecedented,” Dr. Buzmion-Cheong told the _UN News Centre_ from the capital, Monrovia, which is the headquarters for the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). “Initially, the lack of training and supplies, plus the stigma and the fear attributed to the Ebola virus disease hampered a lot of the critical intervention.”
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats.
This issue covers the period 22-28 May 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, outbreak of yellow fever and Polio.