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13 Feb 2016 description

1. HIGHLIGHTS

 WHO has called for a coordinated and multisectoral response through an inter-agency Strategic Response Framework focusing on response, surveillance and research.

 39 countries have reported locally acquired circulation of the virus since January 2007. Geographical distribution of the virus has steadily expanded.

13 Feb 2016 description

Washington, 12 Feb. 2016 –While scientists study Zika virus, the Pan American Health Organization is urging countries to strengthen surveillance, laboratory diagnosis, risk communication and "vector control, which is the tool we have at hand to ensure that we minimize the impact of this virus on the people of the Americas," according to Dr. Marcos Espinal, director of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis at the Pan American Health Organization.

12 Feb 2016 description

La radio pour alerter et sauver

12 Feb 2016 description

Updated 12 February 2016

Travellers should stay informed about Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases and consult their local health or travel authorities if they are concerned.

Based on available evidence, WHO is not recommending any travel or trade restrictions related to Zika virus disease. Countries reporting sporadic Zika infections in travellers arriving from affected countries pose little, if any, risk of onward transmission.

12 Feb 2016 description

Genève, Suisse | AFP | vendredi 12/02/2016 - 10:57 GMT

L'OMS saura d'ici quelques semaines si le virus Zika cause bien des microcéphalies et le syndrome de Guillain-Barré, mais les essais cliniques à grande échelle de vaccins ne devraient pas démarrer avant au moins 18 moins.

Des vaccins sont actuellement à l'étude dans une quinzaine de laboratoires et agences nationales de recherche de par le monde, d'après la sous-directrice de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé, le Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny.

12 Feb 2016 description

Please find below the introduction remarks by Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director- General, Health Systems and Innovation at WHO on Research and Development ( R&D) for Zika virus

Dr Kieny was speaking at a press conference in Geneva today 12 February 2016

The audio file of her press conference can be found:
Direct link: http://terrance.who.int/mediacentre/presser/WHO-RUSH_Zika_research_presser_KIENYm_UNOG_12FEB2016.mp3

Good morning:

12 Feb 2016 description
  • En el Día Mundial de la Radio, Acción contra el Hambre se une a la comunidad humanitaria para reivindicar su importante papel, tanto en la alerta y respuesta ante desastres y emergencias como a la hora de ganar batallas al hambre.

Madrid, 12 de febrero de 2016

11 Feb 2016 description
report UN Population Fund

Following the World Health Organization's declaration of the recent cluster of microcephaly cases as a global health emergency due to its strongly suspected link to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, ​the United Nations Population Fund​ has called for intensified efforts to ensure access to reproductive health services of those potentially affected by the infection.​

11 Feb 2016 description

Clusters of birth defects are strongly suspected to be linked to the Zika virus. Managing risk means following smart public health practice.

11 Feb 2016 description
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Jessica Hagen-Zanker

Richard Mallett

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11 Feb 2016 description
report Voice of America

Jessica Berman

Many children in developing countries — particularly in Africa — are malnourished. Worldwide, more than 70 million children suffer from moderate to severe malnutrition.

Experts say poor nutritional status increases the risk of death 10 times in children who are ill with malaria, diarrheal diseases and other conditions.

The non-profit global health organization, Medecins Sans Frontier, or Doctors Without Borders, treats an estimated 300,000 children every year for malnutrition.

11 Feb 2016 description

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced that New Zealand will provide $500,000 to help the Pacific region to counter the spread of the Zika.

“With the Zika virus now confirmed in a number of Pacific countries, New Zealand is committed to helping limit the impact and spread of the virus in the region,” says Mr McCully.

“New Zealand will provide $250,000 as a contribution to the WHO to implement the Pacific Zika Action Plan, and a further $250,000 to enable countries in the region to respond rapidly if required.

10 Feb 2016 description
report Save the Children

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Washington, D.C. (February 10, 2015) — The release of President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) budget yesterday sent a mixed signal on the prospects for continued progress for mothers and children around the world. Save the Children applauded the proposed increases in the Maternal and Child Health account, but the overall International Affairs budget declined slightly, and some accounts vital to the well-being of women and children across the globe took significant cuts.

10 Feb 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

PRÓLOGO

La malnutrición aguda grave afecta a más de 17 millones de niños y niñas en todo el mundo. A pesar de los notables progresos alcanzados en los últimos años, en 2013 aproximadamente 2,9 millones de niños de 65 países tuvieron acceso a tratamiento, cifra que representa tan sólo el 17% de los niños del mundo que lo necesita.

10 Feb 2016 description

8 de febrero de 2016

La OMS está revisando la investigación y desarrollo (I+D) actual en relación con el virus de Zika a fin de priorizar productos médicos y estrategias cuyo desarrollo debería verse acelerado, y los resultados serán examinados cuanto antes por comités consultivos de expertos.

Por el momento, la mayor parte de las investigaciones que podrían ser útiles para el virus de Zika se han llevado a cabo en relación con otros flavivirus, como los del dengue o la fiebre amarilla.

10 Feb 2016 description

La Directrice générale adjointe de la FAO exhorte les ministres européens à aider les pays pauvres à relever le défi

10 février 2016, Amsterdam - La résistance aux antimicrobiens (RAM) est «une menace émergente pesant sur la santé publique» et nécessite un effort coordonné au niveau mondial pour lutter contre les risques qu'elle représente pour la sécurité alimentaire, souligne aujourd’hui la Directrice générale adjointe de la FAO Maria Helena Semedo.

10 Feb 2016 description

USAID partners to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing our security and prosperity. Our work reflects American values and our commitment to a world where everyone has the opportunity to live in peace and prosperity.

FY 2017 BUDGET REQUEST HIGHLIGHTS

As a core pillar of American leadership and power, global development works together with defense and diplomacy to advance our interests and values abroad, and to protect the American people at home.

10 Feb 2016 description

The risk of babies born with microcephaly has raised understandable concerns among women including those who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. There are many unknowns regarding the possible causes of microcephaly. Until we have more answers, there are ways that women can protect themselves from Zika infection.

Should pregnant women be concerned about Zika virus disease?