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22 May 2015 description

22 May 2015 - GENEVA-The World Health Assembly continued progress Friday, reaching agreements on polio eradication; further implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005); surgical care and medical products.

Delegates at the World Health Assembly today agreed on a resolution in which Member States recommit to stopping polio and to preparing for the phased withdrawal of oral polio vaccines.

22 May 2015 description
report Voice of America

Joe DeCapua

While the West Africa Ebola epidemic is believed to be winding-down, the search for new treatments and vaccines is not. One study is a U.S./Serbian effort to find an effective anti-Ebola drug.

Listen to De Capua report on US / Serbia effort to find Ebola drug

22 May 2015 description


253 Progress towards polio eradication worldwide, 2014–2015

259 How Liberia reached zero cases of Ebola virus disease


253 Progrès accomplis en vue de l’éradication de la poliomyélite à l’échelle mondiale, 2014-2015

259 Comment le Libéria a mis fin à la flambée de maladie à virus Ebola

22 May 2015 description

May 22, 2015 / 64(19);527-531

José E. Hagan, MD1,2; Steven G.F. Wassilak, MD2; Allen S. Craig, MD2; Rudolf H. Tangermann, MD3; Ousmane M. Diop, PhD3; Cara C. Burns, PhD4; Arshad Quddus, MD3 (Author affiliations at end of text)

22 May 2015 description

21 May 2015 – In a speech at a side meeting "A tribute to health workers" at the World Health Assembly, Dr Ala Alwan, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, called for the respect and safety of health care workers and facilities and paid tribute to the invaluable, and often dangerous work, health and aid workers undertake. He began by paying tribute to the hundreds of health care workers in West Africa, who on the frontline in the battle against Ebola, had contracted the disease. Many had died while helping to save the lives of others.

22 May 2015 description


Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, observed on 23 May:

Obstetric fistula is a devastating yet completely preventable and, in many cases, treatable injury of childbirth. It leaves women, and many girls, incontinent and often stigmatized, abused and isolated from families and communities. At least 2 million women and girls live with the condition, and 50,000 to 100,000 new cases occur every year.

21 May 2015 description

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Thursday 5/21/2015 - 17:46 GMT

Countries have agreed to rid the world of malaria almost completely over the next 15 years, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Diplomats gathered in Geneva for the UN health body's annual decision-making assembly agreed late Wednesday to a plan to cut malaria cases by 40 percent by 2020 and by 90 percent by 2030, WHO said.

The disease currently kills 600,000 people each year.

The plan also calls for completely eliminating malaria in at least 35 new countries over the next 15 years.

21 May 2015 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été identifiés:

• Fièvre éruptive: Palau

• Diarrhée: Niue, Tonga

• Fièvre prolongée: Tonga

Autres mises à jour:


• Une épidémie de Chikungunya est en cours dans les îles Cook et les îles Marshall. Le nombre hebdomadaire des cas à Kiribati a réduit de manière significative.

• Les îles Cook rapportent 38 cas, dans la semaine s’achevant le 17 mai 2015. Au 20 mai 2015, il y a eu 539 cas depuis novembre 2014.

21 May 2015 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:
- Acute Fever and Rash: Palau
- Diarrhoea: Niue, Tonga
- Prolonged Fever: Tonga

Other updates:*


  • Chikungunya outbreak is on-going in Cook Islands and Marshall Islands. Weekly number of cases in Kiribati has reduced significantly.

  • Cook Islands reports 38 cases, in the week to 17 May 2015. As of 20 May 2015 there have been 539 cases since November 2014.

20 May 2015 description

UNEP Annual Report 2014 Highlights Many Environmental Successes

Global Cooperation Reversed Ozone Depletion, Renewables Reached New Heights and First UNEA Advanced Environmental Agenda

Nairobi, 19 May 2015 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today released its Annual Report 2014, showcasing global environmental successes such as the recovery of the ozone layer, significant advances in renewables investments and the first-ever United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).

20 May 2015 description

GENEVA – WHO Member States today agreed a new global malaria strategy for 2016-2030 and approved the Organization-s proposed programme budget for 2016-2017.

The strategy aims to reduce the global disease burden by 40% by 2020, and by at least 90% by 2030. It also aims to eliminate malaria in at least 35 new countries by 2030.

20 May 2015 description

GENEVA, 20 May 2015 - In a statement to the 68th World Health Assembly, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), today said that the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction “has fully embraced the concept of health resilience and recognized that it must be a key area of focus for disaster risk reduction in the immediate future if we are to succeed in reducing existing levels of risk, and to avoid the creation of new risk.”

20 May 2015 description

Geneva - IOM has welcomed the commitment by Indonesia and Malaysia to allow thousands of migrants – currently abandoned at sea by smugglers – to come ashore and receive life-saving assistance.

IOM Director General William Lacy Swing said today in Geneva: “We commend the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia, in particular, for committing to continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the some 7,000 irregular migrants still at sea.”

20 May 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Le manque de contrôle et de protection entrave l’accès à la justice

20 May 2015 description

Attacks on Health Facilities, Staff, Patients

Lack of Monitoring, Protection, Justice Impede Access

20 May 2015 description
report EastAfrican



East Africa's rural poor remain underserved in terms of primary and secondary health care services despite continuous investment in the sector.

Besides national budget allocations, the health sector in East Africa has received extensive funding in form of aid and direct support from multinational development partners. Despite this, however, the region is still grappling with universal health service delivery deficits especially in the rural areas.

20 May 2015 description
report UN News Service

18 de mayo, 2015 — La directora general de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) anunció hoy la creación de un nuevo programa que unirá todos los recursos de esa agencia de la ONU para responder de manera expedita a las emergencias sanitarias.

Durante la inauguración en Ginebra de la 68ª Asamblea Mundial de la Salud, Margaret Chan explicó que el programa será flexible y tendrá un impacto rápido en las crisis en el terreno.

19 May 2015 description

Every Newborn Action Plan Progress Report, Strategies toward Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality launch at 68th World Health Assembly

Countries taking bold steps to end preventable newborn deaths within a generation; framework for ending maternal mortality released

19 May 2015 description

Iraq: Islamic State have taken control of Ramadi. 500 died and 42,840 people fled fighting in the city over 16–17 May, adding to the 180,000 displaced in Anbar since early April. Access to new IDPs in Habbaniyah, Khadiyah district, is limited due to insecurity, and health concerns are growing.