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06 Sep 2018 description

Current major event

Global strategy to Eliminate Yellow fever Epidemics (EYE)

On 10 April 2018, WHO and partners launched the Global Strategy to Eliminate Yellow fever Epidemics (EYE). At a meeting in Abuja Nigeria, WHO, UNICEF, Gavi and health officials across the African continent re-affirmed their commitment to eliminate Yellow fever.

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06 Sep 2018 description

6 September 2018, Salalah, Oman – After the signing yesterday of the UHC 2030 International Health Partnership Global Compact for progress towards universal health coverage by countries of the Region, health ministers, policy-makers and experts from WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region and beyond today called on heads of state and governments of the Region to endorse a vision of UHC in their social, economic and health policies and develop national roadmaps to realize that vision.

12 Aug 2018 description

Khartoum, 12 August 2018-- The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Federal Ministries of Health, Industry, and Commerce in Sudan have met to review the findings of March 2018 assessment and develop a cost-benefit analysis on wheat flour fortification in Sudan.

WHO Representative Dr. Naeema Al Gasseer stated that the study result has demonstrated that investing $1 in wheat flour fortification has the potential to return $15 to the economy of Sudan.

12 Aug 2018 description

9 August 2018 – The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and the Humanitarian Aid Commission conducted a training of trainers workshop in July on the procurement and supply chain management for 30 participants working in areas of conflict and natural disasters in Darfur, Kordofan, and the Blue Nile states.

The shortage of essential and life-saving medicines in these states has led to high out-of-pocket expenditure for health, which is often unaffordable for the vulnerable population.

04 Aug 2018 description
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2 August 2018 – The Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Humanitarian Aid Commission, and WHO – the Cluster Lead Agency for Health in Sudan – met to update Sudan’s medicines purchase and import regulations policy.

The meeting was attended by 107 participants representing the health cluster partners, including donors, stakeholders, and counterparts from local health authorities.

02 Aug 2018 description

Khartoum, Sudan, 2 August 2018 – The Federal Ministry of Health, with support from WHO today concluded a 3-day workshop on accountability assessment of the health system and services for members of the accountability assessment taskforce.

The workshop marked the participation of 50 professional from the Federal and State ministries of health, in addition to representatives of key stakeholders including legislative and judicial authorities.

26 Jul 2018 description
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Khartoum, Sudan, 26 July 2018 --- The World Health Organization (WHO), in support of Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), has prepositioned vital medicines and medical supplies for more than 3 million beneficiaries as part of the national emergency preparedness plan for the upcoming rainy season.

The supplies include Rapid Response Kits (RRK) for a population of about 3 million people, Cholera Treatment Kits sufficient to treat 2000 severe or 8000 moderate cases, Oral Rehydration Solutions (ORS), and laboratory testing kits, equipment and furniture.

25 Jul 2018 description

22 July 2018 – Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health, Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and WHO, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World Organisation for Animal Health and the United Nations Environment Programme, have launched the Sudanese national action plan on antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

National and international partners and stakeholders from the fields of human health, animal health, agriculture and environment participated in the launch event in Khartoum.

25 Jul 2018 description

24 July 2018 – The Federal Ministry of Health in Sudan, with support from WHO and in collaboration with emergency care partners and stakeholders, have concluded a consensus meeting to address the gaps identified by the Emergency Care System Assessment (ECSA) conducted in Sudan in 2018.

The 2-day meeting, which was attended by 51 participants including partners, policy-makers and emergency care providers from Federal and state levels, initiated the process of developing a priorities action plan to strengthen the emergency care system in the country.

18 Jul 2018 description

16 July 2018 – WHO and health partners in Sudan have launched a 1-year project to rehabilitate and equip 5 health clinics and support 4 others in East Jebel Marra, South Darfur, in a bid to improve health services for 242 000 displaced people. The clinics are considered a priority in an area which has had limited access to health services for more than 10 years.

The project is led by WHO and national health partners and funded by the Sudan Humanitarian Fund.

17 Jul 2018 description

Khartoum, Sudan, 17 July 2018 - Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), and the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched a national immunization campaign to maintain the country's polio-free status.

The National Immunization Days (NID) will be conducted over two phases, with a target of reaching a total of 4.2 million children under five years of age.

05 Jul 2018 description

Low quality healthcare is increasing the burden of illness and health costs globally

5 July 2018 News Release Geneva

Poor quality health services are holding back progress on improving health in countries at all income levels, according to a new joint report by the OECD, World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank.

Today, inaccurate diagnosis, medication errors, inappropriate or unnecessary treatment, inadequate or unsafe clinical facilities or practices, or providers who lack adequate training and expertise prevail in all countries.

25 May 2018 description


305 Dracunculiasis eradication: global surveillance summary, 2017


305 Éradication de la dracunculose: bilan de la surveillance mondiale, 2017

17 May 2018 description

While Africa has seen tremendous progress towards access to immunization, one in five African children still lack access to all the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended life-saving vaccines, a threat not only to the health of families, but also to the strength of economies and equity in African societies.

25 Jan 2018 description

"10 out of 30 health facilities that will be rehabilitated have already been handed over to local authorities."

In Sudan’s five eastern states of Darfur, access to health facilities like clinics and hospitals is not something people take for granted. In a region roughly the size of Spain, over 9 million people share just 612 primary health care facilities. On average, one facility must serve over 15,000 people. Especially in rural areas, Darfuris often have to travel long distances to reach the facilities.

08 Jan 2018 description

Current major event

Health threats reported in 2017

In 2017, a variety of emerging and reemerging infectious disease threats were reported in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR). Most of the threats began in 2016, including chikungunya in Pakistan, or were already endemic in the country, for example, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in Afghanistan. However, new threats, such as diphtheria in Yemen, have also been observed this year.

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02 Jan 2018 description

Current major event

Declining trend of cholera in Somalia

Data from the Ministry of Health in Somalia suggests that the cholera outbreak reported in 2017 in the country is gradually levelling off. The number of cholera cases and deaths have significantly decreased in recent months and no deaths were recorded from August up to November.
The number of cases reported during the month of November is the lowest in 2017.

Editorial note

26 Dec 2017 description

As host to some of the world’s biggest emergencies, the Eastern Mediterranean Region carries the largest burden of people in need of aid, with more than 76 million people directly or indirectly affected by political conflict, environmental threats, and natural disasters.