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Update on polio in Equatorial Guinea

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 17:00
As of 16 July 2014, Equatorial Guinea has reported a total of 5 wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases, with onset of paralysis between 28 January 2014 (first case) and 3 May 2014 (most recent case). Genetic sequencing indicated that the cases are linked to the ongoing outbreak in Cameroon.

A national emergency action plan to respond to the polio outbreak was developed by the Ministry of Health and polio partner agencies and is being implemented. Three nationwide campaigns with bivalent oral polio vaccine (bOPV) have already been conducted in the country - two campaigns targeting children under 15 years old in April 2014 and early May 2014, and one in late May 2014 targeting children under 5 years old. Two nationwide bOPV campaigns are planned for mid-July 2014 and mid-August 2014; the July 2014 round will target the entire population, and the August 2014 round will target children under 15 years old.

WHO Director-General opens a meeting of the childhood obesity commission

WHO Director-General Speeches - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 16:15
Distinguished members of the Commission, ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to Geneva. Thank you for giving us your time. I will be brief. We all want to move quickly.

Stop TB Partnership Board to move secretariat

WHO News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 19:01
WHO welcomes the decision by the Stop TB Partnership (STBP) Board to move its secretariat’s hosting and administrative arrangements, which have been provided by WHO since the partnership was founded in 2001, to the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The move will occur early in 2015.

The move will not change the close and complementary collaboration and working relationship between WHO and the STBP as they fulfil their respective mandates. WHO will continue its leading role in the fight against tuberculosis, setting global policy and targets, leading work to establish norms and standards, monitoring burden and global response, and providing technical support to Member States. The Partnership will continue to lead the global advocacy effort to raise awareness, funding and action against TB, coordinating the efforts of its 1000 partner organizations.

Kemenkes Siagakan Ribuan Pos Kesehatan di Sepanjang Jalur Mudik Lebaran

Kemenkes - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 22:44
Setiap tahun, Pemerintah termasuk jajaran kesehatan di seluruh Tanah Air selalu melakukan kegiatan kesiapsiagaan bidang kesehatan pada fasilitas kesehatan yang ada dan menyiagakan pos-pos kesehatan di tempat yang diperlukan

Pesan Menkes Jelang Arus Mudik Lebaran 2014

Kemenkes - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 22:44
Arus mudik atau perpindahan penduduk dalam jumlah besar memungkinkan terjadinya kecelakaan lalu lintas yang berdampak pada kematian. Dalam perjalanan mudik juga memiliki potensi terjadi ancaman kesehatan

Kemenkes Siagakan Ribuan Pos Kesehatan di Sepanjang Jalur Mudik Lebaran

Kemenkes - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 22:44
Setiap tahun, Pemerintah termasuk jajaran kesehatan di seluruh Tanah Air selalu melakukan kegiatan kesiapsiagaan bidang kesehatan pada fasilitas kesehatan yang ada dan menyiagakan pos-pos kesehatan di tempat yang diperlukan

Pesan Menkes Jelang Arus Mudik Lebaran 2014

Kemenkes - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 22:44
Arus mudik atau perpindahan penduduk dalam jumlah besar memungkinkan terjadinya kecelakaan lalu lintas yang berdampak pada kematian. Dalam perjalanan mudik juga memiliki potensi terjadi ancaman kesehatan

Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:00
The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to closely monitor the evolving Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The current epidemic trend in Sierra Leone and Liberia remains serious, with high numbers of new cases and deaths being reported. Between 8 – 12 July 2014, 79 new cases, and 65 deaths were reported from Liberia and Sierra. In Liberia, 30 new cases and 13 deaths were reported, while in Sierra Leone, 49 new cases and 52 deaths have been reported. These include suspect, probable and laboratory confirmed cases. This trend indicates that a high level of transmission of the Ebola Virus continues to take place in the community. The epidemic situation in Guinea is being closely observed, with 6 new cases and 3 deaths reported between 8 – 12 July 2014. The respective Ministries of Health are working with WHO and partners to step up outbreak containment measures.

As a follow up action to the Emergency Ministerial meeting in Accra, the Regional Director, WHO African Region has taken a decision to re-deploy senior, technical, and support staff to the sub-regional coordination centre that is being established in Conakry, Guinea. The personnel re-assigned include a Director, Regional Advisors, epidemiologists, communication experts, social mobilization specialists, data managers, administrative officers, and other support staff. Preparation to establish the coordination centre is being finalized, with operations of the centre scheduled to be activated on 15 July 2014. The centre will act as a control and coordination platform, consolidating and harmonizing the technical support to the West African countries including assisting in resource mobilization.

Presiden Resmikan RS Pusat Otak Nasional

Kemenkes - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:52
Suara sirine pada Senin pagi (14/5) ini menandai peresmian RS Pusat Otak Nasional (RS PON) atau National Brain Center oleh Presiden Republik Indonesia, Dr. H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Presiden Resmikan RS Pusat Otak Nasional

Kemenkes - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:52
Suara sirine pada Senin pagi (14/5) ini menandai peresmian RS Pusat Otak Nasional (RS PON) atau National Brain Center oleh Presiden Republik Indonesia, Dr. H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:15
On 3, 5, 6, 8 and 10 July 2014, the National IHR Focal Point for Saudi Arabia reported an additional 7 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), and the death of a previously reported case.

A 55-year-old woman from Addawaser City, Riyadh Region who became ill on 25 June, was admitted to a hospital on 2 July and is currently in a stable condition. She was laboratory-confirmed with MERS-CoV infection on 3 July. She is reported to have an underlying medical condition. The patient’s husband owns a camel farm which she visits frequently. She is reported not to have consumed raw camel products in the 14 days prior to becoming ill. She is reported not to have contact with a previously laboratory-confirmed case with MERS-CoV infection. On 15 June, she travelled to Riyadh City where she stayed for a day.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update (United Arab Emirates)

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:15
On 10 July 2014, the National IHR Focal Point for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported 2 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

A 67-year-old man from Abu Dhabi, UAE who became ill on 17 June and was admitted to a hospital on the same day. On 2 July 2014, the patient was critically ill and was admitted to the intensive care unit in a hospital in Abu Dhabi. He was laboratory-confirmed with MERS-CoV infection on 6 July. The patient is reported to have underlying medical conditions. The patient owns a camel farm in the Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia. He visited his farm 3 months prior to becoming ill and had direct contact with camels. Two weeks prior to becoming ill, he visited a camel farm in Abu Dhabi, where he did not have direct contact with camels. He does not have a history of contact with a previously laboratory-confirmed case with MERS-CoV infection and does not have a history of recent travel. Investigation of the camel farm in Abu Dhabi, and follow up of contacts of the patient are currently on-going.

WHO: People most at risk of HIV are not getting the health services they need

WHO News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 16:00
Failure to provide adequate HIV services for key groups – men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people – threatens global progress on the HIV response, warns WHO.

These people are most at risk of HIV infection yet are least likely to have access to HIV prevention, testing and treatment services. In many countries they are left out of national HIV plans, and discriminatory laws and policies are major barriers to access.

Member States commit to reduce preventable deaths from heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes and lung disease

WHO News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 16:00
UN Member States have reaffirmed their commitment to take bold measures to reduce the avoidable burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). These ailments, including heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes and lung disease kill 38 million people every year, many of them before they reach the age of 70. Most of these largely preventable deaths occur in developing countries, where this epidemic threatens to undermine social and economic development.

Member States, gathered for the second time in 3 years at the United Nations in New York to discuss this topic, pledged to intensify efforts to combat the growing menace of NCDs. They acknowledged that progress has been too slow and uneven since 2011, when the UN General Assembly adopted the Political Declaration and pledged to better protect the lives of their people.

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