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WHO highlights need for countries to scale up action on noncommunicable diseases

WHO News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 19:00
As world leaders gather at the United Nations General Assembly to assess efforts made since 2011 in controlling noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease, the new WHO "Noncommunicable diseases country profiles 2014" show progress has been insufficient and uneven.

The report provides an updated overview of the NCD situation including recent trends and government responses in 194 countries. It reveals that:

Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 17:00
The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to monitor the evolution of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. In Guinea, the current epidemic trend shows low activity of community viral transmission, with only 1 confirmed EVD case reported in the last 7 days. This trend is being closely monitored, particularly in communities that had resistance to recommended outbreak control measure. The epidemic trend in Liberia and Sierra Leone remains precarious with high numbers of new cases and deaths being reported. The current active foci of the EVD outbreak have been identified as Kailahun and Kenema in Sierra Leone and Lofa and Montserrado in Liberia. The respective Ministries of Health are working with WHO and its partners to step up containment measures.

As part of the effort to control this outbreak, Dr Keiji Fukuda, the Assistant Director-General for WHO’s Health Security cluster and Dr Benido Impouma, the Sub-regional Coordinator for the outbreak response visited Sierra Leone and Guinea from 7–10 July 2014. The WHO’s delegation engaged and had dialogue with high-level political and Government authorities aimed to enhance national leadership and commitment. The delegation also held discussions with the national coordination structures for EVD outbreak response, including partners, in order to strengthen coordination, communication, and inter-sectoral collaboration.

WHO Director-General addresses high-level meeting on noncommunicable diseases

WHO Director-General Speeches - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 16:15
Excellencies, honourable ministers, distinguished delegates, representatives of civil society organizations, ladies and gentlemen,

The 2011 political declaration on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases was a watershed event. Heads of state and government formally recognized these diseases as a major threat to health, economies, and societies and placed them high on the development agenda.

Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 17:00
WHO continues to monitor the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The current epidemic trend shows a mixed picture, as follows:

WHO continues to encourage and support outbreak containment measures in the three countries.

Naskah Undang-undang Kesehatan Jiwa Disetujui

Kemenkes - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:52
Selasa (8/7) Menteri Kesehatan Republik Indonesia, dr. Nafsiah Mboi, Sp.A., MPH menghadiri acara Rapat Paripurna Dewan ke-31 di gedung Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat (DPR). Selain Menkes, hadir pula beberapa Menteri terkait, seperti Menteri Sosial;

Naskah Undang-undang Kesehatan Jiwa Disetujui

Kemenkes - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:52
Selasa (8/7) Menteri Kesehatan Republik Indonesia, dr. Nafsiah Mboi, Sp.A., MPH menghadiri acara Rapat Paripurna Dewan ke-31 di gedung Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat (DPR). Selain Menkes, hadir pula beberapa Menteri terkait, seperti Menteri Sosial;

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

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 00:15
On 30 June and 1 July 2014, the National IHR Focal Point for Saudi Arabia reported an additional 3 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), and a death in a previously reported case.

A 15-year-old boy from Riyadh City, Riyadh Region who became ill on 26 June. He visited a hospital where samples were collected for laboratory test on 28 June. Following laboratory-confirmation with MERS-CoV infection on 30 June, the patient was called back and admitted at the hospital. He is currently in a stable condition. The patient had a recent history of travel to Mecca City, Mecca Region. He had no history of contact with a previously laboratory-confirmed case with MERS-CoV. The patient had no history of contact with animals or history of consumption of camel products in the last 14 days prior to onset of symptoms.

WHO assessment of China’s national drug regulatory authority for vaccines

WHO Director-General Speeches - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 16:15
Minister Zhang Yong, colleagues and friends, ladies and gentlemen,

Let me begin by extending my warm congratulations for a job well done. I have just announced that the China Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory system for vaccines has been assessed by WHO with outstanding results.

WHO targets elimination of TB in over 30 countries

WHO News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 14:00
WHO today, together with the European Respiratory Society (ERS), presented a new framework to eliminate tuberculosis (TB) in countries with low levels of the disease. Today there are 33* countries and territories where there are fewer than 100 TB cases per million population.

The framework outlines an initial “pre-elimination” phase, aiming to have fewer than 10 new TB cases per million people per year by 2035 in these countries. The goal is to then achieve full elimination of TB by 2050, defined as less than 1 case per million people per year.

Menkes Apresiasi Integrasi Pelayanan, Pendidikan dan Penelitian RSCM

Kemenkes - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:19
Di sela-sela kunjungan kerjanya, Menteri Kesehatan RI, dr. Nafsiah Mboi, Sp.A, MPH, didampingi Dirut Badan Penyelenggara Jaminan Kesehatan (BPJS) Kesehatan, Dr. dr. Fachmi Idris, M.Kes, dan Dirut RSUPN Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo, dr. Czeresna H. Soejono, SpPD-Kger, meninjau Unit Pelayanan Terpadu Teknologi Kedokteran Sel Punca dan ...

Menkes Tinjau Bridging Loket BPJS Kesehatan di RSCM

Kemenkes - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:19
Menteri Kesehatan RI, dr. Nafsiah Mboi, Sp.A, MPH, didampingi Dirut Badan Penyelenggara Jaminan Kesehatan (BPJS) Kesehatan, Dr. dr. Fachmi Idris, M.Kes, dan Dirut RSUPN Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo, dr. Czeresna H. Soejono, SpPD-Kger, meninjau sekaligus meluncurkan loket BPJS Kesehatan ...

Menkes Apresiasi Integrasi Pelayanan, Pendidikan dan Penelitian RSCM

Kemenkes - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:19
Di sela-sela kunjungan kerjanya, Menteri Kesehatan RI, dr. Nafsiah Mboi, Sp.A, MPH, didampingi Dirut Badan Penyelenggara Jaminan Kesehatan (BPJS) Kesehatan, Dr. dr. Fachmi Idris, M.Kes, dan Dirut RSUPN Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo, dr. Czeresna H. Soejono, SpPD-Kger, meninjau Unit Pelayanan Terpadu Teknologi Kedokteran Sel Punca dan ...

Menkes Tinjau Bridging Loket BPJS Kesehatan di RSCM

Kemenkes - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:19
Menteri Kesehatan RI, dr. Nafsiah Mboi, Sp.A, MPH, didampingi Dirut Badan Penyelenggara Jaminan Kesehatan (BPJS) Kesehatan, Dr. dr. Fachmi Idris, M.Kes, dan Dirut RSUPN Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo, dr. Czeresna H. Soejono, SpPD-Kger, meninjau sekaligus meluncurkan loket BPJS Kesehatan ...

Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 07:00
The evolution of the Ebola virus disease outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia remains a serious concern as primary and secondary viral transmissions continue to occur in both urban and rural communities. Analyses of the current trend and the potential risk factors for the continuing spread of this epidemic have been conducted. The major factors responsible for continuous propagation of EVD outbreak in the sub-region include:

1. Some negative cultural practices and traditional beliefs, resulting into mistrust, apprehension and resistance to adopt recommended public health preventive measures. The implication of this include poor health care seeking behaviour such as hiding of EVD patients, home-based management of EVD patients, and customary treatment of dead bodies. These are very high risk practices leading to extensive exposures to Ebola virus in the community. Consequently, community deaths continue to be reported. In addition, the potential contacts to the EVD patients managed at home and exposures during customary burial procedures are not systematically identified and put under observation (very critical measures for containment of community transmission of Ebola virus). This is therefore a major factor amplifying the outbreak.

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

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 00:15
On 22 June 2014, the National IHR Focal Point for the Islamic Republic of Iran reported to WHO an additional laboratory-confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. On 25 and 27 June 2014, the National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia reported the diagnosis of an additional 3 cases of MERS-CoV infection.

The patient is a 44-year-old male, national, health-care worker (HCW) resident of Kerman province located in southeast Iran. He developed mild symptoms of an influenza-like illness on 6 June 2014. His condition deteriorated as he developed dyspnea and was admitted to hospital on 17 June 2014. Specimens were collected on 17 June 2014 and initially tested negative for MERS-CoV on 18 June 2014. His condition continued to deteriorate and he was transferred to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on 19 June 2014. Additional specimens were collected that day and tested positive for MERS-CoV on 20 June 2014.

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – update

Avian Influenza (WHO News Release) - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 17:03
On 22-23 and 25 April 2014, Taipei Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported 2 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9). These are the third and fourth cases with infection of avian influenza A(H7N9) virus reported from Taipei CDC.

The patient reported on 22 April is a 44-year-old woman from Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China, who travelled to Taipei with a 33-member tourist group. She was ill on 12 April and had been to a local hospital in Nanjing. The patient had an underlying medical condition. Despite general weakness and poor appetite, she travelled to Taipei with the group on 17 April. She was admitted to hospital in Taipei on 19 April and subsequently transferred to a medical center on 20 April. She was laboratory confirmed on 22 April.

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – update

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 17:03
On 22-23 and 25 April 2014, Taipei Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported 2 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9). These are the third and fourth cases with infection of avian influenza A(H7N9) virus reported from Taipei CDC.

The patient reported on 22 April is a 44-year-old woman from Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China, who travelled to Taipei with a 33-member tourist group. She was ill on 12 April and had been to a local hospital in Nanjing. The patient had an underlying medical condition. Despite general weakness and poor appetite, she travelled to Taipei with the group on 17 April. She was admitted to hospital in Taipei on 19 April and subsequently transferred to a medical center on 20 April. She was laboratory confirmed on 22 April.

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