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Universal Health Coverage Day: ensuring the right to health, leaving no one behind
13 December 2017, Cairo ‒ At least 3.5 billion people, or half of the world’s population, cannot obtain essential health services and each year, larger numbers of households are being pushed into poverty because they have to pay for health care out of their own pockets a new report from the World Health Organization and World Bank has revealed. The release of the report coincides with Universal Health Coverage Day, commemorated each 12 December, which is the anniversary of the first unanimous United Nations resolution calling for countries to provide affordable, quality health care to every person, everywhere with...
Source: WHO EMRO News - December 11, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

World AIDS Day 2017: HIV is treatable, test for HIV
HIV testing in countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region is available mostly through public health facilities and nongovernmental organizations. Encouragingly, community-based testing programmes are operating in an increasing number in some countries.30 November 2017 – The focus of World AIDS Day 2017 is to advocate for HIV testing with the aim of encouraging the general public to seek HIV testing, urge people living with HIV to be aware of their infection and therefore seek treatment, support country efforts in scaling up demand and to promote the different approaches to HIV testing that are recommended by ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - November 23, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Islamic Advisory Group launches training manual on polio eradication, mother and child health ...
Muslim leaders urge parents to vaccinate their children Cairo, 22 November – The Islamic Advisory Group for Polio Eradication (IAG) today launched a new training manual for students of religious studies in support of polio eradication efforts. The manual provides practical guidance on how to engage with local communities to advocate for vaccination as well as other maternal and child health issues. The launch took place during the group’s fourth annual meeting that convened at the headquarters of Al Azhar Al Sharif hosted by Grand Imam Dr Ahmed El-Tayyib. The Grand Imam expressed his happiness to see the pro...
Source: WHO EMRO News - November 23, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO gravely concerned by deteriorating situation in eastern Ghouta, Syrian Arab Republic
22 November 2017, Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic – Seven people have been killed and 42 people injured in Damascus city and surrounding areas in recent days. In eastern Ghouta, Rural Damascus, local health authorities report that during a 4-day period alone from 14 to 17 November, 84 people were killed, including 17 children and 6 women; and 659 people were injured, including 127 children and 87 women. During the same period, more than 200 surgical operations were conducted in eastern Ghouta’s overwhelmed and under-resourced hospitals. Despite escalating violence and increasing humanitarian needs, life-savin...
Source: WHO EMRO News - November 22, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

World Diabetes Day 2017 supports women ’s rights to a healthy future
Today, 14 November, is World Diabetes Day. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Women and diabetes ‒ our right to a healthy future”. The campaign aims to promote the importance of affordable and equitable access for all women at risk of or living with diabetes to the essential diabetes medicines and technologies, self-management education and information they require to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes and to prevent type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a menacing pandemic as it remains hidden throughout most of the world – with up to half of all people with diabetes globally remaining undiagnosed. Di...
Source: WHO EMRO News - November 14, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

World Antibiotics Awareness Week 2017
November 2017 – World Antibiotics Awareness Week will be observed from 13 to 19 November 2017, with the year of this year’s campaign “Seek advice from a qualified health care professional before taking antibiotics”. The aim is to advocate for the proper and responsible use of antibiotics to prevent their misuse. It is important to seek the correct medical advice before taking antibiotics, not only to ensure that you receive the appropriate treatment, but because responsible use of antibiotics will also help reduce the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. Antimicrobial resistance is the abili...
Source: WHO EMRO News - November 6, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean mourns the death of Dr Mahmoud Fikri
18 October 2017 - It is with grieving hearts that we announce the death of Dr Mahmoud Fikri, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean. He passed away on 17 October on his way to participate in the Global High Level summit on Non Communicable Diseases, taking place in Montevideo, Uruguay. Dr Fikri took office as Regional Director on 1 February 2017. In the short period of time since assuming office, his dedication and diligence stood out. He was responsible for the recent and highly successful meeting of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean held in Islamabad, Pakistan, which was attended by Minis...
Source: WHO EMRO News - October 18, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

64th session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean concludes in Pakistan
12 October 2017, Islamabad, Pakistan – Members of WHO’s Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean today concluded their 64th Session, endorsing a number of resolutions that will have a positive impact on the health of populations in countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region.  Among the topics discussed were cancer, climate change, the health of adolescents and antimicrobial resistance. Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide and estimates indicate that by 2030 the Region will have the highest increase in cancer burden among all six WHO regions. In its final resolutions, the Regio...
Source: WHO EMRO News - October 12, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

First day of the 64th Regional Committee of the Eastern Mediterranean focuses on polio ...
11 October 2017, Islamabad, Pakistan On the first day of the regular session of the 64th Regional Committee of the Eastern Mediterranean, the Regional Director’s annual report for 2016, health emergencies and polio eradication were at the core of the discussions. Dr Mahmoud Fikri, WHO Regional Director presented the annual report on the work of the Regional Office in 2016. He focused on important milestones achieved in response to the five strategic priorities and outlined WHO support to health systems strengthening to achieve universal health coverage. He also drew attention to the new WHO health emergencies progra...
Source: WHO EMRO News - October 11, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

President of Pakistan at inauguration of 64th session of the WHO Regional Committee for the ...
10 October 2017, Islamabad, Pakistan – For the first time in Regional Committee history, the opening of the 64th Session of Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean was attended by the president of the host country, Pakistan, reflecting the importance of health on the national and global agenda. In his opening speech, H.E. Mr. Mamnoon Hussain, President of Pakistan called on “the international community, and especially the regional countries, to cooperate willingly to address the challenges faced, putting aside political matters, so that a comprehensive strategy can be devised to control the spread of ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - October 10, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

President of Pakistan inaugurates the 64th session of the WHO Regional Committee for the ...
10 October 2017, Islamabad, Pakistan – For the first time in Regional Committee history, the opening session of the Regional Committee’s 64th session, was inaugurated by the president of the host country, Pakistan, reflecting the importance of health on the national and global agenda. In his opening speech, H.E. Mr. Mamnoon Hussain, President of Pakistan, called on “the international community, and especially the regional counties, to cooperate willingly to address the challenges faced, putting aside political matters, so that a comprehensive strategy can be devised to control the spread of infectious di...
Source: WHO EMRO News - October 10, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

World Mental Health Day: creating a supportive workplace for mental health
5 October 2017 – Every year, the world marks World Mental Health Day on 10 October. The theme of this year's day is “mental health in the workplace” which focuses on how to create healthy work environment supportive to the mental health of employees. The aim is to help people avoid anxiety, depression or any mental conditions that may arise due to stressful work situations and affect their productivity. World Mental Health Day is observed every year to raise awareness of mental health issues and mobilize efforts in support of better mental health. During our adult lives, much of our time is spent a...
Source: WHO EMRO News - October 5, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Sixty-fourth Session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean, 9 –12 October 2017
The Sixty-fourth Session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean will open on Monday evening, 9 October 2017, in Islamabad, Pakistan. As WHO’s governing body at the regional level, the Regional Committee comprises representatives of all 22 countries in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region.  In the presence of His Excellency Mr Mamnoon Hussain, President of Pakistan, the opening session will be inaugurated by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s Director-General, Dr Mahmoud Fikri, WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, and H.E. Dr Ah...
Source: WHO EMRO News - October 2, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Effective preparedness for hajj 2017 (1438 H) pays off: no major public health events reported
Dr El Ziq, WHO Representative to Saudi Arabia (right) addresses a meeting on the successful conclusion of this year's hajj3 September 2017, Makkah – The World Health Organization (WHO) today concluded a successful mission to Saudi Arabia to support the Ministry of Health in ensuring a safe hajj season. No disease outbreak or public health event of concern was reported among the nearly 2.4 million pilgrims visiting the holy sites during this year’s hajj, in spite of an increased number of pilgrims performing hajj this year. WHO's mission to Saudi Arabia was conducted as part of a range of activities undertaken ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - September 3, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO statement on successful conclusion of this year ’s hajj
Dr El Ziq, WHO Representative to Saudi Arabia (right) addresses a meeting on the successful conclusion of this year's hajj3 September 2017 –The World Health Organization would like to congratulate Saudi Arabia for successfully hosting the hajj this year without any public health events or disease outbreaks being reported among pilgrims performing hajj.  In addition, WHO expresses its deep appreciation to all the health care workers and volunteers for their great dedication and for the efforts that they have exerted this year in providing health care services to serve and protect the health of pilgrims. As in p...
Source: WHO EMRO News - September 3, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Somalia celebrates 3 years polio-free: WHO urges continued caution
Mogadishu, 14 August 2017 – An event attended by the President of Somalia, parliamentarians, delegates from the Somali Ministry of Health, World Health Organization and UNICEF, was held in Mogadishu to mark a milestone occasion: 3 years since the detection of the last case of wild poliovirus in the country.  Speaking at the event, WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr Mahmoud Fikri, applauded Somalia’s efforts to ward off the crippling and highly infectious virus but urged continued caution.  “The absence of cases of polio in Somalia today is testament to the leadersh...
Source: WHO EMRO News - August 14, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO commemorates World Hepatitis Day in Pakistan
Cairo, 27 July 2017 The World Health Organization and its partners will commemorate tomorrow World Hepatitis Day to add momentum to efforts aimed at implementing WHO's global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis for 2016–2021 and to help Member States achieve the final goal: Eliminating Hepatitis. For this occasion an event will be held at Serena Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan on 10 August 2017. In 2015 nearly 325 million people around the world were living with chronic hepatitis infections, out of which 1.34 million people died. In reality, both hepatitis B and C are preventable while hepatitis B is manageable a...
Source: WHO EMRO News - July 27, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

GoS, WHO, FAO, and OIE fight antimicrobial resistance with new national plan
KHARTOUM, 25 July 2017 To help stop antimicrobial resistance (AMR) from killing millions and costing the global economy trillions of dollars, partners from the health and agriculture sectors are coming together in Khartoum, Sudan from 24-27 July to draft a national action plan. By the year 2050, resistance to life-saving antimicrobial drugs such as antibiotics is estimated to cost the world 10 million lives and US$ 100 trillion per year. In many countries, including Sudan, bacteria, viruses and other pathogens are becoming more resistant to antimicrobial drugs because of inappropriate or excessive use of these drugs...
Source: WHO EMRO News - July 25, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO and partners, including UNICEF, scale up efforts to minimize spread of acute watery ...
10 July 2017 – With increasing numbers of people in some countries of the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean Region affected by acute watery diarrhoea and cholera, WHO in the Region is working with partners, including UNICEF, to save lives in areas where outbreaks are active, and reduce the risk of these diseases crossing into unaffected areas and neighbouring countries.   “The situation has reached a critical point. The number of people with acute watery diarrhoea/cholera in countries in the Region in 2017 alone is higher than the number of people affected worldwide in 2016. Inf...
Source: WHO EMRO News - July 10, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Partnerships, empowerment and action: a multisectoral response to end gender-based violence ...
United Nations agencies convene over 100 government and civil society partners from 12 countries for a landmark meeting in Bangkok to respond to gender-based violence Bangkok, June 28, 2017 – Governments, civil society and the United Nations in Asia and the Pacific are strengthening the roll-out and implementation of a multi-sectoral response to urgently address gender-based violence against women and girls across this diverse region. More than 100 delegates representing a range of government and civil society partners from a dozen countries are attending a three-day meeting in Bangkok this week, convened by the As...
Source: WHO EMRO News - June 27, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO expresses thanks and appreciation to His Royal Highness, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, for ...
23 June 2017 – The World Health Organization (WHO) expresses deep thanks and appreciation to His Royal Highness, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence for his generous initiative to fund cholera response activities in Yemen. King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre in Saudi Arabia, has announced a donation of US $66.7 million to UNICEF, WHO and their partners to contain the outbreak of cholera in Yemen, in response to their urgent call for much needed funds. The figure of US $66.7 million has been requested by UNICEF and WHO as the total f...
Source: WHO EMRO News - June 23, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

King Salman Centre for Humanitarian Aid and Relief supports cholera response in Yemen
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 15 June 2017 – The World Health Organization (WHO) and the King Salman Centre for Humanitarian Aid and Relief have signed an agreement for almost US$ 8.3 million to support the ongoing health response to the cholera outbreak in Yemen. This support from the King Salman Centre will ensure that 7.3 million people in 13 priority governorates are reached with life-saving health services as part of coordinated efforts by all health partners to conduct prevention activities and provide treatment. Specifically, this support will enable WHO, health authorities and health cluster partners to: • st...
Source: WHO EMRO News - June 14, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

World Blood Donor Day: Don ’t wait until disaster strikes. Give blood now.
12 June 2017, Cairo – Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event serves to thank blood donors for their life-saving gift of blood and to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations throughout the year to ensure the availability of safe blood supplies for patients in need.  This year’s campaign focuses on blood donation in emergencies.  Risks to health caused by emergencies, including natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods; and man-made disasters such as road accidents and armed conflicts are a major concern in the WHO Eastern M...
Source: WHO EMRO News - June 12, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

World Blood Donor Day: Don ’t wait until disaster strikes. Give blood
12 June 2017, Cairo – Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event serves to thank blood donors for their life-saving gift of blood and to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations throughout the year to ensure the availability of safe blood supplies for patients in need.  This year’s campaign focuses on blood donation in emergencies.  Risks to health caused by emergencies, including natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods; and man-made disasters such as road accidents and armed conflicts are a major concern in the WHO Eastern M...
Source: WHO EMRO News - June 12, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Japan's support to WHO boosts lifesaving health interventions for IDPs and refugees in Ninewa, ...
Baghdad, 29 May 2017 – The Government of Japan extended its support to the World Health Organization in March this year with a donation of over US$ 1 million to implement a project to provide integrated lifesaving services in camps for internally displaced people and Syrian refugees in the hosting governorates of Ninewa, Erbil and Duhok.  Through this initiative, a population of over one million civilians now has access to mobile emergency medical services provided through 2 emergency management coordination centres. The centres are supported by a network of newly procured ambulances staffed by trained par...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 29, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHA side event discusses SDGs, polio eradication and emergencies
24 May 2017 – The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean convened a meeting for delegates of countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region as a side event at the Seventieth World Health Assembly. The meeting discussed the Sustainable Development Goals, polio eradication and emergencies. Sustainable Development Goals  Superseding the Millennium Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 goals with 169 targets that all 191 United Nations Member States have agreed to try and achieve by 2030. The goals represent a new transformative agenda for the world which aims to improve...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 23, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO ’s Regional Director presents roadmap for WHO’s work in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
Geneva, 22 May 2017 – On 21 May, Dr Mahmoud Fikri, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, presented a roadmap of WHO’s work for the Eastern Mediterranean Region for 2017–2021 to ministers of health of the Region. It translates the vision of the WHO Regional Director into a set of strategic actions to guide WHO’s work with Member States. It takes into consideration the global commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the WHO reform agenda. In ensuring alignment of this roadmap with the SDGs, focus has been placed on five strategic priorities: emergencies and healt...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 22, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Tobacco damages more than health; stop tobacco and drive sustainable development
Cairo, Egypt, 18 May, 2017 — On this World No Tobacco Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on governments, partners, communities and individuals to stop using tobacco and drive sustainable development. The slogan for this year’s Day is “Say no to tobacco”. Tobacco control can protect health, reduce poverty and promote development.   Each year, more than 7 million people die from tobacco use. This figure includes the 900 000 that die from exposure to secondhand smoke. Over 80% of these deaths occur in low- or middle-income countries. These countries bear almost 40% of the global ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 18, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week: speed management key to saving lives
Cairo, Sunday 14 May 2017 – The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean and the Ministry of Health and Population of Egypt today marked the fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week during a regional celebration held at WHO premises in Cairo. The week and its related campaign “Save Lives: #SlowDown” draw attention to the dangers of speed and the measures which should be put in place to address this leading risk for road traffic deaths and injuries. Studies indicate that typically 40–50% of drivers do not adhere to speed limits. Excessive and inappropriate sp...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 14, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO responds to resurgent cholera in Yemen
11 May 2017, Sana’a, Yemen — The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners are responding to an upsurge in cholera transmission in several parts of Yemen that has claimed 51 lives and caused around 2752 suspected cases since 27 April 2017. WHO has rapidly distributed medicines and medical supplies, including cholera kits, oral rehydration solutions and intravenous (IV) fluids as well as medical furniture and equipment for diarrhoea treatment centres. Ten new treatment centres are being established in affected areas. WHO is also supporting health authorities to establish oral rehydration therapy corners to ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 11, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Prime Minister of Tunisia Yousef El-Shahed honours WHO Regional Director Dr Mahmoud Fikri at ...
During the 13th session of the Prevention of Road Incidents World Congress on Road Safety, inaugurated in Tunis yesterday, Wednesday 3 May 2017, H.E. Tunisian Prime Minister Yousef El-Shahed honoured Dr Mahmoud Fikri, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean. The congress started its working sessions today. The first session handled "post-crash response" and highlighted the crucial role of the health sector both in prevention and control of road traffic injuries, deaths and disabilities. Read more... (Source: WHO EMRO News)
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 3, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

“Fight antibiotic resistance … it’s in your hands”
2 May 2017, Cairo – World Hand Hygiene Day, marked globally on 5 May, highlights the importance of hand hygiene in health care. The slogan of this year’s campaign is “Fight antibiotic resistance … it’s in your hands”, illustrating the important relationship between good infection prevention and control practices like washing your hands and preventing antibiotic resistance.    World Hand Hygiene Day plays an important role in highlighting good infection prevention and control practices to change behaviours to reduce the spread of infections and therefore save the lives of mill...
Source: WHO EMRO News - April 30, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO Regional Director meets Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir
WHO Representative Dr Naeema Al Ghasseer and WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Mahmoud Fikri meeting with the President of Sudan Omar Hassan Ahmad  El BashirKhartoum, 20 April 2017 – WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Mahmoud Fikri concluded a 2-day visit to Sudan. During his visit, he met with the President of Sudan Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir, senior Government officials and representatives of United Nations agencies and the diplomatic community. In his meeting with the President, the Regional Director expressed his gratitude for the invitation and the generous...
Source: WHO EMRO News - April 20, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

World Immunization Week 2017: #VaccinesWork
19 April 2017, Cairo – On the occasion of  World Immunization Week – celebrated annually between 24 and 30 April  – WHO highlights the vital importance of immunization as the most cost-effective preventative intervention in public health. Under the theme “#VaccinesWork”, World Immunization Week in 2017 calls on governments and all stakeholders to ensure strong country commitment for immunization as a priority, demand immunization as a right and responsibility and equitably extend the benefits of immunization to all people. It also highlights the progress achieved over the past years...
Source: WHO EMRO News - April 19, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO's Regional Director launches National Immunization Week in Lebanon
H.E. the Minister of Public Health of Lebanon Ghasan Hasbani, WHO Regional Director Dr Mahmoud Fikri and Director-General of the Ministry of Health Dr Walid Ammar visit a vaccine storage warehouse in KarantinaBeirut, Lebanon, 10 April 2017 – WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Mahmoud Fikri and H.E. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Mr Ghasan Hasbani today launched National Immunization Week in Lebanon. World Immunization Week is celebrated annually from 24 to 30 April by WHO and partners to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - April 10, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO Regional Director meets Lebanese President H.E. ...
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health of Lebanon Mr Ghassan Hasbani and WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Mahmoud Fikri7 April 2017 – WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Mahmoud Fikri today met the President of Lebanon H. E. Michel Aoun at the presidential palace in Lebanon to discuss public health issues in Lebanon and the Region at whole. Also present at the meeting was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Mr Ghassan Hasbani.  H.E President Aoun outlined some of the regional challenges that have been placing an additional burden on the ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - April 9, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Nationwide immunization campaign protects 5 million children against polio in war-torn Yemen
WHO UNICEF and the World Bank are working closely with health authorities to keep Yemen polio-free and curb the spread of measlesSupport from the World Bank, WHO and UNICEF critical to reach every vulnerable child SANA’A, 8 April 2017 — In an effort to keep Yemen polio-free, nearly 5 million children under the age of 5 have been vaccinated in a nationwide campaign covering all governorates in the country. The campaign was supported by a partnership between the World Bank, UNICEF and WHO launched in February 2017. Despite intensifying violence in Sa’ada governorate, more than 369 000 children between the...
Source: WHO EMRO News - April 9, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Fight stigma. Speak out about depression
6 April 2017 – On World Health Day, 7 April,  the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on individuals and communities to speak out about depression and to fight the stigma surrounding it. The slogan for this year’s Day is “Depression: let’s talk”. Talking about depression helps break down stigma and encourages more people to seek help. To commemorate World Health Day this year, WHO and the Ministry of Public Health of Lebanon are holding a regional celebration under the patronage of the President of the Council of Ministers H.E. Mr Saad Hariri at the Serail in Beirut, Lebanon....
Source: WHO EMRO News - April 4, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO Regional Director met with H.E. President of Pakistan during his official visit to the country
WHO Regional Director Dr Mahmoud Fikri (centre) meets with H.E. the President of Pakistan Mamnoon HussainIslamabad, 2 April 2017 – Dr Mahmoud Fikri, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, visited Islamabad, Pakistan, from 30 to 31 March. During his first official visit to the country, Dr Fikri met with several high-ranking officials, including the President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain, the Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar, and the Prime Minister’s Focal Person for Polio Eradication Senator Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, and attended the Te...
Source: WHO EMRO News - April 4, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO calls for increased support for health aid in Syria and refugee-hosting neighbouring countries
As the world’s leaders gather in Brussels on 4-5 April, the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria continues to unfold. More than six years into the conflict, the violence is unrelenting. As always, it is civilians who pay the highest price: almost 300,000 people have been killed and 1.5 million people injured, including thousands of women and children. Today, almost 13 million people inside Syria and 5 million refugees in neighbouring countries are in need of urgent health assistance. The human misery behind these numbers is sometimes overlooked: the 17-year old girl who lost her right leg in a mortar attack that crushe...
Source: WHO EMRO News - April 3, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Regional Director thanks United Arab Emirates for support of Polio Eradication Initiative in ...
From left to right: Dr Abdirahman Mahamud, Team Lead Polio, WHO Pakistan, Dr Jaouad Mahjour, Director of Programme Management, WHO Regional Office, Dr Mohammad Assai, Acting WHO Representative in Pakistan, H.E. Abdulaziz Ali Rashed Binmesaied Alneyadi, First Secretary, United Arab Emirates Embassy in Pakistan Dr Mahmoud Fikri, WHO Regional Director, H.E. Abdulla Khalifa Al Ghufli, Director of the United Arab Emirates Project to Assist Pakistan, Dr Maryam Yunus, WHO PakistanIslamabad, 30 March 2017 – During his 2-day visit to Pakistan on 30–31 March 2017, Dr Mahmoud Fikri, WHO Regional Director for the East...
Source: WHO EMRO News - March 30, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Within hours of opening its doors, Athbah trauma field hospital treats casualties from west Mosul
(Source: WHO EMRO News)
Source: WHO EMRO News - March 29, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

World TB Day: Unite to End TB and alleviate the suffering of millions
22 March 2017, Cairo – The World Health Organization (WHO) calls for united efforts to put an end to tuberculosis (TB) that is still affecting millions of people around the world. On the occasion of World TB Day, celebrated on 24 March, WHO renews the call to “Unite to End TB” through actions to address stigma, discrimination and marginalization and overcome barriers to access care to ensure that no one is “left behind”.  TB, along with HIV, is still ranked by WHO as a leading cause of death due to communicable diseases; in 2015, more than 10.4 million people contracted the disease and 1...
Source: WHO EMRO News - March 19, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Statement by Dr Mahmoud Fikri on the occasion of International Women's Day, WHO Regional Director
8 March 2017 – Today the global community celebrates a very distinguished occasion, International Women’s Day, under the inspirational slogan be bold for change. Many achievements have been made for and by women in recent decades. We have witnessed a substantial reduction in maternal mortality ratio in our region through improved access to reproductive health services. Women are now playing greater catalyst roles in our societies and have become an agent of change for health and development.  However, many more challenges and gaps have also emerged, some of which are hindering women from achieving t...
Source: WHO EMRO News - March 8, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO responds to reported use of chemical weapons agents in East Mosul, Iraq
3 March 2017 – Following the reported use of chemical weapons agents in East Mosul, Iraq, WHO, partners and local health authorities have activated an emergency response plan to safely treat men, women and children who may be exposed to the highly toxic chemical. Since 1 March, 12 patients including women and children with respiratory symptoms and blistering have been received for treatment by a referral hospital in Erbil according to local health authorities. Of these, 4 patients are showing severe signs associated with exposure to a blister agent. WHO and partners are working with health authorities in Erbil ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - March 3, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO airlifts cholera and tuberculosis medical supplies to Yemen
23 January 2017, Sana’a – Today a cargo plane carrying 8 metric tonnes of cholera kits and tuberculosis medicines landed in Yemeni capital, Sana’a. The cholera kits include anti-diarrhoeal treatment for 12 000 people, as well as cholera laboratory equipment and rapid diagnostics tests.  Part of the airlift coming from Djibouti are also anti-tuberculosis medicines procured by Global Fund on behalf of national health authorities across the country. Since the cholera outbreak was declared in October last year, there were 21 790 suspect cases, including 103 deaths. Out of those sample that were tested...
Source: WHO EMRO News - March 2, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO steps up medical preparations in response to west Mosul operations
Baghdad, Iraq, 28 February 2017 – As military operations in west Mosul, Iraq, begin, the World Health Organization (WHO) is scaling up its response in support of the Ministry of Health to meet the urgent health needs of 750 000 west Mosul residents who are expected to require trauma care and basic health services. Additional trauma stabilization points, field hospitals, and primary health care centres are being established. Medicines and medical supplies have been propositioned in Erbil, Duhok and Ninewa governorates. Additional ambulances and mobile medical clinics are on route to frontline areas to support ser...
Source: WHO EMRO News - March 1, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO scales up response in Somalia as drought-affected populations face difficult situation
Cairo, 27 February 2017 – The World Health Organization (WHO) is scaling up its response in Somalia to provide critical health services for 1.5 million people currently affected by severe drought conditions and a worsening food crisis. However, the Organization urgently requires US$ 10 million as part of the United Nations appeal for the first 6 months of 2017. The humanitarian situation in Somalia continues to deteriorate, and there is a high risk that the country will face its third famine in 25 years. More than 6.2 million people – half of the total population – are in urgent need of hu...
Source: WHO EMRO News - February 27, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Regional Director meets Egyptian Minister of Health and Population
Dr Mahmoud Fikri, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, and Dr Ahmed Emad Eldin Rady, Minister of Health and Population of Egypt19 February 2017 – On 16 February, the WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Mahmoud Fikri received the Egyptian Minister of Health and Population Dr Ahmed Emad Eldin Rady at the WHO Regional Office in Cairo, accompanied by the WHO Representative in Egypt, Dr Jean Jabbour.  This welcome visit came after the inauguration of the new Regional Director who assumed office on 1 February 2017. The Regional Director discussed WHO’s collaborative work ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - February 19, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Urgently needed medicines and medical supplies delivered to east Mosul
Erbil 15 February 2017 The World Health Organization (WHO) has responded to an acute shortage of medical supplies in the newly retaken areas of Mosul by delivering medicines and other medical supplies to 16 primary health centers, one hospital and the Directorate of Health (DOH) in Ninewa. The donation will support treatment of patients with infectious diseases, chronic conditions, diarrheal diseases and trauma cases who have been deprived of medical care.  The supplies, part of which are an in-kind donation from the Government of Norway, consist of medical equipment, medications, 4 full interagency emergency health ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - February 15, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news