Patient Solidarity Day 2018: Action to ensure safe medication and health care for all
6 December 2018 – The Eastern Mediterranean Region joins the world in marking Patient Solidarity Day on 7 December 2018. This year’s Patient Solidarity Day focuses on Safe Medication and Health Care for All. Unsafe medication practices and medication errors are a leading cause of avoidable harm in health care systems globally. The Eastern Mediterranean Region is no exception. Worldwide, the cost associated with medication errors has been estimated at US$ 42 billion annually – almost 1% of total global health expenditure. This is a waste of valuable resources. The money could be saved by implementing ach...
Source: WHO EMRO News - December 5, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Parliamentarians from the Eastern Mediterranean Region join WHO ’s call for action and ...
3 December 2018, Beirut, Lebanon – The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean has convened a meeting of the Regional Parliamentary Working Group on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), taking place today and tomorrow in Beirut, Lebanon. This marks an important milestone in promoting and strengthening parliamentarians’ engagement in gearing up national health and development policies toward achieving UHC in the Region. Hosted by the Government of Lebanon, the meeting was inaugurated by Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, HE Dr Ghassan Hasbani, Lebanese Minister of P...
Source: WHO EMRO News - December 2, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Working together for a healthier Region
King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) and World Health Organization (WHO) By Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean The Eastern Mediterranean is a dynamic and diverse world region with challenging social, economic and demographic conditions. Countries of the Region vary greatly in terms of income, from among the world’s highest to the lowest. While some enjoy cutting-edge technology, others lack access to water, sanitation and electricity. The Regional Office of the World Health Organization has a vison to achieve health for all by all so that everyone in the...
Source: WHO EMRO News - November 26, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
Cairo, Egypt, 8 November, 2018 – World Antibiotics Awareness Week will be celebrated in the Eastern Mediterranean from 12 to 18 November 2018, with campaign messaging focusing on the misuse of antibiotics, which puts everyone at risk, and the need to seek medical advice before taking antibiotics. The campaign aims to target the general public, health professionals, governments, and the food, animal and agricultural sectors to raise awareness of the problem of antibiotic resistance and highlight the importance of the responsible use of antibiotics. World Antibiotics Awareness Week will begin with a press event at the...
Source: WHO EMRO News - November 8, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Statement on Yemen by Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean
Cairo, 8 November 2018 – The current violence in Al Hudaydah is placing tens of thousands of already vulnerable people at risk, and preventing WHO from reaching them with the help they urgently need. The violence, now in close proximity to the area hospitals, is affecting the movement and safety of health staff, patients and ambulances, as well as the functionality of health facilities, leaving hundreds without access to treatment. With only 50% of health facilities functioning across the country and no doctors in 18% of districts in Yemen, we cannot afford for one more health worker to lose their life, or one more ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - November 8, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Why is it so important to eradicate polio?
Dr Ahmad Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Since 1988, when the global goal was first agreed by the member countries of the World Health Organization, vast amounts of effort and money have been spent on the global mission to eradicate polio, to wipe the disease clean off this earth. So why is it so important for us to keep investing time and effort after so long? I am part of a team of people dedicated to eradicating polio in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region. Working with national governments and our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we have gradually cleared po...
Source: WHO EMRO News - October 24, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

The 65th Session of WHO ’s Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean concludes in ...
17 October – Today, Members of WHO’s Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean concluded their 65th Session in Khartoum, Sudan, endorsing the Regional Director’s annual report on the work of the Organization with Member States, and noting with appreciation the Regional Director’s Vision 2023 to promote Health for All by All and his call for solidarity and action In his closing remarks Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean emphasized the need for collective work to materialize the Vision 2023 on the ground. “We meant the Vision of Health for All by Al...
Source: WHO EMRO News - October 17, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO ’s Regional Committee discusses regional priorities
Tuesday, 16 October 2018, Khartoum, Sudan — The 65th Session of WHO’s Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean continued its regular sessions today in Khartoum, Sudan. HE the Federal Minister of Health in Sudan Professor Mohamed Abu Zaid Mustafa was elected by the members of the Regional Committee as the chair of the 65th Session of the Regional Committee. Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, presented the WHO Regional Director’s Annual Report. He outlined his Health for All by All vision for 20182023 emphasizing its four strategic priorities  expandin...
Source: WHO EMRO News - October 16, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

65th Session of WHO ’s Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean opens in Khartoum
15 October 2018, Cairo – Health ministers and high-level representatives of the 22 countries and territories of WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region, partner and civil society organizations will gather in Khartoum next week to attend the 65th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean, being hosted by the Government of Sudan, from 15 to 18 October 2018. The Regional Committee is WHO’s decision-making body in the Region, convening once a year to discuss and endorse regional policies, activities and financial plans. Its inaugural session, on the morning of 15 October, will be attende...
Source: WHO EMRO News - October 10, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

65th Session of WHO ’s Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean will take place in Khartoum
The Regional Director will outline a new vision for WHO’s work in the Region: Health For All By All 9 October 2018, Cairo – Health ministers and high-level representatives of the 22 countries and territories of WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region, partner and civil society organizations will gather in Khartoum next week to attend the 65th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean, being hosted by the Government of Sudan, from 15 to 18 October 2018. The Regional Committee is WHO’s decision-making body in the Region, convening once a year to discuss and endorse regional poli...
Source: WHO EMRO News - October 10, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Trachoma elimination: Iranians triumph against the world ’s leading infectious cause of blindness
26 September 2018 Tehran Cairo Geneva The World Health Organization (WHO) has validated the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem in the Islamic Republic of Iran. By achieving this milestone, the country becomes the third in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region, after Oman in 2012 and Morocco in 2016, to overcome this centuries-old disease. “WHO is pleased to have supported the Islamic Republic of Iran through the validation process,” said Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean. “But this achievement was made possible by the Government and people of Isl...
Source: WHO EMRO News - September 26, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Statement attributable to Dr Ahmed Al Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern ...
7 September 2018 – The scale of human suffering and health needs in Yemen today is unprecedented. An entire country and its health infrastructure has been brought to its knees. People who have survived more than three and a half years of war now find themselves facing additional threats of hunger and disease.  Malnourished mothers are unable to breastfeed their equally malnourished babies. Parents have lost their children as entire families are afflicted by cholera and repeatedly infected with other diseases. People thrown into extreme poverty due to the war are unable to buy food for their families, ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - September 6, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Salalah Declaration signals countries ’ firm commitment to universal health coverage
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.  In the Salalah Declaration arising from this high-level ministerial meeting, countries have reaffirmed their commitment to UHC ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - September 6, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

In landmark initiative, countries of the Region sign UHC2030 Global Compact to progress towards ...
4 September 2018, Salalah, Oman – Today, countries of WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region signed a UHC2030 Global Compact during the “Ministerial meeting on the road towards universal health coverage” taking place in Salalah, Oman, from 3 to 5 September 2018. Ministers of health and heads of delegations collectively approved the landmark document, making the Region the first among WHO’s 6 regions to do so.   The signing of the UHC2030 Global Compact demonstrates a high level of commitment to take action to make progress towards UHC by all countries of the Region. It means that signat...
Source: WHO EMRO News - September 4, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Ministerial meeting paves the way for universal health coverage in the Region
28 August 2018, Cairo, Egypt – A ministerial meeting on the road to universal health coverage (UHC) in the Eastern Mediterranean Region will be held in Salalah, Oman, from 3 to 5 September 2018. Hosted by the Government of Oman and organized by the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, the 3-day meeting will bring together ministers of health, high-level officials from ministries of health and finance, global and regional experts, parliamentarians and development partners. The meeting is part of WHO’s efforts to maintain a strong focus on UHC by holding a series of events throughout 2018. The meet...
Source: WHO EMRO News - August 28, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Ministerial meeting aims to pave the way towards universal health coverage in the Eastern ...
28 August 2018, Cairo, Egypt – A ministerial meeting on the road to universal health coverage (UHC) in the Eastern Mediterranean Region will be held in Salalah, Oman, from 3 to 5 September 2018. Hosted by the Government of Oman and organized by the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, the 3-day meeting will bring together ministers of health, high-level officials from ministries of health and finance, global and regional experts, parliamentarians and development partners. The meeting is part of WHO’s efforts to maintain a strong focus on UHC by holding a series of events throughout 2018. The meet...
Source: WHO EMRO News - August 28, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

No major public health events during hajj 2018 (1439 H) thanks to effective and timely ...
23 August 2018, Makkah – An estimated 2.7 million Muslims from 109 countries have safely concluded the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia’s holy region of Makkah.   The hajj is one of largest annual religious mass gatherings in the world, but months of preparedness by the Saudi Ministry of Health meant hajj 2018 (1439 H) was celebrated without major health events.  With technical support from WHO, the Ministry invested in improving readiness, preparedness and response capacities at all levels to prevent and detect potential health threats early on. A comprehensive and integrated plan e...
Source: WHO EMRO News - August 26, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Early warning surveillance system implemented in Saudi Arabia for this year ’s hajj
18 August 2018 – As the number of pilgrims participating in the annual hajj has been increasing in recent years, WHO has been providing support to Saudi Arabia to ensure implementation for the first time during the hajj season of an early warning surveillance system to prevent, early detect, and respond to public health threats during the hajj.  The development of the electronic early warning surveillance system is a joint effort between Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health and WHO’s Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. This is the first year in which the new system will be used during the ha...
Source: WHO EMRO News - August 19, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

World Humanitarian Day 2018
Statement by Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari. WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean 19 August 2018, Cairo, Egypt The Eastern Mediterranean Region is witnessing an unprecedented number, magnitude and severity of emergencies, culminating in a major humanitarian tragedy. More than 70 million people are in need of health aid, including 16 million people displaced within their countries, and 32 million people who are food insecure. Behind the numbers are real people, each one caught up in the absurdity of war and facing daily hardships and challenges: the mother wondering where the next meal for her hungry children will co...
Source: WHO EMRO News - August 19, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

3 in 5 babies not breastfed in first hour of life
Breastfeeding within an hour of birth is critical for saving newborn lives  6 August 2018 – A new report by UNICEF and WHO reveals that an estimated 78 million babies – or 3 in 5 – are not breastfed within the first hour of life, putting them at higher risk of death and disease and making them less likely to continue breastfeeding. Most of these babies are born in low- and middle-income countries.  The report notes that newborns who breastfeed in the first hour of life are significantly more likely to survive. Even a delay of a few hours after birth could result in life-threatening conseq...
Source: WHO EMRO News - August 6, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO thanks Kuwait for generous support to the people of Yemen
Cairo, Egypt, 26 July 2018 — WHO welcomes the generous support of the State of Kuwait through a US$ 59 million contribution to help the people of Yemen obtain greater medical assistance, particularly the most vulnerable — women, children, the injured and people with special needs. “Kuwait funding will provide urgent health assistance to more than 16.4 million people, including chronically ill people, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, severely malnourished children, injured patients and internally displaced people,” said WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari. Th...
Source: WHO EMRO News - July 26, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

World Refugee Day 2018
19 June 2018 – On World Refugee Day 2018, the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean calls for renewed support for the protection and well-being of refugees and other displaced populations, and their right to seek health services with dignity, without discrimination, and without undergoing financial hardship.  Working with national health authorities and international partners, WHO continues its crucial work for safeguarding refugee health. WHO supports health authorities in all key areas, ranging from mainstreaming refugee and migrant health in all policies, to improving access to health care, safe ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - June 13, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

World Blood Donor Day: Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life.
12 June 2018, Cairo, Egypt – On the occasion of World Blood Donor Day 2018, the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean reiterates that the number of regular, voluntary, non-remunerated blood donations must be greatly increased in countries of the Region in order to ensure a reliable supply of safe blood for patients whose lives depend on it.  Blood transfusion saves millions of lives every year. It has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and child care and during the emergency response to man-made and natural disasters. Transfusion of blood and blood products also help patients suffering ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - June 12, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Safeguarding health during storm season: preparedness and emergency response in the Gulf of Aden
5 June 2018 – Within a week, 2 record-setting tropical cyclones that formed in the Gulf of Aden made landfall, wreaking widespread havoc in Somalia, Oman and Yemen. The World Health Organization is supporting direct response efforts in Somalia and Yemen, while Oman relies on its preparedness developed in partnership with WHO. On 19 May, cyclone Sagar made landfall in north-western Somaliland with heavy rainfall, strong winds and flash floods. Subsequent flooding displaced nearly 230 000 people, killed at least 34 people, damaged cropland and infrastructure, and killed livestock. In total, over 750 000 people we...
Source: WHO EMRO News - June 5, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

World Environment Day 2018: a call to “Beat plastic pollution”
4 June 2018 – On 5 June every year, the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations sister agencies and thousands of communities and organizations celebrate World Environment Day. This year, the theme of the Day is “Beat plastic pollution” – a call for action for the world to work together to address one of the great environmental challenges of our time and raise global awareness of the need to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on people’s health and the threat it poses to the environment and wildlife.  While the world has derived great benefit from the use of plastic...
Source: WHO EMRO News - June 4, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari appointed as WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean
28 May 2018 Geneva – The World Health Organization’s Executive Board, currently holding its 143rd session in Geneva, has appointed Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari of Oman as WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, following his nomination by a special session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean on 19 May, 2018. Dr Al-Mandhari will take up his appointment for a term of 5 years and 8 months starting on 1 June 2018.  In his acceptance speech, Dr Al-Mandhari extended his thanks and appreciation to the members of the WHO Executive Board and the Regional Committee for his nomination and ap...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 27, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

World No Tobacco Day 2018: Tobacco breaks hearts
Cairo, Egypt, 31 May – Every year, on 31 May, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. This year, World No Tobacco Day focuses on tobacco and heart disease. The campaign’s slogan is “Tobacco breaks hearts. Choose health, not tobacco”. Tobacco use is one of the leading causes of premature death and disability worldwide. It is also a key risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular dise...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 26, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO launches business case for immunization in Africa at the World Health Assembly
Geneva, Switzerland, 23 May 2018 – Today at the 71st World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the business case for WHO immunization activities on the African Continent 2018-2030,which outlines how WHO will support African Member States achieve universal immunization coverage.  While Africa has made tremendous progress in improving access to immunization, most countries are off track to achieve the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) target of 90% national immunization coverage by 2020.Every year, more than 30 million children under-five fall sick due to vaccine-preventable diseases (VP...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 24, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Dr Ahmed Salim Saif Al Mandhari nominated as WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean
Dr Ahmed Salim Saif Al Mandhari Geneva, 19 May 2018 – WHO's Special Session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean, held today in Geneva, has nominated Dr Ahmed Salim Saif Al Mandhari from Oman as WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, to be formally appointed by the WHO Executive Board during its 143rd session from 28 to 29 May 2018.  The nominee is expected to take up his appointment for a 5 years and 8 months term, starting from 1 June 2018.  The WHO Regional Committee comprises the following Members: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Islamic Republic of Ir...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 19, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Submissions for the State of Kuwait Prize for the Control of Cancer, Cardiovascular Diseases ...
The State of Kuwait Prize for the Control of Cancer, Cardiovascular Diseases and Diabetes in the Eastern Mediterranean Region is one of several Foundation awards, administered by the World Health Organization, which acknowledges the work of well-known scientists, researchers or dedicated people who have greatly contributed to the advancement of public health.  Purpose The purpose of the prize is to recognize individuals who have made an outstanding contribution in prevention, control or research in one or more of the following disease groups: cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  Nature of the prize an...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 17, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Statement by Dr Jaouad Mahjour, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean a.i. ...
3 May 2018 On 5 May every year, the world celebrates International Day of the Midwife, with the theme of this year’s campaign being “Midwives leading the way with quality care”. The theme is in line with the first of 3 strategic directions of the International Confederation of Midwifes namely, quality, equity, and leadership. Maternal health care services are highly dependent on midwifery care, including the role of midwives in responding to the needs of women, families and communities. Reaching every woman and newborn with midwifery services is essential to achieve health-related Sustainable Development...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 2, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Statement on the death of a WHO team member in Somalia
2 May 2018 - The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed and condemns in the strongest terms the killing of Mariam Abdullahi Mohamed, a dedicated frontline worker in the WHO Somalia team, who was shot in Mogadishu on 1 May 2018. All WHO staff and the wider humanitarian community in Somalia are shocked and saddened by the news of this brutal attack. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ms Abdullahi, who was working to support polio eradication and immunization efforts. “Ms Mariam was a much loved colleague who worked tirelessly to help ensure that Somali children get the best possibl...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 2, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air
Air pollution levels remain dangerously high in many parts of the world, including in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. New data from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Updated estimations reveal an alarming death toll of 7 million people every year caused by ambient (outdoor) and household (indoor) air pollution. Many of the world’s megacities exceed WHO’s guideline levels for air quality by more than 5 times, representing a major risk to people’s health. Major sources of air pollution from particulate matter (PM) include th...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 1, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

World Hand Hygiene Day 2018
“It’s in your hands – prevent sepsis in health care” 3 May 2018, 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 “It’s in your hands – prevent sepsis in health care”, illustrating the important relationship between good infection prevention and control practices, such as washing your hands, and preventing sepsis. The World Health Organization (WHO) calls on health facilities to prevent health care-associated sepsis through hand hygiene and action on infection...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 1, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO Director-General visits Saudi Arabia
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, and King Salman Ben Abdel Aziz of Saudi Arabia (right) 30 April 2018, Riyadh – Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, paid his first visit to Saudi Arabia Sunday on 29 April to meet with the Custodian of the 2 Holy Mosques, King Salman Ben Abdel Aziz.  “It has been a great honour to visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – a highly valued partner in global health, said Dr Tedros. We look forward to expanding on this important collaboration through the coming years. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a key strategic partner both in ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - April 29, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

World Malaria Day 2018: We are ready to beat malaria
25 April 2018, Cairo On World Malaria Day 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are calling on all concerned parties to be ready to end malaria a disease which can be fatal and which affects millions of people, claiming many lives annually.  This year’s World Malaria Day coincides with activities to commemorate the 70th anniversary of WHO. Over the last 7 decades, WHO has been providing support to countries to fight malaria. “Ready to beat malaria” is the theme of this year’s day. The theme underscores the collective energy and commitment of the global malaria community in...
Source: WHO EMRO News - April 24, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Investing in the health of Syrians is an investment in the future of Syria, WHO says
24 April, Cairo/Geneva As the international community comes together in Brussels to show support for Syrians and for a political solution to the conflict, WHO calls for increased investments in health to protect the lives of almost 17 million vulnerable men, women and children inside Syria and in 5 major neighbouring countries. Every day, Syrians are dying of conditions that are easily treatable. Inside the country, critical shortages, insecurity and disrupted systems have left millions of people in need of health aid. Meanwhile, Syrians who have fled to neighbouring countries find themselves just as vulnerable, with the ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - April 24, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

World Immunization Week 2018: Protected Together, #VaccinesWork
22 April 2018, Cairo – This year’s World Immunization Week campaign, celebrated from 24 to 30 April, aims to highlight that protecting entire communities with vaccines protects everyone and so the theme of this year’s campaign is “Protected Together, #VaccinesWork”.  Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Studies show that every US$ 1 spent on childhood immunization returns US$ 44 in economic and social benefits.  Immunization protects everyone – from infants to senior citizens – against disabling illnesses, disability a...
Source: WHO EMRO News - April 22, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Member States to elect a new WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean
17 April 2018, Cairo – On 19 May 2018, a Special Session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, for the sole purpose of nominating a new Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean. Eight candidates have been proposed by Member States and information on each candidate is available on the Regional Office election website from where the general public can learn more about the candidates and WHO's election process.  This is the first time that detailed professional profiles of candidates have been posted on the Regional Office website and is part of reforms...
Source: WHO EMRO News - April 17, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

World Health Day 2018: Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere
March 2018 – This year, the theme of World Health Day is ‘Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere’ under the slogan ‘Health for All’. Access to universal health coverage can prevent people from being pushed into poverty because they are forced to pay for the costs of their health care. Without universal coverage, the lives and welfare of millions of people and communities around the world are negatively affected, particularly in low-income countries. Universal health coverage increases people’s opportunity to work and earn a living, increases children’s chances of rea...
Source: WHO EMRO News - March 27, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO is providing urgent health services in response to displacements from Afrin
23 March 2018, Cairo, Egypt – The World Health Organization (WHO) has deployed mobile medical clinics and critical health supplies to areas hosting newly displaced people from the northern Syrian district of Afrin, while supporting partners struggling to maintain health services in Afrin city and surrounding areas. An estimated 167 000 people have been displaced by the recent hostilities in Afrin District in northern Aleppo Governorate. The majority have fled to Tal Refaat, while others are seeking shelter in Nubul, Zahraa and surrounding villages. The massive influx of displaced people is putting a strain on host c...
Source: WHO EMRO News - March 23, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

World TB Day 2018. Leaders for a TB-free world
Despite progress in the fight against TB, the disease still represents a grave threat to public health March 2018, Cairo In 2018, on the eve of World TB Day, marked each year on 24 March, tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide claiming as many as 5000 lives each day. The estimated number of TB cases globally in 2016 was 10.4 million with 1.8 million deaths. In the same year in the Eastern Mediterranean Region there were an estimated 766 000 cases and 82 000 deaths. The theme of this year’s Day “Wanted: leaders for a TB-free world” focuses on the role of leaders in buildi...
Source: WHO EMRO News - March 18, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

World TB Day 2018. Wanted: leaders for a TB-free world
Despite progress in the fight against TB, the disease still represents a grave threat to public health March 2018, Cairo In 2018, on the eve of World TB Day, marked each year on 24 March, tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide claiming as many as 5000 lives each day. The estimated number of TB cases globally in 2016 was 10.4 million with 1.8 million deaths. In the same year in the Eastern Mediterranean Region there were an estimated 766 000 cases and 82 000 deaths. The theme of this year’s Day “Wanted: leaders for a TB-free world” focuses on the role of leaders in buildi...
Source: WHO EMRO News - March 18, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Gender-based violence in emergencies highlighted on International Women ’s Day 2018
The theme of this year's campaign is #PressforProgress6 March 2018 – This year, International Women’s Day, celebrated every year on 8 March, comes at a time when many countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region are severely affected by humanitarian and emergency situations, with adverse implications for the prevalence and consequences of various forms of gender-based violence, including domestic violence, coerced child marriage, sexual exploitation and trafficking. Such violence negatively impacts the physical and mental health and well-being of thousands of women and girls and can lead to fatal outcomes...
Source: WHO EMRO News - March 5, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Nursing Now campaign: empowering nurses to improve global health
27 February 2018 – As part of efforts to improve global health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Council of Nurses are supporting the Nursing Now campaign – a 3-year global health initiative of the Burdett Trust for Nursing that will be launched in February 2018. The campaign, which continues until the end of 2020, aims to raise the status and profile of nursing to improve health and enable nurses to maximize their contribution to achieving universal health coverage. The campaign will be launched on 27 February in Geneva, Switzerland, hosted by Hôpitaux Universitaires de Gen&egr...
Source: WHO EMRO News - February 25, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Nursing Now! campaign: empowering nurses to improve global health
27 February 2018 – As part of efforts to improve global health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Council of Nurses are supporting the Nursing Now campaign – a 3-year global health initiative of the Burdett Trust for Nursing that will be launched in February 2018. The campaign, which continues until the end of 2020, aims to raise the status and profile of nursing to improve health and enable nurses to maximize their contribution to achieving universal health coverage. The campaign will be launched on 27 February in Geneva, Switzerland, hosted by Hôpitaux Universitaires de Gen&egr...
Source: WHO EMRO News - February 25, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

WHO calls for sustainable solution to health sector power shortages in Gaza
8 February, 2018, Gaza Strip – Gaza’s health sector was on the verge of collapse due to dwindling fuel supplies until the United Arab Emirates stepped in this week with a US$2 million grant to sustain hospital backup generators for critical health services. The donation will provide enough fuel to keep facilities running for several months.  “The UAE’s timely support will save lives, but a more sustainable solution is required to address the chronic fuel and power shortages in Gaza that leave health facilities consistently on the verge of closure,” says Dr. Gerald Rockenschaub, Head of W...
Source: WHO EMRO News - February 8, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

World Cancer Day 2018: “We can. I can” meet the challenge
Credit: World Cancer Day Campaign Material by Union for International Cancer Control 4 February 2018, Cairo – The world celebrates World Cancer Day on 4 February each year. This year’s theme “‘We can. I can” is a continuation of a 3-year campaign that explores, highlights and provides guidance on how everyone – together or individually – can help reduce the global burden of cancer. The 2016–2018 World Cancer Day campaign explores the actions that we can all take to save lives, achieve greater equity in cancer care, and make fighting cancer a priority at the highest politica...
Source: WHO EMRO News - February 1, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

High levels of antibiotic resistance found worldwide, new data show
BANGKOK 29 January 2018 – The World Health Organization’s first release of surveillance data on antibiotic resistance reveals high levels of resistance to a number of serious bacterial infections in both high- and low-income countries. WHO’s new Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System (known as GLASS) reveals widespread occurrence of antibiotic resistance among 500 000 people with suspected bacterial infections across 22 countries.  The most commonly reported resistant bacteria were Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus pneumoniae, followed by Salmo...
Source: WHO EMRO News - January 29, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

A new tool developed by WHO and academic partners supports systematic use of research evidence ...
Cairo, 25 January 2015 As a result of collaborative work between the World Health Organization (WHO) and several academic institutions, an important tool has been developed to streamline use of qualitative research evidence in public health decision-making. A series of academic papers published in the Implementation Science journal this week provides a scientific tool for assessing how much confidence to place in findings from qualitative evidence syntheses.  The tool known as CERQual (Confidence in the Evidence from Reviews of Qualitative research) has been designed to help decision-makers use qualitative evidence fo...
Source: WHO EMRO News - January 24, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news