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

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