Lower doses of yellow fever vaccine could be used in emergenciesPosted on Friday, June 17, 2016
The yellow fever vaccine given as one fifth of the regular dose could be used to control an outbreak in case of vaccine shortages.
WHO/PAHO and partners set out Zika strategic response plan for the next 18 monthsPosted on Friday, June 17, 2016
WHO/PAHO and partners have set out their strategic response to Zika which will place a greater focus on preventing and managing medical complications caused by Zika virus infection. To date, US$121.9 million are necessary to effectively implement the Zika Strategic Response Plan, July 2016 to December 2017.
“Much has been learned about Zika virus infection, how it spreads, the consequences of infection and priorities for its control since we developed the initial response framework,” said WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan. “The response now requires a unique and integrated strategy that places support for women and girls of child-bearing age at its core.”
The revised Zika Strategic Response Plan includes a greater focus on preventing and managing medical complications caused by Zika virus infection and expanding health systems’ capacities for that purpose. Risk communication targeting pregnant women, their partners, households and communities will be central to prevention efforts to ensure they have the information they need to protect themselves.
Other elements include integrated vector management, sexual and reproductive health counselling as well as health education and care within the social and legal contexts of each country where Zika virus is being transmitted.
The plan highlights several specific characteristics of the Zika outbreak that require a collaborative, global response and support. These include
WHO statement on the third meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR(2005)) Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformationsPosted on Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The Zika Emergency Committee considered the potential risks of Zika transmission for mass gatherings, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
WHO convenes 3rd meeting of Emergency Committee on Zika and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformationsPosted on Monday, June 13, 2016
The Committee will consider whether the Zika virus and related complications still constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, review the implementation and impact of earlier recommendations made by the Committee, and determine if new recommendations are needed or existing recommendations require revision.
Voluntary unpaid blood donations must increase rapidly to meet 2020 goalPosted on Monday, June 13, 2016
Voluntary, unpaid blood donations must be increased rapidly in more than half the world’s countries in order to ensure a reliable supply of safe blood for patients whose lives depend on it, WHO said on World Blood Donor Day.
This year, the theme of World Blood Donor Day is “Blood connects us all”, highlighting the common bond that all people share in their blood. The slogan, “Share life, give blood”, draws attention to the role that voluntary donation systems play in encouraging people to care for one another and promoting community cohesion.