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Journey to recovery: Yemeni patients get new lease on life in Jordan

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Journey to recovery: Yemeni patients get new lease on life in Jordan

9 February 2020 – A plane carrying Yemeni civilians who need medical treatment abroad landed in Jordan yesterday. The flight is the second to arrive this week as part of the United Nations/WHO medical airbridge operation.

“These are some of the first civilians to leave the country since the start of the crisis, signaling a new era of hope for Yemen and all Yemenis,” said Altaf Musani, WHO Representative in Yemen.

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WHO is investing in leaders to respond to health emergencies in the Eastern Mediterranean

WHO is investing in leaders to respond to health emergencies in the Eastern Mediterranean

WHO is investing in leaders to respond to health emergencies in the Eastern Mediterranean

WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region is building a cadre of leaders to strengthen its response to the unprecedented scale of health emergencies facing the Region today. 

The Region hosted a 5-day workshop at the Dead Sea, Jordan, for 25 response experts who are enrolled in a year-long learning programme focused on leadership in health emergencies. The competency-based programme is part of WHO’s new learning approach to create a workforce of excellence to help protect 1 billion people from emergencies by 2023. 

Moving beyond the technical aspects of working in health emergencies, the workshop focused on bolstering critical skills such as emotional intelligence, negotiation and communication that will help participants manage the complexity of responding to a fast-changing crisis. It was organized under the leadership of Dr Alaa AbouZeid, acting Emergency Operations Manager and Team Lead of Operational Partnerships for the WHO Health Emergencies Programame (WHE) in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, supported by the WHE Learning and Capacity Development Unit from Geneva headquarters. 

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WHO addressing leishmaniasis in high-risk areas of Syrian Arab Republic

WHO addressing leishmaniasis in high-risk areas of the Syrian Arab Republic

23 July 2019 – Leishmaniasis is a neglected disease. It is estimated that every year over 40 000 new cases occur in Idleb, northern Hama and rural Aleppo alone, making this one of the worst-affected areas in the Syrian Arab Republic. It causes immense human suffering.

Prevention and treatment solutions are in hand, and some countries have realized eradication. Despite the urgency and potential for eradication, leishmaniasis control and treatment activities have been structurally underfunded every year.

In 2019, with financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), WHO and its partner have implemented one of the first large-scale leishmaniasis prevention, control and treatment projects, reaching approximately 1.25 million people in north-western Syria.

WHO has increased access to appropriate care by improving leishmaniasis knowledge and skills in primary health-care facilities. For the first time in Syria, WHO has introduced thermotherapy machines in specialized leishmaniasis centres to improve treatment options for patients.

Preventative measures include distributing protective bed nets and spraying sandfly-preventing insecticides. Active community engagement and risk communication activities were also integrated into the project.

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