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Simulation exercise puts global pandemic readiness to the test

Simulation exercise puts global pandemic readiness to the test

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5 December 2018, Cairo, Egypt – Seven countries from the Eastern Mediterranean Region are participating in a simulation exercise for a global pandemic which started on 4 December. The exercise is coordinated by the World Health Organization’s Global Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and the EOC Network, a global network of health emergency operations centres.

Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates are among more than 40 countries worldwide participating in the three-day simulation, which is the first global pandemic response training exercise, and the third in a series of simulations this year, following regional exercises in Jordan and Senegal. The Regional Emergency Operations Centre in Cairo, Egypt, is to be participating in the event.

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Djibouti carries out mass immunization to protect children against polio, amid outbreaks in the Horn of Africa

Djibouti carries out mass immunization to protect children against polio, amid outbreaks in the Horn of Africa

A child being immunized against polio in Djibouti

5 December 2018 – Early analysis of campaign data points to a successful vaccination round in a polio-free country at risk of possible importation.

In the last week of October, Djibouti’s Ministry of Health, working with WHO, UNICEF and other partners, successfully carried out the tiny country’s first polio National Immunization Days (NIDs) since 2015.

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WHO Member States sign Khartoum Declaration on Sudan and Bordering Countries: Cross-Border Health Security

WHO Member States sign Khartoum Declaration on Sudan and Bordering Countries: Cross-Border Health Security

WHO Member States sign Khartoum Declaration on Sudan and Bordering Countries: Cross-Border Health Security

4 December 2018 – Six countries in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean and African Regions have signed a declaration commiting themselves to strengthening preparedness and response to public health threats and events across borders in an effort to further the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) and enhance global health security. The Khartoum Declaration on Sudan and Bordering Countries: Cross-Border Health Security was signed by Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, South Sudan and Sudan on 22 November 2018 in Khartoum, Sudan.

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