Epidemic and pandemic-prone diseases

Regional training course organized to improve current laboratory biosafety and biosecurity practices

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Regional training course organized to improve current laboratory biosafety and biosecurity practices

29 April 2018 – During the joint external evaluation (JEE) for IHR core capacity assessments in the Region, one of the critical gaps identified was absence of a laboratory biosafety and biosecurity programme with limited availability of skilled laboratory workforce for managing such programmes.  

Between 16 and 20 April, 2018, the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterraneanorganized a 5-day regional biosafety training course for the containment of influenza and other infectious diseases of international concern in Casablanca, Morocco. 

The training course was hosted at the Institute of Pasteur in Casablanca while the Association of Public Health Laboratory of the United States of America and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, United States of America, collaborated with the WHO Regional Office to facilitate the course.

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Health workers trained on electronic disease early warning surveillance systems

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Health workers trained on electronic disease early warning surveillance systems

29 March 2018 – WHO concluded a 4-day training workshop today for Somalia’s disease surveillance officers on the use of the newly updated electronic platform for disease early warning systems (EWARN), in order to improve the national capacity to detect health threats in real-time, and respond quickly to public health threats across the country.

The workshop was held at WHO premises in the capital, Mogadishu, from 25 to 28 March 2018, and was attended by health surveillance officers from 11 regions who received training on the principles of epidemic disease surveillance and response, alert verification, rapid response activities, and reporting of alerts to capture, analyse, and share EWARN data in real-time using mobile networks and smart technologies.

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Emerging infectious disease outbreaks reported in the Eastern Mediterranean Region in 2017

Emerging infectious disease outbreaks reported in the Eastern Mediterranean Region in 2017

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Throughout 2017, the Eastern Mediterranean Region of WHO faced a number of emerging infectious diseases, some of these turning into explosive outbreaks. The emerging infectious diseases that have been reported in the Eastern Mediterranean Region in 2017 include: 1) acute watery diarrhoea; 2) avian influenza; 3) cholera; 4) Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever; 5) chikungunya; 6) chickenpox (varicella); 7) diphtheria; 8) Middle East respiratory syndrome; and 9) Travel-associated Legionnaire’s Disease.

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