Epidemic and pandemic-prone diseases

Mission accomplished: an incident- and outbreak-free Hajj

Influenza experts from WHO and Libya’s Ministry of Health review a laboratory.Mission accomplished: an incident- and outbreak-free Hajj

26 August 2018 - Last week, a total of 2.7 million muslim pilgrims passed through Saudi Arabia on the annual Hajj, one of the largest mass gatherings in the world and a key pillar of Islam. Thanks to the hard work by the Saudi Ministry of Health and the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), the 2018 Hajj passed without major incidents or outbreaks of infectious diseases.

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Preparing for pandemic flu: five countries ready to update preparedness plans

Biostatistician Elyes Boutouria (l) and epidemiologist Wassim Zaatour review Tunisia’s map of influenza sentinel sites at the national observatory for new and emerging diseases Preparing for pandemic flu: five countries ready to update preparedness plans

15 August 2018 - From 13 to 15 August, public health experts from five countries gathered in Tunis, to develop a planning tool for creating and updating national plans for pandemic influenza preparedness. It was the first time two WHO Regional Offices (the Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Region, or EMRO, and the one for the African Region, or AFRO) worked together on organizing a workshop on a key public health issue.

In the workshop, Ministry of Health staff from Morocco, Tunisia, Oman, Tanzania and Ghana joined experts from WHO to develop an action planning tool, which allows countries to identify gaps in their National Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Plans.

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‘So not one outbreak goes unnoticed’: WHO supports influenza surveillance in Libya and Djibouti

Influenza experts from WHO and Libya’s Ministry of Health review a laboratory.‘So not one outbreak goes unnoticed’: WHO supports influenza surveillance in Libya and Djibouti

22 July 2018 - During the last two weeks of June, two teams of influenza experts from WHO were deployed to Libya and Djibouti at the invitation of the countries’ Ministries of Health. The purpose was to assess and improve the influenza surveillance system, laboratories, and capacity of rapid response teams (RRTs) to detect and respond early to any threat. Dr Abdinasir Abubakar, who led the WHO delegation to Djibouti, said: “In both countries our teams had a comprehensive set of objectives. This allows us to really move the needle and improve the state of national influenza surveillance system - saving lives as a result.”

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