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29 March 2018

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...

14 February 2018

List of Blueprint priority diseases

2018 annual review of the Blueprint list of priority diseases List of Blueprint priority diseases For the purposes of the R&D Blueprint, WHO has developed a special tool for determining which diseases and pathogens to prioritize for research and development in public health emergency contexts. This tool seeks to identify those diseases...

12 February 2018

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

12 February 2018 - 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)...

11 December 2017

Fourth EMARIS meeting launched to review progress on acute respiratory infection in the Region

12 December 2017 – The World Health Organization launched a 4-day meeting of the Eastern Mediterranean Acute Respiratory Infection Surveillance (EMARIS) Network in Amman, Jordan today, to review progress made in surveillance and response capacities in regional countries for seasonal and pandemic influenza.  The meeting, which runs from 11 to 14...

02 November 2017

WHO conducts virus detection workshop to limit epidemic and pandemic influenza

2 November 2017 – WHO conducted a 5-day workshop in Rabat, Morocco, on influenza virus identification and handling mechanisms to enhance the capacities of national influenza centres in the Eastern Mediterranean Region for timely and effective detection of seasonal and pandemic influenza. The workshop was attended by laboratory managers and technicians...

01 October 2017

Fourth EMARIS meeting and first scientific conference on acute respiratory infections in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

The World Health Organization’s Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean hosted the First Scientific Conference on Acute Respiratory Infections (ARIs) in the Eastern Mediterranean Region in Amman, Jordan from 11 to 14 December 2017.  The conference was held together with the Fourth Meeting of the Eastern Mediterranean Acute Respiratory Infection Surveillance...

10 September 2017

WHO successfully concludes its mission to Saudi Arabia for the hajj (1438/2017): No major public health events reported

10 September 2017 – Upon the kind invitation of His Excellency the Minister of Health of Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean deployed a team of experts headed by the WHO Representative in Saudi Arabia to oversee the public health preparedness for hajj 2017...

13 June 2017

WHO conducts EWARN evaluation protocol training workshop in Cairo

13 June 2017 - WHO conducted a training workshop on the use of evaluation protocols for the Early Warning and Response Network (EWARN) – a proactive disease surveillance system used to rapidly detect and react to suspected disease outbreaks in countries affected by humanitarian emergencies. The workshop was conducted in...

17 May 2017

Regional training workshop held on Zika virus diagnostics

17 May 2017 – WHO conducted a training workshop on laboratory diagnostics of Zika virus for health laboratory professionals from countries of WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region at the Central Public Health Laboratory of Jordan in Amman, Jordan. The 4-day training is part of WHO’s plan to enhance preparedness and readiness measure for...

06 April 2017

WHO emergency response team visits cholera patients at Banadir Hospital

6 April 2017 – The WHO emergency response team and Ministry of Health officials visited cholera patients at the Banadir Hospital cholera treatment centre in Mogadishu to review care activities, available services and assess support needs. The visit was hosted by Dr Luul Hassan, head of the Banadir Hospital treatment...

03 April 2017

WHO conducts first EWARS assessment in Syria

3 April 2017 – WHO has conducted an assessment of Syria’s Early Warning Alert and Response System (EWARS) to review the system’s functionality, evaluate its ability to detect, confirm and respond to disease outbreaks, and provide recommendations for improvements.  The mission team was composed of experts from WHO’s Regional Office for...

27 February 2017

27 February 2017 – Pakistan's Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination has reported cases of Chikungunya in the country for the first time. A total of 803 cases have been reported since 19 December 2016 in the Sindh province, including 29 cases reported in various towns in Karachi during...

18 January 2017

18 January 2017 – The Ministry of Health in Somalia has provided WHO with an update on the ongoing outbreak of cholera.  In the first 2 weeks of January 2017, a total of 1306 new suspected cases of cholera and 26 deaths (case-fatality rate: 1.99%) have been reported. Between January and...

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