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  •   More people became infected with HIV human immunodeficiency virus but went undiagnosed in the European region a new health report revealed on Wednesday The report published jointly by the World Health Organization WHO Regional Office for Europe and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control ECDC cites figures between 2018 and 2021 He said that about one in eight people living with HIV in the European Union and the European Economic Area EU EEA remained undiagnosed Continued and widespread stigma around HIV is deterring people from getting tested and is taking us dangerously off track to reach our 2030 goal of ending AIDS said WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr Dr Hans Henri P Kluge in a press release According to the report late diagnosis of HIV remains a major challenge in the Region due to underdiagnosis and underreporting The WHO blamed the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on testing services in the Region which overwhelmed public health and clinical surveillance resources causing many countries to struggle to test and report new infections for HIV In the absence of regular HIV testing for people most at risk there can be a long period of time between HIV infection and diagnosis Dr Andrea Ammon Director of ECDC said in the news release This is not good for people as they are more likely to become seriously ill and even die if diagnosed late It is also not good for public health as HIV positive people who do not receive treatment can transmit HIV to their unknowing sexual partners Ammon added In 2021 almost 300 new HIV diagnoses were made every day in 46 of the 53 countries in the WHO European Region amounting to 106 508 new diagnosed HIV infections in the Region according to WHO data published before World AIDS Day on December 1 1 However last year s new HIV diagnoses in the Region remained nearly 25 percent below pre pandemic levels according to the report Xinhua
    More people living with undiagnosed HIV in the European region: report-
      More people became infected with HIV human immunodeficiency virus but went undiagnosed in the European region a new health report revealed on Wednesday The report published jointly by the World Health Organization WHO Regional Office for Europe and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control ECDC cites figures between 2018 and 2021 He said that about one in eight people living with HIV in the European Union and the European Economic Area EU EEA remained undiagnosed Continued and widespread stigma around HIV is deterring people from getting tested and is taking us dangerously off track to reach our 2030 goal of ending AIDS said WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr Dr Hans Henri P Kluge in a press release According to the report late diagnosis of HIV remains a major challenge in the Region due to underdiagnosis and underreporting The WHO blamed the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on testing services in the Region which overwhelmed public health and clinical surveillance resources causing many countries to struggle to test and report new infections for HIV In the absence of regular HIV testing for people most at risk there can be a long period of time between HIV infection and diagnosis Dr Andrea Ammon Director of ECDC said in the news release This is not good for people as they are more likely to become seriously ill and even die if diagnosed late It is also not good for public health as HIV positive people who do not receive treatment can transmit HIV to their unknowing sexual partners Ammon added In 2021 almost 300 new HIV diagnoses were made every day in 46 of the 53 countries in the WHO European Region amounting to 106 508 new diagnosed HIV infections in the Region according to WHO data published before World AIDS Day on December 1 1 However last year s new HIV diagnoses in the Region remained nearly 25 percent below pre pandemic levels according to the report Xinhua
    More people living with undiagnosed HIV in the European region: report-
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    More people living with undiagnosed HIV in the European region: report-

    - More people became infected with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) but went undiagnosed in the European region, a new health report revealed on Wednesday.

    The report, published jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), cites figures between 2018 and 2021.

    He said that about one in eight people living with HIV in the European Union and the European Economic Area (EU/EEA) remained undiagnosed.

    "Continued and widespread stigma around HIV is deterring people from getting tested and is taking us dangerously off track to reach our 2030 goal of ending AIDS," said WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr. Dr. Hans Henri P. Kluge, in a press release.

    According to the report, late diagnosis of HIV remains a major challenge in the Region due to underdiagnosis and underreporting.

    The WHO blamed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on testing services in the Region, "which overwhelmed public health and clinical surveillance resources, causing many countries to struggle to test and report new infections." for HIV."

    "In the absence of regular HIV testing for people most at risk, there can be a long period of time between HIV infection and diagnosis," Dr. Andrea Ammon, Director of ECDC, said in the news release.

    "This is not good for people, as they are more likely to become seriously ill and even die if diagnosed late. It is also not good for public health, as HIV-positive people who do not receive treatment can transmit HIV to their unknowing sexual partners," Ammon added.

    In 2021, almost 300 new HIV diagnoses were made every day in 46 of the 53 countries in the WHO European Region, amounting to 106,508 new diagnosed HIV infections in the Region, according to WHO data. published before World AIDS Day on December 1. 1.

    However, last year's new HIV diagnoses in the Region remained nearly 25 percent below pre-pandemic levels, according to the report. ■



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  •   World Health Organization WHO has donated a field vehicle and an ambulance to Afar Regional Health Bureau The ambulance was procured with funding from the United Kingdom s Foreign Commonwealth amp Development Office as part of its support to improving essential health service delivery at war affected health facilities in northern Ethiopia with a focus on sexual and reproductive health services and will be used for reproductive maternal and child health services at Dupti Hospital including for survivors of gender based violence GBV WHO is pleased to partner with UK AID to support improvement of essential health service delivery including sexual reproductive health services clinical care of gender based violence mental health and psychosocial support for the people of Afar region Dr Dereje Duguma State Minister of Health commented during the handing over event We commend the colleagues who are on the ground serving our people in Afar and we thank WHO Ethiopia for the continued technical and material support to strengthen the health system The donation is part of WHO s support to restoration of health facilities damaged by the conflict The vehicles will contribute to the efforts to improve the public health services in the Afar Region The vehicles donated to the health bureaus will contribute to strengthening the health system and improving public health services in the region As part of the support restoration of health facilities and services in these conflict affected regions WHO has deployed fit for purpose staff to support local authorities to revitalize and strengthen disease surveillance and reporting as well as sexual and reproductive health and GBV services at health facilities WHO also provides medicines medical supplies equipment and inter agency emergency health kits to Afar region and trains frontline health workers to improve human resource capacity to provide clinical mental health and psychosocial services to communities affected by conflict including survivors of rape and GBV
    World Health Organization (WHO) Ethiopia scales up interventions to respond to gender-based violence in conflict affected regions of Ethiopia
      World Health Organization WHO has donated a field vehicle and an ambulance to Afar Regional Health Bureau The ambulance was procured with funding from the United Kingdom s Foreign Commonwealth amp Development Office as part of its support to improving essential health service delivery at war affected health facilities in northern Ethiopia with a focus on sexual and reproductive health services and will be used for reproductive maternal and child health services at Dupti Hospital including for survivors of gender based violence GBV WHO is pleased to partner with UK AID to support improvement of essential health service delivery including sexual reproductive health services clinical care of gender based violence mental health and psychosocial support for the people of Afar region Dr Dereje Duguma State Minister of Health commented during the handing over event We commend the colleagues who are on the ground serving our people in Afar and we thank WHO Ethiopia for the continued technical and material support to strengthen the health system The donation is part of WHO s support to restoration of health facilities damaged by the conflict The vehicles will contribute to the efforts to improve the public health services in the Afar Region The vehicles donated to the health bureaus will contribute to strengthening the health system and improving public health services in the region As part of the support restoration of health facilities and services in these conflict affected regions WHO has deployed fit for purpose staff to support local authorities to revitalize and strengthen disease surveillance and reporting as well as sexual and reproductive health and GBV services at health facilities WHO also provides medicines medical supplies equipment and inter agency emergency health kits to Afar region and trains frontline health workers to improve human resource capacity to provide clinical mental health and psychosocial services to communities affected by conflict including survivors of rape and GBV
    World Health Organization (WHO) Ethiopia scales up interventions to respond to gender-based violence in conflict affected regions of Ethiopia
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    World Health Organization (WHO) Ethiopia scales up interventions to respond to gender-based violence in conflict affected regions of Ethiopia

    World Health Organization (WHO) has donated a field vehicle and an ambulance to Afar Regional Health Bureau.

    The ambulance was procured with funding from the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office as part of its support to improving essential health service delivery at war-affected health facilities in northern Ethiopia, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health services, and will be used for reproductive, maternal and child health services at Dupti Hospital, including for survivors of gender-based violence (GBV).

    "WHO is pleased to partner with UK AID to support improvement of essential health service delivery including sexual reproductive health services, clinical care of gender-based violence, mental health and psychosocial support for the people of Afar region."

    Dr Dereje Duguma, State Minister of Health, commented during the handing over event, “We commend the colleagues who are on the ground serving our people in Afar, and we thank WHO Ethiopia for the continued technical and material support to strengthen the health system.”The donation is part of WHO’s support to restoration of health facilities damaged by the conflict.

    The vehicles will contribute to the efforts to improve the public health services in the Afar Region.

    The vehicles donated to the health bureaus will contribute to strengthening the health system and improving public health services in the region.

    As part of the support restoration of health facilities and services in these conflict-affected regions, WHO has deployed fit-for-purpose staff to support local authorities to revitalize and strengthen disease surveillance and reporting as well as sexual and reproductive health and GBV services at health facilities. 

    WHO also provides medicines, medical supplies, equipment, and inter-agency emergency health kits to Afar region and trains frontline health workers to improve human resource capacity to provide clinical, mental health and psychosocial services to communities affected by conflict, including survivors of rape and GBV.

  •   Increasing reports of people having long COVID have exposed the challenges in combating the pandemic Experts said prolonged COVID is likely to result in increasing pressure on social and medical resources a shrinking workforce and a long term economic downturn UNDERESTIMATED FIGURE The post COVID 19 condition also known as long COVID is defined by the World Health Organization WHO as an illness that occurs in individuals with a history of probable or confirmed SARS CoV 2 infection with symptoms that last at least two months and cannot be explained by an alternative diagnosis The WHO estimated that 10 to 20 percent of COVID 19 patients are left with medium and long term symptoms such as fatigue shortness of breath and cognitive dysfunction in addition to others that generally impact daily functioning Women are more prone to the condition An estimated 17 million people in the WHO European region met WHO criteria for a new case of prolonged COVID with symptom duration of at least three months in 2020 and 2021 according to a recent study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation IHME at the Washington University School of Medicine in the United States IHME research shows that nearly 145 million people around the world in the first two years of the pandemic suffered from any of the three clusters of long term COVID symptoms fatigue with body aches and mood swings cognitive problems and difficulty breathe Fast forward to today and millions of people continue to suffer due to the persistent impact of COVID 19 on their health and livelihoods said Christopher Murray Director of IHME The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested that nearly one in five American adults who have had COVID 19 now have long standing COVID A study published in the top tier medical journal JAMA Network Open earlier this month looked at post COVID 19 symptoms two years after a SARS CoV 2 infection among hospitalized and non hospitalized patients I think a study like this from Spain means we may have been underestimating long term COVID said Danny Altmann an immunologist at Imperial College London He emphasized the gaps in our knowledge about long COVID saying that what we re not good at yet is solving the nuances of long COVID after different variants like delta LONG TERM IMPACT As WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned protracted COVID is devastating the lives and livelihoods of tens of millions of people and wreaking havoc on health systems and economies He urged countries to undertake immediate and sustained efforts to deal with the seriousness of the crisis In Britain around 2 5 million people were economically inactive due to prolonged illness in the summer of 2022 compared with around 2 million people in the spring of 2019 the Office for National Statistics ONS said earlier this month This was the highest rate of inactivity among long term patients since records began in 1993 an ONS spokesman said Overall it was falling since just before the turn of the millennium but it started rising again in 2019 and is now past its late 1990s peak While prolonged COVID symptoms may not be the only contributor to the increase in long term illness in the working age population it is likely that the broader health impact of the pandemic will continue to be an important factor in the increase in long term illnesses the ONS said report A recent survey by the British Trades Union Congress found that 20 per cent of people with long term COVID were not working and a further 16 per cent were working reduced hours In January 2022 Brookings Metro released a report that assessed the impact of prolonged COVID on the job market Data on the prevalence of the condition were limited so the report used multiple studies to make a conservative estimate About 16 million working age Americans those ages 18 to 65 have long standing COVID in the present Of those between 2 and 4 million are out of work due to the long duration of COVID while the annual cost of those lost wages alone is around US 170 billion a year and potentially as much as US 230 000 millions of dollars While the worsening health of the British population is an emergency in its own right with at least 5 5 million people in Britain awaiting hospital treatment it has serious repercussions for the economy the Financial Times reported PROTRACTED PANDEMIC We are in an arms race against the virus and the virus is now firmly in control of the battlefield Just because we have lost interest the virus has not Altmann said recently Despite its name SARS CoV 2 not only causes acute respiratory disease but can also cause acute and post acute extrapulmonary sequelae in almost all organ systems including acute and chronic kidney disease and has affected millions of people around the world Given the scale and chronic nature of many of its aftermath the long run of COVID will reverberate with us for decades with broad and deep global security economic political and social implications long after the COVID 19 pandemic subsides said The report I wish we could raise awareness levels a bit more Altmann said advising people on public transportation in a theater or at the opera to wear masks and take it a little bit seriously From limited access to preventative care to increased risk of pre existing conditions the reasons why the most vulnerable communities and groups are more susceptible to prolonged COVID are many according to Harvard Medical School Certain populations in the United States experience higher rates of diabetes hypertension obesity asthma heart disease and cancer conditions known to increase the risk of severe illness from COVID 19 which in turn increases the risk of a prolonged COVID In total the United States has seen more than 98 million cases of COVID 19 and more than 1 million related deaths According to public health experts the enormous impact of the virus in the United States can be attributed in part to underinvestment in long term care primary care and public health departments As a result some people were more vulnerable to COVID and had little connection or trust with healthcare providers who urged them to maintain social distancing wear masks and get vaccinated This is more than just a failure of a health system David Rosner who studies public health and social history at Columbia University s Mailman School of Public Health told The Guardian in May It s a failure of American ideology Xinhua
    “Long COVID” exposes long-term challenges-
      Increasing reports of people having long COVID have exposed the challenges in combating the pandemic Experts said prolonged COVID is likely to result in increasing pressure on social and medical resources a shrinking workforce and a long term economic downturn UNDERESTIMATED FIGURE The post COVID 19 condition also known as long COVID is defined by the World Health Organization WHO as an illness that occurs in individuals with a history of probable or confirmed SARS CoV 2 infection with symptoms that last at least two months and cannot be explained by an alternative diagnosis The WHO estimated that 10 to 20 percent of COVID 19 patients are left with medium and long term symptoms such as fatigue shortness of breath and cognitive dysfunction in addition to others that generally impact daily functioning Women are more prone to the condition An estimated 17 million people in the WHO European region met WHO criteria for a new case of prolonged COVID with symptom duration of at least three months in 2020 and 2021 according to a recent study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation IHME at the Washington University School of Medicine in the United States IHME research shows that nearly 145 million people around the world in the first two years of the pandemic suffered from any of the three clusters of long term COVID symptoms fatigue with body aches and mood swings cognitive problems and difficulty breathe Fast forward to today and millions of people continue to suffer due to the persistent impact of COVID 19 on their health and livelihoods said Christopher Murray Director of IHME The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested that nearly one in five American adults who have had COVID 19 now have long standing COVID A study published in the top tier medical journal JAMA Network Open earlier this month looked at post COVID 19 symptoms two years after a SARS CoV 2 infection among hospitalized and non hospitalized patients I think a study like this from Spain means we may have been underestimating long term COVID said Danny Altmann an immunologist at Imperial College London He emphasized the gaps in our knowledge about long COVID saying that what we re not good at yet is solving the nuances of long COVID after different variants like delta LONG TERM IMPACT As WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned protracted COVID is devastating the lives and livelihoods of tens of millions of people and wreaking havoc on health systems and economies He urged countries to undertake immediate and sustained efforts to deal with the seriousness of the crisis In Britain around 2 5 million people were economically inactive due to prolonged illness in the summer of 2022 compared with around 2 million people in the spring of 2019 the Office for National Statistics ONS said earlier this month This was the highest rate of inactivity among long term patients since records began in 1993 an ONS spokesman said Overall it was falling since just before the turn of the millennium but it started rising again in 2019 and is now past its late 1990s peak While prolonged COVID symptoms may not be the only contributor to the increase in long term illness in the working age population it is likely that the broader health impact of the pandemic will continue to be an important factor in the increase in long term illnesses the ONS said report A recent survey by the British Trades Union Congress found that 20 per cent of people with long term COVID were not working and a further 16 per cent were working reduced hours In January 2022 Brookings Metro released a report that assessed the impact of prolonged COVID on the job market Data on the prevalence of the condition were limited so the report used multiple studies to make a conservative estimate About 16 million working age Americans those ages 18 to 65 have long standing COVID in the present Of those between 2 and 4 million are out of work due to the long duration of COVID while the annual cost of those lost wages alone is around US 170 billion a year and potentially as much as US 230 000 millions of dollars While the worsening health of the British population is an emergency in its own right with at least 5 5 million people in Britain awaiting hospital treatment it has serious repercussions for the economy the Financial Times reported PROTRACTED PANDEMIC We are in an arms race against the virus and the virus is now firmly in control of the battlefield Just because we have lost interest the virus has not Altmann said recently Despite its name SARS CoV 2 not only causes acute respiratory disease but can also cause acute and post acute extrapulmonary sequelae in almost all organ systems including acute and chronic kidney disease and has affected millions of people around the world Given the scale and chronic nature of many of its aftermath the long run of COVID will reverberate with us for decades with broad and deep global security economic political and social implications long after the COVID 19 pandemic subsides said The report I wish we could raise awareness levels a bit more Altmann said advising people on public transportation in a theater or at the opera to wear masks and take it a little bit seriously From limited access to preventative care to increased risk of pre existing conditions the reasons why the most vulnerable communities and groups are more susceptible to prolonged COVID are many according to Harvard Medical School Certain populations in the United States experience higher rates of diabetes hypertension obesity asthma heart disease and cancer conditions known to increase the risk of severe illness from COVID 19 which in turn increases the risk of a prolonged COVID In total the United States has seen more than 98 million cases of COVID 19 and more than 1 million related deaths According to public health experts the enormous impact of the virus in the United States can be attributed in part to underinvestment in long term care primary care and public health departments As a result some people were more vulnerable to COVID and had little connection or trust with healthcare providers who urged them to maintain social distancing wear masks and get vaccinated This is more than just a failure of a health system David Rosner who studies public health and social history at Columbia University s Mailman School of Public Health told The Guardian in May It s a failure of American ideology Xinhua
    “Long COVID” exposes long-term challenges-
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    “Long COVID” exposes long-term challenges-

    - Increasing reports of people having "long COVID" have exposed the challenges in combating the pandemic.

    Experts said prolonged COVID is likely to result in increasing pressure on social and medical resources, a shrinking workforce and a long-term economic downturn.

    UNDERESTIMATED FIGURE

    The post-COVID-19 condition, also known as long COVID, is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an illness that occurs in individuals with a history of probable or confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection, with symptoms that last at least two months and cannot be explained by an alternative diagnosis.

    The WHO estimated that 10 to 20 percent of COVID-19 patients are left with medium- and long-term symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, and cognitive dysfunction, in addition to others that generally impact daily functioning. Women are more prone to the condition.

    An estimated 17 million people in the WHO European region met WHO criteria for a new case of prolonged COVID with symptom duration of at least three months in 2020 and 2021, according to a recent study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the Washington University School of Medicine in the United States.

    "IHME research shows that nearly 145 million people around the world in the first two years of the pandemic suffered from any of the three clusters of long-term COVID symptoms: fatigue with body aches and mood swings, cognitive problems, and difficulty breathe. Fast-forward to today and millions of people continue to suffer due to the persistent impact of COVID-19 on their health and livelihoods," said Christopher Murray, Director of IHME.

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested that nearly one in five American adults who have had COVID-19 now have long-standing COVID.

    A study published in the top-tier medical journal JAMA Network Open earlier this month looked at post-COVID-19 symptoms two years after a SARS-CoV-2 infection among hospitalized and non-hospitalized patients.

    "I think a study like this from Spain means we may have been underestimating long-term COVID," said Danny Altmann, an immunologist at Imperial College London. He emphasized the gaps in our knowledge about long COVID, saying that "what we're not good at yet is solving the nuances of long COVID after different variants, like delta."

    LONG TERM IMPACT

    As WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned, protracted COVID is "devastating" the lives and livelihoods of tens of millions of people and wreaking havoc on health systems and economies. He urged countries to undertake "immediate" and "sustained" efforts to deal with the "seriousness" of the crisis.

    In Britain, around 2.5 million people were economically inactive due to prolonged illness in the summer of 2022, compared with around 2 million people in the spring of 2019, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. earlier this month.

    This was the highest rate of inactivity among long-term patients since records began in 1993, an ONS spokesman said. "Overall, it was falling, since just before the turn of the millennium, but it started rising again in 2019 and is now past its late 1990s peak."

    "While prolonged COVID symptoms may not be the only contributor to the increase in long-term illness in the working-age population, it is likely that the broader health impact of the pandemic will continue to be an important factor in the increase in long-term illnesses," the ONS said. report.

    A recent survey by the British Trades Union Congress found that 20 per cent of people with long-term COVID were not working and a further 16 per cent were working reduced hours.

    In January 2022, Brookings Metro released a report that assessed the impact of prolonged COVID on the job market. Data on the prevalence of the condition were limited, so the report used multiple studies to make a conservative estimate: About 16 million working-age Americans (those ages 18 to 65) have long-standing COVID in the present. Of those, between 2 and 4 million are out of work due to the long duration of COVID, while the annual cost of those lost wages alone is around US$170 billion a year, and potentially as much as US$230,000. millions of dollars.

    While the worsening health of the British population is an emergency in its own right, with at least 5.5 million people in Britain awaiting hospital treatment, it has serious repercussions for the economy, the Financial Times reported.

    PROTRACTED PANDEMIC

    "We are in an arms race against the virus, and the virus is now firmly in control of the battlefield. Just because we have lost interest, the virus has not," Altmann said recently.

    Despite its name, SARS-CoV-2 not only causes acute respiratory disease, but can also cause acute and post-acute extrapulmonary sequelae in almost all organ systems, including acute and chronic kidney disease, and has affected millions of people around the world.

    Given the scale and chronic nature of many of its aftermath, "the long run of COVID will reverberate with us for decades, with broad and deep global security, economic, political and social implications, long after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides." , said. The report.

    "I wish we could raise awareness levels a bit more," Altmann said, advising people on public transportation, in a theater or at the opera to wear masks and "take it a little bit seriously."

    From limited access to preventative care to increased risk of pre-existing conditions, the reasons why the most vulnerable communities and groups are more susceptible to prolonged COVID are many, according to Harvard Medical School.

    Certain populations in the United States experience higher rates of diabetes, hypertension, obesity, asthma, heart disease, and cancer, conditions known to increase the risk of severe illness from COVID-19, which in turn increases the risk of a prolonged COVID.

    In total, the United States has seen more than 98 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 1 million related deaths. According to public health experts, the enormous impact of the virus in the United States can be attributed in part to underinvestment in long-term care, primary care, and public health departments. As a result, some people were more vulnerable to COVID and had little connection or trust with healthcare providers who urged them to maintain social distancing, wear masks, and get vaccinated.

    "This is more than just a failure of a health system," David Rosner, who studies public health and social history at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, told The Guardian in May. "It's a failure of American ideology." ■



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  •   To avoid racist stereotypes and stigmatization the World Health Organization WHO recommended Monday to change the name of the monkeypox virus to mpox Both names mpox and monkeypox will be used simultaneously for one year while the latter will be phased out the WHO said in a press release The change comes after various people and countries raised concerns at various meetings and asked the WHO to propose a way to change the name The one year transition period serves to assuage expert concerns about confusion caused by a name change in the midst of a global outbreak It also allows time to complete the process of updating the International Classification of Diseases ICD and updating WHO publications In July the WHO officially declared the monkeypox outbreak in several countries outside traditional endemic areas in Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern PHEIC the highest level of alert that can issue the world health authority It is the responsibility of WHO to assign names to new and existing diseases through a consultative process which includes WHO member states The monkeypox consultation has involved representatives of government authorities from 45 different countries he said According to the WHO as of Saturday 110 member states had reported 81 107 laboratory confirmed cases and 1 526 probable cases including 55 deaths Most of the cases reported in the last four weeks were from the Americas 92 3 percent and Europe 5 8 percent The number of new cases reported weekly globally decreased by 46 1 percent in the week of November 21 27 Xinhua
    WHO changes name of monkeypox to “mpox” to avoid stigma
      To avoid racist stereotypes and stigmatization the World Health Organization WHO recommended Monday to change the name of the monkeypox virus to mpox Both names mpox and monkeypox will be used simultaneously for one year while the latter will be phased out the WHO said in a press release The change comes after various people and countries raised concerns at various meetings and asked the WHO to propose a way to change the name The one year transition period serves to assuage expert concerns about confusion caused by a name change in the midst of a global outbreak It also allows time to complete the process of updating the International Classification of Diseases ICD and updating WHO publications In July the WHO officially declared the monkeypox outbreak in several countries outside traditional endemic areas in Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern PHEIC the highest level of alert that can issue the world health authority It is the responsibility of WHO to assign names to new and existing diseases through a consultative process which includes WHO member states The monkeypox consultation has involved representatives of government authorities from 45 different countries he said According to the WHO as of Saturday 110 member states had reported 81 107 laboratory confirmed cases and 1 526 probable cases including 55 deaths Most of the cases reported in the last four weeks were from the Americas 92 3 percent and Europe 5 8 percent The number of new cases reported weekly globally decreased by 46 1 percent in the week of November 21 27 Xinhua
    WHO changes name of monkeypox to “mpox” to avoid stigma
    Foreign2 days ago

    WHO changes name of monkeypox to “mpox” to avoid stigma

    - To avoid racist stereotypes and stigmatization, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended Monday to change the name of the monkeypox virus to "mpox".

    Both names, mpox and monkeypox, will be used simultaneously for one year, while the latter will be phased out, the WHO said in a press release. The change comes after various people and countries raised concerns at various meetings and asked the WHO to propose a way to change the name.

    The one-year transition period serves to assuage expert concerns about confusion caused by a name change in the midst of a global outbreak. It also allows time to complete the process of updating the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and updating WHO publications.

    In July, the WHO officially declared the monkeypox outbreak in several countries outside traditional endemic areas in Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), the highest level of alert that can issue the world health authority.

    It is the responsibility of WHO to assign names to new and existing diseases through a consultative process, which includes WHO member states. The monkeypox consultation has involved representatives of government authorities from 45 different countries, he said.

    According to the WHO, as of Saturday, 110 member states had reported 81,107 laboratory-confirmed cases and 1,526 probable cases, including 55 deaths. Most of the cases reported in the last four weeks were from the Americas (92.3 percent) and Europe (5.8 percent). The number of new cases reported weekly globally decreased by 46.1 percent in the week of November 21-27. ■



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  •  Uganda closed schools nationwide on Friday to curb the spread of Ebola despite the health minister insisting to AFP that new cases had declined The directive to close schools two weeks before the end of term was announced earlier this month following the deaths of eight children from the highly contagious disease But in recent weeks the number of new infections registered in the capital Kampala and the epicentres of Mubende and Kassanda has declined Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng told AFP The major breakthrough in this fight against Ebola for Uganda is that the communities have realised that Ebola is deadly and it kills she said We encourage the population to remain alert and cooperate with the health teams if we are to win this battle and there are signs Uganda is winning she added Uganda s WHO office said Thursday that as of November 22 no case had been declared for nine days in Kamapala 10 days in Mubende and 12 days in Kassanda The outbreak has claimed 55 lives out of 141 cases according to Ugandan authorities who have imposed lockdowns in Mubende and Kassanda The measures include a dusk to dawn curfew a ban on personal travel and the closure of markets bars and churches At a school in Kampala one parent told AFP he was relieved to take his child home I think this early closure was really necessary because of the situation the Ebola situation in the country said banker Joab Baryayaka We trust they are safer with us than staying at school where we cannot guarantee the situation Since the outbreak was declared in Mubende on September 20 the disease has spread across the East African nation President Yoweri Museveni has repeatedly ruled out imposing nationwide Covid like restrictions According to WHO criteria an outbreak of the disease ends when there are no new cases for 42 consecutive days twice the incubation period of the disease The strain now circulating is known as the Sudan Ebola virus for which there is no vaccine although several would be jabs are heading towards clinical trials Ebola is spread through bodily fluids Common symptoms are fever vomiting bleeding and diarrhoea Outbreaks are difficult to contain especially in urban environments
    Uganda closes schools to fight Ebola, new cases fall
     Uganda closed schools nationwide on Friday to curb the spread of Ebola despite the health minister insisting to AFP that new cases had declined The directive to close schools two weeks before the end of term was announced earlier this month following the deaths of eight children from the highly contagious disease But in recent weeks the number of new infections registered in the capital Kampala and the epicentres of Mubende and Kassanda has declined Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng told AFP The major breakthrough in this fight against Ebola for Uganda is that the communities have realised that Ebola is deadly and it kills she said We encourage the population to remain alert and cooperate with the health teams if we are to win this battle and there are signs Uganda is winning she added Uganda s WHO office said Thursday that as of November 22 no case had been declared for nine days in Kamapala 10 days in Mubende and 12 days in Kassanda The outbreak has claimed 55 lives out of 141 cases according to Ugandan authorities who have imposed lockdowns in Mubende and Kassanda The measures include a dusk to dawn curfew a ban on personal travel and the closure of markets bars and churches At a school in Kampala one parent told AFP he was relieved to take his child home I think this early closure was really necessary because of the situation the Ebola situation in the country said banker Joab Baryayaka We trust they are safer with us than staying at school where we cannot guarantee the situation Since the outbreak was declared in Mubende on September 20 the disease has spread across the East African nation President Yoweri Museveni has repeatedly ruled out imposing nationwide Covid like restrictions According to WHO criteria an outbreak of the disease ends when there are no new cases for 42 consecutive days twice the incubation period of the disease The strain now circulating is known as the Sudan Ebola virus for which there is no vaccine although several would be jabs are heading towards clinical trials Ebola is spread through bodily fluids Common symptoms are fever vomiting bleeding and diarrhoea Outbreaks are difficult to contain especially in urban environments
    Uganda closes schools to fight Ebola, new cases fall
    Foreign5 days ago

    Uganda closes schools to fight Ebola, new cases fall

    Uganda closed schools nationwide on Friday to curb the spread of Ebola, despite the health minister insisting to AFP that new cases had declined.

    The directive to close schools two weeks before the end of term was announced earlier this month following the deaths of eight children from the highly contagious disease.

    But in recent weeks, the number of new infections registered in the capital Kampala and the epicentres of Mubende and Kassanda has declined, Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng told AFP.

    “The major breakthrough in this fight against Ebola for Uganda is that the communities have realised that Ebola is deadly and it kills,” she said.

    “We encourage the population to remain alert and cooperate with the health teams if we are to win this battle and there are signs Uganda is winning,” she added.

    Uganda’s WHO office said Thursday that as of November 22, no case had been declared for nine days in Kamapala, 10 days in Mubende and 12 days in Kassanda.

    The outbreak has claimed 55 lives out of 141 cases according to Ugandan authorities, who have imposed lockdowns in Mubende and Kassanda.

    The measures include a dusk-to-dawn curfew, a ban on personal travel and the closure of markets, bars and churches.

    At a school in Kampala, one parent told AFP he was relieved to take his child home.

    “I think this early closure was really necessary, because of the situation, the Ebola situation in the country,” said banker Joab Baryayaka.

    “We trust they are safer with us than staying at school, where we cannot guarantee the situation.

    ” Since the outbreak was declared in Mubende on September 20, the disease has spread across the East African nation.

    President Yoweri Museveni has repeatedly ruled out imposing nationwide Covid-like restrictions.

    According to WHO criteria, an outbreak of the disease ends when there are no new cases for 42 consecutive days — twice the incubation period of the disease.

    The strain now circulating is known as the Sudan Ebola virus, for which there is no vaccine, although several would-be jabs are heading towards clinical trials.

    Ebola is spread through bodily fluids.

    Common symptoms are fever, vomiting, bleeding and diarrhoea.

    Outbreaks are difficult to contain, especially in urban environments.

  •   In April 2021 the World Health Organization WHO Regional Emergency Medical Teams EMT Training Centre was officially inaugurated by Dr Matshidiso Moeti WHO Regional Director for Africa and Honorable Dr Lia Tadesse Minister of Health MoH Ethiopia in the presence of Dr Abdou Salam Gueye Regional Emergency Director and Dr Boureima Hama Sambo WHO Representative in Ethiopia The training centre has since trained over 100 cohorts of emergency medical teams EMTs from different parts of the country In June 2022 17 member EMT that were trained by the EMT centre were deployed to Gode a town in the Somali Regional State for the team s first mission to provide clinical care to people affected by drought and to support the local health system After receiving pre deployment orientation from WHO MoH and the Somali Regional Health Bureau the emergency medical team composed of general practitioner physicians pediatricians nurses and nutritionists took up the responsibility of supporting the emergency response in Gode for 21 days During their deployment the team executed several clinical activities including managing severe acute malnutrition with medical complications at the stabilization center screening and admission of moderate acute malnutrition MAM cases patients into Targeted Supplementary Feeding services During their three week deployment the team conducted nutritional screening of 211 children at IDP sites and Gode Hospital and admitted about 100 children with severe acute malnutrition to the stabilization center at the Hospital The team closely followed up the patients at the stabilization centre and conducted two rounds of screening daily for 3 weeks Ninety children showed improvement under their care and were discharged during the same period We re proud of our team s well coordinated engagement for a successful response We request our partners long term sustainable support for the continued impact of the team We have set the foundation for the future Degisew Dersso said Surge and clinical Disaster management coordinator EMT Coordinator and Conflict Response IMS Acute care and clinical Section Lead The team also provided training and health education to mothers whose children were admitted to the stabilization center and IDP sites The education focused mainly on breastfeeding complementary feeding environmental and hand hygiene appropriate feeding practice and detecting signs of severe acute malnutrition The Ethiopian EMT also provided training to Intensive Care Unit ICU staff at Gode Hospital on essential relevant skills to operate a mechanical ventilator provision of basic life support critical care Infection Prevention and Control IPC medical crash cart handling and documentation In addition the team handled some minor maintenance and repair tasks to on medical equipment in the hospital The structure of the Ethiopian EMT core technical team is linked with the routine health system and coordinated with the Ministry of Health National Incident Management System The technical team leads were recruited from WHO and MoH Following two local and one international EMT induction training with simulation exercises 70 volunteer members were put on standby for emergency response The global EMT initiative aims to improve the timeliness and quality of health services provided by national and international EMTs and enhance the capacity of national health systems to lead the activation and coordination of emergency response in the immediate aftermath of a disaster outbreak and other emergencies
    Ethiopian Emergency Medical Teams’ first deployment provides support to drought-affected areas
      In April 2021 the World Health Organization WHO Regional Emergency Medical Teams EMT Training Centre was officially inaugurated by Dr Matshidiso Moeti WHO Regional Director for Africa and Honorable Dr Lia Tadesse Minister of Health MoH Ethiopia in the presence of Dr Abdou Salam Gueye Regional Emergency Director and Dr Boureima Hama Sambo WHO Representative in Ethiopia The training centre has since trained over 100 cohorts of emergency medical teams EMTs from different parts of the country In June 2022 17 member EMT that were trained by the EMT centre were deployed to Gode a town in the Somali Regional State for the team s first mission to provide clinical care to people affected by drought and to support the local health system After receiving pre deployment orientation from WHO MoH and the Somali Regional Health Bureau the emergency medical team composed of general practitioner physicians pediatricians nurses and nutritionists took up the responsibility of supporting the emergency response in Gode for 21 days During their deployment the team executed several clinical activities including managing severe acute malnutrition with medical complications at the stabilization center screening and admission of moderate acute malnutrition MAM cases patients into Targeted Supplementary Feeding services During their three week deployment the team conducted nutritional screening of 211 children at IDP sites and Gode Hospital and admitted about 100 children with severe acute malnutrition to the stabilization center at the Hospital The team closely followed up the patients at the stabilization centre and conducted two rounds of screening daily for 3 weeks Ninety children showed improvement under their care and were discharged during the same period We re proud of our team s well coordinated engagement for a successful response We request our partners long term sustainable support for the continued impact of the team We have set the foundation for the future Degisew Dersso said Surge and clinical Disaster management coordinator EMT Coordinator and Conflict Response IMS Acute care and clinical Section Lead The team also provided training and health education to mothers whose children were admitted to the stabilization center and IDP sites The education focused mainly on breastfeeding complementary feeding environmental and hand hygiene appropriate feeding practice and detecting signs of severe acute malnutrition The Ethiopian EMT also provided training to Intensive Care Unit ICU staff at Gode Hospital on essential relevant skills to operate a mechanical ventilator provision of basic life support critical care Infection Prevention and Control IPC medical crash cart handling and documentation In addition the team handled some minor maintenance and repair tasks to on medical equipment in the hospital The structure of the Ethiopian EMT core technical team is linked with the routine health system and coordinated with the Ministry of Health National Incident Management System The technical team leads were recruited from WHO and MoH Following two local and one international EMT induction training with simulation exercises 70 volunteer members were put on standby for emergency response The global EMT initiative aims to improve the timeliness and quality of health services provided by national and international EMTs and enhance the capacity of national health systems to lead the activation and coordination of emergency response in the immediate aftermath of a disaster outbreak and other emergencies
    Ethiopian Emergency Medical Teams’ first deployment provides support to drought-affected areas
    Africa6 days ago

    Ethiopian Emergency Medical Teams’ first deployment provides support to drought-affected areas

    In April 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) Training Centre was officially inaugurated by Dr Matshidiso Moeti WHO Regional Director for Africa, and Honorable Dr Lia Tadesse Minister of Health (MoH), Ethiopia in the presence of Dr Abdou Salam Gueye, Regional Emergency Director, and Dr Boureima Hama Sambo, WHO Representative in Ethiopia.

    The training centre has since trained over 100 cohorts of emergency medical teams (EMTs) from different parts of the country. 

    In June 2022, 17-member EMT that were trained by the EMT centre were deployed to Gode, a town in the Somali Regional State, for the team’s first mission to provide clinical care to people affected by drought, and to support the local health system.

    After receiving pre-deployment orientation from WHO, MoH and the Somali Regional Health Bureau, the emergency medical team composed of general practitioner physicians, pediatricians, nurses, and nutritionists took up the responsibility of supporting the emergency response in Gode for 21 days.

    During their deployment, the team executed several clinical activities including managing severe acute malnutrition with medical complications at the stabilization center, screening and admission of moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) cases patients into Targeted Supplementary Feeding services.

    During their three-week deployment, the team conducted nutritional screening of 211 children at IDP sites and Gode Hospital, and admitted about 100 children with severe acute malnutrition to the stabilization center at the Hospital.

    The team closely followed up the patients at the stabilization centre, and conducted two rounds of screening daily for 3 weeks.

     Ninety children showed improvement under their care and were discharged during the same period. 

    "We're proud of our team's well-coordinated engagement for a successful response.

    We request our partners' long-term sustainable support for the continued impact of the team.

    We have set the foundation for the future."

    Degisew Dersso said, Surge and clinical Disaster management coordinator, EMT Coordinator and Conflict Response IMS-Acute care and clinical Section Lead.The team also provided training and health education to mothers whose children were admitted to the stabilization center and IDP sites.

    The education focused mainly on breastfeeding, complementary feeding, environmental and hand hygiene, appropriate feeding practice and detecting signs of severe acute malnutrition.

    The Ethiopian EMT also provided training to Intensive Care Unit (ICU) staff at Gode Hospital on essential relevant skills to operate a mechanical ventilator, provision of basic life support, critical care, Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), medical crash cart handling and documentation.

    In addition, the team handled some minor maintenance and repair tasks to on medical equipment in the hospital. 

     The structure of the Ethiopian EMT core technical team is linked with the routine health system and coordinated with the Ministry of Health National Incident Management System.

    The technical team leads were recruited from WHO and MoH.

    Following two local and one international EMT induction training with simulation exercises, 70 volunteer members were put on standby for emergency response. 

    The global EMT initiative aims to improve the timeliness and quality of health services provided by national and international EMTs and enhance the capacity of national health systems to lead the activation and coordination of emergency response in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, outbreak and other emergencies.

  •   MMV http www MMV org and Shin Poong Pharm Co Ltd welcome the formal inclusion of Pyramax pyronaridine artesunate in the World Health Organization s WHO Guidelines for Malaria http bit ly 3EZSJep following an extensive review process The WHO s Guidelines for the Treatment of Malaria are the standard reference which guide country level policies for managing malaria New medicines are only recommended for inclusion following a robust and in depth evaluation of evidence using the GRADE http bit ly 3XuGnSy framework which provides a systematic approach for making clinical practice recommendations Following this review which included one of the largest clinical studies to evaluate real world efficacy and safety of any antimalarial the Guideline Development Committee recommended the formal inclusion of Pyramax in the guidelines with a STRONG recommendation the highest level of confidence Pyramax is a fixed dose artemisinin based combination therapy ACT and the only one to be specifically indicated for the blood stage treatment of the two dominant species of malaria parasite P falciparum and P vivax The medicine is also available in a child friendly granule formulation to ensure palatability and therefore correct dosage in this vulnerable population Both Pyramax tablets and Pyramax granules received European Medicines Agency EMA positive scientific opinions from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use CHMP through Article 58 based on a robust development programme To date over 2 9 million malaria patients have been treated with the medicine including children under the age of 1 Both formulations are currently registered for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria in 29 countries in Africa and Asia Following the positive scientific opinions for use a large Cohort Event Monitoring study was implemented in 5 African countries 1 under the supervision of the CANTAM Network 2 to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Pyramax under conditions similar to everyday clinical practice This study which reported high effectiveness D28 PCR adjusted cure rate of 98 6 included over 8 500 acute malaria episodes in 7 154 patients and has recently been published in PLoS Medicine 3 Pyramax was included in the WHO s list of pre qualified medicines in 2012 and in the WHO s Essential Medicines Lists for both adults and children in 2017 Pyramax has subsequently undergone a positive review by the WHO s Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medicinal Products in 2019 which included a review of interim data from the CANTAM study Following this review in October 2019 and pending the next revision of their Guidelines for Malaria the WHO published an Information Note supporting the use of Pyramax at country level stating that artesunate pyronaridine can be considered a safe and efficacious ACT for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria in adults and children weighing 5 kg and over in all malaria endemic areas countries can consider including this medicine in their national treatment guidelines for the treatment of malaria The addition of Pyramax to the WHO Guidelines for malaria is an achievement that we are proud to have reached with our long standing partner Shin Poong Pharm Co Ltd said Dr David Reddy MMV s CEO We ventured into the Pyramax project to help save the lives of adults and children with malaria Therefore we will continue to work with Shin Poong to register both the tablets and granules of Pyramax in more malaria endemic countries facilitating equitable access to this important new addition to the malaria treatment toolkit The official inclusion of Pyramax into WHO s Guidelines for malaria is a crucial step allowing malaria endemic countries to choose Pyramax as a first line ACT with confidence The managerial decision to commence the Pyramax project was based on Shin Poong s core values and company policies which have guided us for over half a century We will continue to produce qualified products to supply potent reliable simple treatment to patients said Shin Poong Pharm Co Ltd 1 Gabon Albert Schweitzer Hospital CERMEL Lambar n C te d Ivoire Health Center of Azagui amp Health Center of Agboville Cameroon Biotechnology Center University of Yaound amp Mfou District Hospital Congo Congo foundation for the Medical Research Brazzaville Mak l l Hospital Health Center of Madibou DR of Congo Faculty of Medicine University of Kinshasa Mont Amba Hospital Kinshasa Evangelic Medical Institute of Kimpes 2 For more information about CANTAM please visit http bit ly 3GGf9CE 3 To read the CANTAM study please visit http bit ly 3u4n6tD
    Strong Recommendation for Pyronaridine-Artesunate in Revised World Health Organization (WHO) Malaria Treatment Guidelines
      MMV http www MMV org and Shin Poong Pharm Co Ltd welcome the formal inclusion of Pyramax pyronaridine artesunate in the World Health Organization s WHO Guidelines for Malaria http bit ly 3EZSJep following an extensive review process The WHO s Guidelines for the Treatment of Malaria are the standard reference which guide country level policies for managing malaria New medicines are only recommended for inclusion following a robust and in depth evaluation of evidence using the GRADE http bit ly 3XuGnSy framework which provides a systematic approach for making clinical practice recommendations Following this review which included one of the largest clinical studies to evaluate real world efficacy and safety of any antimalarial the Guideline Development Committee recommended the formal inclusion of Pyramax in the guidelines with a STRONG recommendation the highest level of confidence Pyramax is a fixed dose artemisinin based combination therapy ACT and the only one to be specifically indicated for the blood stage treatment of the two dominant species of malaria parasite P falciparum and P vivax The medicine is also available in a child friendly granule formulation to ensure palatability and therefore correct dosage in this vulnerable population Both Pyramax tablets and Pyramax granules received European Medicines Agency EMA positive scientific opinions from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use CHMP through Article 58 based on a robust development programme To date over 2 9 million malaria patients have been treated with the medicine including children under the age of 1 Both formulations are currently registered for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria in 29 countries in Africa and Asia Following the positive scientific opinions for use a large Cohort Event Monitoring study was implemented in 5 African countries 1 under the supervision of the CANTAM Network 2 to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Pyramax under conditions similar to everyday clinical practice This study which reported high effectiveness D28 PCR adjusted cure rate of 98 6 included over 8 500 acute malaria episodes in 7 154 patients and has recently been published in PLoS Medicine 3 Pyramax was included in the WHO s list of pre qualified medicines in 2012 and in the WHO s Essential Medicines Lists for both adults and children in 2017 Pyramax has subsequently undergone a positive review by the WHO s Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medicinal Products in 2019 which included a review of interim data from the CANTAM study Following this review in October 2019 and pending the next revision of their Guidelines for Malaria the WHO published an Information Note supporting the use of Pyramax at country level stating that artesunate pyronaridine can be considered a safe and efficacious ACT for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria in adults and children weighing 5 kg and over in all malaria endemic areas countries can consider including this medicine in their national treatment guidelines for the treatment of malaria The addition of Pyramax to the WHO Guidelines for malaria is an achievement that we are proud to have reached with our long standing partner Shin Poong Pharm Co Ltd said Dr David Reddy MMV s CEO We ventured into the Pyramax project to help save the lives of adults and children with malaria Therefore we will continue to work with Shin Poong to register both the tablets and granules of Pyramax in more malaria endemic countries facilitating equitable access to this important new addition to the malaria treatment toolkit The official inclusion of Pyramax into WHO s Guidelines for malaria is a crucial step allowing malaria endemic countries to choose Pyramax as a first line ACT with confidence The managerial decision to commence the Pyramax project was based on Shin Poong s core values and company policies which have guided us for over half a century We will continue to produce qualified products to supply potent reliable simple treatment to patients said Shin Poong Pharm Co Ltd 1 Gabon Albert Schweitzer Hospital CERMEL Lambar n C te d Ivoire Health Center of Azagui amp Health Center of Agboville Cameroon Biotechnology Center University of Yaound amp Mfou District Hospital Congo Congo foundation for the Medical Research Brazzaville Mak l l Hospital Health Center of Madibou DR of Congo Faculty of Medicine University of Kinshasa Mont Amba Hospital Kinshasa Evangelic Medical Institute of Kimpes 2 For more information about CANTAM please visit http bit ly 3GGf9CE 3 To read the CANTAM study please visit http bit ly 3u4n6tD
    Strong Recommendation for Pyronaridine-Artesunate in Revised World Health Organization (WHO) Malaria Treatment Guidelines
    Africa6 days ago

    Strong Recommendation for Pyronaridine-Artesunate in Revised World Health Organization (WHO) Malaria Treatment Guidelines

    MMV (http://www.MMV.org) and Shin Poong Pharm.

    Co., Ltd. welcome the formal inclusion of Pyramax® (pyronaridine-artesunate) in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Guidelines for Malaria (http://bit.ly/3EZSJep) following an extensive review process.

    The WHO’s Guidelines for the Treatment of Malaria are the standard reference which guide country-level policies for managing malaria.

    New medicines are only recommended for inclusion following a robust and in-depth evaluation of evidence using the GRADE (http://bit.ly/3XuGnSy) framework, which provides a systematic approach for making clinical practice recommendations.

    Following this review – which included one of the largest clinical studies to evaluate real-world efficacy and safety of any antimalarial – the Guideline Development Committee recommended the formal inclusion of Pyramax in the guidelines with a “STRONG” recommendation – the highest level of confidence.

    Pyramax is a fixed dose artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) and the only one to be specifically indicated for the blood-stage treatment of the two dominant species of malaria parasite: P.

    falciparum and P.

    vivax.

    The medicine is also available in a child-friendly granule formulation to ensure palatability and therefore correct dosage in this vulnerable population.

    Both Pyramax tablets and Pyramax granules received European Medicines Agency (EMA) positive scientific opinions from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) through Article 58, based on a robust development programme.

     To date, over 2.9 million malaria patients have been treated with the medicine, including children under the age of 1.

    Both formulations are currently registered for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria in 29 countries in Africa and Asia.  Following the positive scientific opinions for use, a large Cohort Event Monitoring study was implemented in 5 African countries [1] under the supervision of the CANTAM Network [2] to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Pyramax under conditions similar to everyday clinical practice.

    This study, which reported high effectiveness (D28 PCR-adjusted cure rate of 98.6%), included over 8,500 acute malaria episodes in 7,154 patients, and has recently been published in PLoS Medicine [3].

    Pyramax was included in the WHO’s list of pre-qualified medicines in 2012, and in the WHO’s Essential Medicines Lists for both adults and children in 2017.

    Pyramax has subsequently undergone a positive review by the WHO’s Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medicinal Products in 2019, which included a review of interim data from the CANTAM study.

    Following this review in October 2019 and pending the next revision of their Guidelines for Malaria, the WHO published an Information Note supporting the use of Pyramax at country level, stating that “artesunate-pyronaridine can be considered a safe and efficacious ACT for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria in adults and children weighing 5 kg and over in all malaria-endemic areas….countries can consider including this medicine in their national treatment guidelines for the treatment of malaria”.

    “The addition of Pyramax to the WHO Guidelines for malaria is an achievement that we are proud to have reached with our long-standing partner Shin Poong Pharm.

    Co., Ltd.,” said Dr David Reddy, MMV’s CEO.

    “We ventured into the Pyramax project to help save the lives of adults and children with malaria.

    Therefore, we will continue to work with Shin Poong to register both the tablets and granules of Pyramax in more malaria-endemic countries, facilitating equitable access to this important new addition to the malaria treatment toolkit.”  "The official inclusion of Pyramax into WHO’s Guidelines for malaria is a crucial step allowing malaria endemic countries to choose Pyramax as a first line ACT with confidence.

    The managerial decision to commence the Pyramax project was based on Shin Poong’s core values and company policies, which have guided us for over half a century.

    We will continue to produce qualified products to supply potent, reliable, simple treatment to patients", said Shin Poong Pharm.

    Co., Ltd. [1] Gabon: Albert Schweitzer Hospital (CERMEL), Lambaréné, Côte d’Ivoire: Health Center of Azaguié & Health Center of Agboville, Cameroon: Biotechnology Center, University of Yaoundé & Mfou District Hospital, Congo: Congo foundation for the Medical Research, Brazzaville, Makélélé Hospital, Health Center of Madibou, DR of Congo: Faculty of Medicine, University of Kinshasa, Mont-Amba Hospital, Kinshasa, Evangelic Medical Institute of Kimpesé [2] For more information about CANTAM, please visit: http://bit.ly/3GGf9CE[3] To read the CANTAM study, please visit: http://bit.ly/3u4n6tD

  •   For several years many women across Guinea lacked access to screening services for cervical cancer the most common cancer among women especially in remote areas A concerted push by the health authorities to integrate cervical cancer screening in sexual and reproductive health services thousands of women now have the chance of early detection and adequate support Fifteen additional centres were set up in October 2021 bringing to 32 the number of sites now offering cervical cancer screening services in the country Two facilities are equipped to treat precancerous lesions a service that is to be expanded expand to all the sites To be honest if this centre weren t near my home I don t think I would have taken the time to go get tested for cervical cancer says Nansira Kourouma Traore The 34 year old resident of the capital Conakry has benefited from the services of an oncological centre at Donka hospital In 2004 the regional and prefectural hospitals of Kankan as well as all the urban centres of Siguiri Faranah and Kankan were equipped for screening and treatment of cervical cancer with support from the United States Agency for International Development To serve villages far from those health facilities a mobile clinic was established to provide testing and referrals to care centres as needed The setting up of local screening centres has been coupled with awareness raising activities For Traore it was a radio show that convinced her to go get tested The show made a deep impression on me she admits Among the 7274 new cancer cases recorded in Guinea in 2021 cervical accounted 26 3 the majority of all cancers identified and a mortality rate of 71 Most cases occur in young women between the ages of 30 and 49 meting out enormous social consequences in the prime of their reproductive life The earlier cervical cancer is detected the higher the chances of recovery Cervical cancer develops silently for at least 15 years if there is no underlying pathology If in this interval the disease is discovered precancerous lesions can be treated and the patient easily cured explains Professor Keita Namory head of the Donka Oncology Unit underscoring that the treatment of precancerous lesions is free in public health facilities When screening is done late treatment is very expensive and the chances of a cure are slim adds the specialist A few years ago stages three and four the most advanced and severe forms of the disease accounted for 85 to 90 of cases in the country But now thanks to the proliferation of screening centres the number of terminal cancers has decreased Right now more than 50 of cases are caught at stage one or two which improves the chances of recovery Professor Namory enthuses World Health Organization WHO is supporting Guinea s strategy for the elimination of cervical cancer through training of health workers To date 495 people have been trained The Organization is also providing technical financial and logistical support during Guinean cancer society science fairs The improvement of care by integrating cervical cancer screening activities into the minimum package of services offered by health centres and hospitals is the best approach to prevent women from being tested too late We are working on this with the health authorities says Dr Casimir Manengu WHO Representative in Guinea WHO has also supported the creation of the Francophone Regional Training Centre for the Prevention of Gynecological Cancers in Conakry a key institution in the prevention of the main gynaecological cancers including cervical and breast cancer In addition WHO is providing expertise in the development of the strategic plan for noncommunicable diseases including gynaecological cancers the development of a National Cancer Charter and to the implementation of the National Cancer Control Plan which makes local screening centres an essential pillar Thanks to these centres Traore has been getting tested regularly for eight years I got into this habit because screening is free she says If I had to pay I wouldn t be able to afford it
    Guinea: Bringing care closer to eliminate cervical cancer
      For several years many women across Guinea lacked access to screening services for cervical cancer the most common cancer among women especially in remote areas A concerted push by the health authorities to integrate cervical cancer screening in sexual and reproductive health services thousands of women now have the chance of early detection and adequate support Fifteen additional centres were set up in October 2021 bringing to 32 the number of sites now offering cervical cancer screening services in the country Two facilities are equipped to treat precancerous lesions a service that is to be expanded expand to all the sites To be honest if this centre weren t near my home I don t think I would have taken the time to go get tested for cervical cancer says Nansira Kourouma Traore The 34 year old resident of the capital Conakry has benefited from the services of an oncological centre at Donka hospital In 2004 the regional and prefectural hospitals of Kankan as well as all the urban centres of Siguiri Faranah and Kankan were equipped for screening and treatment of cervical cancer with support from the United States Agency for International Development To serve villages far from those health facilities a mobile clinic was established to provide testing and referrals to care centres as needed The setting up of local screening centres has been coupled with awareness raising activities For Traore it was a radio show that convinced her to go get tested The show made a deep impression on me she admits Among the 7274 new cancer cases recorded in Guinea in 2021 cervical accounted 26 3 the majority of all cancers identified and a mortality rate of 71 Most cases occur in young women between the ages of 30 and 49 meting out enormous social consequences in the prime of their reproductive life The earlier cervical cancer is detected the higher the chances of recovery Cervical cancer develops silently for at least 15 years if there is no underlying pathology If in this interval the disease is discovered precancerous lesions can be treated and the patient easily cured explains Professor Keita Namory head of the Donka Oncology Unit underscoring that the treatment of precancerous lesions is free in public health facilities When screening is done late treatment is very expensive and the chances of a cure are slim adds the specialist A few years ago stages three and four the most advanced and severe forms of the disease accounted for 85 to 90 of cases in the country But now thanks to the proliferation of screening centres the number of terminal cancers has decreased Right now more than 50 of cases are caught at stage one or two which improves the chances of recovery Professor Namory enthuses World Health Organization WHO is supporting Guinea s strategy for the elimination of cervical cancer through training of health workers To date 495 people have been trained The Organization is also providing technical financial and logistical support during Guinean cancer society science fairs The improvement of care by integrating cervical cancer screening activities into the minimum package of services offered by health centres and hospitals is the best approach to prevent women from being tested too late We are working on this with the health authorities says Dr Casimir Manengu WHO Representative in Guinea WHO has also supported the creation of the Francophone Regional Training Centre for the Prevention of Gynecological Cancers in Conakry a key institution in the prevention of the main gynaecological cancers including cervical and breast cancer In addition WHO is providing expertise in the development of the strategic plan for noncommunicable diseases including gynaecological cancers the development of a National Cancer Charter and to the implementation of the National Cancer Control Plan which makes local screening centres an essential pillar Thanks to these centres Traore has been getting tested regularly for eight years I got into this habit because screening is free she says If I had to pay I wouldn t be able to afford it
    Guinea: Bringing care closer to eliminate cervical cancer
    Africa6 days ago

    Guinea: Bringing care closer to eliminate cervical cancer

    For several years many women across Guinea lacked access to screening services for cervical cancer—the most common cancer among women—especially in remote areas.

    A concerted push by the health authorities to integrate cervical cancer screening in sexual and reproductive health services, thousands of women now have the chance of early detection and adequate support.

    Fifteen additional centres were set up in October 2021, bringing to 32 the number of sites now offering cervical cancer screening services in the country.

    Two facilities are equipped to treat precancerous lesions, a service that is to be expanded expand to all the sites.

    “To be honest, if this centre weren’t near my home, I don't think I would have taken the time to go get tested for cervical cancer,” says Nansira Kourouma Traore.

    The 34-year-old resident of the capital Conakry has benefited from the services of an oncological centre at Donka hospital.

    In 2004, the regional and prefectural hospitals of Kankan, as well as all the urban centres of Siguiri, Faranah and Kankan, were equipped for screening and treatment of cervical cancer, with support from the United States Agency for International Development.

    To serve villages far from those health facilities, a mobile clinic was established to provide testing and referrals to care centres as needed.

    The setting up of local screening centres has been coupled with awareness-raising activities.

    For Traore, it was a radio show that convinced her to go get tested.

    “The show made a deep impression on me,” she admits.

    Among the 7274 new cancer cases recorded in Guinea in 2021, cervical accounted 26.3% (the majority) of all cancers identified and a mortality rate of 71%.

    Most cases occur in young women between the ages of 30 and 49, meting out enormous social consequences in the prime of their reproductive life.

    The earlier cervical cancer is detected, the higher the chances of recovery.

    “Cervical cancer develops silently for at least 15 years if there is no underlying pathology.

    If in this interval the disease is discovered, precancerous lesions can be treated and the patient easily cured,” explains Professor Keita Namory, head of the Donka Oncology Unit, underscoring that the treatment of precancerous lesions is free in public health facilities.

    “When screening is done late, treatment is very expensive and the chances of a cure are slim,” adds the specialist.

    A few years ago, stages three and four, the most advanced and severe forms of the disease, accounted for 85 to 90% of cases in the country.

    But now, thanks to the proliferation of screening centres, the number of terminal cancers has decreased.

    “Right now, more than 50% of cases are caught at stage one or two, which improves the chances of recovery,” Professor Namory enthuses.

    World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting Guinea's strategy for the elimination of cervical cancer through training of health workers.

    To date, 495 people have been trained.

    The Organization is also providing technical, financial, and logistical support during Guinean cancer society science fairs.

    “The improvement of care by integrating cervical cancer screening activities into the minimum package of services offered by health centres and hospitals is the best approach to prevent women from being tested too late.

    We are working on this with the health authorities,” says Dr Casimir Manengu, WHO Representative in Guinea.

    WHO has also supported the creation of the Francophone Regional Training Centre for the Prevention of Gynecological Cancers in Conakry, a key institution in the prevention of the main gynaecological cancers, including cervical and breast cancer.

    In addition, WHO is providing expertise in the development of the strategic plan for noncommunicable diseases, including gynaecological cancers, the development of a National Cancer Charter, and to the implementation of the National Cancer Control Plan, which makes local screening centres an essential pillar.

    Thanks to these centres, Traore has been getting tested regularly for eight years.

    “I got into this habit because screening is free,” she says.

    “If I had to pay, I wouldn’t be able to afford it.”

  •   Ethiopia is commemorating the 2022 World Antimicrobial Awareness Week WAAW through a series of events that are aimed at raising the awareness of health professionals and the community in general on Antimicrobial Resistance AMR its hazards containment and prevention The country has also launched Sector Specific Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance prevention and containment which is the first of its kind in the World Health Organization African Region In her keynote address during the launch of the commemoration event WHO Deputy Representative Dr Nonhlanhla Rose Dlamini said The global and regional burden of AMR is alarming and sub Saharan African countries are bearing the heaviest burden of resistant bacterial infections With 99 deaths per 100 000 population Sub Saharan Africa as compared to other regions has the highest AMR associated deaths which is far exceeding the previous global projections of 700 000 annual deaths from AMR Compounding the challenge is that more than half of all deaths recorded in the WHO African Region are caused by communicable diseases that are managed with antimicrobial medicines Dr Dlamini said adding that AMR puts at risk decades of advances towards the control of diseases such as malaria HIV AIDS tuberculosis and sexually transmitted infections She also stressed the importance of water sanitation and hygiene WaSH vaccines and waste management as an essential component in addressing AMR The Government of Ethiopia is working with development partners to implement the third edition of National Antimicrobial Containment and Prevention Strategic Plan the One Health Approach 2021 2025 in line with global and regional action plans WHO is honored to be part of the process where Ethiopia is the first country in the WHO African region to launch sector specific plan on Antimicrobial Resistance Prevention and Control Dr Nonhlanhla Rose Dlamini said Ethiopia has faced its huge share of multifaceted problems that are associated with AMR Deputy Director General of Ethiopian Environmental Protection Authority Mrs Frenesh Mekuria said and expressed hope that the sector specific AMR Prevention and Containment Action Plan would help alleviate the various problems AMR is causing to human animal and environmental health Expressing the determination of the various ministerial and sector offices working on AMR the Deputy Director General called upon all national and international partners and stakeholders to enhance their collaboration and coordination in controlling the impacts of AMR in Ethiopia and beyond The commemoration and launching ceremony was attended by representatives from the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health Ministry of Agriculture the Environmental Protection Authority and international partners WAAW 2022 is being observed from November 18th to 24th 2022 across the globe with the theme Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together with the aim of raising awareness on the risks posed by overuse and misuse of antimicrobials including antibiotics and to encourage their more responsible use WAAW also aims at calling for urgent multisectoral collaboration and action to preserve the efficacy of this fundamental component of modern medicine through a One Health approach Antimicrobial resistance known more commonly as drug resistance occurs when disease causing germs become resistant to traditional medication making infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread severe illness and death Lack of effective antimicrobials will also negatively impact treatment of diseases in animals with potentially dire consequences for food security and overall economic growth Other than misuse and overuse of antimicrobials in human and animal health other drivers include limited availability and uptake of vaccines limited diagnostic capacity to support appropriate treatment lack of access to clean water sanitation and hygiene poor infection prevention and control practices poor disposal practices and the presence of antimicrobials in the environment and water bodies Guided by the Global Action Plan on AMR and in line with WHO s 13th General Programme of Work GPW WHO in the African Region continues to support regional and national interventions to combat AMR WHO collaborated with Food and Agriculture Organization FAO the World Organisation for Animal Health WHOA the UN Environment Programme UNEP USAID the African Centres for Disease Control and the African Union Inter African Bureau for Animal Resources in high level advocacy and a continental appeal for increased high level political advocacy to highlight the depth of the AMR threat The partners also enabled the country to mobilize significant amounts of funds from MPTF AMR project 2021 2023 and Kingdom of Saudia Arabia to support implementation of the National AMR strategic and containment plan 2021 2025 at national and sub national level In 2019 more than 4 9 million deaths were globally attributed to drug resistant bacterial infections with over 1 2 million of them directly related to AMR which is more than HIV AIDS and malaria combined Various reports also suggest that the management of COVID 19 patients with antibiotics has fueled the global AMR threat
    Ethiopia commemorates World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, launches Sector-Specific Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance Prevention and Containment
      Ethiopia is commemorating the 2022 World Antimicrobial Awareness Week WAAW through a series of events that are aimed at raising the awareness of health professionals and the community in general on Antimicrobial Resistance AMR its hazards containment and prevention The country has also launched Sector Specific Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance prevention and containment which is the first of its kind in the World Health Organization African Region In her keynote address during the launch of the commemoration event WHO Deputy Representative Dr Nonhlanhla Rose Dlamini said The global and regional burden of AMR is alarming and sub Saharan African countries are bearing the heaviest burden of resistant bacterial infections With 99 deaths per 100 000 population Sub Saharan Africa as compared to other regions has the highest AMR associated deaths which is far exceeding the previous global projections of 700 000 annual deaths from AMR Compounding the challenge is that more than half of all deaths recorded in the WHO African Region are caused by communicable diseases that are managed with antimicrobial medicines Dr Dlamini said adding that AMR puts at risk decades of advances towards the control of diseases such as malaria HIV AIDS tuberculosis and sexually transmitted infections She also stressed the importance of water sanitation and hygiene WaSH vaccines and waste management as an essential component in addressing AMR The Government of Ethiopia is working with development partners to implement the third edition of National Antimicrobial Containment and Prevention Strategic Plan the One Health Approach 2021 2025 in line with global and regional action plans WHO is honored to be part of the process where Ethiopia is the first country in the WHO African region to launch sector specific plan on Antimicrobial Resistance Prevention and Control Dr Nonhlanhla Rose Dlamini said Ethiopia has faced its huge share of multifaceted problems that are associated with AMR Deputy Director General of Ethiopian Environmental Protection Authority Mrs Frenesh Mekuria said and expressed hope that the sector specific AMR Prevention and Containment Action Plan would help alleviate the various problems AMR is causing to human animal and environmental health Expressing the determination of the various ministerial and sector offices working on AMR the Deputy Director General called upon all national and international partners and stakeholders to enhance their collaboration and coordination in controlling the impacts of AMR in Ethiopia and beyond The commemoration and launching ceremony was attended by representatives from the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health Ministry of Agriculture the Environmental Protection Authority and international partners WAAW 2022 is being observed from November 18th to 24th 2022 across the globe with the theme Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together with the aim of raising awareness on the risks posed by overuse and misuse of antimicrobials including antibiotics and to encourage their more responsible use WAAW also aims at calling for urgent multisectoral collaboration and action to preserve the efficacy of this fundamental component of modern medicine through a One Health approach Antimicrobial resistance known more commonly as drug resistance occurs when disease causing germs become resistant to traditional medication making infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread severe illness and death Lack of effective antimicrobials will also negatively impact treatment of diseases in animals with potentially dire consequences for food security and overall economic growth Other than misuse and overuse of antimicrobials in human and animal health other drivers include limited availability and uptake of vaccines limited diagnostic capacity to support appropriate treatment lack of access to clean water sanitation and hygiene poor infection prevention and control practices poor disposal practices and the presence of antimicrobials in the environment and water bodies Guided by the Global Action Plan on AMR and in line with WHO s 13th General Programme of Work GPW WHO in the African Region continues to support regional and national interventions to combat AMR WHO collaborated with Food and Agriculture Organization FAO the World Organisation for Animal Health WHOA the UN Environment Programme UNEP USAID the African Centres for Disease Control and the African Union Inter African Bureau for Animal Resources in high level advocacy and a continental appeal for increased high level political advocacy to highlight the depth of the AMR threat The partners also enabled the country to mobilize significant amounts of funds from MPTF AMR project 2021 2023 and Kingdom of Saudia Arabia to support implementation of the National AMR strategic and containment plan 2021 2025 at national and sub national level In 2019 more than 4 9 million deaths were globally attributed to drug resistant bacterial infections with over 1 2 million of them directly related to AMR which is more than HIV AIDS and malaria combined Various reports also suggest that the management of COVID 19 patients with antibiotics has fueled the global AMR threat
    Ethiopia commemorates World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, launches Sector-Specific Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance Prevention and Containment
    Africa7 days ago

    Ethiopia commemorates World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, launches Sector-Specific Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance Prevention and Containment

    Ethiopia is commemorating the 2022 World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) through a series of events that are aimed at raising the awareness of health professionals and the community in general on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), its hazards, containment and prevention.

    The country has also launched Sector Specific Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance prevention and containment which is the first of its kind in the World Health Organization African Region.

    In her keynote address during the launch of the commemoration event, WHO Deputy Representative Dr. Nonhlanhla Rose Dlamini said, “The global and regional burden of AMR is alarming, and sub-Saharan African countries are bearing the heaviest burden of resistant bacterial infections.”With 99 deaths per 100 000 population, Sub-Saharan Africa, as compared to other regions, has the highest AMR associated deaths, which is far exceeding the previous global projections of 700 000 annual deaths from AMR.

    “Compounding the challenge is that more than half of all deaths recorded in the WHO African Region are caused by communicable diseases that are managed with antimicrobial medicines,” Dr Dlamini said, adding that AMR puts at risk decades of advances towards the control of diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and sexually-transmitted infections.

    She also stressed the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH), vaccines and waste management as an essential component in addressing AMR. 

    The Government of Ethiopia is working with development partners to implement the third edition of National Antimicrobial Containment and Prevention Strategic Plan: the One Health Approach 2021-2025 in line with global and regional action plans.

    “WHO is honored to be part of the process, where Ethiopia is the first country in the WHO African region to launch sector-specific plan on Antimicrobial Resistance Prevention and Control,” Dr. Nonhlanhla Rose Dlamini said.

    “Ethiopia has faced its huge share of multifaceted problems that are associated with AMR” Deputy Director General of Ethiopian Environmental Protection Authority Mrs. Frenesh Mekuria said and expressed hope that the sector-specific AMR Prevention and Containment Action Plan would help alleviate the various problems AMR is causing to human, animal and environmental health.

    Expressing the determination of the various ministerial and sector offices working on AMR, the Deputy Director General called upon all national and international partners and stakeholders to enhance their collaboration and coordination in controlling the impacts of AMR in Ethiopia and beyond.

    The commemoration and launching ceremony was attended by representatives from the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Authority and international partners.

    WAAW 2022 is being observed from November 18th to 24th 2022 across the globe with the theme “Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together” with the aim of raising awareness on the risks posed by overuse and misuse of antimicrobials, including antibiotics, and to encourage their more responsible use.

    WAAW also aims at calling for urgent multisectoral collaboration and action to preserve the efficacy of this fundamental component of modern medicine through a One-Health approach.

    Antimicrobial resistance, known more commonly as “drug resistance”, occurs when disease-causing germs become resistant to traditional medication, making infections harder to treat, and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death.

    Lack of effective antimicrobials will also negatively impact treatment of diseases in animals, with potentially dire consequences for food security, and overall economic growth.

    Other than misuse and overuse of antimicrobials in human and animal health, other drivers include limited availability and uptake of vaccines; limited diagnostic capacity to support appropriate treatment; lack of access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene; poor infection prevention and control practices; poor disposal practices; and the presence of antimicrobials in the environment and water bodies. 

    Guided by the Global Action Plan on AMR, and in line with WHO’s 13th General Programme of Work (GPW), WHO in the African Region continues to support regional and national interventions to combat AMR.

    WHO collaborated with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (WHOA), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), USAID, the African Centres for Disease Control and the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources, in high level advocacy and a continental appeal for increased high-level political advocacy to highlight the depth of the AMR threat. 

    The partners also enabled the country to mobilize significant amounts of funds from MPTF AMR project 2021-2023 and Kingdom of Saudia Arabia to support implementation of the National AMR strategic and containment plan 2021-2025 at national and sub-national level.

    In 2019, more than 4.9 million deaths were globally attributed to drug-resistant bacterial infections, with over 1.2 million of them directly related to AMR, which is more than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined.

    Various reports also suggest that the management of COVID-19 patients with antibiotics has fueled the global AMR threat.

  •  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was set to address an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council Wednesday as Russian strikes left the country s energy system in tatters Murder of civilians ruining of civilian infrastructure are acts of terror Ukraine keeps demanding a resolute response of international community to these crimes Zelensky said in a tweet He will address the emergency debate requested by Kyiv and due to start at 4 00 pm 2100 GMT in New York via video link diplomats told AFP The Ukrainian energy system has been torn apart and millions have been subjected to long periods without electricity after weeks of Russian bombardments with the World Health Organization WHO warning the country s priority this winter would be survival The Ukrainian military said Russian forces had fired around 70 cruise missiles at targets across the country on Wednesday and also deployed attack drones The Russian strikes caused widespread blackouts in neighbouring Moldova Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the latest Russian salvo was a response to a decision by the European Parliament to recognise Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism over its nine month invasion of Ukraine and its call for the 27 nation EU to follow Being unable to win in a fair fight with the Ukrainian army Russia wages a cowardly war of terror against civilians Kuleba said urging Kyiv s Western backers to supply more air defence systems The strikes on Wednesday piled pressure on the Ukrainian grid disrupting power supplies in southern and eastern regions with water and electricity cuts in the capital Kyiv and elsewhere Burnt out cars corpses Three people were killed as a result of today s rocket attacks on the capital Among them is a 17 year old girl Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko wrote on Telegram adding that 11 residents were injured AFP reporters at the scene of one strike in Kyiv saw the burnt out remains of two cars and the bodies of two people killed in the blast Ukrainian police told local media that six people were killed across the country Russia has systematically targeted Ukraine s energy infrastructure causing severe damage to around half of the country s power facilities The WHO has cautioned that winter will be life threatening for millions of people as a result Lviv mayor Andriy Sadovyi said half of the western city was without electricity but that scheduled outages were continuing Neighbouring Moldova said it was suffering widespread blackouts caused by the barrage and its EU friendly president Maia Sandu accused Russia of leaving her country in the dark Ukraine s nuclear energy operator Energoatom said Wednesday s strikes had disconnected all three nuclear power plants still under Ukrainian control from the grid and forced the plant in Zaporizhzhia controlled by Russian forces to be powered by back up generators In Zaporizhzhia earlier on Wednesday Russian strikes smashed into a hospital in the city of Vilniansk killing a newborn baby in the maternity ward Grief fills our hearts Emergency services said a woman and doctor also in the building had survived as official footage showed workers wearing protective helmets trying to dig out a man trapped waist deep in rubble Grief fills our hearts said Oleksandr Starukh the head of the Zaporizhzhia region in the wake of the attack Vilniansk is around 45 kilometres 28 miles from the frontline and was targeted in Russian strikes last week that killed 10 people Moscow claimed to have annexed Zaporizhzhia alongside three other Ukraine regions last month despite not having full control of the territory The fresh strikes were only the latest to hit Ukrainian medical facilities since Russia invaded on February 24 The WHO has warned that attacks on the energy grid are causing severe disruptions at Ukrainian hospitals An infamous attack last March on a hospital in the war battered coastal city of Mariupol left at least three dead in an attack widely condemned by Ukraine and its allies which Moscow insisted was staged In the Kharkiv region Russian strikes on a residential building and a clinic left two people dead the governor said Attacks and atrocities The WHO has recorded more than 700 attacks on Ukraine s health facilities since Russia s invasion began it said this week The move by European legislators to recognise Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism is a symbolic political step with no legal consequences Kyiv has for months called on the international community to declare Russia a terrorist state and the Strasbourg parliament s decision will likely anger Moscow The resolution approved by EU lawmakers said the deliberate attacks and atrocities carried out by the Russian Federation against the civilian population of Ukraine and other serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law amount to acts of terror Ukraine praised the decision with Zelensky calling for Russia to be held accountable in order to end its long standing policy of terrorism in Ukraine and across the globe Separately Ukraine s security service announced it had seized pro Russian literature and cash and interrogated dozens during raids on several Orthodox monasteries that spurred a backlash from the Kremlin The SBU said it had probed 850 people including Russian and Ukrainian citizens
    Zelensky to address US, as Russian strikes batter Ukraine power grid
     Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was set to address an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council Wednesday as Russian strikes left the country s energy system in tatters Murder of civilians ruining of civilian infrastructure are acts of terror Ukraine keeps demanding a resolute response of international community to these crimes Zelensky said in a tweet He will address the emergency debate requested by Kyiv and due to start at 4 00 pm 2100 GMT in New York via video link diplomats told AFP The Ukrainian energy system has been torn apart and millions have been subjected to long periods without electricity after weeks of Russian bombardments with the World Health Organization WHO warning the country s priority this winter would be survival The Ukrainian military said Russian forces had fired around 70 cruise missiles at targets across the country on Wednesday and also deployed attack drones The Russian strikes caused widespread blackouts in neighbouring Moldova Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the latest Russian salvo was a response to a decision by the European Parliament to recognise Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism over its nine month invasion of Ukraine and its call for the 27 nation EU to follow Being unable to win in a fair fight with the Ukrainian army Russia wages a cowardly war of terror against civilians Kuleba said urging Kyiv s Western backers to supply more air defence systems The strikes on Wednesday piled pressure on the Ukrainian grid disrupting power supplies in southern and eastern regions with water and electricity cuts in the capital Kyiv and elsewhere Burnt out cars corpses Three people were killed as a result of today s rocket attacks on the capital Among them is a 17 year old girl Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko wrote on Telegram adding that 11 residents were injured AFP reporters at the scene of one strike in Kyiv saw the burnt out remains of two cars and the bodies of two people killed in the blast Ukrainian police told local media that six people were killed across the country Russia has systematically targeted Ukraine s energy infrastructure causing severe damage to around half of the country s power facilities The WHO has cautioned that winter will be life threatening for millions of people as a result Lviv mayor Andriy Sadovyi said half of the western city was without electricity but that scheduled outages were continuing Neighbouring Moldova said it was suffering widespread blackouts caused by the barrage and its EU friendly president Maia Sandu accused Russia of leaving her country in the dark Ukraine s nuclear energy operator Energoatom said Wednesday s strikes had disconnected all three nuclear power plants still under Ukrainian control from the grid and forced the plant in Zaporizhzhia controlled by Russian forces to be powered by back up generators In Zaporizhzhia earlier on Wednesday Russian strikes smashed into a hospital in the city of Vilniansk killing a newborn baby in the maternity ward Grief fills our hearts Emergency services said a woman and doctor also in the building had survived as official footage showed workers wearing protective helmets trying to dig out a man trapped waist deep in rubble Grief fills our hearts said Oleksandr Starukh the head of the Zaporizhzhia region in the wake of the attack Vilniansk is around 45 kilometres 28 miles from the frontline and was targeted in Russian strikes last week that killed 10 people Moscow claimed to have annexed Zaporizhzhia alongside three other Ukraine regions last month despite not having full control of the territory The fresh strikes were only the latest to hit Ukrainian medical facilities since Russia invaded on February 24 The WHO has warned that attacks on the energy grid are causing severe disruptions at Ukrainian hospitals An infamous attack last March on a hospital in the war battered coastal city of Mariupol left at least three dead in an attack widely condemned by Ukraine and its allies which Moscow insisted was staged In the Kharkiv region Russian strikes on a residential building and a clinic left two people dead the governor said Attacks and atrocities The WHO has recorded more than 700 attacks on Ukraine s health facilities since Russia s invasion began it said this week The move by European legislators to recognise Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism is a symbolic political step with no legal consequences Kyiv has for months called on the international community to declare Russia a terrorist state and the Strasbourg parliament s decision will likely anger Moscow The resolution approved by EU lawmakers said the deliberate attacks and atrocities carried out by the Russian Federation against the civilian population of Ukraine and other serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law amount to acts of terror Ukraine praised the decision with Zelensky calling for Russia to be held accountable in order to end its long standing policy of terrorism in Ukraine and across the globe Separately Ukraine s security service announced it had seized pro Russian literature and cash and interrogated dozens during raids on several Orthodox monasteries that spurred a backlash from the Kremlin The SBU said it had probed 850 people including Russian and Ukrainian citizens
    Zelensky to address US, as Russian strikes batter Ukraine power grid
    Foreign1 week ago

    Zelensky to address US, as Russian strikes batter Ukraine power grid

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was set to address an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council Wednesday, as Russian strikes left the country’s energy system in tatters.

    “Murder of civilians, ruining of civilian infrastructure are acts of terror.

    Ukraine keeps demanding a resolute response of international community to these crimes,” Zelensky said in a tweet.

    He will address the emergency debate — requested by Kyiv and due to start at 4:00 pm (2100 GMT) in New York — via video-link, diplomats told AFP.

    The Ukrainian energy system has been torn apart and millions have been subjected to long periods without electricity after weeks of Russian bombardments, with the World Health Organization (WHO) warning the country’s priority this winter would be “survival”.

    The Ukrainian military said Russian forces had fired around 70 cruise missiles at targets across the country on Wednesday and also deployed attack drones.

    The Russian strikes caused widespread blackouts in neighbouring Moldova.

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the latest Russian salvo was a response to a decision by the European Parliament to recognise Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism” over its nine-month invasion of Ukraine, and its call for the 27-nation EU to follow.

    “Being unable to win in a fair fight with the Ukrainian army, Russia wages a cowardly war of terror against civilians,” Kuleba said, urging Kyiv’s Western backers to supply more air defence systems.

    The strikes on Wednesday piled pressure on the Ukrainian grid, disrupting power supplies in southern and eastern regions, with water and electricity cuts in the capital Kyiv and elsewhere.

    Burnt out cars, corpses “Three people were killed as a result of today’s rocket attacks on the capital.

    Among them is a 17-year-old girl,” Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko wrote on Telegram, adding that 11 residents were injured.

    AFP reporters at the scene of one strike in Kyiv saw the burnt out remains of two cars and the bodies of two people killed in the blast.

    Ukrainian police told local media that six people were killed across the country.

    Russia has systematically targeted Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, causing severe damage to around half of the country’s power facilities.

    The WHO has cautioned that winter will be “life-threatening” for millions of people as a result.

    Lviv mayor Andriy Sadovyi said half of the western city was without electricity, but that scheduled outages were continuing.

    Neighbouring Moldova said it was suffering widespread blackouts caused by the barrage and its EU-friendly president, Maia Sandu, accused Russia of leaving her country “in the dark”.

    Ukraine’s nuclear energy operator Energoatom said Wednesday’s strikes had disconnected all three nuclear power plants still under Ukrainian control from the grid and forced the plant in Zaporizhzhia — controlled by Russian forces — to be powered by back-up generators.

    In Zaporizhzhia earlier on Wednesday, Russian strikes smashed into a hospital in the city of Vilniansk, killing a newborn baby in the maternity ward.

    Grief fills our hearts Emergency services said a woman and doctor also in the building had survived, as official footage showed workers wearing protective helmets trying to dig out a man trapped waist-deep in rubble.

    “Grief fills our hearts,” said Oleksandr Starukh, the head of the Zaporizhzhia region, in the wake of the attack.

    Vilniansk is around 45 kilometres (28 miles) from the frontline, and was targeted in Russian strikes last week that killed 10 people.

    Moscow claimed to have annexed Zaporizhzhia alongside three other Ukraine regions last month despite not having full control of the territory.

    The fresh strikes were only the latest to hit Ukrainian medical facilities since Russia invaded on February 24.

    The WHO has warned that attacks on the energy grid are causing severe disruptions at Ukrainian hospitals.

    An infamous attack last March on a hospital in the war-battered coastal city of Mariupol left at least three dead in an attack widely condemned by Ukraine and its allies, which Moscow insisted was “staged”.

    In the Kharkiv region, Russian strikes on a residential building and a clinic left two people dead, the governor said.

    Attacks and atrocities The WHO has recorded more than 700 attacks on Ukraine’s health facilities since Russia’s invasion began, it said this week.

    The move by European legislators to recognise Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism” is a symbolic political step with no legal consequences.

    Kyiv has for months called on the international community to declare Russia a “terrorist state,” and the Strasbourg parliament’s decision will likely anger Moscow.

    The resolution approved by EU lawmakers said the “deliberate attacks and atrocities carried out by the Russian Federation against the civilian population of Ukraine… and other serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law amount to acts of terror.

    ” Ukraine praised the decision, with Zelensky calling for Russia to be “held accountable in order to end its long-standing policy of terrorism in Ukraine and across the globe.

    ” Separately, Ukraine’s security service announced it had seized “pro-Russian literature” and cash, and interrogated dozens during raids on several Orthodox monasteries that spurred a backlash from the Kremlin.

    The SBU said it had probed 850 people including Russian and Ukrainian citizens.

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