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Overview of Testing for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Tue, 06/14/2022 - 07:00
Overview of Testing for SARS-CoV-2
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Implications of the emergence and spread of the SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern BA.4 and BA.5 for the EU/EEA

ECDC - News - Mon, 06/13/2022 - 15:00
Most EU/EEA countries have detected low proportions of the SARS-CoV-2 variants BA.4 and BA.5, however many have seen an increase in recent weeks.
Categories: C.D.C. (Europe)

COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Mon, 06/13/2022 - 07:00
Healthcare personnel who are pregnant or breastfeeding may get vaccinated for COVID-19, but there are many considerations that go into that decision.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Joint ECDC-WHO/Europe surveillance bulletin: Hepatitis of unknown origin in children

ECDC - News - Fri, 06/10/2022 - 15:00
This report provides an overview of the cases of hepatitis of unknown origin in children reported to ECDC and the WHO Regional Office for Europe through The European Surveillance System (TESSy).
Categories: C.D.C. (Europe)

Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 06/10/2022 - 07:00
Information and frequently asked questions about requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Southern Border Toolkit for Partners

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 06/10/2022 - 07:00
CDC created this airline toolkit for airlines that are educating/informing travelers and crew about COVID-19.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Epidemiological update: Monkeypox multi-country outbreak

ECDC - News - Thu, 06/09/2022 - 15:00
Since the last update on 31 May 2022, 384 monkeypox cases have been reported from 16 EU/EEA countries and 238 monkeypox cases have been reported from 8 non-EU/EEA countries.
Categories: C.D.C. (Europe)

Archive of COVID-19 Vaccination Data Updates

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Thu, 06/09/2022 - 07:00
CDC reports COVID-19 vaccination data online on COVID Data Tracker and in vaccination datasets.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Steps for Determining Close Contact and Quarantine in K-12 Schools

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Thu, 06/09/2022 - 07:00
Infographic for identifying COVID-19 close contacts in K-12 school settings and public health recommendations for close contacts.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Responding to COVID-19 Cases in K-12 Schools: Resources for School Administrators

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Thu, 06/09/2022 - 07:00
A guide for school administrators on how to address COVID-19 cases in schools.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

ECDC issues guidance on scaling up capability and capacity to characterise SARS-CoV-2 variants

ECDC - News - Wed, 06/08/2022 - 15:00
New SARS-CoV-2 variants of interest and concern have continued to emerge in the first few months of 2022 and monitoring their circulation in all countries through genomic surveillance remains important.
Categories: C.D.C. (Europe)

COVID-19 Vaccines Are Free to the Public

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Wed, 06/08/2022 - 07:00
Vaccines information, Free vaccination information and what you need to know before your appointment, and what you can do when you are fully vaccinated
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Operational Considerations for Maintaining Essential Services for and Providing Maternal, Newborn, and Child Healthcare in Low-Resource Countries

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Wed, 06/08/2022 - 07:00
it is crucial that the needs of mothers, newborns, and children are kept in mind when developing mitigation strategies for maintaining essential services delivery in low-resource countries, including considering providing services by telehealth where feasible during COVID-19.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

3 June update: Monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to chocolate products

ECDC - News - Fri, 06/03/2022 - 15:00
As of 3 June 2022, 392 confirmed (n=370) and probable (n=22) cases of monophasic S. Typhimurium have been identified in the EU/EEA and the United Kingdom.
Categories: C.D.C. (Europe)

Enroll your Dependent in v-safe

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Wed, 06/01/2022 - 07:00
Use this step-by-step guide to learn how you can register your dependent or child into v-safe to report any side effects after their COVID-19 vaccination.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Tue, 05/31/2022 - 21:00
Search COVID-19 risk assessment by country larger map
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Epidemiological update: Monkeypox multi-country outbreak

ECDC - News - Tue, 05/31/2022 - 15:00
This report presents an update of monkeypox confirmed cases in the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) and worldwide.
Categories: C.D.C. (Europe)

Frequently Asked Questions about v-safe

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Tue, 05/31/2022 - 07:00
Find answers to common questions about v-safe, the after vaccination health checker used to report vaccine side effects.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Launch of Scenario Hub projecting future COVID-19 health impact

ECDC - News - Mon, 05/30/2022 - 15:00
A new online modelling hub launched today, the European COVID-19 Scenario Hub, will present modelling projections on how the COVID-19 pandemic may evolve in terms of cases, hospitalisations and deaths.
Categories: C.D.C. (Europe)

Seventy-fifth World Health Assembly – Daily update: 27 May 2022

WHO news - Fri, 05/27/2022 - 23:44
Record number of decisions for noncommunicable diseases and mental health

Delegates at the World Health Assembly approved a record number of recommendations relating to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancers, diabetes, heart and lung diseases, as well as to mental health, and their risk factors.

The move comes ahead of the fourth United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting on the prevention and control of NCDs to be held in 2025, in a drive to accelerate progress towards globally agreed NCD and SDG targets.

In addition to an agreed preparatory process in the lead-up to this meeting, measures to reduce deaths from NCDs include a new implementation roadmap. The roadmap aims to help Member States speed up action to support their populations and achieve the NCD-related targets in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Also agreed was a new action plan for the Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs, a platform which brings together key stakeholders working to improve the NCD landscape, by strengthening multi-sector and multi-stakeholder action and collaboration to address NCDs and mental health.

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On the road to 2025: the global NCD deadline

Follow-up to the political declaration of the third high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases

Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Treatment of NCDs

Draft workplan for the Global Coordination Mechanism on the prevention and control of NCDs 2022-2025

 

Support to people living with NCDs in humanitarian emergencies

Delegates agreed recommendations on how to strengthen the design and implementation of policies (including those for resilient health systems and health services and infrastructure) to prevent and manage NCDs in humanitarian emergencies. Recent emergencies such as the conflict in Ukraine and the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted how people living with NCDs are at particularly high risk, requiring special attention in emergency planning and response.

They provided a set of recommended actions for Member States, international, humanitarian partners, civil society, the private sector and for WHO to better address NCD emergency preparedness and response during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Actions for the WHO Secretariat include reviewing current NCD responses and strengthening WHO’s capacity to develop and disseminate normative products such as technical guidance on NCDs, to support countries in developing and implementing preparedness and national response plans for health emergencies. It will also be important to support procurement and deployment of NCD medicines and supplies such as insulin.

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Recommendations on how to strengthen the design and implementation of policies, including those for resilient health systems and health services and infrastructure, to treat people living with noncommunicable diseases and to prevention and control their risk factors in humanitarian emergencies

Strengthening rehabilitation in emergencies

 

First-ever global coverage targets for diabetes

For the first time, delegates at the World Health Assembly have supported the creation of global targets for addressing diabetes. The targets are part of a new comprehensive set of recommendations to strengthen and monitor national diabetes responses.

They include ensuring that by 2030, 80% of people living with diabetes have been diagnosed; 80% have good control of glycaemia; 80% of people with diagnosed diabetes have good control of their blood pressure; 60% of people with diabetes who are 40 years or older receive statins; and 100% all people with type 1 diabetes have access to affordable insulin and blood glucose self-monitoring. Diabetes is currently one of the top ten causes of death worldwide.

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Reducing the burden of noncommunicable diseases through strengthening prevention and control of diabetes

The Global Diabetes Compact


A landmark global strategy on oral health

While largely preventable, there were estimated to be more than 3.5 billion cases of oral diseases and other oral conditions globally in 2019. Despite affecting almost half the world’s population, to date there has been no global strategy on oral health.

Delegates agreed that such a global strategy is now necessary. It will inform the development of a new global action plan, including a framework for tracking progress with targets to be achieved by 2030, to be discussed during the World Health Assembly 2023. WHO will also publish its first ever global report on oral health later in 2022.

The global strategy on oral health sets a bold vision of universal coverage for oral health services by 2030. Key approaches include the setting of ambitious national responses, integrating oral health into primary health care and optimizing digital technologies.

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Draft global strategic on oral health

Oral health


New recommendations to prevent and manage obesity

World Health Assembly delegates have agreed new recommendations for the prevention and management of obesity over the life course and a set of related targets in a bid to halt the rise of obesity in children under 5, adolescents and adults by 2025 and to end all forms of malnutrition by 2030.

They outlined actions to be taken by governments, society as a whole, and the WHO Secretariat, in order to reduce the intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total energy intake in adults and children; to increase exclusive breastfeeding rates in the first 6 months up to at least 70%, and to reduce the global prevalence of physical inactivity by 15%. WHO has already developed a new plan to support Member States in accelerating action to stop obesity.

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Acceleration Plan to support Member States in implementing the recommendations for the prevention and management of obesity over the life course


Improving the lives of people with neurological disorders

Delegates agreed a new intersectoral global action plan on epilepsy and other neurological disorders (including stroke, migraine, dementia and meningitis) that aims to improve access to care and treatment for people living with these conditions, while preventing new cases and promoting brain health and development across the life course.

Neurological disorders are the leading cause of disability-adjusted life years and the second leading cause of death globally. Despite the high global burden of neurological conditions, access to both services and support for these conditions is insufficient, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

The action plan will address the challenges and gaps in providing care and services for people with neurological disorders that exist worldwide and ensure a comprehensive, coordinated response across sectors.

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Draft intersectoral global action plan on epilepsy and other neurological disorders 2022-2031

 Accelerating action to reduce alcohol-related harm

Delegates also agreed an action plan (2022-2030) to effectively implement the Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol as a public health priority.

The pace of development and implementation of alcohol policies has been uneven in WHO regions and countries. Since its endorsement 10 years ago, the resources and capacities for implementation of the WHO Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol have been inadequate to address the magnitude of the problem. As a result every 10 seconds a person dies from alcohol related harm.

The alcohol action plan proposes operational objectives and principles, key action areas for Member States, WHO Secretariat, international partners, CSOs and academia, as well as proposed measures for economic operators in alcohol production and trade. It contains a set of global targets, indicators and milestones for monitoring progress.

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Draft action plan (2022-2030) to effectively implement the Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol as a public health priority

 

Supporting health and care workers

Delegates agreed to adopt the Working for Health Action Plan (2022-2030). The Action Plan, which was developed through a Member State-led process, sets out policy priorities to rapidly progress workforce capacity across three dimensions: planning and finance, education and employment, and protection and performance.

The protection of the workforce, a rising concern in all settings,  is supported by the consensus for a Global health and care worker compact which sets out how to protect and safeguard the rights of health and care workers, in addition to promoting and ensuring decent working conditions.

The resolution recognizes the global progress to address health workforce shortages since 2016. WHO reports that the global shortfall has reduced to 15 million in 2020 and is projected to drop to 10 million by 2030. However, gains have not accrued equally across regions, limiting access to health services for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. WHO continues to urge all Member States to apply the precautionary principle before international recruitment of health workers from countries with severe workforce shortages.

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A75/12 Human resources for health: Working for Health: draft –2030 action plan.

A75/13 Human resources for health: Global health and care worker compact

A75/14 Human resources for health: WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel: fourth round of national reporting

A75/15 Human resources for health: Global strategy on human resources for health: workforce 2030

Working for Health 2022-2030 Action Plan 

Global health and care worker compact

Health workforce


Updated strategy for food safety

Delegates at the Health Assembly agreed to adopt the updated WHO Global Strategy for Food Safety 2022-2030, in order to strengthen national food safety systems. The update is to ensure food safety systems are modernized and multi-sectoral collaboration strengthened with a view to ensuring that all people consume safe and healthy food, thereby reducing the burden of foodborne diseases, which currently affect almost 1 in 10 people worldwide.

Member States are encouraged to either develop country implementation roadmaps or to reflect actions to implementation within existing food safety policies and programmes, and to allocate the necessary resources. The Director-General is also requested to report on progress biannually until 2030.

The strategy was put forward in consultation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, with Member States and with the World Organization for Animal Health.

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Draft WHO Global Strategy for Food Safety 2022-2030

Food safety fact sheet

 

Global Health for Peace Initiative

Delegates today requested that the Director-General consult with Member States and Observers on proposed ways forward for the implementation of WHO’s report on a new Global Health for Peace Initiative. The Initiative would aim to build on and develop new partnerships that drive forward the triple billion goals in conflict and/or fragile areas.

Suggested approaches include:

  • WHO programmes achieving both health and peace dividends at the country level by mainstreaming the Health for Peace approach;
  • Member States engaging in the Health for Peace Initiative through support or implementation; and
  • WHO driving the Health for Peace agenda at both the operational and normative levels.

The World Health Assembly also requested a roadmap, to be developed in full consultation with Member States, Observers, other United Nations agencies and relevant non-State actors in official relations with WHO. This roadmap will be put forward for consideration next year by the Seventy-sixth World Health Assembly through the 152nd session of the Executive Board.

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WHO Global Health for Peace Initiative

 

More rapid changes to the International Health Regulations

Delegates agreed to amend the International Health Regulations (IHR) to reduce the time of entry into force of any future amendments from 24 to 12 months. A comprehensive process for addressing future amendments to the IHR was agreed earlier in the week.

Related links

Report of the Working Group on strengthening WHO preparedness and response to health emergencies to the Seventy-fifth World Health Assembly

Proposal for amendments to the International Health Regulations (2005)

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