World Health Assembly in Geneva

IFBLS is invited to attend an NGO briefing for the World Health Assembly in Geneva on Monday
April 27.

2009 World Health Assembly (WHA) is held in Geneva from May 18-27. This is the 62nd WHA.
More info and documents for the 62nd WHA can be accessed from this site: http://www.who.int/gb/

May 15th - 16th there will be a Intergovernmental meeting on Pandemic Influenza preparedness: Sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits. Read more at the WHO web site www.who.int/gb/pip/

More People Dying from TB are HIV Infected

The total number of tuberculosis (TB) cases remained stable in 2007, and the percentage of the world's population becoming ill with TB has continued the slow decline that was first observed in 2004, according to a new report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the World TB Day in March. However, the 2009 Global TB Control Report also reveals that one out of four TB deaths is HIV related, twice as many as previously recognized. Read more here 


WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record

The Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) serves as an essential instrument for the rapid and accurate dissemination of epidemiological information on cases and outbreaks of diseases under the International Health Regulations and on other communicable diseases of public health importance, including emerging or re-emerging infections.


WHO Global Hand Hygiene Awareness Initiative - May 5th 2009

On 5 May 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) will highlight the critical importance of good hand hygiene in patient care with a new global awareness initiative. Hospitals/healthcare facilities throughout the world are invited to register their support for hand hygiene improvement at the point of care as a core patient safety issue to reduce healthcare-associated infection (HAI) and protect patients from harm. The target is 5000 facilities to be registered by 5 May 2010.


World Malaria Report, 2008

WHOs World Malaria Report is available online PDF file [215p.] at: http://www.who.int/malaria/wmr2008/malaria2008.pdf

“….Half of the world's population is at risk of malaria, and an estimated 247 million cases led to nearly 881 000 deaths in 2006. The advent of long-lasting insecticidal nets and artemisinin-based combination therapy, plus a revival of support for indoor residual spraying of insecticide, presents a new opportunity for large-scale malaria control.

The World malaria report 2008 describes the global distribution of cases and deaths, how WHO-recommended control strategies have been adopted and implemented in endemic countries, sources of funding for malaria control, and recent evidence that prevention and treatment can alleviate the burden of disease. …”