Source: World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean |

Polio outbreak in Sudan successfully stopped and declared closed

Declared in 15 out of 18 states, the outbreak was caused by a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV2) strain imported from Chad, paralyzing 58 children

Sudan’s outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) has been successfully stopped, according to experts from WHO, UNICEF and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Declared in 15 out of 18 states, the outbreak was caused by a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV2) strain imported from Chad,…

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World Health Organization (WHO) mission on mRNA technology transfer initiative in Tunisia

The diversification of production is key to having a reliable supply of safe and efficacious medicines, vaccines and other health products

Tunisia is among 6 African countries (Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia) that was selected to receive mRNA technology transfer as part of a WHO initiative. A mission of senior WHO experts, who visited Tunisia from 23 to 25 August 2022, had extensive meetings with all stakeholders, including…

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Teamwork at all levels of World Health Organization (WHO) aims to save millions of lives in the greater Horn of Africa

Over 80 million people in this region — which comprises Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda — lack access to food that would meet their basic needs along with safe water

In the greater Horn of Africa, famine is looming at the doorstep of many households. Over 80 million people in this region — which comprises Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda — lack access to food that would meet their basic needs along with safe water. More…

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Update on the monkeypox outbreak in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

New information on transmission modes, disease severity, therapeutics and vaccine efficacy is unfolding as more research is undertaken

The spread of the monkeypox outbreak has been sporadic in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, with 33 laboratory-confirmed cases in 6 countries and no associated deaths reported. Most cases have no travel history to areas where the outbreak is heavily circulating. The average age among reported cases are people aged 31…

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Electronic reporting system digitizes reporting for polio certification

36th meeting of the Regional Commission of Certification endorses submission of reports for 2021

One of the key markers on the global journey towards eradication of poliovirus is certification, the formal verification of a region as polio-free. Last month, that marker got a digital upgrade. Following the resolution passed at the World Health Assembly in 1988 to eradicate polio, the Global Certification Commission was…

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Libya: Thanks to support from the Government of Germany, WHO delivers mobile clinics to Benghazi

These mobile clinics will support WHO’s efforts to increase the availability of emergency health care services for vulnerable people including immigrants

Using a generous contribution from the Government of Germany, WHO has delivered 2 fully equipped mobile clinics to the Directorate of Health Services in Benghazi to supplement primary health care services in the municipality.   These mobile clinics will support WHO’s efforts to increase the availability of emergency health care services…

Source: World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean |

Thanks to support from the Government of Germany, World Health Organization (WHO) delivers mobile clinics to Benghazi

These mobile clinics will support WHO’s efforts to increase the availability of emergency health care services for vulnerable people including immigrants

Using a generous contribution from the Government of Germany, WHO has delivered 2 fully equipped mobile clinics to the Directorate of Health Services in Benghazi to supplement primary health care services in the municipality.   These mobile clinics will support WHO’s efforts to increase the availability of emergency health care services…

Source: World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean |

Government of Somalia, UNICEF and WHO mark World Breastfeeding Week with a call to step up breastfeeding-friendly environments for mothers and babies

This would help improve exclusive breastfeeding rates among Somali women, and adequate nutrition and health among Somali children in both the short and long term

While marking World Breastfeeding Week this year, the Ministry of Health and Human Services, Federal Republic of Somalia, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) called for a concerted effort from all actors to ensure breastfeeding-friendly environments for mothers and babies in all health facilities…

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Egyptian national regulatory authority reaches second highest level in WHO classification

This makes Egypt’s NRA the first to reach ML-3 for vaccine regulation in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and the ninth at global level

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that Egypt’s National Regulatory Authority (NRA) for vaccines reached Maturity Level 3 (ML-3) – the second highest in the WHO classification of national regulatory systems. This makes Egypt’s NRA the first to reach ML-3 for vaccine regulation in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and…

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WHO supports injection safety in Egypt with the support of USAID

The safe use of injections is essential to avoid the transmission of life-threatening infections and to protect patients, health care workers and the community from avoidable risks

With the support of USAID, the WHO country office in Egypt is conducting a nationwide injection safety project to help assess and improve injection safety practices among national hospitals and health care facilities in Egypt.  The safe use of injections is essential to avoid the transmission of life-threatening infections and…