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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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“Our lives have changed; thanks to water that we now have in our camp”

Currently, only 52% of the population in Somalia has access to improved drinking-water

For just over a month, from 7 May to 16 June 2022, Fatumo Yusuf Diriye spent 3 hours every day, walking to and from the nearest water source, 6 km away, to fetch water for her family. As she could carry only 2 ‘jirigaans” or pails of water at a…

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

Health Cluster pivots cross-cluster collaboration for delivery of integrated service package among underserved communities

Health Cluster partners have so far benefited from 2 rounds of Somalia Humanitarian Fund allocations, that amounted to approximately US $9 million to respond to the drought

In 2021, Somalia barely had time to take its eye off the COVID-19 pandemic, when the ongoing severe drought crept up. As a result, many Somali communities, over 40% of whom are known to live rural and nomadic lifestyles, lost their livestock and crops. To deliver a multifaceted response to…

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UNHCR and WHO join hands to improve access to health for refugees in Sudan

Areas in which refugees live often have limited health infrastructure and suffer shortages of medical personnel and supplies

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and World Health Organization (WHO) signed a letter of understanding on 6 July 2022 to enhance health services for refugees and host communities in Sudan. Building on a 2020 global memorandum of understanding, the agreement enacts the 2 agencies’ first comprehensive partnership in the country…