Source: Department of Health (DH)
Public Health Minister Seema Kennedy has confirmed the government will be retaining the world-leading expertise of outgoing Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies, as UK special envoy on AMR. Dame Sally will be working across all sectors to deliver a ‘One Health’ response to AMR, which includes health, agriculture and the environment. Today’s announcement follows the government’s 20-year vision and 5-year national action plan published earlier this year, setting out how the UK will contribute to containing and controlling AMR by 2040
PHE and travel industry call on holidaymakers and other travellers to check their MMR vaccinations are up-to-date, as measles outbreaks continue across Europe
The Tripartite – a joint effort by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO), launched the AMR Multi-Partner Trust Fund, which is being supported by an initial contribution of US$5 million from the Government of the Netherlands The AMR Trust Fund has a five-year scope, through 2024, and aims to scale up efforts to support countries to counter the immediate threat of AMR, arguably the most complex threat to global health
In the face of slow progress, WHO offers a new tool and sets a target to accelerate action against antimicrobial resistance
WHO launched a global campaign on the 18 June titled - AWaRe tool - urging governments to adopt the tool to reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance, adverse events and costs. The AWaRe tool was developed by the WHO Essential Medicines List to contain rising resistance and make antibiotic use safer and more effective
The outbreak investigation continues and the public health risk remains low. See update https://www.gov.uk/government/news/listeria-cases-being-investigated
Source: The Global Public-Private Partnership for handwashing with soap
During the current ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo advances have been made in the clinical care of patients affected with the disease - watch the video
To coincide with World Hand Hygiene on 5 May, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is hosting a week of action to help raise awareness of when gloves should and shouldn't be worn and how to protect the skin on your hands
The second Africa Health Forum - Achieving Universal Health Coverage and Health Security in Africa: The Africa we want to see
The Government of Cabo Verde and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa will jointly host The Second WHO Africa Health Forum on the theme : Achieving Universal Health Coverage and Health Security in Africa: The Africa we want to see. The Forum is scheduled to take place in Praia, Cabo Verde from 26 - 28 March 2019.
Mid-season flu vaccine effectiveness data - published in Eurosurveillance - shows good protection against the circulating strain
The latest report by Public Health England (PHE) shows that 6,316 cases of scarlet fever have been reported since mid-September 2018, compared to an average of 6,680 for the same period over the last 5 years
In collaboration with local health authorities, WHO and UNICEF have concluded a nationwide measles and rubella vaccination campaign in Yemen reaching more than 11.6 million (90%) children aged 6 months–16 years across the country.
Each year, WHO commemorate World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on March 24 to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of TB, and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic.TB remains the world’s deadliest infectious killer. Each day, nearly 4500 people lose their lives to TB and close to 30,000 people fall ill with this preventable and curable disease. The theme of World TB Day 2019 - ‘It’s time’ – puts the accent on the urgency to act on the commitments made by global leaders to: - scale up access to prevention and treatment; - build accountability; - ensure sufficient and sustainable financing including for research; - promote an end to stigma and discrimination, and - promote an equitable, rights-based and people-centered TB response.