maandag 11 februari 2019

WHO: Keep antibiotics working – limit their use this flu season

Keep antibiotics working – limit their use this flu season
Antibiotics cannot cure infections caused by viruses. This fact is well known to clinicians, and in recent years it has become more widely known among the general public. Despite this growing awareness, every year the influenza season leads to increased use of antibiotics.
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Social science training enhances community engagement in health emergencies in 11 countries of the European Region
Under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) and the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) framework, WHO provides support to Member States to improve national capacity to engage communities through enhanced use of social science-based interventions (SSIs) before, during and after health emergencies. The SocialNET training, a global initiative of WHO, was the first of its kind in the European Region and was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on 10–14 December 2018. It strengthens WHO/Europe's efforts to build skills in emergency risk communication (ERC) and community engagement as part of the ERC five-step capacity-building package.
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Measles in Europe: record number of both sick and immunized
More children in the WHO European Region are being vaccinated against measles than ever before; but progress has been uneven between and within countries, leaving increasing clusters of susceptible individuals unprotected, and resulting in a record number of people affected by the virus in 2018. In light of measles data for the year 2018 released today, WHO urges European countries to target their interventions to those places and groups where immunization gaps persist.
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Scaling-up health emergency preparedness and response capacities in the European Region
In alignment with the new Action Plan to Improve Public Health Preparedness and Response in the WHO European Region, the WHO Regional Office for Europe is supporting its Member States in scaling up their health emergency preparedness and response capacities through a series of capacity building initiatives.
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