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COVID-19 pandemic response in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, progress report of the incident management support team, January-July 2020

WHOEMHSEL002E-engCOVID-19 pandemic response in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, progress report of the incident management support team, January-July 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has spread rapidly throughout the world leading to 15785641 confirmed cases and 640016 related deaths as of 26 July 2020. Within the Eastern Mediterranean Region of the World Health Organization (WHO) 1521033 cases and 39213 deaths have been reported as of 29 July 2020. While the outbreak began in China in late 2019 within weeks it had spread to the Region. An informal taskforce was convened within the Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean to support preparedness in countries and this was soon followed by the establishment of the official regional Incident Management Support Team (IMST) structure on 22 January 2020. Six months on this report summarizes the work of the IMST including achievements challenges and the way forward as it continues to coordinate the COVID-19 response by providing strategic technical and operational support to countries in the Region.

Establishing syndromic surveillance and event-based surveillance systems for Zika, dengue and other arboviral diseases

WHOEMHLP124E-eng-LEstablishing syndromic surveillance and event-based surveillance systems for Zika, dengue and other arboviral diseases

In view of the threat of Zika and other emerging arboviral diseases with epidemic potential, there is an urgent need to develop better systems for early detection of and response to these high threat diseases in the Eastern Mediterranean Region of the World Health Organization (WHO). The Infectious Hazard Management unit in WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, through consultations with countries and lead experts in the Region, therefore developed this strategic framework for establishing syndromic and eventbased surveillance systems for Zika, dengue and other arboviral diseases.

Road safety in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: highlights from WHO’s Global status report on road safety 2018

Road-safety-in-the-Eastern-Mediterranean-Region-highlights-from-WHO-Global-status-report-on-road-safety-2018 Road safety in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: highlights from WHO’s Global status report on road safety 2018

Road traffic injury remains a significant public health problem in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. Data from WHO’s Global status report on road safety 2018 reveal that the Region accounts for almost 9% of the world’s estimated road traffic deaths, despite having just 5% of the world’s vehicles. Around 120 000 people are killed and an additional 340 000 are injured on the Region’s roads every year. The Eastern Mediterranean Region has the third highest death rate due to road traffic injury among WHO regions. The 2018 report also reveals that road traffic injury is a major concern for all countries of the Region, regardless of their income level.

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