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Epidemiology of hepatitis C virus in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region: implications for strategic action

9789290222866-engEpidemiology of hepatitis C virus in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region: implications for strategic action

Epidemiology of hepatitis C virus in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region: implications for strategic action presents the results and findings of the Eastern Mediterranean Hepatitis C Virus Epidemiology Synthesis Project which aimed to characterize the epidemiology of hepatitis C virus across countries through comprehensive systematic reviews and synthesis of published and unpublished epidemiological measures. In the Region hepatitis C virus accounts for about two thirds of viral hepatitis morbidity and mortality. This report provides an analytical description of its epidemiology among the different populations at risk of acquiring the infection discusses risk factors and major drivers of transmission and estimates prevalence among the various populations at risk for each country of the Region.

Implementation guide for health systems recovery in emergencies: transforming challenges into opportunities

9789290223351-engImplementation guide for health systems recovery in emergencies: transforming challenges into opportunities

This new implementation guide was developed by the Health Systems in Emergencies Lab at the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. It provides action-oriented guidance on how to undertake health systems recovery from all types of emergencies using the “build back better” approach. The guide situates health systems recovery within the emergency management cycle characterizes recovery and response and details the two phases of health systems recovery – early recovery and transition and long-term recovery. The steps of the recovery cycle during each phase are outlined as well as the roles and responsibilities of humanitarian and development actors during the health systems recovery process. By providing direction on health systems recovery from emergencies the guide aims to facilitate the creation of resilient systems that are able to adequately prepare for respond to and recover from emergencies; which promote restore or maintain health; and advance the regional vision of “health for all by all”.

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.

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