WHO publishes new guidelines on HIV, hepatitis and STIs

The guidelines outline a public health response to HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for 5 key populations (men who have sex with men, trans and gender diverse people, sex workers, people who inject drugs and people in prisons and other closed settings)…

“The new data from UNAIDS show that around 70% of new HIV infections occur among key populations and their partners…” said Meg Doherty, Director of WHO’s Global HIV, Hepatitis and STI Programmes…

These guidelines also acknowledge that behavioural interventions aimed at changing behaviours – which tend to be prioritized in many settings – have no impact on incidence of HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs or on behaviour change…more

Consultation invitation – WHO Foundation

Dear colleagues,

With apologies for cross-posting, sharing this invitation for a consultation on the WHO Foundation’s strategy document for those of you who might be interested. The attached invitation notes that the draft strategy will be shared with registered participants ahead of the virtual consultation.

If you are interested, please register by August 19 for one of the two sessions:

● Option #1// Tuesday, August 30: 17:00 Central European Time i.e. 08.00 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) / 11.00 Eastern Time (ET) / 16.00 West Africa Time (WAT)/ 18.00 East Africa Time (EAT) / 20:30 India Standard Time (IST) / 23.00 Singapore Standard Time (SST)
Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMscO6oqjorHddt-gT4UCoV7_s_4pKdjyT7
● Option #2// Thursday, September 1: 09:00 Central European Time (CET) i.e. 00.00 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) / 03.00 Eastern Time (ET) / 08.00 West Africa Time (WAT)/ 10.00 East Africa Time (EAT) / 12:30 India Standard Time (IST) / 15:00 Singapore Standard Time (SST)
Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rcu-qpj0uEtaN-zYQ80IlUAdL-Iq9Mb7d

New global alliance launched to end AIDS in children by 2030

Globally, only half of children living with HIV are on life-saving treatment. UNAIDS, UNICEF, and WHO have brought together a new alliance to fix one of the most glaring disparities in the AIDS response…more

WHO launches appeal to respond to urgent health needs in the greater Horn of Africa

The health and lives of people in the greater Horn of Africa are threatened as the region faces an unprecedented food crisis. In order to carry out urgent, life-saving work, WHO is launching a funding appeal for US$ 123.7 million…more

Fifth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health: 3-5 April 2023

The Fifth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health will be held from 3 to 5 April 2023. The format of the Forum will be hybrid, to enable virtual and in-person sessions and will be hosted from the Auditorium of the WHO headquarters in Geneva.
The Forum will be held under the theme of Protecting, safeguarding, and investing in the health and care workforce. Marking more than five years since the adoption of the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030, the Forum will provide updates on progress in its implementation and share evidence and experiences on workforce development, as well as opportunities for a post COVID-19 era that will inform the implementation of the Working for Health 2022-2030 Action Plan (2022-2030). It will examine the required policy solutions, investments, and multi-sectoral partnerships to address health and care workforce challenges and advance health systems towards universal health coverage and health security. The outcomes of the Forum will inform the United Nations General Assembly’s High-Level Meeting on UHC in September 2023.

The Forum is intersectoral and will engage participation from a range of actors, including high-impact decision-makers, across education, finance, gender, health, labour/employment, and migration sectors. In person participation will be for speakers participating in the high-level roundtable dialogue. Technical sessions and other learning and networking activities will be available upon registration through an IT platform dedicated for the Forum.

The language of the Forum will be English with simultaneous interpretation available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish, for the high-level roundtables.

Please contact the Forum Secretariat at 5GF@who.int for any queries. Find out more at https://www.who.int/teams/health-workforce/about/5thglobalforum-hrh/.


In solidarity,
WHO Health Workforce team

WHO and UNICEF: COVID-19 pandemic fuels largest continued backslide in vaccinations in three decades

The largest sustained decline in childhood vaccinations in approximately 30 years has been recorded in official data published today by WHO and UNICEF.

The percentage of children who received three doses of the vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP3) – a marker for immunization coverage within and across countries – fell 5 percentage points between 2019 and 2021 to 81 per cent.

As a result, 25 million children missed out on one or more doses of DTP through routine immunization services in 2021 alone. This is 2 million more than those who missed out in 2020 and 6 million more than in 2019, highlighting the growing number of children at risk from devastating but preventable diseases. The decline was due to many factors including an increased number of children living in conflict and fragile settings where immunization access is often challenging, increased misinformation and COVID-19 related issues such as service and supply chain disruptions, resource diversion to response efforts, and containment measures that limited immunization service access and availability…more

WHO publication “Implication of the COVID-19 Pandemic for Patient Safety: A Rapid Review”, Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings from the WHO Patient Safety Flagship in Geneva.

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted nearly all countries’ health systems and diminished their capability to provide safe health care, specifically due to errors, harm and delays in diagnosis, treatment and care management. In preparation for the forthcoming fifth Global Ministerial Summits on Patient Safety, scheduled to be held on 23-24 February 2023 in Montreux, Switzerland as the host country, has been working with WHO to better understand the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for patient safety.

As part of this ongoing initiative, WHO Patient Safety Flagship is planning to launch the publication “Implication of the COVID-19 Pandemic for Patient Safety: A Rapid Review”, in a virtual event on Tuesday, 09 August 2022, 14:00-15:30 (CEST).

The objectives of this event are to:

– provide an overview of implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for patients, health workers, and the general public

– highlight the importance of managing risks and addressing avoidable harm in a pandemic situation

– discuss implications of the pandemic for patient safety within the broader context of preparedness, response and recovery

– lay the foundation for follow-up work around generating more robust evidence and supporting countries in their efforts to build resilient and safer health care systems.

We hope that you join us for this event on Tuesday, 09 August 2022 at 14:00-15:30 CEST.

Please register at the link. https://echo.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yVOgkzyvSaCzPXW1r6CY5A, also included in the attached flyer [HIFA does not carry attachments].

Simultaneous interpretation will be available in English, French and Spanish.


Thanks and best regards,

Dr Neelam DHINGRA
Unit Head
WHO Patient Safety Flagship/

Monkeypox declared global health emergency by WHO as cases surge

The global monkeypox outbreak has been declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO) – the strongest call to action the agency can make.

It is the seventh time such a declaration has been made since 2009, the most recent being for Covid-19, which was given the same label by the WHO in 2020, and follows a meeting of a committee of experts on Thursday…more