WHO Current Affairs - 2019
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United Nations (UN) has nominated Peter Jan Graaff of the Netherlands as the new chief of UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).
He will replace Mauritanian diplomat Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed who was recently appointed as special UN envoy for Yemen.
With this appointment, Peter Jan Graaff will work closely with Special Envoy on Ebola David Nabarro, along with governments in the region.
Since October 2014, Graaff had served as Ebola crisis manager for Liberia, one of the African countries which were affected by the Ebola epidemic along with Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Previously Graaff had worked for the World Health Organisation (WHO) in several African countries, Afghanistan and Haiti. He also had led the Civil Affairs and Development team for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
Some facts about Ebola epidemic
- As per WHO estimates, more than 26,000 people have been infected with Ebola since the outbreak which began late in 2013.
- In this epidemic more than 10,800 people have died since its outbreak.
- More than 99 per cent of the death cases were reported in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Every year World Malaria Day (WMD) is observed on 25 April. The day is observed to recognise the global efforts to control preventable disease malaria. The theme of this year WMD-2015 is “Invest in the Future and Defeat Malaria”.
This day also seeks to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for elimination and control of malaria.
WHO also had called on the global health community to urgently address significant gaps in the treatment, prevention and diagnosis of malaria.
- World Malaria Day was instituted in 2007 by World Health Organization (WHO) member nations during World Health Assembly.
- This day is one of the eight official global public health campaigns currently marked by the WHO.
- As per United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report more than 1200 children die every day worldwide from Malaria. At least three quarters of malaria deaths occur in children under 5.
- According to the recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2000, Malaria deaths worldwide have declined by 47 percent. In Africa alone, Malaria deaths during the period declined by 54 percent.