15 02, 2024

WHO International Pathogen Surveillance Network launched with $4m in donor funding


The World Health Organization (WHO) announced US$ 4 million in funding from donors to create a catalytic grant fund for organizations working in pathogen genomic surveillance. The fund will support projects across the world, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, to pilot projects and in doing so, create an evidence base for how to quickly [...]

15 04, 2014

Preventive measures urged to control vector-borne diseases


50% of population is at risk of vector borne diseases. Vector-borne diseases accounts for more than 17% of all infectious diseases causing more than 1 million deaths annually. More than 2.5 billion people in over 100 countries are at risk of contracting dengue alone. Pakistan has been experiencing an epidemic of dengue fever since 2010 resulting in [...]

15 11, 2013

Promotional Seminar for the Use of Information & Communication Technologies for Health


eHealth could play a crucial role in controlling epidemics such as polio and dengue fever, through an effective surveillance system. Every day, across the world, countries are making improvements in their health systems as a direct benefit of eHealth technologies. e-Health has evolved as an important innovative subject for enhancing the proficiency of health sector, [...]

15 11, 2013

Re-Emergence of Avian influenza A(H7N9) virus: Another Pandemic Threat


Dr. Muhammad Najeeb Durrani, Epidemiologist, District Surveillance Coordinator, District TB Coordinator (DTC), In-charge Dengue Fever Surveillance Cell, Member Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) Health Department ICT, Islamabad After 2004 when Influenza appeared at global horizon it was initially localized in the migratory birds and appeared as H5N1 called the Avian Influenza later it [...]

15 01, 2013

Measles deaths decline, but elimination progress stalls in some regions – WHO


The number of measles deaths globally decreased by 71% between 2000 and 2011, from 542 000 to 158 000. Over the same period, new cases dropped 58% from 853 500 in 2000 to 355 000 in 2011, according to new data released Thursday by WHO, a leading member of the Measles and Rubella Initiative. Although [...]

15 06, 2012

Workshop on disease surveillance, response and dengue case management guidelines


WHO, in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan and provincial health departments, organized a consultative workshop on disease surveillance and response and dengue case management guidelines on the national disease surveillance and response system and dengue case management guidelines inIslamabadfrom 18 to 19 June 2012.   Representatives from all the health authorities of the provinces – [...]