WHO/Europe


Multi-country monkeypox outbreak in non-endemic countries

22 May 2022 @ 11:05

Since 13 May 2022, cases of monkeypox have been reported to WHO from 12 Member States that are not endemic for monkeypox virus, across three WHO regions. Epidemiological investigations are ongoing, however, reported cases thus far have no established travel links to endemic areas. Based on currently available information, cases have mainly but not exclusively been identified amongst men who have sex with men (MSM) seeking care in primary care and sexual health clinics.

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Health must be at the centre of Ukraine’s recovery, says WHO Regional Director for Europe

20 May 2022 @ 16:42

This week, WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge led a delegation to Ukraine to review immediate and long-term health needs, the WHO emergency response, and the best ways to help the health system withstand and recover from the damage inflicted by war.

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Investigations ongoing into atypical cases of monkeypox now reported in eight countries in Europe

20 May 2022 @ 15:10

To date, at least eight countries in the WHO European Region – Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom - have reported cases of monkeypox in recent days. Outside of countries where monkeypox is known to be endemic, recent similar cases have also been reported in Australia, Canada and the United States of America.

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“Luigi means courageous warrior – and that’s exactly what my father was” – a testament to the bravery of a much-loved family man who fell victim to COVID-19

20 May 2022 @ 11:59

Luigi Ciesco came from a small village in southern Italy, growing up in real poverty, before meeting his wife-to-be Vincenza, and emigrating to the United Kingdom in the 1960s. A husband for 57 years, a father of 4 and a grandfather of 8, Luigi worked for the National Health Service in England. Twenty years ago he contracted methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a type of bacterial infection which is resistant to many widely used antibiotics, which seriously compromised his health and led to multiple illnesses over the following years.

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Monkeypox cases reported in the WHO European Region

20 May 2022 @ 07:57

Over the last week, monkeypox cases have been reported in the WHO European Region in several countries.

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“My name is Ben and I get depressed sometimes” – meet the young British man speaking up for mental health

19 May 2022 @ 09:42

Ben Ogden, a 24-year-old personal trainer and content creator, is trying to get people to talk about their mental health. He is doing it in a rather unconventional way: by standing in crowded train stations across the United Kingdom holding cardboard signs that read, for example, “If you’re struggling with your mental health, Lets Talk”. The missing apostrophe is intentional to attract attention from passers-by.

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First-ever meeting of WHO mental health coalition focuses on Ukrainians’ resilience and concrete steps towards change

18 May 2022 @ 13:04

The first-ever meeting of the Pan-European Mental Health Coalition, a new network of organizations and individuals aiming to transform mental health systems across the WHO European Region, gathered to discuss ways to support the mental health of people in Ukraine.

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The importance of mass casualty training in the context of the war in Ukraine: an interview with Professor Johan von Schreeb

18 May 2022 @ 11:59

Johan von Schreeb is Professor of Global Disaster Medicine in the Department of Global Public Health at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, and leads the Centre for Research on Health Care in Disasters, a WHO collaborating centre that runs courses in global disaster medicine. Most recently, he has been rolling out mass casualty training in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.

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Climate change is increasing the risk of heatwaves: preparing for a warm and dry summer in the European Region

18 May 2022 @ 07:38

As climate change is projected to significantly increase people’s exposure to heatwaves, and European weather services are expecting summers to be warmer and drier, WHO/Europe calls on countries to take measures to avoid adverse health impacts.

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Hope at the heart of Ukraine’s health response, recovery and reconstruction

17 May 2022 @ 17:03

I’d like to begin by expressing my immense appreciation and admiration for the health workers of this country, who have shown tremendous bravery and dedication since the war began. You have done the impossible: you stand firm and save lives.

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Losing the guiding light in your life – the story of a father taken too soon by COVID-19

17 May 2022 @ 14:20

“My father was my supporter, my friend and my role model. I remember when I was at university, I was having a bit of a hard time and my dad – as he always did – came to comfort and reassure me. This was emblematic of the relationship we had as father and son.”

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Two million confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the European Region

12 May 2022 @ 14:06

A grim milestone has passed as reported confirmed COVID-19 deaths from countries in the WHO European Region have exceeded 2 million people. While this number is devastating, it represents a fraction of the overall deaths directly and indirectly associated with COVID-19, as WHO’s report on excess mortality during the pandemic has shown.

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Moving forward while reflecting on what has been lost: a grieving daughter describes how she lost her father to COVID-19

12 May 2022 @ 14:00

Safiah had moved home over Christmas 2020, just before a second period of lockdown was announced in the United Kingdom. She and her brother contracted COVID-19 while shopping on behalf of their parents. Although they tried to isolate, Safiah’s father soon tested positive too.

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Setting up a behavioural insights unit - WHO launches a set of considerations to support countries

12 May 2022 @ 07:02

WHO/Europe has launched a new document, providing support to countries that wish to set up a unit for behavioural insights (BI) in health. The document provides guidance on key considerations, ranging from the location of a unit and staffing, to ensuring impact and sustainability.

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“What stays with me is the feeling of helplessness” – on International Nurses Day, a young nurse recalls her time on a COVID-19 ward at the beginning of the pandemic

12 May 2022 @ 05:59

In March 2020, Miranda Edge, aged 24, had only been qualified as a staff nurse for 6 months when she learned that the post-surgical ward she worked on in the West Midlands, United Kingdom, was to become a COVID-19 ward.

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“Diseases know no borders”: the story of a Moldovan family nurse caring for Ukrainian refugees

12 May 2022 @ 05:33

“When I first saw a refugee patient, I felt the ground slipping from under my feet. I had very mixed emotions. On the one hand I wanted to scream in pain, but at the same time, I knew I had to concentrate, because my patient needed me.”

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New country examples highlight efforts to advance nursing and midwifery professions in the WHO European Region

12 May 2022 @ 05:29

As countries continue to rebuild their health systems following the COVID-19 pandemic, WHO/Europe urges governments to support and strengthen their nursing and midwifery workforce.

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"We risk dying when going to work” – Ukrainian nurse shares her message on Nurses’ Day

12 May 2022 @ 05:26

“When the explosions first went off on 24 February, I turned up the volume of my children’s TV cartoons, so that they wouldn’t hear the noise. I was very much in doubt whether to stay or leave, but as a medical surgical nurse, I quickly realized that my skills were needed here. So, I stayed.”

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"We risk dying when going to work” – Ukrainian nurse shares her message on Nurses’ Day

12 May 2022 @ 05:26

“When the explosions first went off on 24 February, I turned up the volume of my children’s TV cartoons, so that they wouldn’t hear the noise. I was very much in doubt whether to stay or leave, but as a medical surgical nurse, I quickly realized that my skills were needed here. So, I stayed.”

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Special session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe: summary and outcome

10 May 2022 @ 19:22

The ongoing war in Ukraine and its impact on health conditions locally, as well as health matters regionally and beyond, were the focus of a special session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe today.

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