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SEA/RC60/2 - The work of WHO in the South-East Asia Region: Report of the Regional Director 1 July 2006 - 30 June 2007
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South East-Asia ( 2007-10-08 )
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SEA/RC60/27 - Report of the sixtieth session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South East-Asia ( 2007-12 )
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SEA/RC60/R9 - International Migration of Health Personnel: A Challenge for Health Systems in Developing Countries
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South East-Asia ( 2007-09 )
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SEA/RC60/R6 - Revised Malaria Control Strategy: Focusing on a New Paradigm
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South East-Asia ( 2007-09 )
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SEA/RC60/R5 - The New Stop TB Strategy and its Implementation
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South East-Asia ( 2007-09 )
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SEA/RC60/R3 - Nutrition and Food Safety in the South-East Asia Region
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South East-Asia ( 2007-09 )
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SEA/RC60/R8 - Challenges in Polio Eradication
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South East-Asia ( 2007-09 )
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SEA/RC60/R10 - Equitable Geographical Distribution of the Membership of the Executive Board
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South East-Asia ( 2007-09 )
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SEA/RC60/R4 - Scaling UP Prevention and Control of Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases in the South-East Asia Region
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South East-Asia ( 2007-09 )
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SEA/RC60/R1 - Resolution of Thanks
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South East-Asia ( 2007-09 )
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SEA/RC60/R7 - South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South East-Asia ( 2007-09 )
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SEA/RC60/R2 - Matters Relating to Programme Development and Management
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South East-Asia ( 2007-09 )
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SEA/RC60/4 - Merging of meeting of consultative committee for programme development and management (CCPDM) and meeting of health secretaries (HSM) of the South-East Asia region
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South East-Asia ( 2007-08-28 )
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The eleventh meeting of Health Secretaries (HSM) held in June 2006 suggested that the HSM and meeting of the Consultative Committee for Programme Development and Management (CCPDM) be merged. This proposal was discussed at the High-level Consultation (HLC) with SEAR Member States on WHO Programme Development and Management, held in May 2007 in the Regional Office, New Delhi. The HLC endorsed the proposal to combine the meetings of HSM and the CCPDM. It was proposed that the new entity may be referred as the “Regional Policy and Programme Committee (RPPC)”. The HLC recommended that the proposal to establish the RPPC with revised Terms of Reference, as endorsed by it, should be submitted to the Twenty-fifth Health Ministers’ Meeting and the Sixtieth session of the Regional Committee in August/September 2007. The paper is now submitted to the Sixtieth session of the Regional Committee for its endorsement.

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SEA/RC60/11 - Membership of the South-East Asia region on the executive board
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South East-Asia ( 2007-08-24 )
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The issue of expansion of membership of the South-East Asia (SEA) Region on the Executive Board was discussed at the High-Level Consultation (HLC) with SEAR Member Countries on WHO Programme Development and Management held in New Delhi, in May 2007. There was agreement at the HLC that with its high disease burden and large population base, the SEA Region should strive to have a larger number of seats on the Executive Board. The HLC recommended that the Regional Office should constitute a group of experts from both Member countries and WHO, to agree on a formula that most clearly represents their position and to report to the Sixtieth session of the Regional Committee on the progress. The Joint Meeting of Health Secretaries and the Consultative Committee on Programme Development and Management, which met from 2 to 6 July 2007 in the Regional Office, New Delhi, endorsed this recommendation. In order to take forward the action points recommended by the HLC, a Regional Expert Group Meeting on the Representation of South-East Asia Region on the WHO Executive Board was organized, on 12-13 August 2007 in Bangkok. The objectives were to present, review and elaborate options and scenarios on health metrics related to the regional membership on the WHO Executive Board and to recommend the most appropriate approach and method to use in support of the proposal to increase the membership from countries of the SEA Region on the Executive Board. The meeting included experts from Member Countries and the WHO Secretariat from the Regional Office. The recommendations that emanated from this meeting are now presented to the Sixtieth session of the Regional Committee for its consideration.

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SEA/RC60/12 - Progress reports requested by member states: avian and pandemic influenza preparedness in the context of the international health regulations (2005)
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South East-Asia ( 2007-07-13 )
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Since November 2003, there have been 315 reported cases of human H5N1 infections with 191 deaths. In the South-East Asia Region, Thailand has had 25 reported cases with 17 deaths and Indonesia 101 human cases with 80 deaths. The H5N1 virus may be considered a pre-pandemic virus that could infect at least one billion people worldwide. Efforts to develop multisectoral pandemic preparedness plans and mobilize political and financial support in the Region are under way. Following-up on the Delhi Declaration on Avian Influenza Prevention and Control, WHO has assisted Member countries in developing National Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Plans (NIPPP), strengthening surveillance capacities in countries, building needed laboratories and developing technical guidelines for response, diagnosis and clinical management. It should be noted that this work also builds capacity for implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005). Several countries have received donor funding to support these efforts; another donor meeting, to be hosted by India will be held in December 2007. A recent issue involves production and availability of H5N1 and pandemic vaccines. Countries in the Region are concerned that they will not have access to commercially produced vaccines even though the virus used to develop these vaccines is from countries in the Region. WHO is assisting Member countries in the Region by helping to accredit at least two laboratories in the Region to identify the H5 virus. At the same time, WHO is coordinating international partnerships to support the production of pandemic vaccines in three countries of the Region. This is complemented by efforts to ensure an equitable and fair distribution of these vaccines, as needed by Member countries in the Region. This paper was submitted to the Joint Meeting of Heath Secretaries and the Consultative Committee for Programme Development and Management, held in the Regional Office from 2-6 July 2007 for its review. The Joint Meeting made the following recommendations: Action by Member States (1) To strengthen veterinary public health as part of an integrated multi-sectoral pandemic preparedness plan. The human health sector should take an active role to prevent infection from poultry to human beings, and minimise case fatality. (2) To apply non-pharmaceutical interventions such as risk communication and social distancing in addition to the use of vaccines and antiviral drugs during human pandemic phase. (3) To develop guidelines on the major components of NIPPP and conduct training in order to build up capacity in the implementation of NIPPP. (4) To develop/strengthen the core capacities as required by International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005 and the implementation of NIPPP, to cover capacities in both public and private sectors. (5) To foster public and private partnership in a concerted effort in the implementation of NIPPP, including resource mobilization. Action by WHO-SEARO (1) To continue to support Member States in the Region in the implementation of NIPPP, capacity building and strengthening of the National Regulatory Authority (NRA) to ensure that influenza vaccination is part of the NIPPP. (2) To operate the CSR unit in the Regional Office and two CSR sub-units in Delhi and Bangkok, including resource mobilization and stockpiling of antiviral, personal protection devices and pre-pandemic vaccines if available in future. (3) To report the progress on the implementation of Avian and Pandemic Influenza preparedness in the context of IHR 2005 to the Sixty-first, Sixty-second, Sixtythird, Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth sessions of the Regional Committee. The paper is now submitted to the Sixtieth session of the Regional Committee for its consideration.

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SEA/RC60/24 Rev. - Time and Place of future sessions of the regional committee
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South East-Asia ( 2007-08-23 )
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SEA/RC60/1 Rev. - Provisional agenda
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South East-Asia ( 2007-08-23 )
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SEA/RC60/21 - Follow-up action on selected resolutions/decisions of the last three years: challenges in polio eradication
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South East-Asia ( 2007-07-13 )
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The Regional Committee resolution SEA/RC58/R6 on Polio Eradication: Final Strategy, affirmed the far-reaching humanitarian and economic benefits of achieving polio eradication, and provided the guiding framework for intensification of polio eradication activities at all levels. This paper summarizes the progress made with regard to implementation of strategies outlined in the WHO/UNICEF Global Immunization Vision and Strategy (GIVS), with particular focus on the two important elements of GIVS, namely strengthening of routine immunization, and introduction of new vaccines and technologies. The paper also provides a detailed update on activities related to polio eradication efforts at global, regional and national levels, with special focus on supplemental immunization activities in both countries still endemic to polio, as well as those where importation of wild or outbreaks of vaccine-derived polio viruses were seen. Finally, the paper outlines the major challenges facing the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) and highlights some of the key WHO efforts for completing the task of polio eradication. The paper was discussed at the Joint Meting of Health Secretaries and the Consultative Committee for Programme Development and Management held in the Regional Office, New Delhi from 2-6 July 2007. The Joint Meeting made the following recommendations: Action by Member States To strengthen the EPI programme in order to maintain the highest surveillance levels and high routine immunization coverage as the best means to control the spread of polio virus and outbreaks in the Region. Action by WHO-SEARO (1) To support/facilitate a thorough review of the status of routine immunization in Member countries to strengthen polio eradication efforts and to maintain poliofree status in those countries where polio has been eradicated. (2) To convene the technical working group to evaluate the various options to prevent the spread of polio in the Region. (3) To seek and facilitate mobilization of financial resources for supporting the polio and routine immunization programme of the Member States. (4) To support and facilitate the Member States to maintain the highest surveillance levels and high routine immunization coverage as the best means to control the spread of polio virus and outbreaks in the Region. (5) To report on the progress made towards polio eradication to the Regional Committee on an annual basis until polio-free status is achieved in the Region. The paper is now submitted to the Sixtieth session of the Regional Committee for its consideration.

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SEA/RC60/10 - South-East Asia regional health emergency fund
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South East-Asia ( 2007-07-13 )
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In view of the vulnerability of Member States to emergencies, several requests were made at regional meetings to establish an emergency fund for the South-East Asia Region. The Emergency and Humanitarian Action (EHA) unit in the Regional Office working as the Secretariat established an in-house working group to develop the details of the proposed regional emergency fund. The proposals were then submitted to the following meetings for consultation: (1) Meeting of WHO Representatives in November 2006; (2) Regional Consultation for the South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF) held on 12- 13 April 2007; and (3) SEARHEF Working Group meeting comprising representatives from Member countries held in Bangkok on 11-12 June 2007. This paper reflects suggestions made during the Joint Meeting of Health Secretaries and the Consultative Committee for Programme Development and Management (CCPDM) held in New Delhi, 2-6 July 2007. The Joint Meeting made the following recommendations: Action by Member States (1) To support the development of the South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF), and consider contributing on a voluntary basis to the Fund. (2) To actively participate in the Fund management through the SEARHEF Working Group. Action by WHO-SEARO (1) To consider raising the total amount of support to US$ 350, 000 and the initial release would be up to 50% in view of adequacy of response. (2) To revise the guidelines, principles and policies as discussed in the Joint Meeting. (3) To actively advocate and mobilize resources for SEARHEF, taking the opportunity of the Thimphu Declaration to mobilize voluntary contributions by Member States in the SEA Region. (4) To include the establishment of SEARHEF as one of the main components in the proposed Thimphu Declaration. The policies, principles and guidelines for the Fund are outlined in the paper. In summary these include: (1) Purpose of the fund; (2) Governance; (3) Criteria for release of funds; (4) Principles for the Fund; (5) Estimates and funding; (6) Building the Corpus of the fund; (7) Management; (8) Processes for requests and reporting. The paper is now submitted to the Sixtieth session of the Regional Committee for its consideration.

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SEA/RC60/22 - Nomination of a Member State to the Joint Coordination Board(JCB) of the special programme for research and training in tropical diseases
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South East-Asia ( 2007-07-13 )
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The Joint Coordinating Board (JCB) of the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases Research (TDR) acts as the governing body of the Special Programme and is responsible for its overall policy and strategy. This paper describes the background and composition of the TDR and the action to be taken by the Regional Committee. It also includes a brief report on the Thirtieth session of the JCB held in Geneva, from 19 to 21 June 2007. From the South-East Asia (SEA) Region, the term of membership of Bangladesh expires on 31 December 2007. The Sixtieth session of the Regional Committee is requested to elect a new Member State from the Region to replace Bangladesh

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