WHO and IOM discuss diaspora engagement in health and health workforce shortages

Cairo, 28 June 2022 – The World Health Organization (WHO) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) today held a regional dialogue on diaspora engagement in health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. They highlighted the shortage in the health workforce, especially of the most skilled and qualified health professionals, that is being driven by migration in […]

WHO scales up health response after Afghanistan earthquake

Cairo/Kabul, 26 June 2022 — Hours after the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan on 22 June that killed more than 800 people, injured 1400 more, and destroyed thousands of homes, WHO sent mobile health teams and ambulances, trauma kits and surgical supplies, medical equipment and other emergency supplies to treat the injured and replenish health supplies […]

Regional Director’s statement on COVID-19 and monkeypox outbreak

22 June 2022 — Over the past few weeks, reported cases and deaths from COVID-19 continue to decline globally and regionally. Naturally, we feel relieved with this news. But is it really the time to let our guard down? While we observe these encouraging trends, we need to interpret them cautiously. Many countries have reduced testing […]

World Refugee Day: Everyone has the right to seek safety

20 June 2022, Cairo—Today is World Refugee Day, which focuses on the right to seek safety, including safe borders, not forcing anyone back if doing so would jeopardize their life or freedom and the right to non-discriminatory, humane treatment.  As we mark World Refugee Day 2022, we remember the sacrifice and courage of millions of […]

Regional Director’s statement on monkeypox

8 June 2022 – Cases of monkeypox in non-endemic countries around the world continue to rise, with 780 confirmed cases reported from 27 countries as of 2 June. No deaths have been reported during the current outbreak. In the Eastern Mediterranean Region, a total of 14 laboratory-confirmed cases have been reported from 2 countries: 13 cases […]

Statement by the WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean on monkeypox

Geneva, Switzerland, 26 May 2022 Dear colleagues, A warm welcome from WHO headquarters in Geneva, where I am currently attending the 75th World Health Assembly. Over the past few weeks, WHO’s Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean has been closely following reports of monkeypox in countries in other WHO regions where the disease is not […]