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WHO South Sudan conducted Staff retreat to improve performance and impact

WHO South Sudan conducted a three-day staff retreat from 24 to 26 January 2023 in Juba.

The objective of the retreat was to do a self-reflection on the progress the office has made so far and how it can work better as a team to achieve the Triple Billion goals in South Sudan to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.”

The event brought together 187 WHO personnel from Juba and the States.

Global Polio Eradication Initiative commends Mozambique’s outbreak response

Maputo, 22 February 2023 – Senior representatives from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) today commended the Government of Mozambique for its ongoing polio response efforts to ensure that every child is protected from the devastating impacts of the virus.

Under the leadership of the Ministry of Health, with support from Rotary and other GPEI partners, a multi-round polio vaccination campaign is being implemented in Mozambique. Six rounds of vaccination were completed in 2022, covering all provinces of the country and reaching 8.7 million children.

WHO publishes two landmark documents on leishmaniasis

Departmental news - Geneva - Leishmania parasites are transmitted through the bites of infected female phlebotomine sand flies, which feed on human blood to produce eggs. An estimated 31 species of Phlebotomus and 47 species of Lutzomyia sand fly species are considered the proven vectors of human leishmaniases (visceral and cutaneous).