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International Consultation on Research to Combat Nipah Virus Disease, 6th – 8th August 2018, New Delhi, India

In 2017, Nipah was declared as one of the World Health Organization’s top eight emerging pathogens. Nipah virus (NiV) infection is a newly emerging zoonosis that causes severe disease in both animals and humans. NiV was first identified during an outbreak of disease that occurred in Kampung Sungai Nipah, Malaysia in 1998. Since then about 22 outbreaks have occurred. To date, NiV virus has caused more than 600 cases of human infection in Malaysia, Singapore, India and Bangladesh. The CFR of NiV infection varies from 40% to 100% depending on whether encephalitic or other severe manifestations are noted and whether adequate healthcare facilities are available. In 2001, a geographically-distinct NiVstrain independently emerged in India as well as in Bangladesh, where human NiV outbreak events have been reported nearly every year since, with 12 outbreaks reported from January 2001 to January 2012.

35th Session of South-East Asia Advisory Committee on Health Research (SEA-ACHR) 24-26 October 2017, New Delhi, India

The SEA-ACHR is an advisory body with a consultative mandate to support WHO SEARO in carrying out its constitutional role of promoting and coordinating research relating to global health work, in collaboration with external institutions pursuing common goals and with the scientific community at large. The goal of the ACHR, therefore, is to promote healthy lives in the Region through the prioritization and promotion of health research, policy stimulation and enabling action for research. The SEA-ACHR has 12 members representing 11 countries from the SEA Region.

Yellow Pages of WHO Collaborating Centres in South-East Asia Region

Yellow Pages of WHO Collaborating Centres in South-East Asia Region, second edition 2017

Report of the Regional Consultation of WHO Collaborating Centres in South-East Asia Region

The first Regional Consultation of WHO collaborating centres (CCs) in the South-East Asia Region was held in New Delhi on October 19 to 21, 2016. The objective of the consultation was to “enhance the capacity of WHO CCs in the Region to support WHO’s organizational mandate”. Historically, CCs have acted as valuable allies of WHO, helping the organization to implement its mandate in the Region. The consultation sought to strengthen this relationship and help collaborating centres align their activities with the current mandate of WHO.

TDR- For research on diseases of poverty

TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, is a global programme of scientific collaboration that helps facilitate, support and influence efforts to combat diseases of poverty. TDR is hosted at the World Health Organization (WHO), and is sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and WHO.

Regional Strategy on Research for Health: 2018-2022

35th Session of WHO South-East Asia Advisory Committee on Health Research (SEA-ACHR)

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