Events and meetings
Verification of elimination of yaws in India
Date: 4–17 October 2015
Venue: Field visits - various States and Districts, India
A 9-member international team will join staff from WHO’s Regional Office for South-East Asia, the WHO Country Office and the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of India to verify interruption of transmission of yaws in India.
The last case was reported in 2003. Since then, active surveillance and serosurveys have not identified any further case or evidence of ongoing transmission. The mission’s task will be to validate data; assess quality of the surveillance system; assess interruption of transmission and knowledge of the disease among health workers, schoolchildren, teachers and community members. The team will submit a report at the end of the mission.
Shanghai Molluscicides Guidelines Meeting
Date: 7–13 October 2015
Venue: National Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Shanghai, China
Review of two WHO guidelines: (1) laboratory and field testing of molluscicides for schistosomiasis control; (ii) operational use of molluscicides for schistosomiasis control. The objective of these guidelines is to provide guidance on laboratory and field studies to determine efficacy and field application rates of new molluscicides. Includes a 1-day visit to transmission sites and a two-day training course on medical malacology.
Human and Dog Rabies Vaccine and Immunoglobulin Manufacturers Meeting
Date: 12–13 October 2015
Venue: Domaine de Panthes, Geneva, Switzerland
Discussions will focus on improving access to rabies vaccines as part of WHO's Roadmap target of eliminating rabies as a public health problem by 2020. Participants include rabies vaccine and rabies immunoglobulin manufacturers.
9th FAO/WHO Joint Meeting on Pesticide Management (JMPM)
Date: 13–16 October 2015
Venue: National Institute of Parasitic Diseases (NIPD), Shanghai, China
WHO and FAO's Memorandum of Understanding for a joint programme on the sound management of pesticides includes provision of joint technical meetings to discuss and strengthen particular areas of pesticide management. Held for the first time outside of FAO and WHO premises and in collaboration with China's Institute for the Control of Agrochemicals, the meeting will discuss development of guidelines and technical support to countries for the optimal and safe management of pesticides.
Workshop on surveillance and control of rabies
Date: 26 October–7 November 2015
Venue: Pasteur Institute, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The 10-day residential course will provide practical training with special focus on Asia. Participants will discuss the need for multidisciplinary approach and intersectoral cooperation critical to eliminating dog-mediated human rabies.
Global Conference - ‘Global elimination of dog-mediated human rabies - The Time Is Now’
Date: 10- 11 December 2015
Venue: Executive Board Room, WHO HQ, Geneva, Switzerland
The meeting will analyse elimination of dog-transmitted rabies and explore global expansion of control and elimination programmes through an inter-sectoral approach.
Stakeholder Meeting on T. Solium Taeniasis/Cysticercosis Diagnostics
Date: 16 - 18 December 2015
Venue: UNAIDS, WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland
Participants from countries implementing pilot control programmes on T. solium taeniasis/cysticercosis will discuss progress. The meeting will also discuss diagnostic research.