Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

New WHO Office to Help Developing Countries Control Emerging Diseases

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

New WHO Office to Help Developing Countries Control Emerging Diseases

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In February, the World Health Organization (WHO), with the sup port of the Municipality of Lyon, the French Government, and the Marcel Merieux Foundation, opened a WHO office in Lyon, France. As part of the WHO Department of Communicable Diseases, Surveillance and Response (CSR) (which is based in Geneva, Switzerland), the new office will help with the technical training of specialists from all over the world who work to control epidemics. When these specialists return to their countries, they will be better able to help with rapid detection of the main epidemic and emerging diseases.

"Communicable diseases, especially those that can cause epidemics, often strike developing countries that lack the capacity and experience to rapidly diagnose and respond to outbreaks," said Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, director-general of WHO, at the inauguration of the Lyon office. Such diseases know no frontiers, however, because of the mobility of people and goods. "The main mission of the new office is to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to contain epidemics and emerging diseases, including the detection of drug resistance. …

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