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WHO issues its first hepatitis C treatment guidelines
09/04/2014 17:49
9 April 2014 -- WHO has issued its first guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C, a chronic infection that affects an estimated 130 million to 150 million people and results in 350 000 to 500 000 deaths a year.
World Health Day 2014: Preventing vector-borne diseases
02/04/2014 13:57
2 April 2014 -- More than half the world’s population is at risk from diseases such as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, schistosomiasis, and yellow fever, carried by mosquitoes, flies, ticks, water snails and other vectors. Eve [...]
7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution
25/03/2014 12:27
25 March 2014 -- In new estimates released today, WHO reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died - one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and con [...]
Progress in diagnosing multidrug-resistant tuberculosis
20/03/2014 13:29
20 March 2014 -- Almost half a million people fell ill with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in 2012, yet less than one in 4 of these people was diagnosed, mainly due to a lack of access to quality diagnostic services.
Message from WHO Director-General on International Women’s Day
07/03/2014 19:45
7 March 2014 -- On this day, WHO joins others in celebrating women’s achievements. These achievements are inspiring, and they can inspire change. In health development, as in many other areas, women are agents of change. They are the drivin [...]
WHO issues new guidance on how to provide contraceptive information and service
06/03/2014 13:42
6 March 2014 -- In advance of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2014, WHO is launching new guidance to help countries ensure human rights are respected in providing more girls, women, and couples with the information and services they ne [...]
WHO opens public consultation on draft sugars guideline
05/03/2014 18:04
5 March 2014 -- WHO is launching a public consultation on its draft guideline on sugars intake. When finalized, the guideline will provide countries with recommendations on limiting the consumption of sugars to reduce public health problems [...]
Many countries lack capacity to prevent and treat hearing loss
28/02/2014 14:47
28 February 2014 -- Many of the countries who responded to a new WHO survey lack the capacity to prevent and care for hearing loss, according to a report published on International Ear Care Day, 3 March.
140 000 people to get cholera vaccine in South Sudan
22/02/2014 15:36
22 February 2014 -- WHO is working with the South Sudan Government and partners to provide vaccines to protect nearly 140 000 people living in temporary camps in South Sudan against cholera.
Measles deaths reach record lows with fragile gains toward global elimination
06/02/2014 23:27
6 February 2014 -- New mortality estimates from WHO show that annual measles deaths have reached historic lows, dropping 78% from more than 562 000 in 2000 to 122 000 in 2012. During this time period, an estimated 13.8 million dea [...]
First ever global atlas identifies unmet need for palliative care
28/01/2014 16:21
28 January 2014 -- Only 1 in 10 people who need palliative care - that is medical care to relieve the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness - is currently receiving it. This unmet need is mapped for the first time in the "Global atla [...]
WHO Executive Board appoints two Regional Directors
21/01/2014 17:39
21 January 2014 -- WHO Executive Board, currently holding its 134th session in Geneva, has appointed Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh as the new WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia and reappointed Dr Shin Young-soo as the WHO Regional Direc [...]
WHO delivers more than 125 tons of medical supplies in Aleppo
07/01/2014 23:14
7 January 2014 -- Over the past two weeks WHO delivered two shipments with more than 125 tons of medical equipment and medicines to health providers in Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic – in both government-controlled and in opposition-controlle [...]
Internal Displaced People in South Sudan are at great risk of disease outbreaks
01/01/2014 11:12
The humanitarian situation in South Sudan has further deteriorated in the past two weeks. Poor water, hygiene and sanitation conditions in Internally Displaced Persons camps, a looming risk of disease outbreaks.
World malaria report 2013 shows major progress in fight against malaria, calls for sustained financing
12/12/2013 01:47
11 December 2013 -- Global efforts to control and eliminate malaria have saved an estimated 3.3 million lives since 2000, reducing malaria mortality rates by 45% globally and by 49% in Africa, according to the "World malaria report 2013" pu [...]
Mental health information at your fingertips – WHO launches the MiNDbank
10/12/2013 12:46
10 December 2013 -- MiNDbank, a new WHO database goes online today, presenting a wealth of information about mental health, substance abuse, disability, human rights and the different policies, strategies, laws and service standards being [...]
Over 23 million children to be vaccinated in mass polio immunization campaign across Middle East
10/12/2013 02:06
9 December 2013 -- The largest-ever immunization response in the Middle East is under way this week, aiming to vaccinate more than 23 million children against polio in Syria and neighbouring countries over the coming weeks.
Over 23 million children to be vaccinated in mass polio immunization campaign across Middle East
09/12/2013 20:45
9 December 2013 -- The largest-ever immunization response in the Middle East is under way this week, aiming to vaccinate more than 23 million children against polio in Syria and neighbouring countries over the coming weeks.
UN humanitarian chiefs strongly condemn attacks on medical personnel and facilities by all parties to the Syria conflict
09/12/2013 15:29
6 December 2013 -- We and our humanitarian partners continue to call for a halt to the violence and for all those with influence over the parties to urge immediate compliance with international law. And we ask that all our partners increase [...]
Rebuilding shattered health system an urgent priority in next phase of Typhoon Haiyan response
06/12/2013 12:54
6 December 2013 -- One month after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, WHO identifies as top priorities expanding essential health services, reviving clinics and hospitals, preventing disease and scaling up mental health services as the rel [...]
Statement on the death of Nelson Mandela
06/12/2013 12:54
6 December 2013 -- With the death of Nelson Mandela the world has lost a great and visionary leader – a global hero for whom a democratic and free society was “an ideal, which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ide [...]
WHO Statement on the Fourth Meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee concerning MERS-CoV
04/12/2013 23:59
4 December 2013 -- After the fourth meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005), the Committee concluded that it saw no reason to change its previous advice. It was [...]
Spinal cord injury: as many as 500 000 people suffer each year
02/12/2013 13:48
2 December 2013 -- As many as 500 000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year. People with spinal cord injuries are 2 to 5 times more likely to die prematurely, with worse survival rates in low- and middle-income countries. The new WHO [...]
Breastfeeding is life-saving for babies in Philippines typhoon emergency
28/11/2013 19:29
28 November 2013 -- UNICEF and WHO today called on those involved in the response to the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) disaster to promote and protect breastfeeding to avoid unnecessary illness and deaths of children.
WHO issues new guidance for treating children with severe acute malnutrition
27/11/2013 12:04
27 November 2013 -- WHO today released new treatment guidelines for the almost 20 million children under-five worldwide who have severe acute malnutrition.
Children in typhoon-hit Tacloban, Philippines, receive vaccines against measles, polio
26/11/2013 20:51
26 November 2013 -- Children in Tacloban - the city hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan - were today vaccinated against measles and polio in the first phase of a mass campaign by the Government of the Philippines with support from WHO, UNICEF and [...]
Adolescents falling through gaps in HIV services
25/11/2013 19:11
25 November 2013 -- For World AIDS Day 2013, WHO launches new HIV recommendations to increase testing, counselling, treatment and care for this neglected group.
WHO and the Philippine Government launch mass vaccination campaign
22/11/2013 15:23
22 November 2013 -- WHO and the Philippine Department of Health have launched a vaccination campaign to prevent outbreaks of measles and polio among survivors of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).
Foreign medical teams delivering care in damaged areas
19/11/2013 12:25
19 November 2013 -- More than 10 days after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines, WHO is continuing to coordinate the deployment of foreign medical teams with an immediate focus on injured and traumatized survivors and an [...]
WHO and partners begin reaching people in need on many Philippine islands hit by typhoon
15/11/2013 19:12
15 November 2013 -- WHO is working with the Government of the Philippines and international partners to reach survivors of Typhoon Haiyan who need medical care. The full extent of the disaster is becoming increasingly clear, with dozens of [...]
New malaria vaccines roadmap targets next generation products by 2030
14/11/2013 17:02
14 November 2013 -- Malaria causes an estimated 660 000 deaths each year from 219 million cases of illness. The world should aim to have vaccines which reduce malaria cases by 75%, and are capable of eliminating malaria, licensed by 20 [...]
WHO update on polio outbreak in Middle East
13/11/2013 21:01
13 November 2013 -- A comprehensive outbreak response continues to roll out across the Middle East following confirmation of the polio outbreak in Syria.
Relief arriving in the Philippines, challenges for delivery persist
13/11/2013 21:01
13 November 2013 -- WHO and partners are getting people and supplies into the Philippines, but reaching those in need remains challenging.
New health resource to improve access to family planning for women after childbirth
13/11/2013 16:04
13 November 2013 -- A new resource for health programme managers and policy makers aims to improve access to family planning for women after childbirth and during the first 12 months of motherhood.
WHO supporting Philippine Government with arrival of medical supplies after Typhoon Haiyan
12/11/2013 15:13
12 November 2013 -- Field hospitals, medical personnel, medicines and other medical supplies are arriving in the Philippines as countries and nongovernmental organizations around the world come to the support of the Philippines in the wake [...]
Pneumonia still responsible for one fifth of child deaths
12/11/2013 15:13
12 November 2013 -- As countries mark World Pneumonia Day on 12 November, WHO, UNICEF and the GAVI Alliance are highlighting essential actions that can help end child deaths from this disease.
Global health workforce shortage to reach 12.9 million in coming decades
11/11/2013 22:06
11 November 2013 -- The world will be short of 12.9 million health-care workers by 2035; today, that figure stands at 7.2 million. A WHO report released today warns that the findings – if not addressed now – will have serious implications [...]
WHO responding to health needs caused by Typhoon Haiyan (“Yolanda”)
11/11/2013 17:09
11 November 2013 -- WHO has activated an organization-wide mobilization to work closely with the Department of Health, Philippines (DoH) to organize relief efforts for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.
Gains in tuberculosis control at risk due to 3 million missed patients and drug resistance
23/10/2013 16:30
23 October 2013 -- Tuberculosis (TB) treatment has saved the lives of more than 22 million people, according to the WHO Global tuberculosis report 2013 published today. The report also reveals that the number of people ill with TB fell in [...]
Stop lead poisoning in children
18/10/2013 14:14
18 October 2013 -- Lead poisoning has devastating health consequences, in particular for children, with childhood lead exposure estimated to contribute to 600 000 new cases of children with intellectual disabilities every year. On the [...]
WHO calls for the phase out of mercury fever thermometers and blood pressure measuring devices by 2020
11/10/2013 11:54
11 October 2013 -- WHO and Health Care without Harm have joined forces to launch a new initiative to get mercury removed from all medical measuring devices by 2020.
Newly accessible Japanese encephalitis vaccine will make saving children easier in developing countries
09/10/2013 15:29
9 October 2013 -- A newly accessible vaccine against Japanese encephalitis is going to make the protection of more children in developing countries easier. The vaccine, the first from China to be prequalified by WHO, only needs to be given [...]
WHO welcomes the updating of the European Union (EU) Tobacco Products Directive
07/10/2013 19:19
7 October 2013 -- More than ten years have passed since the adoption of the European Union (EU) Tobacco Products Directive in 2001. The EU has long been a frontrunner in tobacco control.
First-ever targeted roadmap outlines steps to end childhood TB deaths
01/10/2013 22:17
1 October 2013 -- The deaths of more than 74 000 children from tuberculosis (TB) could be prevented each year through measures outlined in the first ever action plan developed specifically on TB and children.
WHO Statement on the Third Meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee concerning MERS-CoV
26/09/2013 01:16
25 September 2013 -- The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on MERS-CoV met today for the third time to update its assessment of the global state of this disease event. The Committee's advice remains unchanged.
Joint Statement on the financing of health MDGs and for malaria
26/09/2013 01:16
25 September 2013 -- Joint statement on the financing of health MDGs and for malaria on the occasion of the 68th General Assembly of the United Nations.
Governments to agree increased focus on people with disabilities in development strategies
20/09/2013 19:37
20 September 2013 -- WHO welcomes the forthcoming agreement at a High-Level Meeting at the United Nations General Assembly which will further improve access to health care and related services for people with disabilities and ensure that th [...]
UN: Global child deaths down by almost half since 1990
13/09/2013 13:23
13 September 2013 -- In 2012, approximately 6.6 million children worldwide – 18 000 children per day – died before reaching their fifth birthday, according to a new report released today by UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank Group and the United N [...]
WHO hand hygiene strategy feasible and sustainable for health-care settings around the world
23/08/2013 12:23
23 August 2013 -- WHO’s strategy for improving hand hygiene is easy for health-care workers to practise, according to a new study published today in "Lancet Infectious Diseases". Health care-associated infections are a major threat to patie [...]
Humanitarian emergencies, an opportunity for fresh start in providing sustainable, long-term mental health services
16/08/2013 16:36
16 August 2013 -- Humanitarian agencies work hard to help people with their mental health and psychosocial needs in the aftermath of emergencies, but too often opportunities are missed to strengthen mental health systems for the long-term.
Health research is essential for progress towards universal health coverage
15/08/2013 11:30
15 August 2013 -- At the launch of the "World health report 2013: Research for universal health coverage", WHO today called on countries to continue investing in local research in order to develop a system of universal health coverage tailo [...]
WHO releases guidance on mental health care after trauma
07/08/2013 13:09
6 August 2013 -- WHO is releasing new clinical protocols and guidelines to health-care workers for treating the mental health consequences of trauma and loss.
Breastfeeding: Only 1 in 5 countries fully implement WHO’s infant formula Code
30/07/2013 12:49
30 July 2013 -- Only 37 countries, or 19% of those reporting, have passed laws reflecting all the recommendations of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, according to a new WHO report published during World Breast [...]
WHO urges governments to act on hepatitis threat
24/07/2013 15:20
24 July 2013 -- On World Hepatitis Day (28 July), WHO is urging governments to act against the five hepatitis viruses that can cause severe liver infections and lead to 1.4 million deaths every year. Some of these hepatitis viruses, most n [...]