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Why the Ebola outbreak has been underestimated
22/08/2014 21:20
The magnitude of the Ebola outbreak, especially in Liberia and Sierra Leone, has been underestimated for a number of reasons. Many families hide infected loved ones in their homes. As Ebola has no cure, some believe infected loved ones wil [...]
Anecdotal evidence about experimental therapies
21/08/2014 20:42
Clinicians working in Liberia have informed WHO that 2 doctors and 1 nurse have now received the experimental Ebola therapy, ZMapp. The nurse and one of the doctors show a marked improvement. The condition of the second doctor is serious [...]
Ebola situation in Nigeria and Guinea: encouraging signs
20/08/2014 03:09
The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in west Africa continues to evolve, with cases confirmed in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. At present, no cases have been confirmed anywhere else in the world outside these 4 countries. The [...]
Statement on travel and transport in relation to Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak
19/08/2014 02:16
The current Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak is believed to have begun in Guinea in December 2013. This outbreak now involves community transmission in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and recently an ill traveller from Liberia infected a [...]
World Humanitarian Day: WHO calls for protection of health workers in conflicts, disasters
18/08/2014 17:46
As major emergencies around the globe increase in scale, complexity and frequency, WHO is calling for an end to the targeting of health workers in conflicts and other humanitarian crises, which represent a breach of the fundamental right to [...]
WHO Ebola news
16/08/2014 16:55
The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa continues to escalate, with 1975 cases and 1069 deaths reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. No new cases have been detected in Nigeria following the importation of a [...]
Barriers to rapid containment of the Ebola outbreak
16/08/2014 16:55
The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in west Africa continues to evolve in alarming ways, with no immediate end in sight. Many barriers stand in the way of rapid containment. The most severely affected countries, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra [...]
WHO Ebola news
15/08/2014 23:51
The scale, duration, and lethality of the Ebola outbreak have generated a high level of public fear and anxiety, which extends well beyond west Africa. Such reactions are understandable, given the high fatality rate and the absence of a vac [...]
WHO: Air travel is low-risk for Ebola transmission
15/08/2014 00:02
The World Health Organization (WHO) today reiterated its position that the risk of transmission of Ebola virus disease during air travel remains low. “Unlike infections such as influenza or tuberculosis, Ebola is not airborne,” says Dr Is [...]
Ethical considerations for use of unregistered interventions for Ebola viral disease (EVD)
12/08/2014 15:51
West Africa is experiencing the largest, most severe and most complex outbreak of Ebola virus disease in history. Ebola outbreaks can be contained using available interventions like early detection and isolation, contact tracing and monitor [...]
WHO Statement on the Meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee Regarding the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
08/08/2014 15:14
The first meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) [IHR (2005)] regarding the 2014 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD, or “Ebola”) outbreak in West Africa was held by teleco [...]
WHO to convene ethical review of experimental treatment for Ebola
07/08/2014 00:24
Early next week, WHO will convene a panel of medical ethicists to explore the use of experimental treatment in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Currently there is no registered medicine or vaccine against the virus, but there ar [...]
WHO statement on the second meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee concerning the international spread of wild poliovirus
04/08/2014 17:58
On 5 May 2014 the Director-General declared the international spread of wild poliovirus in 2014 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) under the International Health Regulations [IHR 2005], issued Temporary Recommendatio [...]
WHO Director-General, west African presidents to launch intensified Ebola outbreak response plan
31/07/2014 20:57
The Director-General of WHO and presidents of west African nations impacted by the Ebola virus disease outbreak will meet Friday in Guinea to launch a new joint US$ 100 million response plan as part of an intensified international, regional [...]
WHO appalled by attacks on health-care facilities in Gaza
29/07/2014 01:11
WHO has been appalled by the continuing trend for health-care facilities, staff and vehicles to come under direct fire in Gaza since the escalation of violence on 8 July 2014. Sustained calm is needed so thousands of injured people can re [...]
WHO welcomes global momentum on viral hepatitis
23/07/2014 18:19
On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, WHO welcomes new progress in tackling one of the world’s most serious diseases. Viral hepatitis – a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E – affects millions of people worldwide, c [..
WHO Statement on Mr Glenn Thomas, WHO Media Officer who died in the MH17 plane
19/07/2014 02:44
It is with deep sadness that we have to inform you that WHO lost one of our colleagues on the Malaysian Airlines crash yesterday. Glenn Thomas from the Department of Communications was travelling to the International AIDS Conference in Aus [...]
Stop TB Partnership Board to move secretariat
17/07/2014 02:16
WHO welcomes the decision by the Stop TB Partnership (STBP) Board to move its secretariat’s hosting and administrative arrangements, which have been provided by WHO since the partnership was founded in 2001, to the United Nations Office for [...]
Member States commit to reduce preventable deaths from heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes and lung disease
12/07/2014 03:20
UN Member States have reaffirmed their commitment to take bold measures to reduce the avoidable burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). These ailments, including heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes and lung disease kill 38 million [...]
WHO: People most at risk of HIV are not getting the health services they need
11/07/2014 12:08
Failure to provide adequate HIV services for key groups – men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people – threatens global progress on the HIV response, warns WHO. These people ar [...]
WHO highlights need for countries to scale up action on noncommunicable diseases
11/07/2014 03:39
As world leaders gather at the United Nations General Assembly to assess efforts made since 2011 in controlling noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease, the new WHO "Noncommunicable dise [...]
WHO targets elimination of TB in over 30 countries
03/07/2014 22:59
WHO today, together with the European Respiratory Society (ERS), presented a new framework to eliminate tuberculosis (TB) in countries with low levels of the disease. Today there are 33* countries and territories where there are fewer than [...]
Ebola challenges West African countries as WHO ramps up response
26/06/2014 21:18
The emergence of an Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa in 2014 has become a challenge to the 3 countries involved, as the Governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone work intensively with WHO and other partners to ramp up a ser [...]
WHO statement on the Sixth Meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee concerning MERS-CoV
17/06/2014 14:22
The sixth meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) concerning Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was held by teleconference on Monday, 16 June [...]
World Blood Donor Day 2014: Safe blood needed to save mothers
11/06/2014 13:05
On World Blood Donor Day – 14 June – WHO is calling on countries to improve access to safe blood for saving the lives of mothers. Every day, almost 800 women die from causes related to complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Severe ble [...]
Investment in midwifery can save millions of lives of women and newborns
05/06/2014 12:39
A report released today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund together with the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), WHO and partners reveals that major deficits in the midwifery workforce occur in 73 countries where these [...]
Noncommunicable diseases: news
29/05/2014 20:47
Communicable diseases: news
29/05/2014 20:47
Health systems: news
28/05/2014 13:08
WHO calls for higher tobacco taxes to save more lives
27/05/2014 21:55
24 May 2014 | GENEVA – On World No Tobacco Day, WHO calls on countries to raise taxes on tobacco to encourage users to stop and help save lives.
World Health Assembly closes
25/05/2014 13:06
24 May 2014 | GENEVA -The Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly closed today, after adopting more than 20 resolutions on public health issues of global importance.
World Health Assembly progress on noncommunicable diseases and traditional medicine
24/05/2014 13:55
23 May 2014 -- The 67th Health Assembly approved plans to better incorporate palliative care, expand inclusion of the needs of those affected by autism, improve access to health care for those with disabilities, better integrate the use of [...]
World Health Assembly approves resolution on hepatitis and mechanism to coordinate noncommunicable disease response
23/05/2014 12:17
22 May 2014 -- The World Health Assembly approved a resolution to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis and proposals to improve global coordination of efforts to address noncommunicable diseases like diabetes, [...]
World Health Assembly approves monitoring framework for maternal and child nutrition
22/05/2014 15:49
21 May 2014 -- At the 67th Health Assembly, Member States approved a global monitoring framework on maternal, infant and young child nutrition. The WHO Secretariat was asked to develop recommendations on how to address the inappropriate mar [...]
Statement on the United States Government’s announcement on vaccination campaigns
20/05/2014 23:00
20 May 2014 -- WHO and UNICEF appreciate the commitment by the United States Government to stop making operational use of immunization campaigns.
World Health Assembly guest speakers focus on gender-based violence and newborn health
20/05/2014 23:00
20 May 2014 -- 67th Health Assembly guest speakers – First Lady of Zambia (WHO Goodwill Ambassador against gender-based violence) and Melinda Gates, co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – deplore the prevalence of violence agai [...]
World Health Assembly opens: Director-General announces new initiative to end childhood obesity
19/05/2014 21:08
19 May 2014 -- The World Health Assembly, the world's health policy-making body, opened its Sixty-seventh session. In her opening address to the Health Assembly, WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan voiced her deep concern about the increa [...]
Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly opens in Geneva
19/05/2014 16:03
19 May 2014 -- WHO’s annual assembly opens in Geneva today, as a new global survey reveals that WHO is one of the world’s 2 most highly rated international organizations.
World Health Statistics 2014
15/05/2014 14:47
15 May 2014 -- People everywhere are living longer, according to the "World Health Statistics 2014" published today by WHO. Based on global averages, a girl who was born in 2012 can expect to live to around 73 years, and a boy to the age of [...]
WHO statement on the Fifth Meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee concerning MERS-CoV
14/05/2014 13:28
14 May 2014 -- The fifth meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) concerning Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was held by teleconference on [...]
WHO calls for stronger focus on adolescent health
14/05/2014 13:28
14 May 2014 -- WHO's "Health for the world’s adolescents" report reveals that depression is the predominant cause of illness and disability for both boys and girls aged 10 to 19 years. The top 3 causes of adolescent deaths globally are road [...]
WHO calls on governments to do more to prevent alcohol-related deaths and diseases
12/05/2014 20:31
12 May 2014 -- Worldwide, 3.3 million deaths in 2012 were due to harmful use of alcohol, says a new report launched by WHO today. Alcohol consumption can not only lead to dependence but also increases people’s risk of developing more than 2 [...]
WHO/UNICEF highlight need to further reduce gaps in access to improved drinking water and sanitation
08/05/2014 20:10
8 May 2014 -- Since 1990, almost 2 billion people globally have gained access to improved sanitation, and 2.3 billion have gained access to drinking-water from improved sources. Some 1.6 billion of these people have piped water connections [...]
Air quality deteriorating in many of the world’s cities
07/05/2014 13:22
7 May 2014 -- Air quality in most cities worldwide that monitor outdoor (ambient) air pollution fails to meet WHO guidelines for safe levels, putting people at additional risk of respiratory disease and other health problems.
United Nations agencies report steady progress in saving mothers’ lives
06/05/2014 17:05
6 May 2014 -- New United Nations data show a 45% reduction in maternal deaths since 1990. An estimated 289 000 women died in 2013 due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth, down from 523 000 in 1990.
WHO statement on the meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee concerning the international spread of wild poliovirus
05/05/2014 20:30
5 May 2014 -- The Emergency Committee was held by teleconference on Monday 28 April 2014 and on Tuesday 29 April 2014 to assess the current situation concerning wild poliovirus. It was the unanimous view of the Committee that the conditions [...]
Good hand hygiene by health workers protects patients from drug resistant infections
02/05/2014 20:48
2 May 2014 -- On Hand Hygiene Day (5 May), WHO urges health workers to practice good hand hygiene when caring for patients, to protect them from contracting infections in health facilities. Initial results from a new WHO global survey con [...]
WHO’s first global report on antibiotic resistance reveals serious, worldwide threat to public health
30/04/2014 22:54
30 April 2014 -- -A new WHO report provides the most comprehensive picture of antibiotic resistance to date, with data from 114 countries
World Malaria Day 2014: WHO helps countries assess feasibility of eliminating malaria
24/04/2014 13:33
24 April 2014 -- On World Malaria Day (25 April), WHO is launching a manual to help countries to assess the technical, operational and financial feasibility of moving towards malaria elimination.
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 [...]