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WHO urges action against HIV drug resistance threat

WHO News - Thu, 2017-07-20 11:57
WHO has detailed an increasing trend of resistance to HIV drugs in a new report, warning that this is a growing threat. The 2017 WHO HIV drug resistance report shows that in 6 of the 11 countries surveyed, over 10% of people starting antiretroviral therapy had a strain of HIV resistant to the most widely used medicines.

WHO report finds dramatic increase in life-saving tobacco control policies in last decade

WHO News - Tue, 2017-07-18 20:00
The WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic finds that more countries have implemented tobacco control policies, ranging from graphic pack warnings and advertising bans to no smoking areas.

WHO estimates cost of reaching global health targets by 2030

WHO News - Mon, 2017-07-17 11:57
The SDG Health Price Tag, published today in The Lancet Global Health, estimates the costs and benefits of progressively expanding health services in order to reach 16 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) health targets in 67 low- and middle-income countries that account for 75% of the world’s population.

1 in 10 infants worldwide did not receive any vaccinations in 2016

WHO News - Mon, 2017-07-17 11:00
Worldwide, 12.9 million infants, nearly 1 in 10, did not receive any vaccinations in 2016, according to the most recent WHO and UNICEF immunization estimates.

2.1 billion people lack safe drinking water at home, more than twice as many lack safe sanitation

WHO News - Tue, 2017-07-11 21:01
Some 3 in 10 people worldwide, or 2.1 billion, lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and 6 in 10 people, or 4.5 billion, lack safely managed sanitation, according to a new report by WHO and UNICEF.

Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea on the rise, new drugs needed

WHO News - Thu, 2017-07-06 21:01
7 July 2017 – Data from 77 countries show that antibiotic resistance is making gonorrhoea – a common sexually-transmitted infection – more difficult, and sometimes impossible, to treat. Some countries – particularly high-income ones, where surveillance is best – are finding cases of the infection that are untreatable by all known antibiotics. These cases may just be the tip of the iceberg, as gonorrhoea is more common in lower-income countries.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros will lead WHO delegation at the G20 Summit in Hamburg

WHO News - Tue, 2017-07-04 02:38
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, will lead the WHO delegation participating in the G20 Summit taking place on 7–8 July 2017, in Hamburg, Germany. The 2017 G20 meeting is the first time that the international forum will include a comprehensive health track among its deliberations.

Dr Tedros takes office as WHO Director-General

WHO News - Sat, 2017-07-01 02:38
1 July 2017 | GENEVA – Today, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus takes office as Director-General of the World Health Organization. The Director-General is WHO's chief technical and administrative officer and oversees the policy for the Organization's international health work.

Joint United Nations statement on ending discrimination in health care settings

WHO News - Tue, 2017-06-27 14:32
The joint UN statement on ending discrimination in health care settings calls for health workers to fulfil their responsibilities, but also to have their rights protected.

Joint United Nations statement on ending discrimination in health care settings

WHO News - Tue, 2017-06-27 07:02
The joint UN statement on ending discrimination in health care settings calls for health workers to fulfil their responsibilities, but also to have their rights protected.

Statement from UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan on the cholera outbreak in Yemen as suspected cases exceed 200,000

WHO News - Sat, 2017-06-24 14:03
The rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has exceeded 200,000 suspected cases, increasing at an average of 5,000 a day. We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world.

Abuse of older people on the rise – 1 in 6 affected

WHO News - Wed, 2017-06-14 12:38
Abuse of older people on the rise – 1 in 6 affected

WHO Director-General elect welcomes new funding for polio eradication

WHO News - Tue, 2017-06-13 05:45
WHO Director-General elect, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus welcomes contributions and pledges of US$1.2 billion for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

WHO DG-elect on high-level US tour to advance new vision for WHO

WHO News - Mon, 2017-06-12 05:45
WHO Director-General elect, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is in the United States of America 12-17 June to share his vision for the WHO with global leaders, before taking up his new position on 1 July.

Over 5 days Dr Tedros will meet with Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Jim Kim, World Bank Group President; Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director; Tom Price, Secretary of US Health and Human Services; and others, including leadership for the Canadian Ministry of International Development and La Francophonie, Carter Center, United Nations, US Agency for International Development, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the US State Department.

Number of suspected cholera cases reaches 100 000 in Yemen

WHO News - Thu, 2017-06-08 17:00
The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen continues to rise, reaching 101 820 with 791 deaths as of 7 June 2017.

WHO updates Essential Medicines List with new advice on use of antibiotics, and adds medicines for hepatitis C, HIV, tuberculosis and cancer

WHO News - Tue, 2017-06-06 12:00
New advice on which antibiotics to use for common infections and which to preserve for the most serious circumstances is among the additions to the WHO Model list of essential medicines for 2017.

Dr Babatunde Osotimehin

WHO News - Mon, 2017-06-05 08:00
As Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr Osotimehin was a champion of health for all, but especially for women and adolescent girls.

Seventieth World Health Assembly update, 30 May 2017

WHO News - Tue, 2017-05-30 18:00
Delegates at the World Health Assembly today came to agreement on vector control, a number of issues related to noncommunicable diseases, as well as chemicals management and WHO reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Delegates welcomed the strategic approach proposed in the Global Vector Control Response (GVCR) 2017-2030. The response aims to prevent epidemics of vector-borne diseases in all countries, reduce the incidence of these diseases by at least 60% and cut mortality rates by at least 75% by 2030.

World No Tobacco Day 2017: Beating tobacco for health, prosperity, the environment and national development

WHO News - Tue, 2017-05-30 06:30
World No Tobacco Day 2017: Beating tobacco for health, prosperity, the environment and national development

Seventieth World Health Assembly update, 29 May 2017

WHO News - Mon, 2017-05-29 18:00
Delegates at the World Health Assembly have reached new agreements on dementia; immunization; refugee and migrant health; substandard and falsified medical products, and the world drug problem.

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