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Radical increase in water and sanitation investment required to meet development targets

Wed, 2017-04-12 22:00
Countries are not increasing spending fast enough to meet the water and sanitation targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), says a new report published by WHO on behalf of UN-Water – the United Nations inter-agency coordination mechanism for all freshwater-related issues, including sanitation.

WHO alarmed by use of highly toxic chemicals as weapons in Syria

Wed, 2017-04-05 07:50
WHO is alarmed by serious reports of the use of highly toxic chemicals in an attack in Khan Shaykhun, southern rural Idleb, Syria.

“Depression: let’s talk” says WHO, as depression tops list of causes of ill health

Wed, 2017-03-29 21:45
Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. According to the latest estimates from the World Health Organization, more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives.

The new estimates have been released in the lead-up to World Health Day on 7 April, the high point in WHO’s year-long campaign “Depression: let’s talk”. The overall goal of the campaign is that more people with depression, everywhere in the world, both seek and get help.

WHO Launches Global Effort to Halve Medication-Related Errors in 5 Years

Wed, 2017-03-29 10:30
WHO today launched a global initiative to reduce severe, avoidable medication-associated harm in all countries by 50% over the next 5 years.

From coast to coast: Africa unites to tackle threat of polio

Thu, 2017-03-23 12:10
More than 190 000 polio vaccinators in 13 countries across west and central Africa will immunize more than 116 million children over the next week, to tackle the last remaining stronghold of polio on the continent.

WHO issues ethics guidance to protect rights of TB patients

Tue, 2017-03-21 21:45
World TB Day 2017 – Unite efforts to leave no one behind

WHO rejects false reporting regarding counterfeit medications to Iraq

Sun, 2017-03-19 11:25
WHO rejects erroneous and fabricated reports published on Friday 17 March 2017 in some online media claiming that a spokesperson from the organization made a statement regarding "counterfeit medication donated to Iraq."

The cost of a polluted environment: 1.7 million child deaths a year, says WHO

Sun, 2017-03-05 20:00
More than 1 in 4 deaths of children under 5 years of are attributable to unhealthy environments. Every year, environmental risks – such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, second-hand smoke, unsafe water, lack of sanitation, and inadequate hygiene – take the lives of 1.7 million children under 5 years, say two new WHO reports.

WHO stresses urgent need for R&D for drug-resistant TB alongside newly-prioritized antibiotic-resistant pathogens

Tue, 2017-02-28 15:45
WHO reaffirms the critical need for research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics to tackle the threat of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB).

WHO publishes list of bacteria for which new antibiotics are urgently needed

Mon, 2017-02-27 11:00
WHO today published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant "priority pathogens"—a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health.

Statements from previous years

Tue, 2017-02-14 08:45
WHO official statements on health issues.

Twelfth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2015) regarding the international spread of poliovirus

Mon, 2017-02-13 08:35
The twelfth meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the Director General on 7 February 2017.