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WHO Director-General Dr Tedros appoints Cook Islands’ Elizabeth Iro as WHO’s Chief Nursing Officer

Thu, 2017-10-12 05:27
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros appoints Cook Islands’ Elizabeth Iro as WHO’s Chief Nursing Officer

Tenfold increase in childhood and adolescent obesity in four decades: new study by Imperial College London and WHO

Tue, 2017-10-10 20:20
Tenfold increase in childhood and adolescent obesity in four decades: new study by Imperial College London and WHO

WHO to establish high-level commission on noncommunicable diseases

Mon, 2017-10-09 20:52
WHO Director-General announced today the establishment of a new High-level global Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs).

WHO provides 1.2 million antibiotics to fight plague in Madagascar

Fri, 2017-10-06 09:20
WHO provides 1.2 million antibiotics to fight plague in Madagascar

Partners commit to reduce cholera deaths by 90% by 2030

Tue, 2017-10-03 10:20
An ambitious new strategy to reduce deaths from cholera by 90% by 2030 will be launched tomorrow by the Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC), a diverse network of more than 50 UN and international agencies, academic institutions, and NGOs that supports countries affected by the disease.

New WHO leadership team announced

Tue, 2017-10-03 08:15
Dr Tedros, WHO Director-General, announced the senior leadership team.

WHO scales up response to plague in Madagascar

Sun, 2017-10-01 05:20
WHO scales up response to plague in Madagascar

Health services must stop leaving older people behind

Fri, 2017-09-29 12:55
Health services must stop leaving older people behind

WHO recommends large-scale deworming to improve children’s health and nutrition

Thu, 2017-09-28 20:15
Four species of intestinal worms affect almost a quarter of the world’s poorest and mostly marginalized people. They disrupt people’s ability to absorb nutrients, and impede the growth and physical development of millions of children. Periodic deworming programmes with a single-tablet treatment can drastically reduce the suffering of those infected and protect the 1.5 billion people currently estimated to be at risk.

WHO Statement on Philip Morris funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

Thu, 2017-09-28 08:15
WHO Statement on Philip Morris funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

Worldwide, an estimated 25 million unsafe abortions occur each year

Wed, 2017-09-27 20:15
Worldwide, an estimated 25 million unsafe abortions occur each year

The world is running out of antibiotics, WHO report confirms

Tue, 2017-09-19 19:45
A report, Antibacterial agents in clinical development – an analysis of the antibacterial clinical development pipeline, including tuberculosis, launched today by WHO shows a serious lack of new antibiotics under development to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance.

WHO condemns attacks on hospitals and health workers in Idlib and Hama

Tue, 2017-09-19 18:50
Multiple reported attacks on health facilities and personnel today in Syria have killed and injured health workers and disrupted health services for thousands of people. WHO condemns attacks on hospitals and health workers.

WHO launches new NCDs Progress Monitor

Mon, 2017-09-18 13:30
Governments must step up efforts to control noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) to meet globally agreed targets, including preventing the premature deaths of millions of people from these conditions, according to a new WHO report released today.

Limited national progress has been made in the fight against NCDs – primarily cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases, cancers and diabetes – which are the world’s biggest killers, and claim the lives of 15 million people aged 30 to 70 years annually.

World hunger again on the rise, driven by conflict and climate change, new UN report says

Fri, 2017-09-15 04:25
After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11 per cent of the global population, says a new edition of the annual United Nations report on world food security and nutrition released today. At the same time, multiple forms of malnutrition are threatening the health of millions worldwide.

The increase – 38 million more people than the previous year – is largely due to the proliferation of violent conflicts and climate-related shocks, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017.

Sierra Leone to begin cholera vaccination drive in disaster-affected areas

Tue, 2017-09-05 04:25
Half a million people in Sierra Leone will be able to access the life-saving cholera vaccine within weeks, the country’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation announced on Tuesday.

New vision and strengthened partnership for WHO and China

Mon, 2017-08-21 04:25
21 August 2017 | GENEVA – WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus concluded a 3-day official visit to the People’s Republic of China paving the way for stronger and more strategic WHO-China collaborations. Outcomes of his visit included a new financial contribution to WHO from China, and strengthened commitments to improve the health of billions of people in the 60 countries in the Belt and Road Initiative.

Director-General leads WHO delegation to the Belt and Road Forum for Health Cooperation

Tue, 2017-08-15 05:05
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will lead WHO’s delegation to the Belt and Road High Level Meeting for Health Cooperation: Towards a Health Silk Road to be held in Beijing, 18–19 August 2017, as part of his first official visit to the People’s Republic of China since taking office on 1 July 2017.

Dr Tedros’ visit is to establish a new vision for WHO-China strategic partnership for the next 5–7 years. He will meet with high level leadership in the State Council; National Health and Family Planning Commission; Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Commerce; and the Government of China. Topics to be discussed during their meetings will include how best to utilize the Belt and Road initiative to keep people safe, how to advance universal health coverage in the countries included in the initiative, and to discuss more broadly the role of China in global health.

Cholera count reaches 500 000 in Yemen

Mon, 2017-08-14 06:25
The total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen this year hit the half a million mark on Sunday, and nearly 2000 people have died since the outbreak began to spread rapidly at the end of April.

The overall caseload nationwide has declined since early July, particularly in the worst affected areas. But suspected cases of the deadly waterborne disease continue to rage across the country, infecting an estimated 5000 people per day.

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