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Seventieth World Health Assembly update, 26 May 2017

Thu, 2017-05-25 20:35
World Health Assembly focused on implementation of the International Health Regulations, and improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis.

Seventieth World Health Assembly update, 25 May

Wed, 2017-05-24 20:35
The World Health Assembly today made decisions relating to polio, the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, and the health workforce.

Delegates paid tribute to ongoing efforts to end polio transmission in the last three endemic countries - Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. They expressed concern about the continued shortage of inactivated poliovirus vaccine, and noted the urgent need to contain polioviruses in safe facilities, destroy unneeded materials, and appropriately contain resources that can be used for research or other purposes. This has become particularly important since the eradication of type 2 of the wild poliovirus in 2015.

Seventieth World Health Assembly update

Tue, 2017-05-23 20:35
WHA approved the Organization’s proposed programme budget of US$ 4421.5 million for the biennium

World Health Assembly elects Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as new WHO Director-General

Tue, 2017-05-23 14:35
World Health Assembly elects Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as new WHO Director-General

Seventieth World Health Assembly opens in Geneva

Mon, 2017-05-22 12:00
In her final opening address to the World Health Assembly as Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan offered some advice to delegates "as you continue to shape the future of this Organization".

WHO Travel to Support Programme Work

Sat, 2017-05-20 20:01
Travel is an essential aspect of WHO’s global health work-- convening experts for collective decision-making on health interventions or traveling experts anywhere in the world that requires technical assistance for global health.

Major research funders and international NGOs to implement WHO standards on reporting clinical trial results

Wed, 2017-05-17 20:01
Some of the world's largest funders of medical research and international non-governmental organizations today agreed on new standards that will require all clinical trials they fund or support to be registered and the results disclosed publicly.

Almost half of all deaths now have a recorded cause, WHO data show

Wed, 2017-05-17 08:00
WHO is concerned by the chronic shortage of funding for life-saving work in Somalia in response to the ongoing drought that has plunged the country further towards famine, disease, and health insecurity.

More than 1.2 million adolescents die every year, nearly all preventable

Tue, 2017-05-16 02:00
More than 3000 adolescents die every day, totalling 1.2 million deaths a year, from largely preventable causes, according to a new report from WHO and partners.

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti travels to Kinshasa to discuss Ebola outbreak response

Sat, 2017-05-13 14:32
KINSHASA, 13 May 2017 - The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti today visited Kinshasa (DR Congo) to discuss with national authorities and partners ways to mount a rapid, effective and coherent response in order to stop the ongoing Ebola outbreak.

The visit follows notification by the DRC Government of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Likati health zone, Bas Uele Province, in the northern part of the country bordering Central African Republic. The Likati health zone is around 1400 kilometers from the capital. As of today, 11 suspected cases including 3 deaths have been reported.

Statement on Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Fri, 2017-05-12 14:32
WHO has been informed of a cluster of illness and deaths including haemorrhagic symptoms in Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele Province in the north of DRC. On 11 May, the Ministry of Health informed WHO that of 5 laboratory samples tested for Ebola virus, 1 tested positive.

WHO calls for immediate action to save lives in Somalia

Thu, 2017-05-11 06:15
WHO is concerned by the chronic shortage of funding for life-saving work in Somalia in response to the ongoing drought that has plunged the country further towards famine, disease, and health insecurity.

Speed management key to saving lives, making cities more liveable

Fri, 2017-05-05 05:30
Managing speed, a new report from WHO, suggests that excessive or inappropriate speed contributes to 1 in 3 road traffic fatalities worldwide.

WHO to begin pilot prequalification of biosimilars for cancer treatment

Thu, 2017-05-04 05:40
his year WHO will launch a pilot project for prequalifying biosimilar medicines, a step towards making some of the most expensive treatments for cancer more widely available in low- and middle-income countries.

Thousands of lives at risk as Gaza public hospitals face fuel and electricity crisis

Thu, 2017-04-27 13:05
Increasing power cuts and shortages of fuel are creating an impending crisis for Gaza’s 14 public hospitals, threatening the closure of essential health services which would leave thousands of people without access to life-saving health care.

WHO Director-General’s statement to high-level pledging event for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen

Tue, 2017-04-25 05:50
Nearly 19 million people in Yemen are in desperate need of assistance. This is a country that has been battered by conflict for more than two years. This is a country that, before the conflict intensified, was already extremely vulnerable following years of poverty, political unrest, and weak rule of law.

Since the conflict intensified, some 325 attacks have been verified on health facilities, schools, markets, roads, and other infrastructure, added to the challenges and the population’s many causes of misery.

Statement of the 13th IHR Emergency Committee regarding the international spread of poliovirus

Mon, 2017-04-24 06:20
The thirteenth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the Director General on 24 April 2017.

Prevent malaria - save lives: WHO push for prevention on World Malaria Day, 25th April

Mon, 2017-04-24 05:40
At an event on the eve of World Malaria Day in Nairobi, WHO called today for accelerated scale-up of efforts to prevent malaria and save lives.

New hepatitis data highlight need for urgent global response

Fri, 2017-04-21 07:30
New WHO data reveal that an estimated 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The WHO Global hepatitis report, 2017 indicates that the large majority of these people lack access to life-saving testing and treatment. As a result, millions of people are at risk of a slow progression to chronic liver disease, cancer, and death.

Unprecedented progress against neglected tropical diseases, WHO reports

Tue, 2017-04-18 20:01
WHO reports remarkable achievements in tackling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) since 2007. An estimated 1 billion people received treatment in 2015 alone.