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Eliminate hepatitis: WHO

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:00:00 GMT

New WHO data from 28 countries - representing approximately 70% of the global hepatitis burden - indicate that efforts to eliminate hepatitis are gaining momentum. Published to coincide with World Hepatitis Day, the data reveal that nearly all 28 countries have established high-level national hepatitis elimination committees (with plans and targets in place) and more than half have allocated dedicated funding for hepatitis responses.

On World Hepatitis Day, WHO is calling on countries to continue to translate their commitments into increased services to eliminate hepatitis. This week, WHO has also added a new generic treatment to its list of WHO-prequalified hepatitis C medicines to increase access to therapy, and is promoting prevention through injection safety: a key factor in reducing hepatitis B and C transmission.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, WFP Executive Director, David Beasley and WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, following their joint visit to Yemen

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:50:00 GMT

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, WFP Executive Director, David Beasley and WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, following their joint visit to Yemen

WHO urges action against HIV drug resistance threat

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:57:00 GMT

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

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:57:00 GMT

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

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:00:00 GMT

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

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 01:01:00 GMT

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

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 01:01:00 GMT

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

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 06:38:00 GMT

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

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 06:38:00 GMT

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.