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Health is a fundamental human right

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:00:00 GMT

“The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition”.

Almost 70 years after these words were adopted in the Constitution of the World Health Organization, they are more powerful and relevant than ever.

Uganda ends Marburg virus disease outbreak

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:35:00 GMT

Uganda has successfully controlled an outbreak of Marburg virus disease and prevented its spread only weeks after it was first detected, the World Health Organization said on Friday (December 8).

“Uganda has led an exemplary response. Health authorities and partners, with the support of WHO, were able to detect and control the spread of Marburg virus disease within a matter of weeks,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

Dementia: number of people affected to triple in next 30 years

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:50:00 GMT

As the global population ages, the number of people living with dementia is expected to triple from 50 million to 152 million by 2050.

"Nearly 10 million people develop dementia each year, 6 million of them in low- and middle-income countries," says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO. "The suffering that results is enormous. This is an alarm call: we must pay greater attention to this growing challenge and ensure that all people living with dementia, wherever they live, get the care that they need."

Diphtheria is spreading fast in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:30:00 GMT

Diphtheria is spreading fast in Cox’s Bazar

United Nations leaders call on the Saudi-led coalition to fully lift blockade of Yemeni Red Sea ports

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 13:00:00 GMT

The partial lifting of the blockade of Yemen’s Red Sea ports by the Saudi-led coalition in recent days is allowing humanitarian organizations to resume the provision of life-saving assistance to people in desperate need. Given the massive scale of Yemen’s humanitarian crisis, however, all this does is slow the collapse towards a massive humanitarian tragedy costing millions of lives. It does not prevent it. Without the urgent resumption of commercial imports, especially food, fuel and medicines, millions of children, women and men risk mass hunger, disease and death.

Ongoing commercial import restrictions have led to shortages of fuel, food and other essentials, driving up prices and devastating lives and livelihoods. The price of wheat flour has risen by 30 per cent, while the price of fuel has doubled and that of trucked water has skyrocketed by 600 per cent in some locations.

1.4 million vaccines from global stockpile support yellow fever control in Nigeria

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 14:30:00 GMT

The International Coordinating Group (ICG) on vaccine provision for yellow fever has provided 1.4 million vaccine doses for an immunization campaign that starts on Saturday (2 December) to help control an ongoing yellow fever outbreak in Nigeria.

World AIDS Day 2017

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Statement by Dr Tedros for World AIDS Day, 1 December 2017

Global response to malaria at crossroads

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:50:00 GMT

Global response to malaria at crossroads - WHO report shows gains are levelling off

1 in 10 medical products in developing countries is substandard or falsified

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:50:00 GMT

An estimated 1 in 10 medical products circulating in low- and middle-income countries is either substandard or falsified, according to new research from WHO.

This means that people are taking medicines that fail to treat or prevent disease. Not only is this a waste of money for individuals and health systems that purchase these products, but substandard or falsified medical products can cause serious illness or even death.

WHO delivers medicines as diphtheria spreads in Yemen

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 22:00:00 GMT

WHO delivers medicines as diphtheria spreads in Yemen

Madagascar’s plague epidemic is slowing, but we must sustain the response

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:00:00 GMT

Madagascar’s unprecedented outbreak of pneumonic plague is slowing down but the response must be sustained, WHO cautioned on Monday (November 27).

“The worst of the outbreak is over, but we must stand ready to detect and respond to new infections until the end of the plague season in April 2018,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

New global commitment to end tuberculosis

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:10:00 GMT

New global commitment to end tuberculosis

UN leaders appeal for immediate lifting of humanitarian blockade in Yemen – lives of millions are at risk

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:00:00 GMT

UN leaders appeal for immediate lifting of humanitarian blockade in Yemen – tens of thousands of lives at imminent risk

Statement of the 15th IHR Emergency Committee regarding the international spread of poliovirus

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:29:00 GMT

IHR Emergency Committee statement on polio, 14 November 2017

WHO welcomes appointment of new Executive Director of the Global Fund

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:00:00 GMT

WHO welcomes appointment of new Executive Director to the Global Fund