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The world is running out of antibiotics, WHO report confirms

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:45:00 GMT

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, 19 Sep 2017 22:50:00 GMT

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, 18 Sep 2017 17:30:00 GMT

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, 15 Sep 2017 08:25:00 GMT

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, 05 Sep 2017 08:25:00 GMT

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, 21 Aug 2017 08:25:00 GMT

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, 15 Aug 2017 09:05:00 GMT

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, 14 Aug 2017 10:25:00 GMT

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.



Statement of the 14th IHR Emergency Committee regarding the international spread of poliovirus

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 10:20:00 GMT

The fourteenth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened by the Director General on 3 August 2017 at WHO headquarters with members, advisers and invited member states attending via teleconference.

The Emergency Committee reviewed the data on wild poliovirus (WPV1) and circulating vaccine derived polioviruses (cVDPV). The Secretariat presented a report of progress for affected IHR States Parties subject to Temporary Recommendations. The following IHR States Parties presented an update on the current situation and the implementation of the WHO Temporary Recommendations since the Committee last met on 24 April2017: Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria.



Babies and mothers worldwide failed by lack of investment in breastfeeding

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 02:00:00 GMT

No country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by UNICEF and WHO in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new initiative to increase global breastfeeding rates.