10 facts about cancer
Updated February 2017 Cancer affects everyone – the young and old, the rich and poor, men, women and children – and represents a tremendous burden on patients, families and societies. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - February 3, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: cancer [subject], cervical cancer Source Type: news

Q & A: Malnutrition and emergencies
Malnutrition comes in many forms. Simply put, it means poor nutrition. It includes: Starvation is a severe lack of food which can result in death. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - February 3, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza, vaccines [subject], vaccine, vaccine safety, vaccine quality, Q & A [doctype] Source Type: news

How can I avoid getting the flu?
Seasonal influenza (or “flu”) is most often caused by type A or B influenza viruses. Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, cough (usually dry), headache, muscle and joint pain, sore throat and a runny nose. The cough can be severe and can last 2 or more weeks. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - January 25, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza, vaccines [subject], vaccine, vaccine safety, vaccine quality, Q & A [doctype] Source Type: news

Visit by the President of the People ’s Republic of China to WHO
On 18 January 2017, President Xi Jinping, President of the People ’s Republic of China, visited WHO and met with Director-General Margaret Chan. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - January 18, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, health systems [subject], measles [subject], China [country], Western Pacific Region [region] Source Type: news

New report offers global resource on using the law to improve health
A new report from WHO, in collaboration with the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), the University of Sydney, and Georgetown University in Washington, DC, describes the many ways in which the law makes a crucial difference for public health. The report features case studies from around the world on how the law has improved the health and safety of populations, providing a resource for countries to learn from the experience of others. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - January 16, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: health law [subject], health legislation, laws, health, Feature [doctype] Source Type: news

Millions of children to receive measles vaccine in north-eastern Nigeria
A mass vaccination campaign to protect more than 4 million children (4 766 214) against a measles outbreak in conflict-affected states in north-eastern Nigeria is planned to start this week. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - January 12, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, health systems [subject], measles [subject], measles [subject], African Region [region], Feature [doctype], Nigeria [country] Source Type: news

Aid workers share experiences of evacuations from eastern Aleppo, Syria
Intensified fighting in eastern Aleppo starting in July 2016 resulted in thousands of people injured and killed, and has deprived the civilian population of essential services, including health care. In September 2016, the humanitarian community began negotiations with parties to the conflict to obtain approval for a medical evacuation and assistance plan that would allow the delivery of medicines into the city and the evacuation of civilians. WHO developed a full package of operational documents for medical evacuation, including the detailed concept of operations and agreements with local NGO partners. Essential medical s...
Source: WHO Feature Stories - January 3, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Photo gallery [doctype], Syrian Arab Republic [country] Source Type: news

Can tiny bacteria help stop the spread of disease?
Mosquitoes kill an estimated 700 000 people a year by transmitting viruses that cause diseases like chikungunya, dengue and Zika. With the help of WHO, researchers have discovered that mosquitoes artificially infected with a bacterium called Wolbachia do not transmit these diseases as easily. Wolbachia bacteria exist naturally, and it may be possible to create populations of mosquitoes that cannot transmit deadly viruses by breeding mosquitoes infected with the bacteria. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - December 28, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: zika [subject] Source Type: news

Legionnaires'
disease is caused by exposure to a bacterium that is found in water and soil. It ranges in severity from a mild influenza-like illness to a serious and sometimes fatal form of pneumonia. Symptoms include fever, headache, lethargy, muscle pain, diarrhoea and sometimes coughing up blood. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - December 23, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: water [subject], safe water, wastewater, greywater, clean water, Q & A [doctype] Source Type: news

2016 year in review: key health issues
2016 Year in review: Key health issues (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - December 19, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Madagascar: Halting pig-transmitted tapeworm
WHO works with Madagascar's Ministry of Health to implement a large-scale intervention against pig-transmitted tapeworm, Taenia solium. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - December 9, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: neglected tropical disease [subject], neglected tropical disease [subject], tropical disease [subject], tropical disease [subject], tropical disease [subject], African Region [region], Feature [doctype], Madagascar [country] Source Type: news

Cholera vaccination campaign for Haitians hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew
More than 729 000 people in Haiti have been vaccinated against cholera to reduce the burden of severe illness and deaths in areas at high risk. With the support of WHO/PAHO and other partners including UNICEF, International Medical Corps, the Red Cross and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, vaccination teams have reached more than 90% of people in the departments of Grand Anse and Sud where cholera cases had been reported and water and sanitation systems were damaged by the hurricane. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - November 28, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: cholera [subject], vibrio cholerae, Haiti [country], Region of the Americas [region] Source Type: news

Winning the war against yellow fever
Four months have passed without a single case of yellow fever related to the outbreak in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, thanks to the joint response activities of national health authorities, local health workers, WHO and partners. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - November 25, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, immunization [subject], vaccination, yellow fever [subject], yellow fever [subject] Source Type: news

Finding the gaps in meeting adolescent health needs in Nepal
In 2015, the Nepal Ministry of Health worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) to redesign the country ’s Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme. Utilizing the Innov8 Approach – an 8-step review process geared towards helping health programmes better address equity, gender, human rights and social determinants of health – a 15-person review team worked to uncover the gaps. The team comprised representatives from national and subnational authorities, bilateral partners, NGOs and civil society, and research institutes. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - November 22, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: adolescent health [subject], adolescent, youth, young people, teen health, teenager, adolescence, adolescents, Nepal [country], South-East Asia Region [region] Source Type: news

WHO donates emergency medical supplies for the response in Borno State, Nigeria
WHO has donated lifesaving medical supplies to three health sector partners responding to the emergency health needs of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Borno State, Nigeria. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - November 9, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, malaria [subject], malaria [subject], African Region [region], Feature [doctype], Nigeria [country] Source Type: news

WHO's new Health Emergencies Programme
Questions and answers on WHO's new Health Emergencies Programme (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - October 31, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness Source Type: news

From a warehouse in Dubai to a hospital in Haiti: a journey of lifesaving supplies
WHO has sent urgently needed medical supplies and medicines to Haiti to combat cholera, malaria and other diseases in communities struck by Hurricane Matthew. This photo story traces the journey of these supplies from WHO ’s warehouse in Dubai all the way to the Hôpital Immaculée Conception in Les Cayes where they are being used to treat people in the hospital’s cholera treatment centre and emergency clinic. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - October 25, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: cholera [subject], vibrio cholerae, cholera [subject], vibrio cholerae, emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, Feature [doctype], Haiti [country], Region of the Americas [region] Source Type: news

WHO and partners support measles vaccination in Borno State, Nigeria
WHO and health partners helped vaccinate more than 10 000 children against measles in 2 days in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in the conflict-affected Borno State. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - October 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, measles [subject], measles [subject], African Region [region], Feature [doctype], Nigeria [country] Source Type: news

Early warnings on disease outbreaks help guide WHO ’s response in north eastern Nigeria
WHO has rapidly expanded and strengthened disease detection and response in support of the Government of Nigeria ’s response to the humanitarian crisis in north eastern Nigeria, where 3.7 million people are in need of health assistance. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - October 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, African Region [region], Nigeria [country] Source Type: news

10 facts on tuberculosis
About one third of the world ’s population is infected with tuberculosis (TB) bacteria. People with weakened immune systems have a much greater risk of falling ill from TB. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - October 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: tuberculosis [subject], tb, tuberculosis [subject], tb, tuberculosis [subject], tb, Feature [doctype] Source Type: news

Questions and answers about extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB)
(Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - October 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: antimicrobial resistance [subject], tuberculosis [subject], tb, tuberculosis [subject], tb Source Type: news

WHO supports the response to crisis in north-eastern Nigeria
WHO and partners are supporting the Borno State Government to respond to the humanitarian crisis in north-eastern Nigeria, where some 3.7 million people are in urgent need of essential health services. The actual numbers of people requiring life-saving help may be much higher as ongoing insecurity means many areas are still inaccessible. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - October 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, African Region [region], Nigeria [country] Source Type: news

Treating cardiovascular disease in Barbados
The outwardly calm and relaxing Caribbean island of Barbados hides a pressure-cooker health crisis: more than one-third of Barbadians aged 25-70 years suffer from hypertension, the main risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) – the world’s number one killer. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - September 29, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: cardiovascular disease [subject], cardiovascular disease, heart attack, heart attacks, cvd, heart diseases, heart disease, high blood pressure, hypertension, rabies [subject], Barbados [country], Feature [doctype], Region of the Americas [region] Source Type: news

Eliminating rabies in India through awareness, treatment and vaccination
Rabies, passed to humans primarily through dog bites, is always fatal by the time its symptoms start, but it is entirely preventable. The true burden of rabies in India is not known. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - September 28, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: rabies [subject], rabies [subject], Feature [doctype], Indonesia [country], South-East Asia Region [region] Source Type: news

10 facts on rabies
(Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - September 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: rabies [subject], rabies [subject] Source Type: news

Election process for the new WHO Director-General, 6 candidates proposed
23 September 2016 | Geneva – The period has closed for Member States to propose candidates for the post of Director-General of the World Health Organization, with six candidates being proposed from six countries. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - September 23, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: maternal health [subject], maternal mortality, maternal, antenatal care, mother, childbirth, maternal welfare Source Type: news

Can a mosquito transmit more than one disease?
(Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - September 21, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: chikungunya [subject], yellow fever [subject], zika [subject], Q & A [doctype] Source Type: news

WHO and partners battle multiple disease outbreaks in South Sudan
Infectious diseases continue to pose a major public health threat in South Sudan. Adding to the chronic burden of disease, regular outbreaks further threaten people's health. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - September 9, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: cholera [subject], vibrio cholerae, emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, measles [subject], Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Emergency [doctype], South Sudan [country] Source Type: news

Yellow fever vaccination campaign in Kinshasa: More than 7 million vaccinated in 2 weeks
As the rainy season begins in the city of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the biggest ever yellow fever emergency vaccination campaign in Africa is drawing to a close. More than 7 million people in Kinshasa province have been successfully vaccinated in the last 2 weeks. But in the country ’s remote areas on the Angola border, the campaign is still being rolled out, targeting a further 3 million people at risk with the aim of ending this outbreak of the potentially fatal disease. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - August 31, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: yellow fever [subject], yellow fever [subject] Source Type: news

Yellow fever vaccination campaign in Democratic Republic of the Congo: Logistics pathway
The biggest emergency yellow fever vaccination campaign ever held in Africa is underway in Democratic Republic of the Congo. With high risk of transmission of the mosquito-borne disease in the densely populated capital city of Kinshasa, the vaccination campaign aims to protect as many people at risk as possible and stop the outbreak before the rainy season begins in late September. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - August 26, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: yellow fever [subject], yellow fever [subject] Source Type: news

Pioneering methadone programme in Dar es Salaam gives hope to thousands
Mwananyamala is one of two hospitals in Dar es Salaam that now make methadone available as treatment for addiction. Methadone maintenance treatment is regarded by WHO as the most effective therapy for heroin users, and methadone was added to WHO ’s model essential medicines list in 2005. In combination with psychosocial support, it can help to reduce addiction to opioids such as heroin, prevent infection with HIV and other diseases transmitted by sharing needles, and reduce the criminal behaviour that often accompanies illicit drug use. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - August 24, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: substance abuse [subject], drug addiction, drug dependence, drug abuse, drug use, substance abuse [subject], drug addiction, drug dependence, drug abuse, drug use, African Region [region], Feature [doctype], United Republic of Tanzania [country] Source Type: news

Ghanaian health workers use mobile phones to collect real-time maternal health data
In partnership with the Ghanaian Ministry of Health, the Millennium Villages Project is working to improve and speed-up data collection, which is a key component of WHO ’s work to help countries implement Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR). MDSR is a continuous cycle of identification, notification and review of deaths among pregnant women and those who recently gave birth, followed by actions and monitoring of the response to prevent future deaths. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - August 24, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: maternal health [subject], maternal mortality, maternal, antenatal care, mother, childbirth, maternal welfare, maternal health [subject], maternal mortality, maternal, antenatal care, mother, childbirth, maternal welfare, African Region [region], Feature Source Type: news

South Sudan health crisis worsens as more partners pull out and number of displaced rises
The recent escalation of the conflict in South Sudan has forced many people to flee, including those that were supporting the health response. Preventable and curable diseases, such as malaria and acute watery diarrhoea, are major causes of death among the growing number of internally displaced persons in the country. Many people do not have access to adequate shelter, which may increase rates of malaria and upper respiratory infections, while the ongoing rainy season is increasing the risk of water-borne diseases, such as cholera. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - August 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: cholera [subject], vibrio cholerae, emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, malaria [subject], measles [subject], Eastern Mediterranean R Source Type: news

Yellow fever vaccination campaign starts in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
The biggest emergency yellow fever vaccination campaign ever held in Africa was launched in the city of Kinshasa in Democratic Republic of the Congo this week. With high risk of transmission of the mosquito-borne disease in this densely populated city, the vaccination campaign aims to protect as many people as possible and stop the outbreak before the rainy season begins in late September. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - August 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: yellow fever [subject], yellow fever [subject], African Region [region], Democratic Republic of the Congo [country] Source Type: news

Maternal death reviews help countries identify missed opportunities and plan interventions
Every year, an estimated 303 000 women die due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth. Most of these deaths could be prevented with high-quality care. However, accurate information on how many women died, where they died and how they died is often lacking in most countries. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - August 16, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: surveillance [subject], yellow fever [subject], yellow fever [subject], African Region [region], Feature [doctype], Sierra Leone [country] Source Type: news

Preparing to vaccinate millions against yellow fever
One of Africa's biggest-ever emergency vaccination campaigns starts this week in Democratic Republic of the Congo with the aim to protect millions of people against yellow fever before the rainy season begins in late September. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - August 16, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: yellow fever [subject], yellow fever [subject] Source Type: news

Mass vaccination campaign to protect millions against yellow fever in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo
One of the largest vaccination campaigns ever attempted in Africa will start in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo on 16 August 2016 as WHO works to curb a yellow fever outbreak that has killed 464 people and sickened thousands more. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - August 16, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: yellow fever [subject], yellow fever [subject] Source Type: news

Questions and answers on HIV and infant feeding
WHO recommends that all mothers living with HIV should receive life-long antiretroviral therapy (ART) to support their health and to ensure the wellbeing of their infants. WHO released guidelines in July 2016 advising that, in countries that have opted to promote and support breastfeeding together with ART, mothers living with HIV who are on ART and adherent to therapy should breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months, and then add complementary feeding until 12 months of age. Breastfeeding with complementary feeding may continue until 24 months of age or beyond. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - August 4, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: breastfeeding [subject], colostrum, hiv/aids [subject], hiv, hiv infections, aids Source Type: news

What is health promotion?
A: Health promotion enables people to increase control over their own health. It covers a wide range of social and environmental interventions that are designed to benefit and protect individual people ’s health and quality of life by addressing and preventing the root causes of ill health, not just focusing on treatment and cure. There are 3 key elements of health promotion: (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - August 3, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: health promotion [subject], health campaigns, health awareness Source Type: news

Viet Nam breastfeeding campaign normalizes practice, improves rates
If all children 0 –23 months were optimally breastfeed, more than 800 000 children could be saved every year. WHO and UNICEF are leading a global Breastfeeding Advocacy Initiative to ensure that rates of exclusive breastfeeding improve to at least 50% by 2025. In Viet Nam an awareness programme has reached more t han 2.3 million mothers t and increased exclusive breastfeeding rates in targeted areas by 62% as a result. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - August 2, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: breastfeeding [subject], colostrum, breastfeeding [subject], colostrum, breastfeeding [subject], colostrum, breastfeeding [subject], colostrum Source Type: news

Mobile labs deliver faster yellow fever test results
Yellow fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes. The disease is difficult to diagnose because it has similar symptoms as a range of other diseases, such as malaria and dengue. With more than 5000 suspected yellow fever cases and more than 400 deaths reported in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo, getting an accurate diagnosis is critical to saving lives and ending the outbreak. Reliable and timely lab results are essential for decision-making in almost all aspects of health services, especially during disease outbreaks. Diagnosing yellow fever is challenging. Often times th...
Source: WHO Feature Stories - July 28, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, immunization [subject], vaccination, vaccines [subject], vaccine, vaccine safety, vaccine quality Source Type: news

Know your hepatitis status – increasing access to testing for a hidden infection.
To help countries build up national hepatitis testing and treatment programmes and to encourage more people globally to get tested, WHO will shortly release new testing guidelines for hepatitis B and C. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - July 25, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: hepatitis [subject], jaundice, hepatitis a, hepatitis b, hepatitis c, hepatitis e, hepatitis [subject], jaundice, hepatitis a, hepatitis b, hepatitis c, hepatitis e, European Region [region], Feature [doctype], Netherlands [country] Source Type: news

What is hepatitis?
Online Q&A on hepatitis: What is hepatitis? (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - July 16, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: cancer [subject], cervical cancer, hepatitis [subject], jaundice, hepatitis a, hepatitis b, hepatitis c, hepatitis e, hepatitis [subject], jaundice, hepatitis a, hepatitis b, hepatitis c, hepatitis e, vaccines [subject], vaccine, vaccine safety, vaccine q Source Type: news

Hiv/aids
HIV/AIDS: WHO online Q&As about HIV/AIDS (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - July 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: antiretroviral therapy [subject], art, arv, antiretrovirals, antiretroviral, arv regimen, hiv drugs, hiv treatment, condom [subject], condom, male condom, female condom, hiv/aids [subject], hiv, hiv infections, aids, hiv/aids [subject], hiv, hiv infection Source Type: news

Preventing violence against children promotes better health
A stolen toy, a child’s lie, a harsh punishment – sometimes physical. Nine-year-old Simamnkele and his care-giver, Nombuyiselo, know the sequence well. “I never used to listen back then,” Simamnkele says. “I was very naughty.” (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - July 12, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: child maltreatment [subject], child abuse, violence [subject], violence prevention Source Type: news

The many challenges to fighting yellow fever in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Yellow Fever vaccination in border areas of Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - July 11, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, vaccines [subject], vaccine, vaccine safety, vaccine quality, yellow fever [subject], yellow fever [subject], African Region [region], Democratic Republic of the Congo [country Source Type: news

What is malnutrition?
Online Q&As: What is malnutrition? What are the consequences of malnutrition? (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - July 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, noncommunicable disease [subject], chronic diseases, nutrition [subject], malnutrition, overnutrition, food, food security, Q & A [doctype] Source Type: news

Right care, right time, right place: how Lithuania transformed cardiology care
Long wait times to see specialists. Poor coordination between family doctors and hospitals. Duplicated tests. And some of the highest rates of heart disease-related death in Europe. They were some of the challenges facing Lithuania 20 years ago, particularly in the country’s eastern region, where mortality from heart disease and stroke was highest, especially among middle-aged men and women outside major cities. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - July 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Kenya takes steps to save mothers ’ lives, showing why better data matters
In 2013, Kenya ’s Ministry of Health was faced with a debate over the alarming rate of women dying in childbirth: was the cause deep-rooted cultural values, or could lives be saved with policy interventions? To find the answer, the ministry turned to its health information system. The data clearly showed that more than a third of women were giving birth at home and that many of them weren ’t accessing health facilities because of distance and financial costs. “We saw that there was a problem with access,” says Dr Nicholas Muraguri, the health ministry’s principal secretary, who is responsibl...
Source: WHO Feature Stories - July 5, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Kenya takes steps to save mothers’ lives, showing why better data matters
In 2013, Kenya’s Ministry of Health was faced with a debate over the alarming rate of women dying in childbirth: was the cause deep-rooted cultural values, or could lives be saved with policy interventions? To find the answer, the ministry turned to its health information system. The data clearly showed that more than a third of women were giving birth at home and that many of them weren’t accessing health facilities because of distance and financial costs. “We saw that there was a problem with access,” says Dr Nicholas Muraguri, the health ministry’s principal secretary, who is responsible fo...
Source: WHO Feature Stories - July 5, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news