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World leaders join new drive to beat noncommunicable diseases
WHO is announcing today a new high-level commission, comprised of heads of state and ministers, leaders in health and development and entrepreneurs. The group will propose bold and innovative solutions to accelerate prevention and control of the leading killers on the planet – noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart and lung disease, cancers, and diabetes. The WHO Independent Global High-level Commission on NCDs is co-chaired by President Tabar é Vázquez of Uruguay; President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka; President Sauli Niinistö of Finland; Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Healthcare of th...
Source: WHO news - February 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, noncommunicable disease [subject], chronic diseases, Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

Individualized, supportive care key to positive childbirth experience, says WHO
WHO has issued new recommendations to establish global care standards for healthy pregnant women and reduce unnecessary medical interventions. Worldwide, an estimated 140 million births take place every year. Most of these occur without complications for women and their babies. Yet, over the past 20 years, practitioners have increased the use of interventions that were previously only used to avoid risks or treat complications, such as oxytocin infusion to speed up labour or caesarean sections. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - February 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: labour [subject], delivery, normal delivery, normal labour, childbirth, maternal health [subject], maternal mortality, maternal, antenatal care, mother, childbirth, maternal welfare Source Type: news

Statement of the Sixteenth IHR Emergency Committee Regarding the International Spread of Poliovirus
14 February 2017 – The sixteenth 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 7 February 2018 at WHO headquarters with members, advisers and invited member states attending via tel econference. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - February 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: poliomyelitis [subject], polio, poliovirus, polio encephalitis, poliomyelitis [subject], polio, poliovirus, polio encephalitis Source Type: news

High levels of antibiotic resistance found worldwide, new data shows
WHO ’s first release of surveillance data on antibiotic resistance reveals high levels of resistance to a number of serious bacterial infections in both high- and low-income countries. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - January 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: antimicrobial resistance [subject], environmental health [subject], healthy environments, environment, environmental pollution, pollution, mental health [subject], mental health promotion Source Type: news

Dr Carissa Etienne elected for a second term as WHO Regional Director for the Americas
The WHO Executive Board, currently holding its 142nd session in Geneva, has appointed Dr Carissa Etienne for a second term as Regional Director for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO). (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - January 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: universal health coverage [subject], universal health care, universal access Source Type: news

UN Environment and WHO agree to major collaboration on environmental health risks
UN Environment and WHO have agreed a new, wide-ranging collaboration to accelerate action to curb environmental health risks that cause an estimated 12.6 million deaths a year. Today in Nairobi, Mr Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment, and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, signed an agreement to step up joint actions to combat air pollution, climate change and antimicrobial resistance, as well as improve coordination on waste and chemicals management, water quality, and food and nutrition issues. The collaboration also includes joint management of the BreatheLife advocacy campaign to reduce air pollut...
Source: WHO news - January 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: environmental health [subject], healthy environments, environment, environmental pollution, pollution, mental health [subject], mental health promotion, Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

WHO Director-General: invest in health to end plague in Madagascar
The Director-General of WHO has outlined his vision for a Madagascar free of plague epidemics during a three-day visit to the island nation that started on 7 January 2018. "Madagascar can make plague epidemics a thing of the past through strategic investments in its health system – including better access to healthcare, improving preparedness, surveillance and response capabilities, and implementing the International Health Regulations," said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - January 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: plague [subject], bubonic plague, pneumonic plague, plague [subject], bubonic plague, pneumonic plague, African Region [region], Madagascar [country], Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

WHO, WFP and UNICEF: Yemen ’s families cannot withstand another day of war, let alone another & nbsp;1,000
“We have passed the grim milestone of 1,000 days of war in Yemen. As violence has escalated in recent days, children and families are yet again being killed in attacks and bombardments. “More than 1,000 days of families driven from their homes by brutal violence. 1,000 days without enough food to eat and safe water to drink. 1,000 days of bombed hospitals and damaged schools. 1,000 days of children recruited to fight. 1,000 days of disease and death … of unimaginable human suff ering. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - December 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Statement [doctype], Yemen [country] Source Type: news

The Director-General of the World Health Organization welcomes the appointment of Henrietta H Fore as Executive Director of UNICEF.
“UNICEF is a critical partner in our effort to improve the world’s health, particularly in the drive to protect its most vulnerable women and children,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - December 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: child health [subject], children's health, children, young child, child Source Type: news

Up to 650 000 people die of respiratory diseases linked to seasonal flu each year
Up to 650 000 deaths annually are associated with respiratory diseases from seasonal influenza, according to new estimates by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC), WHO and global health partners. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - December 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: universal health coverage [subject], universal health care, universal access, Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

World Bank and WHO: Half the world lacks access to essential health services, 100 million still pushed into extreme poverty because of health expenses
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - December 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: universal health coverage [subject], universal health care, universal access, Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

Up to 650 000 people die of respiratory diseases linked to seasonal flu each year
Up to 650 000 deaths annually are associated with respiratory diseases from seasonal influenza, according to new estimates by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC), WHO and global health partners. This marks an increase on the previous global estimate of 250 000-500 000, which dates from over ten years ago and covered all influenza-related deaths, including cardiovascular disease or diabetes. The new figures of 290 000-650 000 deaths are based on more recent data from a larger, more diverse group of countries, including lower middle-income countries, and exclude deaths from non-respiratory d...
Source: WHO news - December 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza, influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza, Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

Health is a fundamental human right
“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 theConstitution of the World Health Organization, they are more powerful and relevant than ever. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - December 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: director-general [subject], human rights [subject], rights Source Type: news

Uganda ends Marburg virus disease outbreak
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. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - December 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: marburg [subject], marburg haemorrhagic fever Source Type: news

Dementia: number of people affected to triple in next 30 years
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." (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - December 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: mental health [subject], mental health promotion Source Type: news

Diphtheria is spreading fast in Cox ’s Bazar, Bangladesh
Diphtheria is spreading fast in Cox ’s Bazar (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - December 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: diphtheria [subject], corynebacterium diphtheria, diphtheria [subject], corynebacterium diphtheria, Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

Improving the lives of people with disability – the role of data
Gloria Cer ón knows disability is an important issue all over the world, particularly in her own country of Chile. But through a WHO-backed initiative, she and her colleagues at Chile ’s National Disability Service have developed up-to-date information on disability in her Latin American nation, and are using this to strengthen services for people who need them. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - December 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: disabilities [subject], physically disabled, mentally disabled, disabled persons, people with disabilities, Chile [country], Press release [doctype], Region of the Americas [region] Source Type: news

United Nations leaders call on the Saudi-led coalition to fully lift blockade of Yemeni Red Sea ports
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 h umanitarian 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 hav...
Source: WHO news - December 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Statement [doctype], Yemen [country] Source Type: news

World AIDS Day 2017
Statement by Dr Tedros for World AIDS Day, 1 December 2017 (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - December 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: director-general [subject], hiv/aids [subject], hiv, hiv infections, aids, Statement [doctype] Source Type: news

Global response to malaria at crossroads
- WHO report shows gains are levelling off (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: malaria [subject], malaria [subject], Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

1 in 10 medical products in developing countries is substandard or falsified
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. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: medicines [subject], pharmaceuticals, medicines, drugs, drug, pharmaceutical preparations, pharmacology, drug therapy, psychotropic drugs, pharmaceutical products, medicines [subject], pharmaceuticals, medicines, drugs, drug, pharmaceutical preparations, Source Type: news

WHO delivers medicines as diphtheria spreads in Yemen
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: diphtheria [subject], corynebacterium diphtheria, emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Press release [doctype], Yemen [country] Source Type: news

Madagascar ’s plague epidemic is slowing, but we must sustain the response
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. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: plague [subject], bubonic plague, pneumonic plague, African Region [region], Madagascar [country] Source Type: news

New global commitment to end tuberculosis
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: tuberculosis [subject], tb, tuberculosis [subject], tb, Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

UN leaders appeal for immediate lifting of humanitarian blockade in Yemen – lives of millions are at risk
UN leaders appeal for immediate lifting of humanitarian blockade in Yemen – tens of thousands of lives at imminent risk (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Statement [doctype], Yemen [country] Source Type: news

Statement of the 15th IHR Emergency Committee regarding the international spread of poliovirus
IHR Emergency Committee statement on polio, 14 November 2017 (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: poliomyelitis [subject], polio, poliovirus, polio encephalitis, Afghanistan [country], Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Statement [doctype] Source Type: news

WHO welcomes appointment of new Executive Director of the Global Fund
WHO welcomes appointment of new Executive Director to the Global Fund (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Statement [doctype] Source Type: news

Launch of special initiative to address climate change impact on health in Small Island Developing States
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: climate change [subject], climate change [subject], climate change [subject], global warming, global environmental change, climate, climate change [subject], global warming, global environmental change, climate, environmental health [subject], healthy env Source Type: news

WHO warns that more people will die if ports in Yemen do not reopen to humanitarian aid
9 November, 2017 – For the fourth consecutive day, the World Health Organization’s operations in Yemen have been severely hampered due to the closure of all land, sea and air ports. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Statement [doctype], Yemen [country] Source Type: news

Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance
Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals to preserve their effectiveness (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: antimicrobial resistance [subject], Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

New WHO leadership agrees comprehensive transformation of the Organization
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General and the directors of WHO ’s six regional offices have launched a new plan to transform the Organization over the coming 24 months. The transformation is designed to enable WHO to achieve ambitious new goals outlined in the draft 13th Global Programme of Work to be discussed in a special session of WHO ’s Governing Body on 22-23 November. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: director-general [subject], director-general [subject], partnerships [subject], universal health coverage [subject], universal health care, universal access, Statement [doctype] Source Type: news

WHO Global Leadership Meeting concludes with new commitment to delivering results in countries
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Statement [doctype] Source Type: news

Close to 3 million people access hepatitis C cure
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: hepatitis [subject], jaundice, hepatitis a, hepatitis b, hepatitis c, hepatitis e, hepatitis [subject], jaundice, hepatitis a, hepatitis b, hepatitis c, hepatitis e, Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

WHO report signals urgent need for greater political commitment to end tuberculosis
WHO report signals urgent need for greater political commitment to end TB (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: tuberculosis [subject], tb, tuberculosis [subject], tb, Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

Substantial decline in global measles deaths, but disease still kills 90 000 per year
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: measles [subject], measles [subject], Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

Director-General rescinds Goodwill Ambassador appointment
Over the last few days, I have reflected on my decision to appoint President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs in Africa. As a result I have decided to rescind the appointment. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Statement [doctype] Source Type: news

Director General rescinds Goodwill Ambassador appointment
Over the last few days, I have reflected on my decision to appoint President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs in Africa. As a result I have decided to rescind the appointment. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Statement [doctype] Source Type: news

WHO supports containment of rare virus on Uganda-Kenya border
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: marburg [subject], marburg haemorrhagic fever, marburg [subject], marburg haemorrhagic fever, African Region [region], Press release [doctype], Uganda [country] Source Type: news

7 000 newborns die every day, despite steady decrease in under-five mortality, new report says
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: child development [subject], child growth, child health [subject], children's health, children, young child, child, maternal health [subject], maternal mortality, maternal, antenatal care, mother, childbirth, maternal welfare, maternal health [subject], m Source Type: news

Governments commit to reduce suffering and deaths from noncommunicable diseases
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, noncommunicable disease [subject], chronic diseases, Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

Suspected cases from Seychelles test negative for plague
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: plague [subject], bubonic plague, pneumonic plague, African Region [region], Press release [doctype], Seychelles [country] Source Type: news

Dr Mahmoud Fikri
World Health Organization announces with great sadness the death of Dr Mahmoud M Fikri, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Egypt [country], Statement [doctype] Source Type: news

Attack on vaccines sets back immunization efforts in eastern Syrian Arab Republic
The World Health Organization has received reports of an attack on medical facilities in eastern Syria that has destroyed the only vaccines cold room in al-Mayadeen district, Deir Ezzor Governorate. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, vaccines [subject], vaccine, vaccine safety, vaccine quality, Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Press release [doctype], Syrian Arab Republic [country] Source Type: news

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros appoints Cook Islands ’ Elizabeth Iro as WHO’s Chief Nursing Officer
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros appoints Cook Islands ’ Elizabeth Iro as WHO’s Chief Nursing Officer (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: governance [subject], Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

Tenfold increase in childhood and adolescent obesity in four decades: new study by Imperial College London and WHO
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, diabetes [subject], diabetes mellitus, hyperglycaemia, glucose intolerance, diabetes [subject], diabetes mellitus, hyperglycaemia, glucose intolerance, noncommunicable disease [subject], chronic disease Source Type: news

WHO to establish high-level commission on noncommunicable diseases
WHO Director-General announced today the establishment of a new High-level global Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, noncommunicable disease [subject], chronic diseases, Statement [doctype] Source Type: news

WHO provides 1.2 million antibiotics to fight plague in Madagascar
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: plague [subject], bubonic plague, pneumonic plague, African Region [region], Madagascar [country], Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

Partners commit to reduce cholera deaths by 90% by 2030
An ambitious new strategy to reduce deaths from cholera by 90% by 2030 will be launched tomorrow by the Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC), a diverse network of more than 50 UN and international agencies, academic institutions, and NGOs that supports countries affected by the disease. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: cholera [subject], vibrio cholerae Source Type: news