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Dramatic increase in tobacco control policies

19 July 2017 – In a new report published today, WHO finds that about 4.7 billion people, or 63% of the world’s population, are covered by at least one comprehensive tobacco control measure. Strategies such as graphic pack warnings, advertising bans, and no smoking areas have saved millions of people from early death – yet the tobacco industry continues to hamper government interventions.

The price of health targets in the Sustainable Development Goals

17 July 2017 – The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Health Price Tag, published today in Lancet Global Health, estimates the costs and benefits of 16 SDG health targets in 67 low- and middle-income countries. Two scenarios have been modelled: an “ambitious” scenario, in which countries reach the SDG health targets by 2030, and a “progress” scenario, in which countries get two thirds or more of the way to the targets.

1 in 10 infants worldwide did not receive any vaccinations in 2016

17 July 2017 – Worldwide, 12.9 million infants, nearly 1 in 10, did not receive any vaccinations in 2016, according to new estimates from WHO and UNICEF. These infants missed the first dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP)-containing vaccine, putting them at serious risk. Additionally, an estimated 6.6 million infants who did receive their first dose of DTP-containing vaccine did not complete the full, three dose DTP immunization series (DTP3) in 2016.

Extending health coverage in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

13 July 2017 – In the Tanganyika province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, going to a health centre often means traveling long distances over poor roads, while carrying a sick child and supplies. WHO’s Rapid Access Expansion Programme (RAcE) is bringing diagnosis and treatment for malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhoea – the three deadliest childhood diseases – into remote communities.

2.1 billion people lack safe drinking-water at home

12 July 2017 – Some 3 in 10 people worldwide lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and 6 in 10 people lack safely managed sanitation, according to a new report by WHO and UNICEF. Billions of people have had basic drinking water and sanitation since 2000, but these are not necessarily safe water and sanitation services. Many homes, healthcare facilities, and schools also still lack soap and water for handwashing.

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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General

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  • Measles continues to spread and take lives in Europe
    July 2017 - Ongoing measles outbreaks in the Europe have caused 35 deaths in the past year. The most recent fatality was a 6-year-old boy in Italy, where over 3300 measles cases and 2 deaths have occurred since June 2016. Several other countries have also reported outbreaks, according to national public health authorities.

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"Universal health coverage is ultimately a political choice. It is the responsibility of every country and national government to pursue it."