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Eliminate hepatitis

27 July 2017 – New WHO data shows that countries are stepping up to respond to hepatitis. The data from 28 countries, or roughly 70% of the global hepatitis burden, reveal that almost all have hepatitis elimination committees and more than half have dedicated funding for hepatitis responses. On World Hepatitis Day, WHO is calling on countries to continue to eliminate hepatitis through increased health services.

The life and death struggle against cholera in Yemen

25 July 2017 – Cholera continues to spread in Yemen, causing more than 390 000 suspected cases of the disease and more than 1800 deaths since 27 April 2017. WHO and its partners are responding to the outbreak, working closely with UNICEF, local health authorities and others to treat the sick and stop the spread of the disease. This photo story shows the real people affected by the outbreak.

Discovering who misses out on health: the example of Indonesia

21 July 2017 – While many countries have improved the overall health of their populations, national averages don’t tell the whole story: groups of people can miss out on health services for a variety of reasons. WHO has developed a set of resources to monitor health inequalities – one of which, the Health Equity Assessment Toolkit (HEAT), was recently tested in Indonesia, allowing the country to analyse and interpret inequalities in health.

Action urged against threat of HIV drug resistance

20 July 2017 – WHO has detailed an increasing trend of resistance to HIV drugs in a new report, warning that this is a growing threat. The HIV drug resistance report 2017 shows that in 6 of the 11 countries surveyed, over 10% of people starting antiretroviral therapy had a strain of HIV resistant to the most widely used medicines.

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.

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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General

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