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Sixty-ninth Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Americas

25 September 2017 – The Sixty-ninth Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Americas opened in Washington, DC today. Delegates will review recent progress and agree next steps to safeguard the health of people throughout the region.

The world is running out of antibiotics

20 September 2017 – A report launched today by WHO shows a serious lack of new antibiotics under development to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. Most of the drugs currently in the clinical pipeline are modifications of existing classes of antibiotics and are only short-term solutions. The report found very few potential treatment options for those antibiotic-resistant infections identified by WHO as posing the greatest threat to health, including drug-resistant tuberculosis which kills around 250 000 people each year.

Universal health coverage: a call to action

19 September 2017 – Universal health coverage is based on the conviction that health is a human right, not a privilege. People must not have to choose between buying medicine and buying food. Sickness should not plunge an entire family into poverty because a breadwinner is unable to work. A mother should not lose her baby because the services needed to save it are too far away.

WHO launches Noncommunicable Diseases Progress Monitor

18 September 2017 – Governments are making limited progress, so more action is needed to address noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and the main risk factors to meet global targets to reduce premature deaths. 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

15 September 2017 – After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11% of the global population, says a new edition of the annual United Nations report on world food security and nutrition released today. The increase in global hunger is largely due to the proliferation of violent conflicts and climate-related shocks.

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Director-General

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General

"I envision a world in which everyone can live healthy, productive lives, regardless of who they are or where they live."


Highlights

  • Leaders at United Nations General Assembly step up end malaria for good
    September 2017 – Country leaders and senior officials from across Africa, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas announced new political and financial commitments to accelerate the global fight towards eliminating malaria – a disease that claims the life of a child every two minutes and puts half the world at risk.

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Infographics: Health tips after natural disasters

Hurricanes bring heavy rain that may increase the risk of water-borne and vector-borne diseases.


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NCDs & Universal health coverage

"Changing the NCD paradigm is essential. No longer can NCDs—and health in general—be seen as a matter of only stocking hospitals with medicines and training health-care workers."