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Climate change and health

30 November 2015 -- In United Republic of Tanzania poor communities reliant on crops and livestock are seeing their livelihoods and food security wrecked by unexpected weather patterns. WHO estimates that climate change will cause 250 000 deaths per year from malaria, diarrhoea, heat stress and under-nutrition between 2030 and 2050. This week world leaders are gathering for the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris for a universal agreement to improve the environment.

Treat all people living with HIV

27 November 2015 -- WHO is presenting recommendations at the 18th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) to enable countries to expand treatment to everyone living with HIV. The early use of antiretroviral treatment saves lives by keeping people living with HIV healthier and reducing the risk that they will transmit the virus to partners.

Victims of the health crisis in Central African Republic

26 November 2015 -- The Central African Republic has been facing recurrent crises. Lack of health professionals, damaged health facilities and lack of equipment and medicines have left many people without access to basic health care. WHO has delivered more than 300 tonnes of medical supplies to health facilities and nongovernmental organizations in all parts of the Central African Republic since the beginning of the crisis.

Eliminate violence against women

25 November 2015 -- WHO releases a new tool for medical and legal professionals to ensure that proper evidence is collected in cases of sexual violence to help bring justice for victims. The goal is to end impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence and help eliminate violence against women. Globally 1 in 3 women has been a victim of physical/sexual partner violence in her lifetime.

Iraq cholera vaccination campaign

24 November 2015 -- An oral cholera vaccine campaign in Iraq helps to control and contain the outbreak. This photo story follows the vaccination teams that are disseminating the vaccine and educational material on how to prevent the disease. The campaign has reached over 232 000 people during the first round. In the last 3 weeks the number of cases has continued to decline with only a few cases being reported from the affected areas.

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World AIDS Day 2015

World AIDS Day 2015 inforgraphic

It is time to act more boldly, to take innovative steps to meet the Sustainable Development Goal target of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.


  • Frequently asked questions about Zika fever
    December 2015 -- What is Zika fever? - It is a mosquito-borne viral disease caused by Zika virus, consisting of mild fever, rash, conjunctivitis, headaches and arthralgia, which appears between 3 and 12 days after the mosquito vector bite.
  • European high-level discussion on refugee and migrant health
    November 2015 -- This high-level meeting will discuss how countries and partner organizations can improve health care and coverage for refugees and migrants. The aim is to agree on a common approach and joint action for meeting the health needs of these vulnerable groups.
  • 15 million babies are born prematurely every year
    November 2015 -- Complications of preterm births are the leading cause of death among children under 5 years of age. Without appropriate treatment, those who survive often face lifelong disabilities, including learning, visual and hearing problems and their quality of life is greatly affected.
  • Physical inactivity and diabetes
    November 2015 -- Worldwide, people are less physically active. As physical activity decreases, noncommunicable diseases like diabetes are increasing. In the WHO European Region, one third of adults and two thirds of adolescents are insufficiently active.

Disease outbreak news

WHO fact sheets

Emergency reform

WHO is reforming its work in outbreaks and emergencies with health and humanitarian consequences to ensure the Organization can respond rapidly to future crises.


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- Annual rate of reduction 1990-2000: 1.8%
- Annual rate of reduction 2000-2015: 3.9%

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