Measles outbreaks threaten progress towards elimination
28 March 2017 – Over 500 measles cases were reported for January 2017 in the WHO European Region. Measles continues to spread within and among European countries, with the potential to cause large outbreaks wherever immunization coverage has dropped below the necessary threshold of 95%. Measles is a highly contagious virus that can cause potentially serious illness. As measles remains endemic in most parts of the world, it can spread to any country, including those that have eliminated the disease.
22 March 2017 – Protecting human rights, ethics and equity are principles which underpin WHO’s End TB Strategy. Patients, communities, health workers, policy makers and other stakeholders frequently face conflicts and ethical dilemmas. New WHO tuberculosis (TB) ethics guidance, launched for World TB Day, 24 March, aims to help ensure that countries implementing the End TB Strategy adhere to sound ethical standards to protect the rights of all those affected.
23 March 2017 – As part of one of the largest polio vaccination campaigns in Africa, 190 000 vaccinators in 13 countries will immunize 116 million children to tackle the last remaining stronghold of the disease on the continent. To stop the potentially dangerous spread of the disease as soon as possible, volunteers will deliver polio vaccine to every house across all cities, towns and villages in these countries.
22 March 2017 – Worldwide, as water resources become scarce, urban centres expand and demand for food increases, wastewater reuse is becoming more attractive and viable. Today, it is estimated that more than 10% of the world’s population consumes food produced with wastewater and 40% live in water-stressed areas. However, wastewater treatment is low in most developing countries, posing various risks to human health.