17 June 2013 -- Soil-transmitted helminth infections are among the most common infections worldwide and affect the poorest and most deprived communities. Safe and effective medicines are available to control infection. This fact sheet outlines the global situation and describes the treatment and preventive interventions.
12 June 2013 – On World Blood Donor Day, 14 June, WHO calls for all countries to obtain 100% of their supplies of blood and blood products from voluntary unpaid blood donors by 2020. Providing safe and adequate supplies of blood and blood products should be an integral part of every country’s national health care policy and infrastructure.
10 June 2013 -- Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. This feature story is from Stavropol, in the Russian Federation, a member of the European Healthy Cities Network. The story describes the committed work of municipal services on healthy lifestyles promotion, chronic disease prevention, and creating health-friendly conditions for the citizens.
5 June 2013 -- Although many low- and middle-income countries have policies in place to tackle undernutrition, often the major health threats of overweight and obesity are neglected. To help countries close these gaps, WHO has issued a consolidated package of 24 Essential Nutrition Actions, which outline the most effective ways countries can improve their peoples’ nutritional status by preventing both undernutrition and overweight.
Plan to halve dietary salt consumption
To promote the prevention of cardiovascular disease, a multisectoral consortium convened by PAHO/WHO this week endorsed a plan to reduce dietary salt consumption in the Americas by half by the year 2020. Currently, average salt consumption in most of the region’s countries is twice the recommended level of 5 grams per person per day.
Jordan says health services overstretched to capacity, seeks urgent support
While health services are readily available to Syrians living in refugee camps, almost 70% of all Syrians in Jordan live in urban communities, placing a significant burden on the country’s health system. This feature tells the experiences of Zeina and her family who are among the half a million Syrians refugees currently living in Jordan.
For the first time in over 40 years, a new TB drug with a novel mechanism of action - bedaquiline - is available. There is considerable interest in the potential of this drug to treat MDR-TB, but information about the new drug remains limited.
Launch of WHO's financing dialogue
WHO European Ministerial Conference on Nutrition and Noncommunicable Diseases in the Context of Health 2020