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Health can be a bridge for peace between Israel and Palestine

19 March 2018 – WHO’s Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus concluded his first visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. Dr Tedros saw the challenges that many people in Gaza face in accessing quality health services. For example, chronic electricity shortages in Gaza are hindering the delivery of life-saving medical services. In Israel, he applauded the progress made in the Israeli health system, such as introducing a digital health system, stronger food labelling laws, and extending free dental care to older people and children under 18.

India takes on malaria in its highest burden state

14 March 2018 – India has made major inroads in reducing the toll of malaria. But the path towards elimination has proven a challenge in the eastern state of Odisha, which carries more than 40% of the country’s malaria burden. This photo story illustrates how in recent years, the state government has dramatically scaled up efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria – with impressive results in a short span of time.

Seven years of Syria’s health tragedy

14 March 2018 – After seven years of conflict in Syria, WHO has renewed its call for the protection of health workers and for immediate access to besieged populations. Attacks on the health sector have continued at an alarming level in the past year. The 67 verified attacks on health facilities, workers, and infrastructure recorded during the first two months of 2018 amount to more than 50% of verified attacks in all of 2017.

Egypt eliminates lymphatic filariasis

12 March 2018 – Egypt has become the first country in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region to eliminate lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem. This success comes after almost twenty years of sustained control and prevention measures (including mass treatment of populations) and surveillance in affected/at-risk localities.

WHO issues new guidance on tobacco product regulation

9 March 2018 – Many countries have developed advanced policies to reduce the demand for tobacco, which kills over 7 million people annually, but governments can do much more to implement regulations to control tobacco use, especially by exploiting tobacco product regulation. WHO has launched new guidance on the role tobacco product regulation can play to reduce tobacco demand, save lives and raise revenues for health services to treat tobacco-related disease, in the context of comprehensive tobacco control.

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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."


  • Have your say and help give every child the best start in life
    March 2018 – The Nurturing Care Framework for early childhood development is now entering its second phase of online consultations. The Framework builds on state-of-the-art evidence of effective interventions and recognises the critical importance of an enabling environment, with policies, information and services in a range of sectors including health, nutrition, education, social protection and child protection. The Framework will be launched at the time of the World Health Assembly in May 2018. The consultation runs until 28 March 2018.
  • Saving lives by sharing knowledge online
    March 2018 – In June 2017, WHO publicly launched its own Massive Open Online Courses platform – OpenWHO – offering online courses specially tailored for health emergency responders.
  • Pacific leadership in new WHO global commission on noncommunicable diseases
    March 2018 – Globally, communities are struggling to cope with the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancers. In another step forward in combatting this epidemic, WHO has established an Independent Global High-level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases, where the Tongan Minister of Health and Public Enterprises, Dr Saia Ma’u Piukala, has been appointed as one of the commissioners who will help raise awareness of the issues and experiences of NCDs in the Pacific.


Health physician examining a pregnant woman in Cuba

""Women are reporting high levels of disrespect and abusive care during facility-based childbirth in all regions and cultures.""

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