26 June 2017 -- Public health officials regularly collect and analyse data to map disease, spot patterns, identify causes and respond to outbreaks. But surveillance can lead to harm if people’s privacy is violated, or they are stigmatized on the basis of the information they provide about themselves. WHO’s new Guidelines on ethical issues in public health surveillance offer 17 guidelines that can assist everyone involved in surveillance to make the right decisions.
24 June 2017 – The rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has exceeded 200,000 suspected cases, increasing at an average of 5,000 a day. We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world. UNICEF, WHO and our partners are racing to stop the acceleration of this deadly outbreak.
22 June 2017 – Globally, 1 in 20 people still lacks access to essential health services that could be delivered at a primary care clinic instead of a hospital. Where services are accessible, they can be fragmented and of poor quality. WHO is supporting countries to progress towards universal health coverage by designing health services for people instead of diseases and health institutions, so that everyone gets the right care, at the right time, in the right place.
#WithRefugees: WHO-trained Syrian health workers provide services in Turkey
19 June 2017 – More than 3 million Syrian refugees are now living in Turkey. In 2016, the Turkish government enacted a law that allows Syrian health professionals to enter the workforce in the Turkish health system, with the aim of both integrating Syrian professionals into the health system and also ensuring that Syrian refugees can receive health care without encountering language or cultural barriers. WHO and the Public Health Institution of Turkey created an adaptation training for Syrian health workers.