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Government tax action needed to curb tobacco epidemic

7 July 2015 -- According to the "WHO Report on the global tobacco epidemic 2015", launched today, not enough governments levy appropriate tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. They therefore miss out on a proven, low-cost measure to curb the demand for tobacco, save lives and generate funds for stronger health services. The report found that raising taxes is the most effective tobacco control measure, yet the least implemented.

WHO response to the Ebola Interim Assessment Panel report

7 July 2015 -- WHO welcomes the report from the Ebola Interim Assessment Panel. The panel members divided their review and recommendations into 3 areas: the International Health Regulations, WHO’s health emergency response capacity and WHO’s role and cooperation with the wider health and humanitarian systems.

Progress in the Ebola response

6 July 2015 -- Since July 2014, we’ve made real progress towards tackling the Ebola outbreak, yet new cases continue to emerge. As we work together in partnership with the affected countries and the international health community, we can see that we are better off today than we were a year ago. Scroll through an interactive story of the progress made and the challenges that remain, as we continue to work towards our final goal of #GettingtoZero.

Heatwaves and health: guidance on warning-system development

1 July 2015 -- Heatwaves are among the most dangerous of natural hazards that have a significant impact on society. “Heatwaves and health”, the new report launched today by WHO and the World Meteorological Organization, reviews how heatwaves contribute to a rise in mortality and morbidity and strain resources such as water, power, and transport. The report considers who is at risk from heat and outlines steps that can be taken towards effective warning systems.

Cholera risks high across world, but deadly disease can be controlled

6 July 2015 -- Intensive control efforts are ongoing, by WHO and partners, to respond to outbreaks of cholera - including new ones in South Sudan and Tanzania. Vaccination programmes have been rolled out to communities at risk to effectively control this deadly water-borne disease. In Yemen and Nepal, WHO has been working on the ground to prepare for any outbreak.

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WHO facts

Data from 54 low- and middle-income countries shows that 38% of health care facilities lack access to even rudimentary levels of water, 19% lack sanitation and 35% do not have water and soap for handwashing.


  • 38th session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission
    July 2015 -- The primary mission of the Codex Alimentarius is to ensure safe, good food for everyone, everywhere. 185 countries and the European Union will meet to discuss and adopt new food safety and quality standards, including guidelines for food-producing animals.

Fact sheets


Dr Ties Boerma, Director of the Department of Health Statistics and Information Systems.

Ebola diaries

Dr Olu Olushayo, deployed to Sierra Leone to coordinate the WHO response to Ebola virus disease.
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