Validating information on vaccine safety

1 March 2017 – When parents and caregivers need credible information about vaccines for their children, they often look to the internet first. In recent years, however, a number of websites have been publishing unbalanced and misleading information on vaccine safety. In response, a network of validated vaccine safety websites, called Vaccine Safety Net, has been created to provide accurate and trustworthy information about vaccines.

New antibiotics needed for 12 families of bacteria

27 February 2017 – WHO’s list of antibiotic-resistant "priority pathogens" include bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health. The list is intended to guide and promote research and development of new antibiotics in an effort to address growing global resistance to antimicrobial medicines.

Number of people with depression increases

23 February 2017 – The number of people living with depression is increasing, 18% between 2005 and 2015. In the lead-up to World Health Day on 7 April, which this year will focus on this increasingly important issue, WHO is releasing today a new global report on health estimates on depression.

About 17 million people are affected by crisis in the Lake Chad Basin

23 February 2017 – Years of violent conflict have deprived millions of people in north-eastern Nigeria, northern Cameroon, western Chad and south-east Niger of even the most basic health care services. Malnutrition is widespread and in the 3 worst-affected states of Nigeria nearly 6 million men, women, children and infants urgently need health assistance. WHO is working with the Nigerian Ministry of Health and partners to reach those in need with lifesaving health care.

Migrant Health: Resetting the agenda

21 February 2017 – The health problems of refugees and migrants are similar to those of the rest of the population. The most frequent health problems of newly arrived refugees and migrants include accidental injuries, hypothermia, burns, cardiovascular events, pregnancy and delivery-related complications, diabetes, and hypertension. Stakeholders are discussing improving their health aspects, in the 2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health, on 21–23 February 2017, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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  • Tobacco control: saving lives and driving development
    March 2017 – A new study by WHO and partners, titled The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control, shows highly cost-effective measures exist to control the health and economic impacts of tobacco which pose no economic harm and, in turn, save lives and generate financial gains for communities and governments.
  • WHO issues first viral hepatitis testing guidelines
    February 2017 – WHO issued its first-ever global guidance on testing for chronic viral hepatitis B and C on 16 February 2017. Viral hepatitis causes an estimated 1.4 million deaths worldwide each year. he guidelines were released in a special session at the 26th Conference of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL), held in Shanghai, China.

Health emergencies programme

WHO Health Emergencies Programme delivers rapid, predictable, and comprehensive support to countries and communities as they prepare for, face or recover from emergencies caused by any type of hazard to human health, whether disease outbreaks, natural or man-made disasters or conflicts.

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Infographics on epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological condition characterized by recurrent seizures. Seizures are due to brief disturbances in the electrical functions of the brain.

Vaccines commentary

A Sudanese medic administers a measles vaccine to a child at a clinic in Khartoum, Sudan.

"Immunization is a cornerstone of global health security in an interconnected world where diseases do not respect national borders."