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Discovering who misses out on health: the example of Indonesia

21 July 2017 – While many countries have improved the overall health of their populations, national averages don’t tell the whole story: groups of people can miss out on health services for a variety of reasons. WHO has developed a set of resources to monitor health inequalities – one of which, the Health Equity Assessment Toolkit (HEAT), was recently tested in Indonesia, allowing the country to analyse and interpret inequalities in health.

Action urged against threat of HIV drug resistance

20 July 2017 – WHO has detailed an increasing trend of resistance to HIV drugs in a new report, warning that this is a growing threat. The HIV drug resistance report 2017 shows that in 6 of the 11 countries surveyed, over 10% of people starting antiretroviral therapy had a strain of HIV resistant to the most widely used medicines.

Dramatic increase in tobacco control policies

19 July 2017 – In a new report published today, WHO finds that about 4.7 billion people, or 63% of the world’s population, are covered by at least one comprehensive tobacco control measure. Strategies such as graphic pack warnings, advertising bans, and no smoking areas have saved millions of people from early death – yet the tobacco industry continues to hamper government interventions.

The price of health targets in the Sustainable Development Goals

17 July 2017 – The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Health Price Tag, published today in Lancet Global Health, estimates the costs and benefits of 16 SDG health targets in 67 low- and middle-income countries. Two scenarios have been modelled: an “ambitious” scenario, in which countries reach the SDG health targets by 2030, and a “progress” scenario, in which countries get two thirds or more of the way to the targets.

1 in 10 infants worldwide did not receive any vaccinations in 2016

17 July 2017 – Worldwide, 12.9 million infants, nearly 1 in 10, did not receive any vaccinations in 2016, according to new estimates from WHO and UNICEF. These infants missed the first dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP)-containing vaccine, putting them at serious risk. Additionally, an estimated 6.6 million infants who did receive their first dose of DTP-containing vaccine did not complete the full, three dose DTP immunization series (DTP3) in 2016.

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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General

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  • Measles continues to spread and take lives in Europe
    July 2017 - Ongoing measles outbreaks in the Europe have caused 35 deaths in the past year. The most recent fatality was a 6-year-old boy in Italy, where over 3300 measles cases and 2 deaths have occurred since June 2016. Several other countries have also reported outbreaks, according to national public health authorities.

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