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Uganda steps up to support women subjected to violence

24 November 2017 – Violence against women is a global public health problem. In Uganda more than half of all women have experienced violence at least once in their life, most likely from an intimate partner.

In response Uganda has developed the National Action Plan on the Elimination of Gender-based Violence. To date more than 400 health workers have been trained, helping to address violence against women.

New global commitment to end tuberculosis

17 November 2017 – Today marks a critical landmark in the fight to end tuberculosis. The Moscow Declaration to End Tuberculosis, agreed to by 75 ministers of health, is a promise to increase multisectoral action, track progress, and build accountability – signalling a long overdue global commitment to stop the death and suffering caused by this ancient killer.

The paradox of migrant women care workers

21 November 2017 – Migrating in the same numbers as men, many migrant women take on personal care work in informal and home-based settings – often without social protection, labour rights, or health care.

A new WHO report shows an emerging paradox: that migrant women carers support health and social systems, while their own health care and other needs may be unfulfilled.

YoungVoicesCount – for the World We Want in 2030

20 November 2017 – YoungVoicesCount is a community and global conversation led by young people about health and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There are over 3 billion young people under the age of 24 years, which is 42% of the world's population. To start the conversation, young people born around 2005 in different parts of the world discussed what the SDGs mean to them.

WHO airlifts supplies to wounded in Islamic Republic of Iran-Iraq earthquake

16 November 2017 – WHO has airlifted trauma kits and medical supplies to the Islamic Republic of Iran to support the treatment of thousands people injured as a result of the recent earthquake in the Islamic Republic of Iran-Iraq border region. The supplies, enough to provide surgical care for up to 4000 trauma patients, were transported from WHO’s emergency logistical centre in Dubai to Kermanshah province in western Islamic Republic of Iran on 16 November at 10.30am local time.

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Director-General

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."


Highlights

  • Road traffic injuries
    November 2017 – More than 1.25 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes. Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among people aged between 15 and 29 years.
  • Preterm birth
    November 2017 – Every year, an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm (before 37 completed weeks of gestation), and this number is rising. Preterm birth complications are the leading cause of death among children under 5 years of age, responsible for approximately 1 million deaths in 2015.
  • River blindness: shifting to surveillance and elimination
    November 2017 – After years of painstaking control and prevention activities, the world is finally edging to eliminate river blindness. Latest data show globally almost 133 million people received treatment in 2016, compared with 46 million in 2005.

Violence against women

Health care workers have an important role to play in identifying women who experience violence, and responding to them with empathy.

In order for health care providers to be able to respond appropriately, health systems need to be strengthened so that women receive high-quality and respectful care.


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"Violence against women – both physical and sexual – is a gross violation of human rights. As we continue to hear so many #MeToo stories, it’s time for #YouToo to do your part."