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A 4-fold increase in measles cases in Europe in 2017, compared to 2016

20 February 2018 – Measles has rebounded in the WHO European Region. The disease affected 21 315 people and caused 35 deaths in 2017, following a record low of 5273 cases in 2016. The surge in measles cases in 2017 included large outbreaks (100 or more cases) in 15 of the 53 countries in the Region.

Urgent need to scale up health services in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

20 February 2018 – Six months after the start of the Rohingya refugee crisis, continued efforts are needed to further scale up health services for nearly 1.3 million people in Cox’s Bazar. The vulnerable populations remain at risk of several diseases and in need of critical services for survival.

World leaders join new drive to beat noncommunicable diseases

16 February 2018 – WHO is announcing today a new high-level commission, comprised of heads of state and ministers, leaders in health and development and entrepreneurs. The group will propose bold and innovative solutions to accelerate prevention and control of the leading killers on the planet – noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart and lung disease, cancers, and diabetes.

Personalized, supportive care key to positive childbirth experience

15 February 2018 – New WHO recommendations establish global standards of care for healthy pregnant women and reduce unnecessary medical interventions. Childbirth is a normal physiological process that can be without complications for the majority of women and babies. However, studies show a substantial proportion of healthy pregnant women undergo at least one clinical intervention during labour and birth. They are also often subjected to needless and potentially harmful routine interventions.

Top epidemic-prone diseases without sufficient counter measures

12 February 2018 – WHO releases its 2018 list of priority pathogens that have the potential to cause a public health emergency and which have no, or insufficient, countermeasures. WHO calls on the medical community to unite in greater R&D efforts for these 8 diseases to develop treatments and vaccines to help control outbreaks.

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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."


  • Recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2018-2019
    February 2018- A periodic replacement of viruses contained in influenza vaccines is necessary in order for the vaccines to be effective due to the constant evolving nature of influenza viruses. Twice a year, WHO organizes consultations, and issues recommendations on the composition of the influenza vaccines for the following influenza season.
  • South Sudan declares the end of its longest cholera outbreak
    February 2018 – South Sudan declared the end of its longest and largest cholera outbreak, with no new cases of cholera reported in over seven weeks. The fight against cholera in South Sudan has involved a range of partners working together to enhance surveillance, deploy rapid response teams to investigate and respond to cases, provide clean water, promote good hygiene practices and treat cholera patients.


Health physician examining a pregnant woman in Cuba

""Women are reporting high levels of disrespect and abusive care during facility-based childbirth in all regions and cultures.""

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