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Universal health coverage: a call to action

19 September 2017 – Universal health coverage is based on the conviction that health is a human right, not a privilege. People must not have to choose between buying medicine and buying food. Sickness should not plunge an entire family into poverty because a breadwinner is unable to work. A mother should not lose her baby because the services needed to save it are too far away.

WHO launches Noncommunicable Diseases Progress Monitor

18 September 2017 – Governments are making limited progress, so more action is needed to address noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and the main risk factors to meet global targets to reduce premature deaths. Limited national progress has been made in the fight against NCDs – primarily cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases, cancers and diabetes – which are the world’s biggest killers, and claim the lives of 15 million people aged 30 to 70 years annually.

World hunger again on the rise

15 September 2017 – After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11% of the global population, says a new edition of the annual United Nations report on world food security and nutrition released today. The increase in global hunger is largely due to the proliferation of violent conflicts and climate-related shocks.

Preventing adolescent suicide: a mother’s story

6 September 2017 – Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15–19 year-old girls. However, suicides are preventable. In this video, a mother from Switzerland explains how she coped when her teenage daughter told her that she was thinking about suicide. During the testimony, we hear how the family sought help and the support that helped them get through this difficult time.

Sixty-seventh WHO Regional Committee for Europe

11 September 2017 – The Sixty-seventh session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe opened in Budapest, Hungary today. Delegates will review recent progress and agree on next steps to safeguard the health of people throughout the region.

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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

  • Responding to critical health needs of displaced populations in Syria
    September 2017 – In response to the critical health needs of internally displaced people in Ar-Raqqa governorate in north-east Syria, WHO has delivered more than 7 tons of medicines and emergency medical supplies to Al-Tabqa national hospital. The medical supplies are sufficient to treat more than 16 000 patients and 100 trauma cases.
  • World Sepsis Day 2017
    September 2017 – Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to infection causes injury to its own tissues and organs. For World Sepsis Day 2017, WHO and partners are hosting a free online congress to shine a spotlight on neglected aspects of sepsis.
  • Hurricane Irma: WHO taking measures to provide support
    September 2017 – WHO country offices in the Caribbean are taking preventive measures to provide the necessary support to the authorities, and a team of infrastructure, engineering, and administrative specialists has been prepared to support the immediate assessment and response to the impact of countries located on the path of hurricane Irma.
  • A child’s search to treat kidney disease in Yemen
    September 2017 – Accessing dialysis has always been tricky in Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East. And now conflict has created additional challenges, with health facilities facing a shortage of supplies, and travel complicated by checkpoints and insecurity. In the midst of an economic crisis, it is exceptionally difficult for all patients to access the treatment they need.

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Health tips after hurricanes

Hurricanes bring heavy rain that may increase the risk of water-borne and vector-borne diseases.


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Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding get-together in Stupino, Russia.

"Breastfeeding helps provide children everywhere with the healthiest start to life. It acts as the child’s first vaccine by providing antibodies."