6 March 2014 – An estimated 222 million girls and women who do not want to get pregnant, or who want to delay their next pregnancy, are not using any contraception. WHO has launched new guidance to help countries ensure human rights are respected in providing more girls, women and couples with the information and services they need to avoid unwanted pregnancy. Access to contraception information and services will allow better planning for families and improved health.
5 March 2014 -- WHO is launching a public consultation on its draft guideline on sugars intake. When finalized, the guideline will provide countries with recommendations on limiting the consumption of sugars to reduce public health problems like obesity and dental caries (commonly referred to as tooth decay). Comments on the draft guideline will be accepted via the WHO web site from 5 to 31 March 2014.
Many countries lack capacity to prevent and treat hearing loss
28 February 2014 -- WHO estimates that over 5% of the world’s population – 360 million people - has disabling hearing loss. The highest prevalence is found in the Asia Pacific, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. About half of all cases of hearing loss worldwide are easily prevented or treated. However, just 32 of the 76 countries who responded to a WHO survey have developed plans and programmes to prevent and control ear diseases and hearing loss.
26 February 2014 -- Dementia affects more than 35 million people worldwide. This number is expected to almost double every 20 years as populations age. WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan emphasized recently that she could think of ”no other condition that places such a heavy burden on society, families, communities, and economies.” In some big cities in China, the lives of people with dementia and their caregivers have been improved through caregiver support groups that assist families who take care of dementia patients at home.
Increased investment in research and development for new vaccines is key to halting the spread of sexually transmitted infections such as genital herpes, gonorrhoea, chlamydia, syphilis, and trichomoniasis, according to a new special issue of the journal “Vaccine”.
Supplement to the 2013 guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infection
The Supplement includes 14 sections providing an update on guidance on emerging technical, policy and programmatic issues for country implementation. The March 2014 Supplement is intended for clinical and technical leaders as well as programme managers working in HIV and related health areas.
WHO is pleased to announce its first Advanced Course on Health Financing for Universal Coverage for low- and middle-income countries to be held from 16-20 June 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya.
International consultation on workers’ health coverage
FAO/WHO Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2)