Act with Ambition: Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day 2016

10 December 2016 – UHC means that all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. On 12 December 2016, for the UHC Day, WHO and partners will demand political action from leaders to invest in policies and health systems that reach every person and community based on need, and not ability to pay.

Environmentally and socially responsible procurement

7 December 2016 – WHO today joined other international agencies in signing a Statement of Intent to align and “green” procurement of health commodities, in an effort to protect the environment and contribute to sustainable development. WHO and its sister UN agencies collectively procure an estimated $3 billion in health commodities each year.

Halting pig-transmitted tapeworm in Madagascar

9 December 2016 – WHO is supporting an initiative led by Madagascar's Ministry of Health to implement a pilot study to demonstrate how selected interventions against pig-transmitted tapeworm can reduce prevalence of the parasite to a level below 1%. The 3- year project is being implemented in Antanifotsy, a rural district southeast of the capital, Antananarivo.

Supplies for overwhelmed primary health care centre in Mosul, Iraq

4 December 2016 – WHO has successfully delivered life-saving medicines and medical supplies inside Mosul city. The shipment, enough to treat almost 13 000 patients, includes chronic disease medicines, antibiotics, medicines and supplies to treat trauma injuries. Due to limited health services in the area, the centre also serves 9 other neighbouring suburbs with a total population of almost 150 000 people.

Seasonal Influenza update

5 December 2016 – Seasonal influenza viruses circulate worldwide and spread easily from person to person. Seasonal influenza is a serious public health problem that causes severe illness and death in high risk populations. Furthermore, an influenza epidemic can take an economic toll through lost workforce productivity and strained health services. The updated WHO fact sheets is a reminder that influenza vaccination is the most effective way to prevent disease.

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Election of Director-General

A close-up of the Director-General's seat in the WHO Executive Boardroom.
WHO/N. Bojgaard

The process to elect the next WHO Director-General is underway.


  • WHO scales up trauma care services for injured people from Mosul, Iraq
    November 2016 – As military operations into Mosul continue, WHO is working with national health authorities to ensure that people with war-related trauma injuries have access to live-saving medical care. WHO anticipates that approximately 40 000 civilians will require care for trauma injuries as a result of Mosul military operations.
  • WHO and partners immunized over 155 000 migrant children in South Sudan
    November 2016 – In response to the poliomyelitis outbreak associated with type 2 circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus and ambiguous vaccine derived polio virus identified in Unity state, WHO, in collaboration with Ministry of Health and partners immunized over 155 000 migrant children under the age of 15 through special vaccination posts.
  • Handbook: Strategizing national health in the 21st century
    November 2016 – A new WHO handbook on national health planning and strategizing has been launched, providing up-to-date and practical guidance. The handbook establishes a set of best practices to support strategic plans for health and represents the wealth of experience accumulated by WHO on national health policies, strategies and plans (NHPSPs).

Health emergencies programme

WHO Health Emergencies Programme delivers rapid, predictable, and comprehensive support to countries and communities as they prepare for, face or recover from emergencies caused by any type of hazard to human health, whether disease outbreaks, natural or man-made disasters or conflicts.

Zika virus and complications

After a spike in cases of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome associated with Zika virus, WHO declared a public health emergency.

Violence against women

Ian Askew,WHO Director, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

"If you are a health provider, ensure you are non-judgmental and supportive. Provide practical care and support that responds to women's concerns without intruding."

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