Migrant Health: Resetting the agenda

21 February 2017 – The health problems of refugees and migrants are similar to those of the rest of the population. The most frequent health problems of newly arrived refugees and migrants include accidental injuries, hypothermia, burns, cardiovascular events, pregnancy and delivery-related complications, diabetes, and hypertension. Key stakeholders are discussing improving the health aspects of refugees and migrants, in the 2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health, on 21–23 February 2017, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

WHO teams assist people in hard-to-reach areas of Nigeria

17 February 2017 – Medical teams supported by WHO set up mobile clinics in hard to access areas of north-eastern Nigeria. The teams are called "hard-to-reach" teams (HTR) because their mission is to reach remote and insecure areas to provide urgently needed care to populations deprived of essential health services. Two-thirds of hospitals, clinics and other health facilities in the most affected states have been completely or partially damaged.

Reducing maternal and newborn deaths by half

14 February 2017 – Today, 9 countries – Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – committed to halving preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns in their health facilities within the next 5 years. Through a new network supported by WHO, UNICEF, and other partners, these countries will improve the quality of care mothers and babies receive.

Yellow fever outbreak ends in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo

14 February 2017 – The Democratic Republic of Congo declared the end of the yellow fever outbreak following a similar announcement in Angola on 23 December 2016, bringing an end to the outbreak in both countries after no new confirmed cases were reported from both countries for the past 6 months.

Approximately 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy

13 February 2017 – Epilepsy is a chronic disorder of the brain that affects people worldwide. It is characterized by recurrent seizures. The estimated proportion of the general population with active epilepsy at a given time is between 4 and 10 per 1000 people. As an initiative established in 1997, WHO and partners are carrying out a global campaign – "Out of the Shadows" – to provide better information and raise awareness about epilepsy.

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  • Sri Lanka gears up to host Global Consultation on Migrant Health
    February 2017 – Health leaders will gather in Colombo, from 21 to 23 February 2017, for a landmark consultation on migrant health. The 2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health, jointly organized by the Government of Sri Lanka, IOM and WHO, strives to build international solidarity to enhance the health and well-being of migrants and their families.
  • Slovenian National Assembly passes strong tobacco control law
    February 2017 – Slovenia’s National Assembly unanimously adopted a new tobacco control law on 15 February 2017. The law transposes the European Union Tobacco Products Directive and includes measures such as plain packaging, a ban on smoking in private cars in the presence of minors, licensing to sell tobacco products, a display ban at the point of sale and an increase and earmarking of excise tax.
  • WHO responds to health needs of populations fleeing conflict in Yemen
    February 2017 – As violent conflict continues in Al-Mokha City in Taizz governorate, Yemen, more than more than 8000 internally displaced persons have fled to several other districts. WHO teams in are providing trauma care and primary health care services to newly displaced persons, and delivering medicines and supplies to health facilities.

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.

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Infographics on epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological condition characterized by recurrent seizures. Seizures are due to brief disturbances in the electrical functions of the brain.

Zika virus commentary

WHO Director-General Dr Chan at the World Health Assembly, 25 May 2016

"Like every other explosive outbreak, Zika revealed fault lines in the world’s collective preparedness."