14 December 2017 – According to new calculations, this marks an increase on the previous global estimate of 250 000 – 500 000, which dates from over ten years ago and covered all influenza-related deaths, including cardiovascular disease or diabetes. The new figures of 290 000 – 650 000 deaths are based on more recent data from a larger, more diverse group of countries, including lower middle income countries, and exclude deaths from non-respiratory diseases.
12 December 2017 – Health is a human right. But we have a long way to go until everyone – no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they have – can get the quality health care they need and deserve.
For this year’s Universal Health Coverage Day there will be a historic forum in Tokyo, Japan, from 12–15 December to galvanize action toward #HealthforAll.
10 December 2017 – “The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition”.
Almost 70 years after these words were adopted in WHO's constitution, they are more powerful and relevant than ever. Since day one, the right to health has been central to WHO’s identity and mandate.
8 December 2017 – Uganda has successfully controlled an outbreak of Marburg virus disease and prevented its spread only weeks after it was first detected.
Within 24 hours of being informed by Ugandan health authorities in early October, WHO deployed a rapid response team to the remote mountainous area. The Organization also released US$ 623 000 from its Contingency Fund for Emergencies to finance immediate support and scale up of the response.