Get ready for plain packaging of tobacco products

31 May 2016 -- For this year's World No Tobacco Day WHO is calling on countries to get ready for plain (standardized) packaging of tobacco products. Plain packaging restricts or prohibits the use of logos, colours, brand images or promotional information on packaging.

Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly closes

28 May 2016 -- In her closing remarks, Dr Margaret Chan highlighted some main achievements of the Health Assembly, including approval of the new programme for health emergencies. Other important decisions were taken relating to the Sustainable Development Goals and on the new WHO framework on engagement with non-state actors.

WHO public health advice regarding the Olympics and Zika virus

28 May 2016 - Based on current assessment, cancelling or changing the location of the 2016 Olympics will not significantly alter the international spread of Zika virus. Brazil is one of almost 60 countries and territories which to-date report continuing transmission of Zika by mosquitoes. People continue to travel between these countries and territories for a variety of reasons. The best way to reduce risk of disease is to follow public health travel advice.

Life expectancy increases by 5 years, but inequalities persist

19 May 2016 – Dramatic gains in life expectancy have been made globally since 2000, but major inequalities persist, according to WHO’s “World Health Statistics 2016.” This new report provides data on the health-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including current information on life expectancy, pregnancy, neglected tropical diseases, suicide, road traffic injuries, air pollution, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer.

Emergency Committee meeting on yellow fever

19 May 2016 – The first WHO convened Emergency Committee on yellow fever has met in response to the ongoing outbreak of the disease in central Africa. The Committee emphasized that the urban yellow fever outbreaks are a serious risk that warrant intensified national action and enhanced international support.

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Highlights

  • Double burden of malnutrition
    May 2016 – Addressing undernutrition along with overweight and obesity, or diet-related noncommunicable diseases, within individuals, households and populations will be key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. In low- and middle-income countries, roughly 5 million children die of undernutrition-related causes every year. These same populations are also experiencing a rise in childhood overweight and obesity – increasing 30% faster than high-income countries.

Emergency reform

WHO is reforming to be better equipped to address the increasingly complex challenges of health in the 21st century through changes in programmes, governance, and management.

Zika virus and complications

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

Commentaries

Yellow fever: the resurgence of a forgotten disease


"Yellow fever can once again be vanquished through inclusion of the vaccine in routine childhood immunisation and mass vaccination catch-up campaigns in all endemic countries."

Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO


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