11 August 2017 – From smoke-free souks to low-salt bread, businesses and communities in the Sultanate of Oman are leading the charge against noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart and lung diseases, cancer, and diabetes. Oman is one of several countries selected by WHO to receive support to fast-track progress on achieving nine global targets to prevent and control NCDs, including a reduction of premature deaths from NCDs by 25% by 2025.
5 August 2017 – WHO estimates up to 10 000 lives could be saved by November through malaria prevention and control, if more funds are secured. Following more than 8 years of conflict in Borno state in north-eastern Nigeria, some 3.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and all are at risk for malaria. WHO estimates that every week, around 8500 people are infected with the disease in Borno state. With the high transmission season for malaria lasting through October, WHO expects these numbers will increase.
10 August 2017 – Environmental health risks especially affect women and children, because women are more vulnerable socially, and environmental contaminants can have a greater impact on children’s smaller, developing bodies. For an example, household air pollution from dirty fuels and inefficient cook stoves caused around 4 million premature deaths in 2012. This WHO Bulletin articles addresses how the Sustainable Development Goals can be used to reduce environmental health risks and improve transport, housing, urban design and energy provision.
1 August 2017 – No country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by UNICEF and WHO in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new initiative to increase global breastfeeding rates. Only 40% of children younger than six months are breastfed exclusively (given nothing but breastmilk) and only 23 countries have exclusive breastfeeding rates above 60%.