Urgent response needed for viral hepatitis

21 April 2017 – New WHO data reveal that an estimated 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The WHO Global hepatitis report, 2017 indicates that the large majority of these people lack access to life-saving testing and treatment. As a result, millions of people are at risk of a slow progression to chronic liver disease, cancer, and death.

Preventing malaria during pregnancy in Africa

21 April 2017 – Approximately 52 million pregnant women living in sub-Saharan Africa are at risk of exposure to malaria each year. A key preventive therapy – known as intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp) – has been added to the antenatal care package in response. An estimated 69% of pregnant women are not receiving the full cycle of IPTp however, a gap which must be urgently closed.

Five years into the Decade of Vaccines

20 April 2017 – World Immunization Week, celebrated 24–30 April 2017, promotes the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Today, there are still 19.4 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world.

Exceptional progress against neglected tropical diseases

19 April 2017 – With a record 1 billion people receiving treatments for at least one neglected tropical disease (NTD) in 2015 alone, remarkable progress has been made against neglected tropical diseases over the past 10 years. A new report from WHO demonstrates how political support, generous donations of medicines, and improvements in living conditions have led to sustained expansion of disease control programmes for NTDs.

Ten years in public health 2007-2017

13 April 2017 -- Today WHO launches a report that chronicles the evolution of global public health over the decade that Dr Margaret Chan has served as Director-General at WHO. The report opens with a letter from Dr Chan who offers her reflections on some of the highlights and challenges of the past 10 years working to build a better, healthier future for the world’s people. The first chapter examines WHO’s key role in promoting universal health coverage.

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World Immunization Week, 24-30 April

Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions.


  • Tobacco: China’s addiction
    April 2017 – Smoking-related diseases are on track to claim more than 200 million lives in China this century, a new joint WHO/UNDP report warns. The majority of these deaths will occur in China’s poorest and most vulnerable communities unless critical steps are taken to reduce China’s dependency on tobacco.

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Children and environment

Infographics on how environmental exposures start in the womb, and can have effects throughout life.

Neglected tropical diseases

"Increased donations of essential medicines have enabled access to treatment for almost a billion people."