Rabies: Targeting zero human deaths by 2030

28 September 2016 – Rabies causes thousands of deaths every year in over 100 countries, mostly affecting underserved communities with limited access to health and veterinary systems. It is preventable however, and can be controlled with education and public awareness, mass vaccination of dogs, and access to post-bite treatment.

Interactive maps show high levels of air pollution

27 September 2016 – A new air quality model confirms that 92% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits. The model uses a series of interactive maps to show, by country, the most detailed outdoor air pollution health data ever reported by WHO, based on data from more than 3000 rural and urban locations.

Six candidates proposed for WHO Director-General election

23 September 2016 – Six candidates have been proposed by WHO Member States for the post of the Organization’s next Director-General. The Director-General is WHO’s chief technical and administrative officer, overseeing the Organization’s international health work. On 1–2 November, a forum will be held for candidates to present their visions to WHO Member States and the public.

Beating cardiovascular disease

22 September 2016 – A new initiative from WHO and partners, the Global Hearts Initiative, has been launched to respond to the world’s leading cause of death, cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes. Scaling up tobacco control, reducing salt consumption and strengthening primary health care services to reduce cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol are the focuses of the Global Hearts Initiative.

Global leaders commit to act on antimicrobial resistance

21 September 2016 – World leaders today signalled an unprecedented level of attention to curb the spread of infections that are resistant to antimicrobial medicines. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) happens when bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi develop resistance against medicines that were previously able to cure them. A broad, coordinated approach will now be taken to address AMR through human health, animal health and agriculture.

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  • Region of the Americas is declared free of measles
    September 2016 --The Region of the Americas is the first in the world to have eliminated measles, a viral disease that can cause severe health problems, including pneumonia, blindness, brain swelling and even death. This achievement culminates a 22-year effort involving mass vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella throughout the Americas.
  • Collaboration against visceral leishmaniasis
    September 2016 − Besides donated medicines, financial assistance will expand leishmaniasis surveillance and control. A new five-year collaboration includes funding that will allow populations affected by visceral leishmaniasis to benefit from enhanced access to diagnosis and treatment.
  • Contraception: past, present, and future
    September 2016 – Contraception has diverse health and non-health benefits, and is one of the best investments for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health. For World Contraception Day, 26 September, WHO has produced a series of 4 videos that explore the development of contraception and explain why it matters.

Emergency reform

The WHO emergency reform process encompasses governance reform, managerial reform, and further development of emergency capacities.

Zika virus and complications

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


Successful Global Fund replenishment opens space for accelerating efforts

"Endemic infectious diseases kill more than 4 million people every year. While significant progress was made during the Millennium Development Goals era, progress has been uneven."

Dr Ren Minghui,
WHO Assistant Director-General for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases

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