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Half a million children being vaccinated for diphtheria in Cox’s Bazar

16 January 2018 – As part of an intensified response to the current diphtheria outbreak, WHO, UNICEF and health sector partners are working with the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to vaccinate more than 475 000 children in Rohingya refugee camps, temporary settlements and surrounding areas.

UN Environment and WHO collaboration on environmental health

10 January 2018 – UN Environment and WHO have agreed a new, wide-ranging collaboration to accelerate action to curb environmental health risks that cause an estimated 12.6 million deaths a year. This represents the most significant formal agreement on joint action across the spectrum of environment and health issues in over 15 years.

"Kangaroo Mother Care" helps premature triplets thrive in India

12 January 2018 – When Renuka Hadapad gave birth to triplets in India she saw little reason to celebrate: despite a seamless birth, the triplets were born each weighing less than 1500 grams, making it difficult for them to nurse, stay warm or gain weight. Through "Kangaroo Mother Care," and the support of health workers and her family, Renuka persevered, and the triplets recently celebrated their first birthday.

Dr Tedros: invest in health to end plague in Madagascar

8 January 2018 – The Director-General of WHO has outlined his vision for a Madagascar free of plague epidemics during a three-day visit to the island nation. Madagascar can make plague epidemics a thing of the past through strategic investments in its health system – including better access to healthcare, improving preparedness, surveillance and response capabilities, and implementing the International Health Regulations.

Key health issues of 2017

This was a year of major achievements for WHO - from responding to disease outbreaks and crises, to shaping global policy, to the election of a new Director-General.

Review and relive some of the biggest health stories from WHO in 2017.

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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General

"I envision a world in which everyone can live healthy, productive lives, regardless of who they are or where they live."


  • WHO supports the immunization of 1 million people against cholera in Zambia
    January 2018 – The Government of Zambia has launched a campaign on Wednesday (January 10) to vaccinate residents of Lusaka against cholera with support from WHO and partners. Two million doses of the oral cholera vaccine from the Gavi-funded global stockpile were delivered to the southern African country in January, enough to immunize 1 million people.
  • WHO prequalifies breakthrough vaccine for typhoid
    January 2018 – WHO prequalified the first conjugate vaccine for typhoid. The new typhoid vaccine is an innovative product with longer-lasting immunity than older vaccines, requires fewer doses, and can be given to young children through routine childhood immunization programs.
  • WHO helps Nigeria control cholera in Borno state
    Nigeria has successfully contained a 5-month cholera outbreak in conflict-affected Borno state, with support from WHO and other partners. The Government announced the end of the outbreak on 21 December after 2 weeks had passed with no new cases.


WHO/J. Holmes

"Enough is enough; at this critical moment, we must not let the momentum slip."

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