2006: A review of major health issues

An African woman with her baby sleeping

From avian influenza to humanitarian crises, health issues were in the news throughout 2006. Avian influenza cases appeared in Africa and Europe, polio cases were found in four countries and a new extensively resistant strain of tuberculosis caused high mortality in South Africa's HIV-positive population.

But there were new opportunities too: The first report on health in the African region showed that the region is able to tackle health challenges with its own innovative solutions; two new vaccines against cervical cancer were developed; and more people living with HIV and AIDS had access to treatment than ever before.

In this photo feature, WHO presents a selection of the major health issues in 2006.

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