October 1st marks the International Day of Older Persons. The WHO World Report on Ageing and Health, which highlights evidence on what health and social care systems can do to support healthy ageing, will be launched globally on September 30 in Washington, D.C. by the WHO Director-General and the Regional Director for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). PAHO is also actively contributing to the development of a WHO Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health, under consultation with Member States and other stakeholders, which is guided by key principles such as human rights, equality and non-discrimination, gender equality, equity and intergenerational solidarity.
29 September 2015 - Recognising that violence and discrimination present a significant barrier to health and health services, including for HIV and other STIs, this joint inter-agency statement calls on governments, parliaments, judiciaries, national human rights institutions, community, religious, political leaders, workers’ organizations, the private sector, health providers, civil society organizations and the media to stand up to discrimination in all its forms, in line with the mandate of the UN.
The 30th Session of the Human Rights Council is currently underway at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and representatives from 47 Member States have gathered to address situations of human rights violations and develop recommendations to address them. Many issues engaged by delegates touched on health concerns, particularly toxic wastes, sexual and reproductive health, drug use and abuse, and the well being of older populations. The World Health Organization is participating in a number of side events related to health and human rights during the Council, highlighting good practices and examining challenges to implementing human rights-based approaches to a variety of health issues.
They are doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health workers who selflessly serve their communities, often with little access to resources and sometimes at great risk to their own lives. This campaign pays tribute to their courage, dedication and sacrifice. Join us, between World Humanitarian Day and the World Humanitarian Summit, as we send messages of thenaks to health heroes around the world, using the hashtag #ThanksHealthHero.
1 in 3women has experienced either physical or sexual violence from her partner;More on gender
99%of maternal deaths occur in developing countriesMore on equity
100 millionpeople globally are pushed below the poverty line every year as a result of health care expenditureMore on human rights
19 August 2015
"A humanitarian is someone who seeks to promote the welfare of others - and that's exactly what health workers do every day".
Jim Campbell, Director, Health Workforce Department