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World Humanitarian Day: WHO calls for protection of health workers in conflicts, disasters

19 August 2014 - As major emergencies around the globe increase in scale, complexity and frequency, the World Health Organization is calling for an end to the targeting of health workers in conflicts and other humanitarian crises, which represent a breach of the fundamental right to health.

MDG Momentum – 500 days to the MDGs

Key facts on the MDGs

  • Globally, the number of deaths of children under 5 years of age fell from 12.6 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012.

  • In developing countries, the percentage of underweight children under 5 years old dropped from 25% in 1990 to 15% in 2012.

  • While the proportion of births attended by a skilled health worker has increased globally, fewer than 50% of births are attended in the WHO African Region.

  • Globally, new HIV infections declined by 33% between 2001 and 2012.

  • Existing cases of tuberculosis are declining, along with deaths among HIV-negative tuberculosis cases.

  • (Source WHO, May 2014)

    Margaret Chan highlights challenges for health workers in Ebola outbreak

    13 August 2014 - Yesterday, the Director-General of the WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan briefed the Geneva based United Nations country missions on the Ebola outbreak and response in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. She addressed the spread of the virus to health workers working on the frontlines and highlighted important reasons why the safety of health workers is a top priority. To date, nearly 170 health-care workers have been infected, and more than 80 have died.

    WHO Nursing and Midwifery officer receives award of excellence for her outstanding contribution towards the nursing and midwifery cause

    Annette Mwansa NKOWANE, WHO’s Nursing and Midwifery Officer was recently recognized by the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres (WHOCCs) for Nursing and Midwifery for her leadership and outstanding contribution towards global nursing and midwifery development. Annette has many years of international experience in public health and has directly been involved in moving the WHO agenda on nursing and midwifery since 2005.

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