Measles deaths reach record lows with fragile gains toward global elimination 6 February 2014 -- New mortality estimates from WHO show that annual measles deaths have reached historic lows, dropping 78% from more than 562 000 in 2000 to 122 000 in 2012. During this time period, an estimated 13.8 million deaths have been prevented by measles vaccination and surveillance data showed that reported cases declined 77% from 853 480 to 226 722.
First ever global atlas identifies unmet need for palliative care 28 January 2014 -- Only 1 in 10 people who need palliative care - that is medical care to relieve the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness - is currently receiving it. This unmet need is mapped for the first time in the "Global atlas of palliative care at the end of life", published jointly by WHO and the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA).
WHO Executive Board appoints two Regional Directors 21 January 2014 -- WHO Executive Board, currently holding its 134th session in Geneva, has appointed Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh as the new WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia and reappointed Dr Shin Young-soo as the WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific.