Promoting health through the life-course

Bangladesh moves to protect Rohingya children from diphtheria

12 DECEMBER 2017 – The Government of Bangladesh, with the support of UNICEF, WHO and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, today launched a vaccination campaign against diphtheria and other preventable diseases for all Rohingya children aged 6 weeks to 6 years living in 12 camps and temporary settlements near the Myanmar border. The Serum Institute of India has donated 300 000 doses of pentavalent vaccines for use in the response.

Health is a fundamental human right

The right to health means ending discrimination in all healthcare settings

10 DECEMBER 2017 – “The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition”. Almost 70 years after these words were adopted in WHO's constitution, they are more powerful and relevant than ever. Since day one, the right to health has been central to WHO’s identity and mandate.

Launch of the WHO Global Dementia Observatory

7 DECEMBER 2017 – Dementia is estimated to affect around 50 million people worldwide, and is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people. Towards coordinating a global public health response to dementia, better data monitoring and sharing is needed. The WHO Global Dementia Observatory is a web-based platform to facilitate information exchange on dementia for policy-makers and researchers.

Global Call for Proposals: Successful Collaboration Across Sectors for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ health

7 DECEMBER 2017 - The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) is seeking twelve inspiring examples of collaborations across sectors that are improving women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health. This global call for proposals is looking for stories from low-, middle-, and high-income countries to develop as case studies that provide inspiration, insight and ideas about what has worked and why, in collaborating across sectors.

More women worldwide receive early antenatal care, but great inequalities remain

5 DECEMBER 2017 – A recent study shows that many of the poorest women still do not have equal access to the high-quality early antenatal care that can help to ensure their health and well-being. WHO recommends that women start antenatal care at a gestational age of less than 12 weeks. Early antenatal care is a critical opportunity for health providers to deliver care and support, and give information to pregnant women in the first trimester of pregnancy.

World AIDS Day, 1 December 2017

1 DECEMBER 2017 – Using the slogan “Everybody counts,” WHO is advocating for access to safe, effective, quality and affordable HIV services, medicines, diagnostics and other health commodities for all people who need them. Universal health coverage (UHC) means that all people receive the health services they need without experiencing financial hardship, and this includes access to the full range of HIV services.

WHO delivers medicines as diphtheria spreads in Yemen

28 NOVEMBER 2017 - WHO has delivered medicines to tackle an outbreak of diphtheria in Yemen, warning that sustained humanitarian access is critical to stopping its spread. "It is shocking that in 2017, there are children dying of an ancient disease that is vaccine-preventable and can be easily treated," said Dr Nevio Zagaria, WHO Country Representative in Yemen.

WHO launches new manual to strengthen health systems to better respond to women survivors of violence

24 NOVEMBER 2017 – Health care providers have an important role to play in identifying women who experience violence, and responding to them with empathy. In order for health care providers to be able to respond appropriately, health systems need to be strengthened so that women receive high-quality and respectful care. In recognition of this, WHO has launched a new manual to help health managers and policymakers to strengthen health systems to deliver better quality of care to women who are subjected to violence.

Agreement signed between WHO and UN Human Rights agency to advance work on health and human rights

21 NOVEMBER 2017 – Today marked a significant milestone for health and human rights as WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein signed an agreement to deepen collaboration between their agencies. The agreement responds to the recommendations of the High Level Working Group for the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents. to better inform clinical policies and practices.

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Promoting good health through the life-
course cuts across all areas of WHO’s
work including the health of women
before, during and after pregnancy, and
of newborns, children, adolescents,
and older people, taking into account
social determinants of health, gender,
equity and human rights.

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