Promoting health through the life-course

World Tuberculosis Day: Unite to end TB

23 MARCH 2017 – Protecting human rights, ethics and equity are principles which underpin WHO’s End TB Strategy. Patients, communities, health workers, policy makers and other stakeholders frequently face conflicts and ethical dilemmas. New WHO tuberculosis (TB) ethics guidance, launched for World TB Day, 24 March, aims to help ensure that countries implementing the End TB Strategy adhere to sound ethical standards to protect the rights of all those affected.

World Water Day: Safe wastewater reuse important as fresh water supplies diminish

22 MARCH 2017 – Today is World Water Day. Worldwide, as water resources become scarce, urban centres expand and demand for food increases, wastewater reuse is becoming more attractive and viable. Today, it is estimated that more than 10% of the world’s population consumes food produced with wastewater and 40% live in water-stressed areas. However, wastewater treatment is low in most developing countries, posing various risks to human health.

The contribution of integrated people-centered health services to ensuring universal health coverage, the right to health, and leaving no one behind in the SDG era

13 MARCH 2017 – We must ensure that the voices of the most vulnerable populations are included on the path to universal health coverage. This requires an integrated and people-centred approach in how health services are planned, delivered, monitored and evaluated, with strategies focusing on engaging and empowering underserved and marginalized subpopulations. These were some of the key messages to come out of a session on the “WHO Framework on integrated people-centred health services: reaching out to vulnerable populations” that took place at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference in Bangkok, Thailand in January.

International Women’s Day 2017

A group of young African women

8 MARCH 2017 – On International Women’s Day, WHO reaffirms its commitment to gender equality and women’s and girls’ fundamental rights, particularly to ensuring that women across the globe are able to make decisions about themselves. When women are able to decide about their health and the things that influence it, including their sexual and reproductive health and environment, they control their futures and their lives and fulfil their limitless potential.

The cost of a polluted environment: 1.7 million child deaths a year

A child in a bucket
WHO/D. Rodriguez

6 MARCH 2017 – More than 1 in 4 deaths of children under 5 years are attributable to unhealthy environments. Every year, environmental risks – such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, second-hand smoke, unsafe water, lack of sanitation and inadequate hygiene – take the lives of 1.7 million children under 5 years, according to two new WHO reports.

Can women who are at high-risk of acquiring HIV safely use hormonal contraception?

Health worker provides counselling on contraceptive methods to a couple, Papua New Guinea
WHO/Yoshi Shimizu

2 MARCH 2017 – Following a consultation in December 2016, WHO has issued revised guidance on the use of hormonal contraception by women at high risk of acquiring HIV. In 2016, WHO commissioned an update of a 2014 systematic review of evidence to include new studies. Updated evidence was examined at the December 2016 consultation that included a wide range of stakeholders including global representation from clinicians with expertise in contraception and HIV, as well as representatives from affected populations, researchers and academics, epidemiologists, programme managers, policy-makers and guideline methodologists.

The promotion, protection and fulfilment of sexual and reproductive health and rights

2 young women laughing

28 FEBRUARY 2017 - Read the statement by the Scientific Technical and Advisory Group and the Gender and Rights Advisory Panel on the importance of protecting global advances in sexual and reproductive health and rights and the challenges that will need to be overcome for further progress to be made.


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
environmental risks, social
determinants of health, gender, equity,
and human rights.

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Dr Flavia Bustreo
Assistant Director-General
Family, Women's and Children's Health
World Health Organization
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