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  • Joint Statement on Syria
    16 January 2017 - While efforts to fully implement a ceasefire in Syria continue, we again appeal for immediate, unconditional, and safe access to reach the children and families who are still cut off from humanitarian aid across the country.
  • Tobacco control can save billions of dollars and millions of lives
    10 January 2017 – Policies to control tobacco use, including tobacco tax and price increases, can generate significant government revenues for health and development work, according to a new landmark global report from WHO and the National Cancer Institute of the United States of America.
  • Final trial results confirm Ebola vaccine provides high protection against disease
    23 December 2016 – An experimental Ebola vaccine was highly protective against the deadly virus in a major trial in Guinea, according to results published today in The Lancet.

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Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO speaking at the plenary session of the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly.
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  • Opening remarks at the Emergency medical teams global meeting
    28 November 2016 – Dr Chan, during the opening remarks at an Emergency Medical Teams global meeting in Hong Kong, praised the international system of qualification, classification and registration of emergency medical teams as an essential part of capacity building and preparedness for emergency response.


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