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  • WHO calls for worldwide use of "smart" syringes
    23 February 2015 -- Use of the same syringe or needle to give injections to more than one person is driving the spread of a number of deadly infectious diseases worldwide. Millions of people could be protected from infections acquired through unsafe injections if all healthcare programmes switched to syringes that cannot be used more than once.
  • UN delivers 62 metric tons of humanitarian aid to Ukraine
    19 February 2015 -- WHO delivered today 13 tons of medical supplies to the Donetsk region in Ukraine as part of the first UN humanitarian convoy.
  • WHO urges governments to increase investment to tackle neglected tropical diseases
    19 February 2015 -- WHO urges affected countries to scale up their investment in tackling 17 neglected tropical diseases in order to improve the health and well-being of more than 1.5 billion people. This investment would represent as little as 0.1% of current domestic expenditure on health in affected low- and middle-income countries for the period 2015-2030.

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Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General - Health Systems and Innovation.


A mother and child in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.