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  • Statement on the Seventh IHR Emergency Committee meeting regarding the international spread of poliovirus
    26 November 2015 -- While strong progress has been made by countries toward interruption of wild poliovirus transmission, implementation of Temporary Recommendations issued by the Director-General, and overall decline in occurrence of international spread of wild poliovirus, the Committee unanimously agreed that the international spread of polio remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and recommended the extension of the Temporary Recommendations, as revised, for a further 3 months.
  • WHO launches toolkit to help countries respond to sexual violence
    25 November 2015 -- WHO, together with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, is launching a toolkit to help countries strengthen the medico-legal response to sexual violence. This initiative is also supported by UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict.
  • WHO calls on countries to protect health from climate change
    16 November 2015 -- The upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-21) in Paris offers the world an important opportunity to not only reach a strong international climate agreement, but also to protect the health of current and future generations. WHO considers the Paris treaty to be a significant public health treaty – one that has the potential to save lives worldwide.

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