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  • Yellow fever vaccination essential for Angola, WHO reminds travellers
    26 April 2016 -- As efforts to bring an outbreak of yellow fever in Angola under control continue, the World Health Organization is reminding all travellers to the country that they are required to receive the yellow fever vaccination and to have a valid certificate of vaccination to prove that they are protected from the disease and to prevent its further spread.
  • On World Malaria Day, a push to eliminate malaria
    25 April 2016 -- A year after the World Health Assembly resolved to eliminate malaria from at least 35 countries by 2030, WHO is releasing a World Malaria Day report that shows this goal, although ambitious, is achievable.
  • World Immunization Week 2016: Immunization game-changers should be the norm worldwide
    21 April 2016 -- During World Immunization Week 2016, WHO highlights recent gains in immunization coverage, and outlines further steps countries can take to “Close the Immunization Gap” and meet global vaccination targets by 2020.

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Director-General's speeches

Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO speaking at the plenary session of the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly.
  • WHO Director-General addresses UN on the World Drug Problem
    19 April 2016 -- Dr Margaret Chan reviewed the enormous health and social harm caused by the illicit use of psychoactive drugs. In the view of WHO, drug policies that focus almost exclusively on use of the criminal justice system need to be broadened by embracing a public health approach.

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