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  • Noncommunicable diseases prematurely take 16 million lives annually, WHO urges more action
    19 January 2015 -- Urgent government action is needed to meet global targets to reduce the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), and prevent the annual toll of 16 million people dying prematurely – before the age of 70 – from heart and lung diseases, stroke, cancer and diabetes, according to a new WHO report.
  • No Ebola cases detected in Iraq
    6 January 2015 -- The Ministry of Health in Iraq, in collaboration with WHO, confirms that there is no suspected case of Ebola virus disease in Iraq as of 5 January 2015.


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


A mother and child in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.