07 March 2014 | Geneva -- World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April. It marks WHO’s anniversary and each year a theme highlights a priority area of public health.
The event provides an opportunity for individuals in every community to get involved in activities that can lead to better health.
The topic for 2014 is vector-borne diseases.
The Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases prioritizes seven vector-borne diseases. These are dengue, Chagas disease, human African trypanosomiasis, the Leishmaniases, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis and schistosomiasis.
27 May 2013 | Geneva
Member States call for more focus on the growing threat and spread of dengue
The World Health Assembly today adopted resolution WHA66.12 on all 17 neglected tropical diseases.
Many countries called on WHO to focus more on the growing threat and expansion of dengue and support the scale-up of vector control activities.
Representatives from 32 countries and six speakers from nongovernmental organizations took part in the deliberations.
New phase in fight against NTDs heralds universal access to health interventions for world’s poorest
Sustained commitment key to reaching eradication and elimination targets by 2020
16 January 2013 | Geneva
The World Health Organization’s second report on neglected tropical diseases published today highlights unprecedented progress during the past two years.
Renewed momentum has shifted the world closer to eliminating many of these conditions that take their greatest toll among the poor, thanks to a new global strategy, a regular supply of quality-assured, cost-effective medicines and support from global partners. | More