8 March 2015 – International women’s day is a day of celebration and reflection on progress made to promote and protect women’s equality and human rights. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action. The Declaration laid down a pathway for gender equality and women’s empowerment. Over the past 20 years, governments have taken steps towards implementing the commitments made in Beijing. Overall progress has been made in reducing maternal mortality and, to a greater extent, infant mortality and morbidity rates. Progress accelerated with the launch of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health in 2010.
6 February 2015 – WORLDWIDE - WHO joins people across the globe today, to stand in solidarity against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and to highlight the crucial role that health-workers can play to help end this practice. Female Genital Mutilation is a global health issue, and can have devastating physical, psychological, and social consequences for women and girls.
Call for more research and greater efforts to prevent and control the spread of herpes simplex virus
21 January 2015 - New WHO-led global estimates for herpes simplex virus type 2, published by PLOS ONE, show that over 400 million people worldwide were infected with the virus in 2012. The estimates underline the extent to which herpes simplex virus type 2 – the virus which causes genital herpes – is widespread throughout the world, causing a significant global burden of disease.