World Blood Donor Day, 14 June 2015
The theme of this year’s campaign is "Thank you for saving my life". It focuses on thanking blood donors who save lives every day through their blood donations and strongly encourages more people all over the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly with the slogan “Give freely, give often. Blood donation matters.” The campaign aims to highlight stories from people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, as a way of motivating regular blood donors to continue giving blood and people in good health who have never given blood, particularly young people, to begin doing so.
Towards people-centred and integrated health services
27 March 2015 - Despite remarkable improvements in health outcomes and the strengthening of health programmes in recent years, health systems are still facing challenges, especially in areas of the world where chronic disease burden is high and resources are limited. To address these challenges, WHO is launching a new global strategy on people-centred and integrated health services that encourages a paradigm shift in the way health services are funded, managed and delivered. The strategy presents a vision of a future in which all people have access to health services that considers their preferences, are coordinated around their needs, and are safe, effective, timely, efficient and of an acceptable quality.
23 February 2015 -- Each year, at least 16 billion injections are given worldwide to retain or restore good health. Reused equipment poses a serious health care quality and safety challenge, particularly in developing countries. WHO and the Safe Injection Global Network launch a new initiative to address this, promoting the rational and safe use of injections. The Service Delivery and Safety Department is providing strategic leadership to this effort as part of its mission to aid Member States in advancing improved, integrated and people-centred health systems.
WHO traditional medicine strategy
The WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014–2023 was developed and launched in response to the World Health Assembly resolution on traditional medicine (WHA62.13).
The strategy aims to support Member States in developing proactive policies and implementing action plans that will strengthen the role traditional medicine plays in keeping populations healthy.
Service Delivery and Safety (SDS)
WHO SDS supports countries in moving their health systems towards universal health coverage, through increased access to safe, high quality, effective, people-centred and integrated services.