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Below are the most recent top stories from the WHO homepage.

Urgent need to scale up health services in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

20 February 2018 – Six months after the start of the Rohingya refugee crisis, continued efforts are needed to further scale up health services for nearly 1.3 million people in Cox’s Bazar. The vulnerable populations remain at risk of several diseases and in need of critical services for survival.

A 400% surge in measles cases in Europe in 2017, compared to 2016

20 February 2018 – Measles has rebounded in the WHO European Region. The disease affected 21 315 people and caused 35 deaths in 2017, following a record low of 5273 cases in 2016. The surge in measles cases in 2017 included large outbreaks (100 or more cases) in 15 of the 53 countries in the Region.

World leaders join new drive to beat noncommunicable diseases

16 February 2018 – WHO is announcing today a new high-level commission, comprised of heads of state and ministers, leaders in health and development and entrepreneurs. The group will propose bold and innovative solutions to accelerate prevention and control of the leading killers on the planet – noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart and lung disease, cancers, and diabetes.

Personalized, supportive care key to positive childbirth experience

15 February 2018 – New WHO recommendations establish global standards of care for healthy pregnant women and reduce unnecessary medical interventions. Childbirth is a normal physiological process that can be without complications for the majority of women and babies. However, studies show a substantial proportion of healthy pregnant women undergo at least one clinical intervention during labour and birth. They are also often subjected to needless and potentially harmful routine interventions.

Top epidemic-prone diseases without sufficient counter measures

12 February 2018 – WHO releases its 2018 list of priority pathogens that have the potential to cause a public health emergency and which have no, or insufficient, countermeasures. WHO calls on the medical community to unite in greater R&D efforts for these 8 diseases to develop treatments and vaccines to help control outbreaks.

Working towards zero tolerance for female genital mutilation in Sudan

6 February 2018 – Nine years ago, one community in Sudan decided to follow WHO recommendations and abandon the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). Since then, Tuti Island, a community of 21 000 residents located at the juncture where the White Nile and Blue Nile rivers merge, has been held up as a trailblazer in a growing movement to end FGM.

Displaced people in Ibb devastated by hunger and disease

6 February 2018 – The number of people in need for humanitarian aid in Yemen has increased dramatically. Around 22.2 million people need some kind of humanitarian assistance. Currently, more than 2 million people are still displaced in Yemen, with women and children representing three quarters of internally displaced persons.

Standby partners’ crucial role in emergency response

6 February 2018 – Health emergencies can come with little or no warning. Saving lives and preventing the spread of a disease or the fallout of a natural disaster means getting relief resources onsite quickly. Crucially, this includes skilled and experienced personnel. For WHO one way of plugging this emergency skills gap has been via its Standby Partners Programme (SBP).

Research and development: Inequalities found by WHO observatory

5 February 2018 – In Singapore there are an estimated 1140 health research workers per million inhabitants, compared to just 0.2 in Zimbabwe. This is just one of the striking gaps and inequalities in investment identified by WHO’s newly-established Global Observatory on Health Research and Development.

Remote Nigeria communities welcome child health programme

1 February 2018 – Integrated community case management is a strategy to extend universal health care for children living in hard to reach areas and engages trained community health workers to provide diagnosis and treatment of 3 deadly but curable illnesses – malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea. Nigeria, with neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo, accounts for about 40% of malaria cases and deaths worldwide.

Cervical cancer prevention and control is saving lives in the Republic of Korea

2 February 2018 – The Republic of Korea is demonstrating how it is possible, through investment and expanded universal health coverage, to reduce illness and death through cervical cancer prevention and control, also a key focus of World Cancer Day on 4 February.

High levels of antibiotic resistance found worldwide

29 January 2018 – Surveillance data on antibiotic resistance reveals high levels of resistance to serious bacterial infections in high- and low-income countries. The bacteria that cause some of the world’s most common infections – such as Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae – are proving drug-resistant. And most worrying of all, pathogens don’t respect national borders.

World Leprosy Day: ending transmission among children

26 January 2018 – National programmes must boost active case-finding, strengthen surveillance, improve contact-tracing and focus more on early detection of leprosy cases among children to ensure achievement of the global target of zero child infections by 2020. This call comes as the world observers World Leprosy Day on Sunday, 28 January.

Historic yellow fever vaccination campaigns launched in Brazil and Nigeria

26 January 2018 – This week the governments of Brazil and Nigeria launched mass immunization campaigns to protect people against yellow fever. With support from WHO and partners, an estimated 23.8 million people in Brazil, and 25 million people in Nigeria, are expected to be vaccinated.

Historic yellow fever vaccination campaigns launched in Brazil and Nigeria

26 January 2018 – This week the governments of Brazil and Nigeria launched mass immunization campaigns to protect people against yellow fever. With support from WHO and partners, an estimated 23.8 million people in Brazil, and 25 million people in Nigeria, are expected to be vaccinated.

142nd session of the WHO Executive Board

22 January 2018 – This week the WHO Executive Board is setting the agenda for the World Health Assembly, and determining how to best promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable. The session takes place on
22–27 January 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Nearly half a million children being vaccinated against diphtheria in Cox’s Bazar

16 January 2018 – As part of an intensified response to the current diphtheria outbreak, WHO, UNICEF and health sector partners are working with the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to vaccinate more than 475 000 children in Rohingya refugee camps, temporary settlements and surrounding areas.

"Kangaroo Mother Care" helps premature triplets thrive in India

12 January 2018 – When Renuka Hadapad gave birth to triplets in India she saw little reason to celebrate: despite a seamless birth, the triplets were born each weighing less than 1500 grams, making it difficult for them to nurse, stay warm or gain weight. Through "Kangaroo Mother Care," and the support of health workers and her family, Renuka persevered, and the triplets recently celebrated their first birthday.

UN Environment and WHO collaboration on environmental health

10 January 2018 – The wide-ranging collaboration to accelerate action to curb environmental health risks that cause an estimated 12.6 million deaths a year. This represents the most significant formal agreement on joint action across the spectrum of environment and health issues in over 15 years. The two agencies will develop a joint work programme and hold an annual high-level meeting to evaluate progress and make recommendations for continued collaboration.

Dr Tedros: invest in health to end plague in Madagascar

8 January 2018 – The Director-General of WHO has outlined his vision for a Madagascar free of plague epidemics during a three-day visit to the island nation. Madagascar can make plague epidemics a thing of the past through strategic investments in its health system – including better access to healthcare, improving preparedness, surveillance and response capabilities, and implementing the International Health Regulations.