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The world is running out of antibiotics

20 September 2017 – A report launched today by WHO shows a serious lack of new antibiotics under development to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. Most of the drugs currently in the clinical pipeline are modifications of existing classes of antibiotics and are only short-term solutions. The report found very few potential treatment options for those antibiotic-resistant infections identified by WHO as posing the greatest threat to health, including drug-resistant tuberculosis which kills around 250 000 people each year.

Universal health coverage: a call to action

19 September 2017 – Universal health coverage is based on the conviction that health is a human right, not a privilege. People must not have to choose between buying medicine and buying food. Sickness should not plunge an entire family into poverty because a breadwinner is unable to work. A mother should not lose her baby because the services needed to save it are too far away.

WHO launches Noncommunicable Diseases Progress Monitor

18 September 2017 – Governments are making limited progress, so more action is needed to address noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and the main risk factors to meet global targets to reduce premature deaths. Limited national progress has been made in the fight against NCDs – primarily cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases, cancers and diabetes – which are the world’s biggest killers, and claim the lives of 15 million people aged 30 to 70 years annually.

World hunger again on the rise

15 September 2017 – After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11% of the global population, says a new edition of the annual United Nations report on world food security and nutrition released today. The increase in global hunger is largely due to the proliferation of violent conflicts and climate-related shocks.

Sixty-seventh WHO Regional Committee for Europe

11 September 2017 – The Sixty-seventh session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe opened in Budapest, Hungary today. Delegates will review recent progress and agree on next steps to safeguard the health of people throughout the region.

Preventing adolescent suicide: a mother’s story

6 September 2017 – Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15–19 year-old girls. However, suicides are preventable. In this video, a mother from Switzerland explains how she coped when her teenage daughter told her that she was thinking about suicide. During the testimony, we hear how the family sought help and the support that helped them get through this difficult time.

Seventieth WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia

Young people enjoy time together on a bench near a road.
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6 September 2017 – The Seventieth session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia opened in Maldives today. Delegates will review recent progress and agree on next steps to safeguard the health of people throughout the region.

Towards a rabies-free Thailand by 2020

5 September 2017 – Through mass dog vaccination and accessible and affordable measures, Thailand has reduced the number of human rabies cases by more than 90% since the 1980s. WHO recently welcomed Professor Dr Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol of Thailand – the Princess is a champion of efforts to make Thailand rabies-free by 2020.

Europe commits to staying malaria-free

4 September 2017 – Today the WHO European Region marks an important step on the road from malaria control to malaria elimination, and maintaining malaria-free status. The 10 Central Asia and Caucasus countries that had been the last stronghold for malaria in the region have confirmed their commitment to preventing malaria with the launch of The Ashgabat Statement.

Rapidly responding to Cholera in North-Eastern Nigeria

30 August 2017 – WHO and partners are moving swiftly to help health authorities contain a cholera outbreak in a camp for internally displaced people in north-eastern Nigeria. A total of 69 cases have been reported in a camp on the outskirts of the state capital Maiduguri, which is home to 44 000 people displaced by conflict and famine.

Sixty-seventh session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa

28 August 2017 – The Sixty-seventh session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa opened in Zimbabwe today. Delegates will review recent progress and agree on next steps to safeguard the health of people throughout the region.

Sixty-seventh WHO Regional Committee for Africa

28 August 2017 – The Sixty-seventh Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa opened in Zimbabwe today. Delegates will review recent progress and agree next steps to safeguard the health of people throughout the region.

Sixty-Seventh WHO Regional Committee for Africa

28 August 2017 – The 67th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa opened in Zimbabwe today. Delegates will review recent progress and agree next steps to safeguard the health of people throughout the region.

An infographic stating that every year, 2.7 million babies die in the first 28 days of life.
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25 August 2017 – Since 1990, the global mortality rate for children under five years of age has dropped by 53% – yet nearly 6 million children still die each year from largely preventable causes.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros delivered a video address to the 2017 Acting On The Call conference, reaffirming WHO's commitment to ensuring that every woman, child and adolescent can survive, thrive and transform.

Partnering to respond to health emergencies

20 August 2017 – WHO works together with partners to respond to public health needs in the most difficult situations, ranging from disease outbreaks to conflicts and natural disasters.

This photo gallery shows some of the work WHO has done with partners in recent and ongoing emergencies such as Ebola, Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, yellow fever in Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the earthquake in Ecuador.

An infographic stating that every year, 2.7 million babies die in the first 28 days of life.
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25 August 2017 – Since 1990, the global mortality rate for children under five years of age has dropped by 53% – yet nearly 6 million children still die each year from largely preventable causes.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros delivered a video address to the 2017 Acting On The Call conference, reaffirming WHO's commitment to ensuring that every woman, child and adolescent can survive, thrive and transform.

Enabling mothers and children to survive, thrive, and transform

An infographic stating that every year, 2.7 million babies die in the first 28 days of life.
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25 August 2017 – Since 1990, the global mortality rate for children under five years of age has dropped by 53% – yet nearly 6 million children still die each year from largely preventable causes.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros delivered a video address to the 2017 Acting On The Call conference, reaffirming WHO's commitment to ensuring that every woman, child and adolescent can survive, thrive and transform.

Preventing spread of disease after Sierra Leone mudslide

21 August 2017 – WHO is working closely with the Government of Sierra Leone to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as malaria and cholera in the wake of last week’s mudslides and flooding in Freetown. The Organization is also working with partners to ensure ongoing health care for the injured and displaced, and to provide psychological aid to those coping with trauma.

WHO works to prevent spread of disease after mudslide


21 August 2017 – WHO is working closely with the Government of Sierra Leone to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as malaria and cholera in the wake of last week’s mudslides and flooding in Freetown. The Organization is also working with partners to ensure ongoing health care for the injured and displaced, and to provide psychological aid to those coping with trauma.

Patients, health workers and hospitals are #NotATarget


18 August 2017 – Last year 418 people died because health facilities were attacked. Every hospital destroyed and every health worker killed or injured takes years of health services away from the people who need them most. Stop attacks on health care.