WHO airlifts supplies to wounded in Islamic Republic of Iran-Iraq earthquake
16 November 2017 – WHO has airlifted trauma kits and medical supplies to the Islamic Republic of Iran to support the treatment of thousands people injured as a result of the recent earthquake in the Islamic Republic of Iran-Iraq border region. The supplies, enough to provide surgical care for up to 4000 trauma patients, were transported from WHO’s emergency logistical centre in Dubai to Kermanshah province in western Islamic Republic of Iran on 16 November at 10.30am local time. They were immediately delivered to hospitals and other health facilities receiving the injured.
16 November 2017 – While the Saudi-led military coalition has partially lifted the recent blockade of Yemen, closure of much of the country’s air, sea and land ports is making an already catastrophic situation far worse. The space and access we need to deliver humanitarian assistance is being choked off, threatening the lives of millions of vulnerable children and families.
14 November 2017 – Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation. Mobile phones can support diabetes prevention by providing simple tips on good management or prevention, usually around diet, exercise and checking for signs of complications such as diabetic foot complications. WHO has been working with the International Telecommunication Union to help countries like Senegal introduce large-scale mDiabetes services using mobile phones.
13 November 2017 – Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security and development today. For World Antibiotic Awareness week, 13–19 November 2017, WHO and partners will reach out to health professionals, governments, farmers, veterinarians, the food and feed industry, and the public via social media. There are infographics, quizzes, and success stories to raise awareness on antibiotic resistance and the actions we can take.
WHO calls for access to save lives in the Syrian Arab Republic
12 November 2017 – WHO and health partners have prepared a plan for medical evacuations from eastern Ghouta to medical facilities in Damascus, Rural Damascus and Idlib depending on patients’ consent. Medicines have also been prepared for immediate dispatch to minimize the number of medical evacuations needed. Up to 400 000 people remain besieged in eastern Ghouta in Rural Damascus, where they face deteriorating humanitarian, health, and security conditions.
12 November 2017 – Today, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, WHO, in collaboration with the UN Climate Change secretariat and in partnership with the Fijian Presidency of the twenty-third Conference of the Parties (COP23), launched a special initiative to protect people living in Small Island Developing States from the heath impacts of climate change
WHO calls access to save lives in eastern Ghouta, Syria
8 November 2017 – WHO and health partners have prepared a plan for medical evacuations from eastern Ghouta to medical facilities in Damascus, Rural Damascus and Idlib depending on patients’ consent. Medicines have also been prepared for immediate dispatch to minimize the number of medical evacuations needed. Up to 400 000 people remain besieged in eastern Ghouta in Rural Damascus, where they face deteriorating humanitarian, health, and security conditions.
WHO calls for immediate and unimpeded access to save lives in eastern Ghouta, Syrian Arab Republic
12 November 2017 – WHO and health partners have prepared a plan for medical evacuations from eastern Ghouta to medical facilities in Damascus, Rural Damascus and Idlib depending on patients’ consent. Medicines have also been prepared for immediate dispatch to minimize the number of medical evacuations needed.
Up to 400 000 people remain besieged in eastern Ghouta in Rural Damascus, where they face deteriorating humanitarian, health, and security conditions.
9 November 2017 – For the fourth consecutive day, the World Health Organization’s operations in Yemen have been severely hampered due to the closure of all land, sea and air ports.
WHO’s supplies are critically low. On Wednesday, WHO was prevented from delivering 250 tonnes of medical supplies via sea. The supply ship could not leave Djibouti as previously planned because of the closure of Yemen’s Al-Hudaydah’s port. The ship was carrying surgical kits, anaesthesia machines, infant incubator sets, water purification tablets and other essential supplies.
9 November 2017 – Government leaders are gathered in Bonn, Germany, at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23 6-17 November), to work towards meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. People living in small island developing states are especially vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change including extreme weather events like hurricanes and flood, rising sea levels and increased risk of infectious diseases. The Paris Agreement calls for stronger action on climate change for the least developed countries and small island developing states.
9 November 2017 – YoungVoicesCount is a global collaboration to support young people to realize their full potential and human rights. They will share their experiences and ideas for WorldWeWant in 2030. They will be more than students. They will contribute to shaping destinies—by becoming spokespeople for adolescents and youth around the world and demanding accountability for progress at all levels.
Unlocking health information in Papua New Guinea
8 November 2017 – Access to the latest health information is vital, but in places where resources are constrained, access can be challenging. Through WHO's HINARI programme, people have free or low-cost access to biomedical and health literature. Papua New Guinea has been particularly engaged – Since 2016, WHO has delivered a series of workshops to train more than 150 health workers from 10 provinces in the country.
7 November 2017 – To prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance, farmers and the food industry should stop using antibiotics to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals. Over-use and misuse of antibiotics contributes to the threat of antibiotic resistance. Sustained action across all sectors, including agriculture, is key to preventing the spread of antibiotic resistance.
2 November 2017 – More than 1800 suspected, probable, or confirmed plague cases were reported in Madagascar from August to late October 2017, resulting in 127 deaths. WHO has moved quickly in response to this unusually severe outbreak by supporting the Government of Madagascar, while at the same time working with nearby countries and territories to prevent regional spread.
2 November 2017 – This week more than 260 of the WHO’s leaders from headquarters, regional and country offices gathered in Geneva to discuss how to transform WHO into an organization that is better able to deliver meaningful improvements in health to the world’s people. It was first time that WHO’s new Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with all senior leadership in the same room.
31 October 2017 – In Nigeria’s Borno State, malaria is currently claiming more lives than all other diseases combined. Children under the age of 5 are particularly vulnerable. WHO recently launched a special campaign in this state aimed at rapidly reducing the malaria burden among young children and, at the same time, protecting them against polio.
31 October 2017 – On the eve of the World Hepatitis Summit in Brazil, WHO reports increasing global momentum in the response to viral hepatitis. A record 3 million people were able to obtain treatment for hepatitis C over the past two years, and 2.8 million more people embarked on lifelong treatment for hepatitis B in 2016. The Summit aims to encourage more countries to take decisive action to tackle hepatitis, which still causes more than 1.3 million deaths every year and affects more than 325 million people.
30 October 2017 – Global efforts to combat tuberculosis (TB) have saved an estimated 53 million lives since 2000 and reduced the TB mortality rate by 37%, according to the Global TB Report 2017, released by WHO today. Despite these achievements, the latest picture is grim. TB remains the top infectious killer in 2016. TB is also the main cause of deaths related to antimicrobial resistance and the leading killer of people with HIV. Progress in most countries is stalling and is not fast enough to reach global targets or close persistent gaps in TB care and prevention.
26 October 2017 – In 2016, an estimated 90 000 people died from measles – an 84% drop from more than 550 000 deaths in 2000 – according to a new report published today by leading health organizations. While have seen a substantial drop in measles deaths for more than two decades, now we must strive to reach zero measles cases.
24 October 2017 – Eradicating polio is hard and complicated. It requires committed, hardworking frontline healthcare workers to deliver vaccine to every single child, multiple times. Yet this challenge is also a unique opportunity: to eradicate a human disease for the second time in history, after smallpox.
World Polio Day is an opportunity to recognize the work of committed WHO staff members working to eradicate polio around the world.