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Antimicrobial resistance: now a political priority

2 May 2017 – Looking back at the ten years that she has served as the Director-General of WHO, Dr Margaret Chan emphasizes the complex challenge that the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) poses, threatening to reverse the substantial progress against infectious diseases since the discovery of antibiotics. To face this threat, the Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance is meeting on 2-3 May in New York, with members from WHO, FAO and OIE.

Preventing malaria in Kenya

1 May 2017 – A broad range of preventive measures in Kenya, tailored to local needs have resulted in major progress against malaria – but declining resources underscore the need for even more efficient work. Countrywide, malaria prevalence dropped from 11% to 8% between 2010 and 2015. WHO has been advising the Ministry of Health, especially on policy and strategy issues, to help Kenya progress further toward its goal of elimination.

Improving tracking of vaccines in Zambia

26 April 2017 – In search for a solution to track vaccines in real-time, the Zambian Ministry of Health and WHO piloted a logistics management information system in 34 facilities in 2016. Through the web and mobile phones, the system allows supply chain managers in the country’s national, district, and provincial vaccine warehouses and stores to monitor vaccine stocks, usage, and expirations by the minute.

Towards the world's first malaria vaccine

25 April 2017 – A WHO-coordinated programme will pilot world’s first malaria vaccine in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi in 2018. The injectable vaccine was developed to protect young children from the most deadly form of malaria. Global efforts reduced malaria deaths by 62% between 2000 and 2015, yet approximately 429 000 people died of the disease in 2015 – the majority of them young children in Africa.

Towards the world’s first malaria vaccine

25 April 2017 – A WHO-coordinated programme will pilot world’s first malaria vaccine in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi in 2018. The injectable vaccine was developed to protect young children from the most deadly form of malaria. Global efforts reduced malaria deaths by 62% between 2000 and 2015, yet approximately 429 000 people died of the disease in 2015 – the majority of them young children in Africa.

Towards the world’s first malaria vaccine

25 April 2017 – A WHO-coordinated programme will pilot world’s first malaria vaccine in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi in 2018. The injectable vaccine was developed to protect young children from the most deadly form of malaria. Global efforts reduced malaria deaths by 62% between 2000 and 2015, yet approximately 429 000 people died of the disease in 2015, the majority of them young children in Africa.

Towards the world’s first malaria vaccine

25 April 2017 – Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will take part in a WHO-coordinated pilot programme of the world’s first malaria vaccine in 2018. The injectable vaccine was developed to protect young children from the most deadly form of malaria. Between 2000 and 2015, global efforts led to a 62% reduction in malaria deaths in Africa, yet 429 000 people died of the disease in the region in 2015.

From warehouse to remote communities: the journey of vaccines

25 April 2017 – Thanks to a highly effective National Immunization Programme, most Brazilian parents can feel confident that their children will get the lifesaving vaccines they need – when they need them. Routine vaccination coverage in Brazil averages above 95% for most vaccines on the child immunization schedule every year – exceeding WHO’s recommendations. Yet some people remain hard to reach.

Malaria prevention: let’s close the gap

24 April 2017 – WHO is calling for closing the gap in malaria prevention on World Malaria Day, 25 April 2017. Although new malaria cases fell by 21% globally between 2010 and 2015, an estimated 43% of people at risk in sub-Saharan Africa were not protected. In the region, insecticide-treated nets have had the greatest impact, accounting for an estimated 69% of cases prevented through control tools.

Urgent response needed for viral hepatitis

21 April 2017 – New WHO data reveal that an estimated 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The WHO Global hepatitis report, 2017 indicates that the large majority of these people lack access to life-saving testing and treatment. As a result, millions of people are at risk of a slow progression to chronic liver disease, cancer, and death.

Preventing malaria during pregnancy in Africa

21 April 2017 – Approximately 52 million pregnant women living in sub-Saharan Africa are at risk of exposure to malaria each year. A key preventive therapy – known as intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp) – has been added to the antenatal care package in response. An estimated 69% of pregnant women are not receiving the full cycle of IPTp however, a gap which must be urgently closed.

Five years into the Decade of Vaccines

20 April 2017 – World Immunization Week, celebrated 24–30 April 2017, promotes the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Today, there are still 19.4 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world.

Exceptional progress against neglected tropical diseases

19 April 2017 – With a record 1 billion people receiving treatments for at least one neglected tropical disease (NTD) in 2015 alone, remarkable progress has been made against neglected tropical diseases over the past 10 years. A new report from WHO demonstrates how political support, generous donations of medicines, and improvements in living conditions have led to sustained expansion of disease control programmes for NTDs.

Ten years in public health 2007-2017

13 April 2017 -- Today WHO launches a report that chronicles the evolution of global public health over the decade that Dr Margaret Chan has served as Director-General at WHO. The report opens with a letter from Dr Chan who offers her reflections on some of the highlights and challenges of the past 10 years working to build a better, healthier future for the world’s people. The first chapter examines WHO’s key role in promoting universal health coverage as the most powerful way to improve global health and development and lead the world towards greater fairness.

Radical increase needed in funding for water and sanitation

13 April 2017 – Countries are not increasing spending fast enough to meet the water and sanitation targets under the Sustainable Development Goals, says a new report published by WHO on behalf of UN-Water. According to the report, countries have increased their budgets for water, sanitation and hygiene over the last 3 years, yet 80% of countries report that this financing is still insufficient to meet nationally-defined targets.

Togo is Saying Goodbye to Elephantiasis

8 April 2017 – Togo is on the way to eliminating elephantiasis, also known as lymphatic filariasis (LF). The country used a two-pronged approach of interrupting transmission, and treating and managing the disease. Togo is on the threshold of making history as the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate LF. The disease is a mosquito-borne disease, caused by thread-like worms living in the lymphatic system.

Togo is Saying Goodbye to Elephantiasis

9 April 2017 – Togo is on the way to eliminating elephantiasis, also known as lymphatic filariasis (LF). The country used a two-pronged approach of interrupting transmission, and treating and managing the disease. Togo is on the threshold of making history as the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate LF. The disease is a mosquito-borne disease, caused by thread-like worms living in the lymphatic system.

Depression: let’s talk

7 April 2017 – Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. More than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. WHO is leading a global campaign on depression for World Health Day 2017, with the goal of enabling more people with mental disorders to live healthy, productive lives.

Autism spectrum disorders affect 1 in 160 children

6 April 2017 – Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) refers to a range of conditions characterised by impaired social behaviour and a narrow range of interests and activities. ASDs begin in childhood, and in most cases symptoms appear during the first 5 years of life. In consultation with partners WHO has developed a parent skills training programme which is currently undergoing field-testing.

WHO releases new guidance on malaria elimination

3 April 2017 – The 2017 Framework for malaria elimination provides countries with a set of tools and strategies for achieving and maintaining elimination, regardless of where they lie across the spectrum of malaria transmission, from high to very low. The new framework includes a streamlined process for WHO certification of malaria elimination and clarifies the threshold for reestablishment of transmission.