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Eliminate hepatitis

27 July 2017 – New WHO data shows that countries are stepping up to respond to hepatitis. The data from 28 countries, or roughly 70% of the global hepatitis burden, reveal that almost all have hepatitis elimination committees and more than half have dedicated funding for hepatitis responses. On World Hepatitis Day, WHO is calling on countries to continue to eliminate hepatitis through increased health services.

The life and death struggle against cholera in Yemen

25 July 2017 – Cholera continues to spread in Yemen, causing more than 390 000 suspected cases of the disease and more than 1800 deaths since 27 April 2017. WHO and its partners are responding to the cholera outbreak, working closely with UNICEF, local health authorities and others to treat the sick and stop the spread of the disease. This photo story shows the real people affected by the outbreak.

Discovering who misses out on health: the example of Indonesia

21 July 2017 – While many countries have improved the overall health of their populations, national averages don’t tell the whole story: groups of people can miss out on health services for a variety of reasons. WHO has developed a set of resources to monitor health inequalities – one of which, the Health Equity Assessment Toolkit (HEAT), was recently tested in Indonesia, allowing the country to analyse and interpret inequalities in health.

Action urged against threat of HIV drug resistance

20 July 2017 – WHO has detailed an increasing trend of resistance to HIV drugs in a new report, warning that this is a growing threat. The HIV drug resistance report 2017 shows that in 6 of the 11 countries surveyed, over 10% of people starting antiretroviral therapy had a strain of HIV resistant to the most widely used medicines.

Dramatic increase in tobacco control policies

19 July 2017 – In a new report published today, WHO finds that about 4.7 billion people, or 63% of the world’s population, are covered by at least one comprehensive tobacco control measure. Strategies such as graphic pack warnings, advertising bans, and no smoking areas have saved millions of people from early death – yet the tobacco industry continues to hamper government interventions.

1 in 10 infants worldwide did not receive any vaccinations in 2016

17 July 2017 – Worldwide, 12.9 million infants, nearly 1 in 10, did not receive any vaccinations in 2016, according to new estimates from WHO and UNICEF. These infants missed the first dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP)-containing vaccine, putting them at serious risk. Additionally, an estimated 6.6 million infants who did receive their first dose of DTP-containing vaccine did not complete the full, three dose DTP immunization series (DTP3) in 2016.

The price of health targets in the Sustainable Development Goals

17 July 2017 – The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Health Price Tag, published today in Lancet Global Health, estimates the costs and benefits of 16 SDG health targets in 67 low- and middle-income countries. Two scenarios have been modelled: an “ambitious” scenario, in which countries reach the SDG health targets by 2030, and a “progress” scenario, in which countries get two thirds or more of the way to the targets.

Extending health coverage in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

13 July 2017 – In the Tanganyika province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, going to a health centre often means traveling long distances over poor roads, while carrying a sick child and supplies. WHO’s Rapid Access Expansion Programme (RAcE) is bringing diagnosis and treatment for malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhoea – the three deadliest childhood diseases – into remote communities.

2.1 billion people lack safe drinking water at home

12 July 2017 – Some 3 in 10 people worldwide lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and 6 in 10 people lack safely managed sanitation, according to a new report by WHO and UNICEF. Billions of people have had basic drinking water and sanitation since 2000, but these are not necessarily safe water and sanitation services. Many homes, healthcare facilities, and schools also still lack soap and water for handwashing.

Dr Tedros at the G20 Summit

8 July 2017 – WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus led the WHO delegation at the G20 Summit on 7–8 July 2017, in Hamburg, Germany. Dr Tedros participated in all G20 sessions during the Summit. His speech focused on investing in universal health coverage to ensure health security in order to be better prepared for the next pandemic or emergency.

Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea on the rise, new drugs needed

7 July 2017 – Data from 77 countries show that antibiotic resistance is making gonorrhoea – a common sexually-transmitted infection – more difficult, and sometimes impossible, to treat. Some countries – particularly high-income ones, where surveillance is best – are finding cases of the infection that are untreatable by all known antibiotics. These cases may just be the tip of the iceberg, as gonorrhoea is more common in lower-income countries.

Dr Tedros to lead WHO delegation at the G20 Summit

4 July 2017 – WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will lead the WHO delegation at the G20 Summit on 7–8 July 2017, in Hamburg, Germany. Dr Tedros will participate in all G20 sessions during the Summit, including deliberations on priorities for health, global growth, trade, sustainable development, climate, energy, partnership with Africa, migration, digitalization, women’s empowerment, and employment.

Dr Tedros to lead WHO delegation at the G20 Summit

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros addresses staff at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
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4 July 2017 – WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will lead the WHO delegation at the G20 Summit on 7–8 July 2017, in Hamburg, Germany. Dr Tedros will participate in all G20 sessions during the Summit, including deliberations on priorities for health, global growth, trade, sustainable development, climate, energy, partnership with Africa, migration, digitalization, women’s empowerment, and employment.

End of the most recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo

2 July 2017 – Today, WHO declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). "With the end of this epidemic, DRC has once again proved to the world that we can control the very deadly Ebola virus if we respond early in a coordinated and efficient way,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

End of the most recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo

2 July 2017 – Today, WHO declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The announcement comes 42 days (two 21-day incubation cycles of the virus) after the last confirmed Ebola patient in the affected Bas-Uélé province tested negative for the disease for the second time. Enhanced surveillance in the country will continue, as well as strengthening of preparedness and readiness for Ebola outbreaks. "With the end of this epidemic, DRC has once again proved to the world that we can control the very deadly Ebola virus if we respond early in a coordinated and efficient way,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

Beating noncommunicable diseases in the Islamic Republic of Iran

30 June 2017 - Since the 1960s, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s urban population has tripled and life expectancies have risen. This, however, has increased people’s exposure to tobacco, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity – among the main risk factors for cardiovascular and lung diseases, cancer, and diabetes. Thankfully, advances to reduce the devastating impacts of NCDs are progressing rapidly, supported by strong governance and collaboration across all sectors of society.

Ending discrimination in health care settings

27 June 2017 - Discrimination in health care is widespread across the world and takes many forms. It violates the most fundamental human rights and affects both users of health care services and health care workers. The new joint United Nations statement on ending discrimination in health care settings calls for health workers to fulfil their responsibilities, but also to have their rights protected. Many health workers, especially women, are themselves vulnerable and victims of discrimination, abuse, and violence.

Cholera outbreak in Yemen

24 June 2017 – The rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has exceeded 200,000 suspected cases, increasing at an average of 5,000 a day. We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world. UNICEF, WHO and our partners are racing to stop the acceleration of this deadly outbreak.

Public health surveillance ethics

26 June 2017 -- Public health officials regularly collect and analyse data to map disease, spot patterns, identify causes and respond to outbreaks. But surveillance can lead to harm if people’s privacy is violated, or they are stigmatized on the basis of the information they provide about themselves. WHO’s new Guidelines on ethical issues in public health surveillance offer 17 guidelines that can assist everyone involved in surveillance to make the right decisions.

What is people-centred care?

22 June 2017 – Globally, 1 in 20 people still lacks access to essential health services that could be delivered at a primary care clinic instead of a hospital. Where services are accessible, they can be fragmented and of poor quality. WHO is supporting countries to progress towards universal health coverage by designing health services for people instead of diseases and health institutions, so that everyone gets the right care, at the right time, in the right place.