19 August 2014 - As major emergencies around the globe increase in scale, complexity and frequency, the World Health Organization is calling for an end to the targeting of health workers in conflicts and other humanitarian crises, which represent a breach of the fundamental right to health.
Key facts on the MDGsGlobally, the number of deaths of children under 5 years of age fell from 12.6 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012.
In developing countries, the percentage of underweight children under 5 years old dropped from 25% in 1990 to 15% in 2012.
While the proportion of births attended by a skilled health worker has increased globally, fewer than 50% of births are attended in the WHO African Region.
Globally, new HIV infections declined by 33% between 2001 and 2012.
Existing cases of tuberculosis are declining, along with deaths among HIV-negative tuberculosis cases.
13 August 2014 - Yesterday, the Director-General of the WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan briefed the Geneva based United Nations country missions on the Ebola outbreak and response in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. She addressed the spread of the virus to health workers working on the frontlines and highlighted important reasons why the safety of health workers is a top priority. To date, nearly 170 health-care workers have been infected, and more than 80 have died.
The Board of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) held its seventeenth meeting on July 17-18 at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva; an exciting meeting that focussed on reviewing progress on the outcomes of the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health (HRH) held in Recife, Brazil in November 2013 and also exploring the way forward for GHWA.
World Humanitarian Day: WHO calls for protection of health workers in conflicts, disasters
MDG Momentum – 500 days to the MDGs
Health workers at core of response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa
GHWA Board charts way forward for global HRH strategy
GHWA Statement on Mr Glenn Thomas, WHO Media Officer who died in the MH17 plane