Over 23 million children to be vaccinated in mass polio immunization campaign across Middle East
9 December 2013 -- The largest-ever immunization response in the Middle East is under way this week, aiming to vaccinate more than 23 million children against polio in Syria and neighbouring countries over the coming weeks.
UN humanitarian chiefs strongly condemn attacks on medical personnel and facilities by all parties to the Syria conflict
6 December 2013 -- We and our humanitarian partners continue to call for a halt to the violence and for all those with influence over the parties to urge immediate compliance with international law. And we ask that all our partners increase our common efforts to draw attention to these inhumane acts and to protect innocent women, men and children.
Statement on the death of Nelson Mandela
6 December 2013 -- With the death of Nelson Mandela the world has lost a great and visionary leader – a global hero for whom a democratic and free society was “an ideal, which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die".
Rebuilding shattered health system an urgent priority in next phase of Typhoon Haiyan response
6 December 2013 -- One month after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, WHO identifies as top priorities expanding essential health services, reviving clinics and hospitals, preventing disease and scaling up mental health services as the relief effort shifts from emergency to early recovery programmes.
WHO Statement on the Fourth Meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee concerning MERS-CoV
4 December 2013 -- After the fourth meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005), the Committee concluded that it saw no reason to change its previous advice. It was the unanimous decision of the Committee that the conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) have not at present been met.
Spinal cord injury: as many as 500 000 people suffer each year
2 December 2013 -- As many as 500 000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year. People with spinal cord injuries are 2 to 5 times more likely to die prematurely, with worse survival rates in low- and middle-income countries. The new WHO report, "International perspectives on spinal cord injury", summarizes the best available evidence on the causes, prevention, care and lived experience of people with spinal cord injury.
Breastfeeding is life-saving for babies in Philippines typhoon emergency
28 November 2013 -- UNICEF and WHO today called on those involved in the response to the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) disaster to promote and protect breastfeeding to avoid unnecessary illness and deaths of children.
WHO issues new guidance for treating children with severe acute malnutrition
27 November 2013 -- WHO today released new treatment guidelines for the almost 20 million children under-five worldwide who have severe acute malnutrition.
Children in typhoon-hit Tacloban, Philippines, receive vaccines against measles, polio
26 November 2013 -- Children in Tacloban - the city hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan - were today vaccinated against measles and polio in the first phase of a mass campaign by the Government of the Philippines with support from WHO, UNICEF and other partners. They also received Vitamin A supplements to help improve their immunity against infections.
Adolescents falling through gaps in HIV services
25 November 2013 -- For World AIDS Day 2013, WHO launches new HIV recommendations to increase testing, counselling, treatment and care for this neglected group.