Message from WHO Director-General on International Women’s Day
7 March 2014 -- On this day, WHO joins others in celebrating women’s achievements. These achievements are inspiring, and they can inspire change. In health development, as in many other areas, women are agents of change. They are the driving force that creates better lives for families, communities and, increasingly, the countries they have been elected to govern.
WHO issues new guidance on how to provide contraceptive information and service
6 March 2014 -- In advance of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2014, WHO is launching new guidance to help countries ensure human rights are respected in providing more girls, women, and couples with the information and services they need to avoid unwanted pregnancies.
WHO opens public consultation on draft sugars guideline
5 March 2014 -- WHO is launching a public consultation on its draft guideline on sugars intake. When finalized, the guideline will provide countries with recommendations on limiting the consumption of sugars to reduce public health problems like obesity and dental caries (commonly referred to as tooth decay).
Many countries lack capacity to prevent and treat hearing loss
28 February 2014 -- Many of the countries who responded to a new WHO survey lack the capacity to prevent and care for hearing loss, according to a report published on International Ear Care Day, 3 March.
140 000 people to get cholera vaccine in South Sudan
22 February 2014 -- WHO is working with the South Sudan Government and partners to provide vaccines to protect nearly 140 000 people living in temporary camps in South Sudan against cholera.
Measles deaths reach record lows with fragile gains toward global elimination
6 February 2014 -- New mortality estimates from WHO show that annual measles deaths have reached historic lows, dropping 78% from more than 562 000 in 2000 to 122 000 in 2012. During this time period, an estimated 13.8 million deaths have been prevented by measles vaccination and surveillance data showed that reported cases declined 77% from 853 480 to 226 722.
First ever global atlas identifies unmet need for palliative care
28 January 2014 -- Only 1 in 10 people who need palliative care - that is medical care to relieve the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness - is currently receiving it. This unmet need is mapped for the first time in the "Global atlas of palliative care at the end of life", published jointly by WHO and the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA).
WHO Executive Board appoints two Regional Directors
21 January 2014 -- WHO Executive Board, currently holding its 134th session in Geneva, has appointed Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh as the new WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia and reappointed Dr Shin Young-soo as the WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific.
WHO delivers more than 125 tons of medical supplies in Aleppo
7 January 2014 -- Over the past two weeks WHO delivered two shipments with more than 125 tons of medical equipment and medicines to health providers in Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic – in both government-controlled and in opposition-controlled areas. All shipments contained surgical materials, medicines to treat chronic and infectious diseases, infant incubators, ventilators and intensive care unit (ICU) beds.
Internally displaced people in South Sudan are at great risk of disease outbreaks
31 December 2013 -- The humanitarian situation in South Sudan has further deteriorated in the past two weeks. Poor water, hygiene and sanitation conditions in internally displaced persons camps, a looming risk of disease outbreaks.