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WHO Director-General Statement on the Role of Social Media Platforms in Health Information

Misinformation about vaccines is as contagious and dangerous as the diseases it helps to spread. The World Health Organization welcomes Pinterest’s leadership in protecting public health by only providing evidence-based information about vaccines to its users. We hope to see other social media platforms around the world following Pinterest’s lead. Misinformation about vaccination has spread

WHO Condemns Multiple Attacks on Health Facilities in North-Western Syria

7 May 2019, Cairo, Egypt: The World Health Organization (WHO) strongly condemns continuing attacks on health facilities in north-western Syria. Since 29 April, in just nine days, twelve health structures have been hit.  On 5 May, three facilities were struck in one day alone, including two major hospitals that provide secondary healthcare in the area.  One of the structures, a surgical unit, was supported by

WHO condemns attack on Al Jala Hospital in Benghazi

http://www.emro.who.int/lby/libya-news/who-condemns-attack-on-al-jala-hospital-in-benghazi.html 27 December 2018 – The World Health Organization (WHO) strongly condemns the armed attack on Al Jala Hospital in Benghazi, Libya, on 25 December. The attack resulted in damage to the hospital infrastructure. Al Jala Trauma Hospital works with limited supplies and resources, and under extreme pressure, to save lives and provide medical services

Wide differences in antibiotic use between countries, according to new data from WHO

Geneva, 12 November 2018 New data published today by WHO reveals wide differences in consumption of antibiotics in different countries. For the first time, WHO has collated data on antibiotic consumption for human health care from 65 countries and areas. The report finds wide discrepancies in consumption rates between countries, ranging from approximately 4 defined

WHO kicks off global initiative to treat children with cancer

WHO has announced a new effort – the WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer – with the aim of reaching at least a 60% survival rate for children with cancer by 2030, thereby saving an additional one million lives. This new target represents a doubling of the global cure rate for children with cancer. The

Individualized, supportive care key to positive childbirth experience, says WHO

15 February 2018 | Geneva – WHO has issued new recommendations to establish global care standards for healthy pregnant women and reduce unnecessary medical interventions. Worldwide, an estimated 140 million births take place every year. Most of these occur without complications for women and their babies. Yet, over the past 20 years, practitioners have increased

WHO prequalifies breakthrough vaccine for typhoid

3 January 2018 – At the end of December 2017, WHO prequalified the first conjugate vaccine for typhoid, Bharat Biotech’s Typbar-TCV®. Typhoid conjugate vaccines (TCVs) are innovative products that have longer-lasting immunity than older vaccines, require fewer doses, and can be given to young children through routine childhood immunization programs. The fact that the vaccine has

WHO releases US$1.5 million to fight diphtheria in Cox’s Bazar as probable cases exceed 1,500

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, 19 December 2017 — The World Health Organization has deployed additional staff and resources to respond to a rapidly spreading outbreak of diphtheria among Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. WHO has released US$1.5 million from its Contingency Fund for Emergencies to help finance scaling up of health operations in Cox’s Bazar

WHO to establish high-level commission on noncommunicable diseases

10 October 2017 | ISLAMABAD – Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced today the establishment of a new High-level global Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). The announcement came at the 64th Session of WHO’s Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean being held in Islamabad, 9-12 October. The commission’s aim

WHO, partners gear for world’s second largest oral cholera vaccination campaign in Cox’s Bazar

9 OCTOBER 2017 | Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh – The vaccine has arrived. Micro-plans are complete. And hundreds of health workers and volunteers have been mobilized and trained to carry out an epic mission: The delivery of 900 000 doses of oral cholera vaccine (OCV) to more than 650 000 men, women and children now crowded