Seventieth World Health Assembly update, 25 May

News release 25 May 2017 | GENEVA – The World Health Assembly today made decisions relating to polio, the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, and the health workforce. Polio Delegates paid tribute to ongoing efforts to end polio transmission in the …

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Seventieth World Health Assembly update

News release 24 May 2017 | GENEVA – Delegates at the World Health Assembly today approved the Organization’s proposed programme budget of US$ 4421.5 million for the biennium, which includes a 3% (or US$ 28 million) increase in Member State …

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World Health Assembly elects Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as new WHO Director-General

News release 23 May 2017 | GENEVA – Today the Member States of WHO elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of WHO. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his …

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Almost half of all deaths now have a recorded cause, WHO data show

News release 17 May 2017 | GENEVA – Almost half of all deaths globally are now recorded with a cause, new data from WHO show, highlighting improvements countries have made on collecting vital statistics and monitoring progress towards the Sustainable …

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More than 1.2 million adolescents die every year, nearly all preventable

News release WHO and partners recommend actions to improve adolescent health 16 May 2017 | GENEVA – More than 3000 adolescents die every day, totalling 1.2 million deaths a year, from largely preventable causes, according to a new report from …

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Statement on Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Statement 12 May 2017 On 9 May, WHO was informed of a cluster of undiagnosed illness and deaths including haemorrhagic symptoms in Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele Province in the north of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), bordering …

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WHO calls for immediate action to save lives in Somalia

News release 11 May 2017 | GENEVA – WHO is concerned by the chronic shortage of funding for life-saving work in Somalia in response to the ongoing drought that has plunged the country further towards famine, disease, and health insecurity. …

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Statement of the 13th IHR Emergency Committee regarding the international spread of poliovirus

WHO statement 2 May 2017 The thirteenth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the Director General on 24 April 2017. The Emergency Committee …

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Speed management key to saving lives, making cities more liveable

News release 5 May 2017 | GENEVA – Managing speed, a new report from WHO, suggests that excessive or inappropriate speed contributes to 1 in 3 road traffic fatalities worldwide. Measures to address speed prevent road traffic deaths and injuries, …

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WHO to begin pilot prequalification of biosimilars for cancer treatment

News release 4 May 2017 | Geneva – This year WHO will launch a pilot project for prequalifying biosimilar medicines, a step towards making some of the most expensive treatments for cancer more widely available in low- and middle-income countries. …

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