WHO urges action against HIV drug resistance threat

News release 20 July 2017 | GENEVA – WHO alerts countries to the increasing trend of resistance to HIV drugs detailed in a report based on national surveys conducted in several countries. The Organization warns that this growing threat could …

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WHO report finds dramatic increase in life-saving tobacco control policies in last decade

4.7 billion people – 63% of world’s population – are covered by polices such as strong graphic warnings, smoke-free public places, and other measures News release 19 July 2017 | Geneva | New York – The latest WHO report on …

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1 in 10 infants worldwide did not receive any vaccinations in 2016

Joint news release UNICEF/WHO 17 July 2017 | GENEVA – Worldwide, 12.9 million infants, nearly 1 in 10, did not receive any vaccinations in 2016, according to the most recent WHO and UNICEF immunization estimates. This means, critically, that these …

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WHO estimates cost of reaching global health targets by 2030

News release 17 July 2017 | GENEVA – The SDG Health Price Tag, published today in The Lancet Global Health, estimates the costs and benefits of progressively expanding health services in order to reach 16 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) health …

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2.1 billion people lack safe drinking water at home, more than twice as many lack safe sanitation

News release 12 July 2017 | GENEVA | NEW YORK – Some 3 in 10 people worldwide, or 2.1 billion, lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and 6 in 10, or 4.5 billion, lack safely managed sanitation, …

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Statement from UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan on the cholera outbreak in Yemen as suspected cases exceed 200 000

24 June 2017 NEW YORK/GENEVA, 24 June 2017 – The rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has exceeded 200 000 suspected cases, increasing at an average of 5000 a day. We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the …

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Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea on the rise, new drugs needed

News release 7 July 2017 | GENEVA – Data from 77 countries show that antibiotic resistance is making gonorrhoea – a common sexually-transmitted infection – much harder, and sometimes impossible, to treat. “The bacteria that cause gonorrhoea are particularly smart. …

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Statement from UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan on the cholera outbreak in Yemen as suspected cases exceed 200 000

24 June 2017 NEW YORK/GENEVA, 24 June 2017 – The rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has exceeded 200 000 suspected cases, increasing at an average of 5000 a day. We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the …

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Joint United Nations statement on ending discrimination in health care settings

Joint WHO/UN statement 27 June 2017 United Nations entities recall that a central principle of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to “ensure that no one is left behind” and to “reach the furthest behind first”. Recognizing that discrimination …

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WHO Director-General Dr Tedros will lead WHO delegation at the G20 Summit in Hamburg

News release 4 July 2017 | GENEVA – Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, will lead the WHO delegation participating in the G20 Summit taking place on 7–8 July 2017, in Hamburg, Germany. The 2017 G20 meeting is the first …

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