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KAMPALA, Uganda, April 26, 2017/ -- World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) has launched the 7th African Vaccination Week (AVW) (www.African-Vaccination-Week.afro.who.int), to raise awareness of the importance of vaccination in reducing child mortality and renew efforts around universal vaccination coverage. Vaccination can save children’s lives, and keep adults...

25 April 2017, Geneva - Nearly 19 million people in Yemen are in desperate need of assistance. This is a country that has been battered by conflict for more than two years. This is a country that, before the conflict intensified, was already extremely vulnerable following years of poverty, political unrest, and weak rule of law.

Since the conflict intensified, some 325 attacks have been...

Timed with today’s call by United Nations agencies for funds to support the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, WHO has published “Health security: is the world better prepared?” - a chapter from Dr Chan’s report Ten years in public health 2007-2017.

This chapter outlines the challenges and achievements that WHO and partners have experienced under Dr Chan’s tenure dealing with all...

24 April 2017, Erbil, Iraq – The demand for emergency referral services in west Mosul continues daily. More than 1900 trauma cases from west Mosul have received medical care in hospitals in Ninewa and neighbouring governorates. As military operations reach the densely populated parts of Mosul city, health partners anticipate a significant increase in the number of war-related casualties...

21 April 2017 | Geneva, Amsterdam - New WHO data reveal that an estimated 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The WHO Global hepatitis report, 2017 indicates that the large majority of these people lack access to life-saving testing and treatment. As a result, millions of people are at risk of a slow...

Many hard-won lessons from the HIV experience provided a head start for aggressive action against viral hepatitis, which is becoming a leading killer. WHO acted quickly to fight the stigma attached to a disease prevalent in marginalized communities, issuing a viral hepatitis strategy in 2016, followed in 2017 by a by a report that gives countries step-by-step guidance on implementation of...

Vaccines prevented at least 10 million deaths between 2010 and 2015, and many millions more lives were protected from illness. The global push to end polio has reached its final stages, with just 3 remaining countries still working to eradicate this debilitating disease. The ambitious Global Vaccine Action Plan to reach everyone with vaccines by 2020 started strong but is falling behind...

GENEVA – The World Health Organization reports remarkable achievements in tackling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) since 2007. An estimated 1 billion people received treatment in 2015 alone.

“WHO has observed record-breaking progress towards bringing ancient scourges like sleeping sickness and elephantiasis to their knees,” said WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan. “Over the...

The poorest of the poor have suffered from deadly, painful and disfiguring diseases since ancient times, but the battle against neglected tropical diseases has taken a dramatic turn. Since 2007, WHO has helped streamline delivery of donated drugs. In the London Declaration of 2012, leading pharmaceutical companies agreed to billions of dollars’ worth of drug donations through 2020, guided...

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