5 June 2019

Beat air pollution to protect health: World Environment Day 2019

5 June 2019 - Beat air pollution – that is the theme for World Environment Day on 5 June. The air that we breathe is fundamental to our existence; yet, we sometimes forget the impact that the quality of the air has on our health and well-being. Although there are many reasons why the [...]

9 April 2019

WHO urges stronger action to reduce deaths from noncommunicable diseases in Europe by one third

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 9 April 2019 - WHO “best buys” – targeted policy interventions aimed at reducing the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) – can be a game-changer for achieving target 3.4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through which governments have committed to reducing premature deaths from NCDs by one third by 2030. The interventions [...]

7 April 2019

Statement by WHO Director-General on World Health Day 2019

Geneva, 7 April 2019 WHO was born on 7 April 1948 with a clear and ambitious vision: a world in which all people enjoy the highest attainable standard of health. Although we have made enormous progress in recent years against some of the world’s leading causes of death and disease, we still have a [...]

7 March 2019

Zsuzsanna Jakab appointed WHO Deputy Director-General

7 March 2019 - Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, has been appointed Deputy Director-General of WHO by the Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The announcement was made as part of extensive reforms unveiled on 6 March 2019, seeking to modernize and strengthen the institution and make it more effective and efficient [...]

14 February 2019

Towards a digital health roadmap for the WHO European Region

14 February 2019 - How can countries in the Region design and invest in digital innovations that strengthen health systems to achieve better health for all? More than 300 decision-makers, policy experts and researchers from 50 countries gathered at the WHO Symposium on the Future of Digital Health Systems on 6–8 February 2019 in [...]

7 February 2019

Measles in Europe: record number of both sick and immunized

Copenhagen, 7 February 2019 - More children in the WHO European Region are being vaccinated against measles than ever before; but progress has been uneven between and within countries, leaving increasing clusters of susceptible individuals unprotected, and resulting in a record number of people affected by the virus in 2018. In light of measles [...]

6 February 2019

WHO Symposium on the Future of Digital Health Systems in the European Region

6–8 February 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark - The WHO Symposium on the Future of Digital Health Systems in the European Region will bring together evidence and experience to show how governments and organizations can adopt digital health to reduce inequalities and improve the health and well-being of populations. The Symposium will help policy-makers prepare for the [...]