1 August 2017

Babies and mothers worldwide failed by lack of investment in breastfeeding

Geneva/New York, 1 August 2017 – No country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new initiative to increase global breastfeeding rates. The Global Breastfeeding Scorecard, which evaluated 194 nations, found that [...]

26 July 2017

Statement by heads of UNICEF, WFP and WHO following visit to Yemen

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, WFP Executive Director, David Beasley and WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros  Adhanom Ghebreyesus, following their joint visit to Yemen. Aden/San'a, 26 July 2017 – As the heads of three United Nations agencies – UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) – we have travelled [...]

1 July 2017

Dr Tedros takes office as WHO Director-General

Geneva, 1 July 2017 - Today, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus takes office as Director-General of the World Health Organization, succeeding Dr Margaret Chan, who has held office since 1 January 2007. The Director-General is WHO's chief technical and administrative officer and oversees the policy for the Organization's international health work. Dr Tedros was elected on [...]

9 June 2017

Global Health Histories: Information for health – “A world that counts?”

In today’s world, an enormous amount of information about our life (and death) is being recorded as data. We are surrounded by numbers, from statistics on well-being and quality of life to epidemiological data that can help fight disease and even predict epidemics. In fact, a recent United Nations report about mobilizing the data [...]

30 May 2017

World No Tobacco Day: tobacco threatens us all

Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease globally, but tobacco threatens more than people’s health and well-being. It also poses a significant threat to economic well-being and, more broadly, to the sustainable development of countries in the WHO European Region and throughout the world. Strong, comprehensive measures to control [...]

24 May 2017

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

Geneva, 23 May 2017 - 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 five-year term on 1 July 2017. Prior to his election as WHO’s next Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus [...]

23 May 2017

Seventieth World Health Assembly opens in Geneva

Geneva, 22 May 2017 - In her final opening address to the World Health Assembly as Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan offered some advice to delegates "as you continue to shape the future of this Organization". She called on the Health Assembly to make “reducing inequalities” a guiding ethical principle. "WHO stands for fairness," she said. [...]

24 April 2017

Prevent malaria – save lives: WHO push for prevention on World Malaria Day, 25th April

Geneva/Nairobi, 24 April 2017 - At an event on the eve of World Malaria Day in Nairobi, WHO called today for accelerated scale-up of efforts to prevent malaria and save lives. In sub-Saharan Africa, which shoulders 90% of the global malaria burden, more than 663 million cases have been averted since 2001. Insecticide-treated nets have [...]