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 [...]

3 April 2017

3 out of 4 people suffering from major depression do not receive adequate treatment

Copenhagen, 30 March 2017 - World Health Day 2017 focuses on depression – the second-largest contributor to disability or health loss and a leading underlying cause for the 128 000 suicide deaths that occur each year in the WHO European Region. The number of people with depressive disorders in the Region amounts to 40 million, [...]

23 March 2017

We Must ‘Unite to End TB’- IOM

Switzerland, 23 March 2017 - On World TB Day 2017, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) joins the Stop TB Partnership, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other key partners in redoubling efforts to increase public awareness of tuberculosis and its impact on vulnerable populations such as migrants. Although tuberculosis is a curable disease, [...]

23 March 2017

TB/HIV co-infections up 40% across Europe over the last five years

Copenhagen and Stockholm, 20 March 2017 - Joint press release New data released today by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe ahead of World TB Day show that new tuberculosis (TB) cases and deaths in the 53 countries of the WHO European Region declined each [...]