14 May 2018

WHO plan to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from global food supply

14 May 2018 - WHO today released REPLACE, a step-by-step guide for the elimination of industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the global food supply. Eliminating trans fats is key to protecting health and saving lives: WHO estimates that every year, trans fat intake leads to  more than 500,000 deaths of people from cardiovascular disease. Industrially-produced trans [...]

3 May 2018

Hand Hygiene Day: It’s in your hands – prevent sepsis in health care

3 May 2018 - Sepsis is a life-threatening complication from infection that arises when an infection alters the body’s normal response, causing injury to tissues and organs. Each year, sepsis can cause up to 6 million deaths globally – most of which are preventable. Sepsis is the most preventable cause of death and disability [...]

2 May 2018

“Leaving no one Behind – Saving Lives through Immunization”: Photo and Video Exhibit in UN City Copenhagen

Copenhagen, 2 May 2018 -  To highlight the importance of immunization during World and European Immunization Week, WHO/Europe and UNICEF Supply Division created a joint photo and video exhibit in the UN City Lobby in Copenhagen. The exhibit, taking place between the 23rd of April and the 4th of May 2018, showcases UNICEF and WHO’s [...]

9 April 2018

Denmark hosts the WHO Global Dialogue on Partnerships for Sustainable Financing of Noncommunicable Disease Prevention and Control

Copenhagen, Denmark, 9 April 2018 - Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are responsible for 40 million deaths globally every year.  Tackling NCDs is a global priority, but despite this, investment is still lacking and action is needed to reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal target 3.4 of reducing premature deaths from NCDs by one third by [...]

5 April 2018

WHO at 70 – working for better health for everyone, everywhere

Geneva, 5 April 2018 - On 7 April, World Health Day, the World Health Organization marks its 70th anniversary. Over the past 7 decades, WHO has spearheaded efforts to rid the world of killer diseases like smallpox and to fight against deadly habits like tobacco use. This year, World Health Day is dedicated to one [...]

23 March 2018

Time for revamped commitment by all to end TB

23 March 2018 - Despite significant progress made over the last years, tuberculosis (TB) remains the top infectious killer worldwide. In the WHO European Region, the number of new TB patients has decreased at an average rate of 4.3% yearly over the last decade – the fastest decline in the world. But this positive [...]

22 March 2018

Environment and Health Task Force meeting kicks off national planning in 7 key areas

22 March 2018 - Last year, countries in the WHO European Region adopted the Ostrava Declaration, which commits them to make visible, measurable and equitable progress on environment and health in 7 priority areas. In order to do this, Member States agreed to develop national portfolios of actions on environment and health by the [...]

28 February 2018

WHO warns: stay alert and help vulnerable as cold grips Europe

28 Februay 2018 - A wave of cold weather hitting Europe this week poses health risks, particularly to people in vulnerable situations, WHO/Europe experts warn. Temperatures are expected to plunge below average in western European Russia, central Europe, the Balkans and the Baltic States. “Cold, even in places where the temperatures are not at [...]