7 August 2018

World Food Programme Executive Director calls for peace and stability in Sudan

Khartoum, 7 August 2018 – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, today concluded a three-day visit to Sudan, his first to the country since he assumed leadership of the UN food agency in April 2017. Beasley met ministers and officials in the Government of Sudan to discuss WFP’s [...]

3 August 2018

Global Health Histories Seminar – Polio, Immunisation and Universal Health Coverage

WHO Regional Office for Europe & WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Health Histories at the University of York present Global Health Histories Seminar 110. 25 September 2018, 13.30-15.00 Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, University of York, UK In 1988 the World Health Assembly passed a resolution to eradicate polio by the year 2000, in what [...]

26 July 2018

As wildfires threaten Europe, WHO underscores health risks

25 July 2018 - As parts of the WHO European Region experience exceptionally warm and dry summer weather, several wildfires are also burning. The wildfires in the Attica region of Greece have already cost lives, and Sweden has also been battling forest fires. Together with the current high summer temperatures, these fires are posing an [...]

19 June 2018

Commemorating the impact of Semmelweis’ work on global health

19 June 2018 - The year 2018 has been designated the Ignác Semmelweis Memorial Year in Hungary. It marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the man credited with saving more lives than any other physician in history. Semmelweis’s discoveries and achievements, including the introduction of effective handwashing protocols for medical procedures, brought [...]

5 June 2018

Protect our environment, protect our health: World Environment Day 2018

5 June 2018 - Today is World Environment Day. Each year, at least 1.4 million Europeans die prematurely due to polluted environments, accounting for at least 15% of Europe’s total deaths. Altogether, European citizens lose 50 million years of healthy life annually as a result of environmental risks. In Europe, environmental risk factors are [...]

30 May 2018

Tobacco breaks hearts – choose health, not tobacco

30 May 2018 - Smokers are 2–4 times more likely than non-smokers to suffer coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular stroke, and even adults exposed to other people’s smoke have a 25–30% raised risk. On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day 2018, WHO is highlighting what can be done to reduce the risks to [...]

29 May 2018

Seventy-first World Health Assembly comes to a close after charting a new course for WHO

29 May 2018 - The Seventy-first World Health Assembly took place on 21–26 May 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. Over the course of the 6 days, delegates charted a new course for the Organization. In his closing speech, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, said that everything WHO does going forward will be evaluated in [...]

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 [...]