10 December 2017

Health is a fundamental human right

10 December 2017 - Statement by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General  “The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition”. Almost 70 years after these words were adopted in the Constitution of the [...]

5 December 2017

Challenging the supply chain to reduce sugar in foods

5 December 2017 - WHO has published a new study that investigates why manufacturers and other supply chain actors use sugar in foods and why they use it in such large amounts. The publication “Incentives and disincentives for reducing sugar in manufactured foods: an exploratory supply chain analysis” concludes that a comprehensive approach encompassing [...]

24 November 2017

Leaving no one behind in eliminating violence against women

24 November 2017 - A quarter of all women in the WHO European Region experience physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner – the most common type of violence against women worldwide. On 25 November, the first day of a 16-day global campaign of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, WHO launches a manual which [...]

20 November 2017

European HIV-Hepatitis Testing Week 2017: tackling late diagnosis

20 November 2017 - This year, the theme of European Testing Week, 17–24 November, is aligned with World AIDS Day in raising awareness on the issue of late diagnosis of HIV infection. In the eastern part of the WHO European Region, 1 in 3 people are unaware of their HIV status. In the rest [...]

7 November 2017

Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance

Geneva, 7 November 2017 - WHO is recommending that farmers and the food industry stop using antibiotics routinely to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals. The new WHO recommendations aim to help preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics that are important for human medicine by reducing their unnecessary use in animals. In some countries, [...]

2 November 2017

WHO Global Leadership Meeting concludes with new commitment to delivering results in countries

2 September 2017 - This week more than 260 of WHO’s leaders from headquarters, regional and country offices gathered in Geneva to discuss how to transform WHO into an organization that is better able to deliver meaningful improvements in health to the world’s people. It was first time that WHO’s new Director-General, Dr Tedros [...]

31 October 2017

Close to 3 million people access hepatitis C cure

Sao Paulo, 31 October - On the eve of the World Hepatitis Summit in Brazil, WHO reports increasing global momentum in the response to viral hepatitis. A record 3 million people were able to obtain treatment for hepatitis C over the past two years, and 2.8 million more people embarked on lifelong treatment for hepatitis B [...]

27 October 2017

Substantial decline in global measles deaths, but disease still kills 90 000 per year

Geneva/New York/Atlanta, 26 October 2017 - In 2016, an estimated 90 000 people died from measles – an 84% drop from more than 550 000 deaths in 2000 – according to a new report published today by leading health organizations. This marks the first time global measles deaths have fallen below 100 000 per year. “Saving [...]