Safe wastewater reuse important as fresh water supplies diminish

22 March 2017 – Worldwide, as water resources become scarce, urban centres expand and demand for food increases, wastewater reuse is becoming more attractive and viable. Today, it is estimated that more than 10% of the world’s population consumes food produced with wastewater and 40% live in water-stressed areas. However, wastewater treatment is low in most developing countries, posing various risks to human health.

Ambulances airlifted into Iraq to serve trauma needs in Mosul

21 March 2017 – WHO with logistics support from the World Food Programme, airlifted 15 fully equipped ambulances to Iraq in order to better respond to the increasing trauma and medical related emergencies in west Mosul. The ambulances will enhance trauma care at the frontlines and ensure timely transfers to field hospitals.

Health centres in Nigeria treat severely malnourished children

17 March 2017 – An estimated 400 000 children in northeast Nigeria are currently suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Two-year-old Umar is slowly regaining his health after receiving care and medicine from a WHO-supported stabilization centre.

The road to universal health coverage in the Solomon Islands

16 March 2017 – In a nation of 620 000 people dispersed over more than 600 islands, patients travel for days by truck and boat to receive medical care. A bold new plan is restructuring available health resources, setting out the Pacific nation’s roadmap towards universal health coverage while ensuring efficient use of resources at strategic locations.

Health care a casualty of 6 years of war in the Syrian Arab Republic

15 March 2017 – This week the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic enters its seventh year. Over the past 6 years access to health services for civilians in the country has seriously deteriorated. More than half of public hospitals and primary health centres in the Syrian Arab Republic have either closed or are only partially functioning. Almost two–thirds of health care workers have fled.

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  • Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis
    March 2017 – Worldwide, approximately 240 million people have chronic hepatitis B infection and 80 million people have chronic hepatitis C infection. A dedicated portal has been developed for the first ever Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis 2016–2021.
  • Ad-hoc Interagency Coordination Group on antimicrobial resistance
    March 2017 – At the UN General Assembly's high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance in September 2016, Member States requested the Secretary-General to establish, in consultation with WHO, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the World Organisation for Animal Health, an ad-hoc interagency coordination group on antimicrobial resistance.

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Children and environment

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World TB Day, 24 March

Leave no one behind. Unite to end TB

WHO places a special focus on uniting efforts to leave no one behind: address stigma, discrimination, marginalization and overcome barriers to access care.

International Women's Day

Dr Flavia Bustreo at IPU, 20 October 2015

"On International Women’s Day, we must all unequivocally reaffirm our commitment to gender equality and women's and girls' fundamental rights."