20 MAY 2019 - The Framework for Action to strengthen Midwifery Education is a guide to develop high-quality, sustainable pre- and in-service education to save lives. It has been developed by WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM). The framework includes a seven-step action plan for use by all stakeholders in maternal and newborn health.
16 MAY 2019 - More than 20 million babies were born with a low birthweight (less than 2500g; 5.5 pounds) in 2015—around one in seven of all births worldwide according to the first-ever estimates documenting this major health challenge. These findings and more are documented in a new research paper developed by experts from the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, published in The Lancet Global Health.
12 MAY 2019 - On the occasion of the International Day of the Nurse, the World Health Organization (WHO) joins hundreds of partners worldwide to highlight the importance of nurses in the healthcare continuum and celebrate this vital workforce. The theme for this year is “Nurses A Voice to Lead – Health for all."
9 MAY 2019 - WHO is scaling up its response to the ongoing measles outbreaks in the European Region, including by creating an operational platform to accelerate its support to affected countries. The decision followed an assessment of the measles situation in the Region. It was based on the growing number of children and adults affected by and dying from the disease, and the persistence of pockets of non-immunized or under-immunized individuals in many countries fueling the continuing spread of measles.
8 MAY 2019 - Joe Cohen is co-inventor of the RTS,S vaccine, the world’s first malaria vaccine to be introduced in a pilot programme. He shares his thoughts on what this moment means for global health.
6 MAY 2019 - Nurse and midwife leaders in the WHO European Region work at all levels of health systems and across diverse contexts delivering quality care, leading teams, conducting research, educating the next generation of nurses and midwives, strengthening the workforce through training or by empowering management, and influencing policy. On the occasion of International Day of the Midwife on 5 May and International Nurses Day on 12 May, WHO/Europe collected inspirational stories from nurses and midwives in leadership roles across the Region, examining the skills, qualities and decisions that led them to their current roles.
30 APRIL 2019 - A new study from WHO Europe shows that, despite efforts aimed at prevention, parts of the WHO European Region continue to struggle with comparably higher rates of childhood obesity, while a second study shows that babies who have never or only infrequently been breastfed have an increased risk of becoming obese as children.
24 - 30 APRIL 2019 - World Immunization Week runs from April 24th to 30th. The campaign, celebrated worldwide, aims to champion the power of vaccines to protect our health, and prevent outbreaks. This year’s #VaccinesWork campaign comes at a critical time and will involve all of us to ensure every person is vaccinated at the right time, and that we remain protected together.
23 APRIL 2019 - WHO welcomes the Government of Malawi’s launch of the world’s first malaria vaccine in a landmark pilot programme. The country is the first of three in Africa in which the vaccine, known as RTS,S, will be made available to children up to 2 years of age; Ghana and Kenya will introduce the vaccine in the coming weeks. “We have seen tremendous gains from bed nets and other measures to control malaria in the last 15 years, but progress has stalled and even reversed in some areas. We need new solutions to get the malaria response back on track, and this vaccine gives us a promising tool to get there,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
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