Latest homepage stories

Below are the most recent top stories from the WHO homepage.

What is people-centred care?

22 June 2017 – Globally, 1 in 20 people still lacks access to essential health services that could be delivered at a primary care clinic instead of a hospital. Where services are accessible, they can be fragmented and of poor quality. WHO is supporting countries to progress towards universal health coverage by designing health services for people instead of diseases and health institutions, so that everyone gets the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

#WithRefugees: WHO-trained Syrian health workers provide services in Turkey

19 June 2017 – More than 3 million Syrian refugees are now living in Turkey. In 2016, the Turkish government enacted a law that allows Syrian health professionals to enter the workforce in the Turkish health system, with the aim of both integrating Syrian professionals into the health system and also ensuring that Syrian refugees can receive health care without encountering language or cultural barriers. WHO and the Public Health Institution of Turkey created an adaptation training for Syrian health workers.

#WithRefugees: WHO-trained Syrian health workers provide services in Turkey

19 June 2017 – More than 3 million Syrian refugees are now living in Turkey. In 2016, the Turkish government enacted a law that allows Syrian health professionals to enter the workforce in the Turkish health system, with the aim of both integrating Syrian professionals into the health system and also ensuring that Syrian refugees can receive health care without encountering language or cultural barriers. WHO and the Public Health Institution of Turkey created an adaptation training for Syrian health workers living Turkey – including doctors, nurses and midwives.

#WithRefugees: WHO-trained Syrian health workers provide services in Turkey

19 June 2017 – More than 3 million Syrian refugees are now living in Turkey – the country with the highest number of refugees in the world. In 2016, the Turkish government enacted a law that allows Syrian health professionals to enter the workforce in the Turkish health system, with the aim of both integrating Syrian professionals into the health system and also ensuring that Syrian refugees can receive health care without encountering language or cultural barriers. WHO and the Public Health Institution of Turkey created an adaptation training for Syrian health workers living Turkey – including doctors, nurses and midwives.

Abuse of older people on the rise – 1 in 6 affected

14 June 2017 – Around 1 in 6 older people experience some form of abuse, a figure higher than previously estimated and predicted to rise as populations age worldwide. Awareness about elder abuse, still largely a taboo topic, has started to increase across the world. It is defined as actions or lack of appropriate action which can cause harm or distress to an older person, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust.

Giving blood in a time of crisis

13 June 2017 – In the days following Nepal’s devastating earthquake in 2015, hundreds of volunteers came forward to donate blood. But crucially, Nepal already had a substantial supply of blood, thanks to years of work to build a culture of voluntary blood donation. On World Blood Donor Day, WHO is emphasizing the role that every individual can play in preparing for the next unforeseen emergency by giving blood now.

Bhutan, Maldives eliminate measles

13 June 2017 – Bhutan and Maldives have eliminated measles, a highly infectious disease that is a major childhood killer globally. The 2 countries are the first in the
WHO South-East Asia Region to be verified for having interrupted endemic measles virus transmission, ahead of the 2020 regional target.

Treating trauma and the wounds of war in Helmand

8 June 2017 – Intensifying conflict in Helmand and other provinces in Afghanistan has increased the need for specialized trauma care. Currently around 4.5 million Afghans live in conflict-affected districts with extremely limited access to health services. For the past 3 years, WHO has supported the providing of trauma care services in Helmand through the 90-bed Surgical Centre for War Victims.

WHO responds to Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo

6 June 2017 – Multidisciplinary teams face numerous challenges as they respond to an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the remote, forested regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. WHO and partners are supporting the country’s Ministry of Health in all aspects of the response, including epidemiological investigation, surveillance, logistics and supplies, communications, and community engagement.

Essential Medicines List updated with new advice on antibiotics

6 June 2017 – New advice on which antibiotics to use for common infections and which to preserve for serious circumstances is among additions to the WHO Model list of essential medicines for 2017. Other additions include medicines for HIV, hepatitis C, tuberculosis, and leukaemia. The model list is used by many countries to increase access to medicines and guide decisions about which products they ensure are available for their populations.

New vector control response a game-changer

1 June 2017 – Today more than 80% of the world’s population is at risk of vector-borne disease, with half at risk of two or more diseases. Mosquitoes, flies and bugs such as ticks can transmit diseases such as malaria, lymphatic filariasis, leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, Lyme disease and encephalitis. Over the past year, WHO has spearheaded a reprioritization of vector control, resulting in the Global Vector Control Response (GVCR) 2017–2030.

World No Tobacco Day

30 May 2017 – Action to stamp out tobacco use can prevent millions of people from falling ill and dying, combat poverty and, according to a new WHO report, reduce large-scale environmental degradation. Up to 10 billion of the 15 billion cigarettes sold daily are disposed in the environment. On World No Tobacco Day 2017, WHO is highlighting how tobacco threatens the development of nations worldwide, and is calling on governments to implement strong tobacco control measures.

2017 Public health prizes awarded

26 May 2017 – Every year, national health administrations and former prize recipients submit nominations for prizes awarded for accomplishments in the field of public health. This year’s winners were presented with their awards during the plenary meeting of the Seventieth World Health Assembly.

Report: Ten years of transformation

26 May 2017 -- WHO has made extraordinary progress
 in its bold reform agenda over the past decade. Innovative leadership, managerial structures and systems have resulted in increased effectiveness, efficiency, responsiveness, transparency and accountability. This report tells the story of WHO's transformation from 2007 through to the current day.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus elected WHO Director-General

23 May 2017 – Today the Member States of the WHO elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of WHO. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on 1 July 2017. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will succeed Dr Margaret Chan, who has been WHO’s Director-General since 1 January 2007.

Seventieth World Health Assembly

19 May 2017 – The seventieth session of WHO’s decision-making body, the World Health Assembly, takes place on 22–31 May in Geneva, Switzerland. Attended by delegations from all Member States, the Health Assembly determines organizational policies and approves the proposed programme budget. This year Member States will elect a new Director-General on 23 May.

WHO standards on reporting clinical trial results

18 May 2017 – Some of the world’s largest funders of medical research and international non-governmental organizations agreed on new standards that will require all clinical trials they fund or support to be registered and the results disclosed publicly. Currently, about 50% of clinical trials go unreported, often because the results are negative. These unreported trial results leave an incomplete and potentially misleading picture of the risks and benefits of vaccines, drugs and medical devices, and can lead to use of suboptimal or even harmful products.

World Health Statistics: Cause of almost half of all deaths recorded

17 May 2017 – Almost half of all deaths globally are now recorded with a cause, new data from WHO show, highlighting improvements countries have made on collecting vital statistics and monitoring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). WHO’s World Health Statistics compiles data from the organization’s 194 Member States on 21 health-related SDG targets, providing a snapshot of both gains and threats to the health of the world’s people.

Happier people in Bhutan by beating noncommunicable diseases

17 May 2017 – In Bhutan, protecting people from cardiovascular and lung diseases, cancers, and diabetes is a national priority: the country has put in place a national plan to prevent and control these noncommunicable diseases. Bhutan is also the first country in the WHO South-East Asian Region to implement WHO’s package of essential noncommunicable disease interventions for primary health care in low-resource settings nationwide.

More than 1.2 million adolescents die every year

16 May 2017 – More than 3000 adolescents die every day, totalling 1.2 million deaths a year, from largely preventable causes, according to a new report from WHO and partners. In 2015, more than two thirds of these deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries in Africa and South-East Asia. Road traffic injuries, lower respiratory infections, and suicide are the biggest causes of death among adolescents.