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

The paradox of migrant women care workers

21 November 2017 – Migrating in the same numbers as men, many migrant women take on personal care work in informal and home-based settings – often without social protection, labour rights, or health care. A new WHO report shows an emerging paradox: that migrant women carers support health and social systems, while their own health care and other needs may be unfulfilled.

YoungVoicesCount – for the World We Want in 2030

20 November 2017 – YoungVoicesCount is a community and global conversation led by young people about health and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There are over 3 billion young people under the age of 24 years, which is 42% of the world's population. To start the conversation, young people born around 2005 in different parts of the world discussed what the SDGs mean to them.

New global commitment to end tuberculosis

17 November 2017 – Today marks a critical landmark in the fight to end tuberculosis. The Moscow Declaration to End Tuberculosis, agreed to by 75 ministers of health, is a promise to increase multisectoral action, track progress, and build accountability – signalling a long overdue global commitment to stop the death and suffering caused by this ancient killer.

WHO airlifts supplies to wounded in Islamic Republic of Iran-Iraq earthquake

16 November 2017 – WHO has airlifted trauma kits and medical supplies to the Islamic Republic of Iran to support the treatment of thousands people injured as a result of the recent earthquake in the Islamic Republic of Iran-Iraq border region. The supplies, enough to provide surgical care for up to 4000 trauma patients, were transported from WHO’s emergency logistical centre in Dubai to Kermanshah province in western Islamic Republic of Iran on 16 November at 10.30am local time.

UN leaders appeal for immediate lifting of humanitarian blockade in Yemen

16 November 2017 – While the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia has partially lifted the recent blockade of Yemen, closure of much of the country’s air, sea and land ports is making an already catastrophic situation far worse. The space and access needed to deliver humanitarian assistance is being choked off, threatening the lives of millions of vulnerable children and families.

WHO airlifts supplies to wounded in Islamic Republic of Iran-Iraq earthquake

16 November 2017 – WHO has airlifted trauma kits and medical supplies to the Islamic Republic of Iran to support the treatment of thousands people injured as a result of the recent earthquake in the Islamic Republic of Iran-Iraq border region. The supplies, enough to provide surgical care for up to 4000 trauma patients, were transported from WHO’s emergency logistical centre in Dubai to Kermanshah province in western Islamic Republic of Iran on 16 November at 10.30am local time. They were immediately delivered to hospitals and other health facilities receiving the injured.

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16 November 2017 – While the Saudi-led military coalition has partially lifted the recent blockade of Yemen, closure of much of the country’s air, sea and land ports is making an already catastrophic situation far worse. The space and access we need to deliver humanitarian assistance is being choked off, threatening the lives of millions of vulnerable children and families.

Treating diabetes takes more than insulin

14 November 2017 – Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation. Mobile phones can support diabetes prevention by providing simple tips on good management or prevention, usually around diet, exercise and checking for signs of complications such as diabetic foot complications. WHO has been working with the International Telecommunication Union to help countries like Senegal introduce large-scale mDiabetes services using mobile phones.

World Antibiotic Awareness Week

13 November 2017 – Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security and development today. For World Antibiotic Awareness week, 13–19 November 2017, WHO and partners will reach out to health professionals, governments, farmers, veterinarians, the food and feed industry, and the public via social media. There are infographics, quizzes, and success stories to raise awareness on antibiotic resistance and the actions we can take.

WHO calls for access to save lives in the Syrian Arab Republic

12 November 2017 – WHO and health partners have prepared a plan for medical evacuations from eastern Ghouta to medical facilities in Damascus, Rural Damascus and Idlib depending on patients’ consent. Medicines have also been prepared for immediate dispatch to minimize the number of medical evacuations needed. Up to 400 000 people remain besieged in eastern Ghouta in Rural Damascus, where they face deteriorating humanitarian, health, and security conditions.

Climate change impact on health in Small Island Developing States

12 November 2017 – Today, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, WHO, in collaboration with the UN Climate Change secretariat and in partnership with the Fijian Presidency of the twenty-third Conference of the Parties (COP23), launched a special initiative to protect people living in Small Island Developing States from the heath impacts of climate change

WHO calls access to save lives in eastern Ghouta, Syria

8 November 2017 – WHO and health partners have prepared a plan for medical evacuations from eastern Ghouta to medical facilities in Damascus, Rural Damascus and Idlib depending on patients’ consent. Medicines have also been prepared for immediate dispatch to minimize the number of medical evacuations needed. Up to 400 000 people remain besieged in eastern Ghouta in Rural Damascus, where they face deteriorating humanitarian, health, and security conditions.

WHO calls for immediate and unimpeded access to save lives in eastern Ghouta, Syrian Arab Republic

12 November 2017 – WHO and health partners have prepared a plan for medical evacuations from eastern Ghouta to medical facilities in Damascus, Rural Damascus and Idlib depending on patients’ consent. Medicines have also been prepared for immediate dispatch to minimize the number of medical evacuations needed.
Up to 400 000 people remain besieged in eastern Ghouta in Rural Damascus, where they face deteriorating humanitarian, health, and security conditions.

WHO warns that more people will die if ports in Yemen do not reopen to humanitarian aid

9 November 2017 – For the fourth consecutive day, the World Health Organization’s operations in Yemen have been severely hampered due to the closure of all land, sea and air ports.
WHO’s supplies are critically low. On Wednesday, WHO was prevented from delivering 250 tonnes of medical supplies via sea. The supply ship could not leave Djibouti as previously planned because of the closure of Yemen’s Al-Hudaydah’s port. The ship was carrying surgical kits, anaesthesia machines, infant incubator sets, water purification tablets and other essential supplies.

Impact of climate change on health in small island developing states

9 November 2017 – Government leaders are gathered in Bonn, Germany, at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23 6-17 November), to work towards meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. People living in small island developing states are especially vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change including extreme weather events like hurricanes and flood, rising sea levels and increased risk of infectious diseases. The Paris Agreement calls for stronger action on climate change for the least developed countries and small island developing states.

Does my voice count?

9 November 2017 – YoungVoicesCount is a global collaboration to support young people to realize their full potential and human rights. They will share their experiences and ideas for WorldWeWant in 2030. They will be more than students. They will contribute to shaping destinies—by becoming spokespeople for adolescents and youth around the world and demanding accountability for progress at all levels.


Unlocking health information in Papua New Guinea

8 November 2017 – Access to the latest health information is vital, but in places where resources are constrained, access can be challenging. Through WHO's HINARI programme, people have free or low-cost access to biomedical and health literature. Papua New Guinea has been particularly engaged – Since 2016, WHO has delivered a series of workshops to train more than 150 health workers from 10 provinces in the country.

Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals

7 November 2017 – To prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance, farmers and the food industry should stop using antibiotics to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals. Over-use and misuse of antibiotics contributes to the threat of antibiotic resistance. Sustained action across all sectors, including agriculture, is key to preventing the spread of antibiotic resistance.

Madagascar plague: preventing regional spread

2 November 2017 – More than 1800 suspected, probable, or confirmed plague cases were reported in Madagascar from August to late October 2017, resulting in 127 deaths. WHO has moved quickly in response to this unusually severe outbreak by supporting the Government of Madagascar, while at the same time working with nearby countries and territories to prevent regional spread.

WHO meeting concludes with commitment to delivering results in countries

2 November 2017 – This week more than 260 of the 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 Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with all senior leadership in the same room.