Latest homepage stories

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


WHO issues new guidance on tobacco product regulation

9 March 2018 – Many countries have developed advanced policies to reduce the demand for tobacco, which kills over 7 million people annually, but governments can do much more to implement regulations to control tobacco use, especially by exploiting tobacco product regulation. WHO has launched new guidance on the role tobacco product regulation can play to reduce tobacco demand, save lives and raise revenues for health services to treat tobacco-related disease, in the context of comprehensive tobacco control.

Gender equality must be at the core of 'Health for All'

8 March 2018 – Today, for International Women's Day, we imagine a world where every woman and girl has access to quality and affordable health care, a world in which women and girls can freely exercise their sexual and reproductive health rights, and one where all women and girls are treated and respected as equals. At WHO, we’re speaking up for women and girls’ right to health.

Reducing the risk of surgical site infections

6 March 2018 – Surgical site infections (SSIs) are the most frequent type of infection acquired during health care delivery in developing countries. In Africa, infections are the most frequent complication following surgery. Empowering teams to implement interventions on surgical infection prevention measures and promotion of a wider patient safety culture is a key strategy to reducing such infections. Tools to help implement the strategy, have been proven to work limited resources settings.

Restoring hearing helps a child in the Syrian Arab Republic

2 March 2018 – Some 900 million people could suffer from disabling hearing loss by 2050, according to new estimates released by WHO on the occasion of World Hearing Day, 3 March. To mark the day this feature tells of a young boy who lost his hearing when he was an infant, but his family were unable to get him assistance until recently. The story describes the difference a hearing aid has made in his life.

Stay alert and help vulnerable as cold grips Europe

1 March 2018 – A wave of cold weather hitting Europe this week poses health risks, particularly to people in vulnerable situations. Temperatures are expected to plunge below average in western European Russia, central Europe, the Balkans and the Baltic States.

Rebuilding confidence in HPV vaccination

28 February 2018 – Sustaining or rebuilding public trust in vaccines is an ongoing objective of immunization programmes around the world. Through a WHO-initiated peer group started two years ago, Denmark is sharing lessons learned on HPV with countries, such as Ireland, the Netherlands and Austria.

Nursing Now

26 February 2018 – Nurses and midwives make up half of the health workforce. They have a a critical role to play in helping achieve universal health coverage. On 27 February 2018 at 14:00 (CET), join us for the launch of a new global campaign, called Nursing Now, to empower and support nurses in meeting 21st century health challenges.

Public health response to the drug problem in the Americas

22 February 2018 – An estimated 1 in 20 people aged 15 to 64 years – some 250 million people – consumed at least one drug not prescribed by a physician in 2014, such as opiates, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine-type stimulants or psychoactive substances.

Public health response to the drug problem in the Americas

22 February 2018 – An estimated 1 in 20 people ages 15 to 64--some 250 million people--consumed at least one drug (opiates, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine-type stimulants or psychoactive substances not prescribed by a physician) in 2014.

Urgent need to scale up health services in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

20 February 2018 – Six months after the start of the Rohingya refugee crisis, continued efforts are needed to further scale up health services for nearly 1.3 million people in Cox’s Bazar. The vulnerable populations remain at risk of several diseases and in need of critical services for survival.

A 400% surge in measles cases in Europe in 2017, compared to 2016

20 February 2018 – Measles has rebounded in the WHO European Region. The disease affected 21 315 people and caused 35 deaths in 2017, following a record low of 5273 cases in 2016. The surge in measles cases in 2017 included large outbreaks (100 or more cases) in 15 of the 53 countries in the Region.

World leaders join new drive to beat noncommunicable diseases

16 February 2018 – WHO is announcing today a new high-level commission, comprised of heads of state and ministers, leaders in health and development and entrepreneurs. The group will propose bold and innovative solutions to accelerate prevention and control of the leading killers on the planet – noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart and lung disease, cancers, and diabetes.

Personalized, supportive care key to positive childbirth experience

15 February 2018 – New WHO recommendations establish global standards of care for healthy pregnant women and reduce unnecessary medical interventions. Childbirth is a normal physiological process that can be without complications for the majority of women and babies. However, studies show a substantial proportion of healthy pregnant women undergo at least one clinical intervention during labour and birth. They are also often subjected to needless and potentially harmful routine interventions.

Top epidemic-prone diseases without sufficient counter measures

12 February 2018 – WHO releases its 2018 list of priority pathogens that have the potential to cause a public health emergency and which have no, or insufficient, countermeasures. WHO calls on the medical community to unite in greater R&D efforts for these 8 diseases to develop treatments and vaccines to help control outbreaks.

Working towards zero tolerance for female genital mutilation in Sudan

6 February 2018 – Nine years ago, one community in Sudan decided to follow WHO recommendations and abandon the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). Since then, Tuti Island, a community of 21 000 residents located at the juncture where the White Nile and Blue Nile rivers merge, has been held up as a trailblazer in a growing movement to end FGM.

Displaced people in Ibb devastated by hunger and disease

6 February 2018 – The number of people in need for humanitarian aid in Yemen has increased dramatically. Around 22.2 million people need some kind of humanitarian assistance. Currently, more than 2 million people are still displaced in Yemen, with women and children representing three quarters of internally displaced persons.

Standby partners’ crucial role in emergency response

6 February 2018 – Health emergencies can come with little or no warning. Saving lives and preventing the spread of a disease or the fallout of a natural disaster means getting relief resources onsite quickly. Crucially, this includes skilled and experienced personnel. For WHO one way of plugging this emergency skills gap has been via its Standby Partners Programme (SBP).

Research and development: Inequalities found by WHO observatory

5 February 2018 – In Singapore there are an estimated 1140 health research workers per million inhabitants, compared to just 0.2 in Zimbabwe. This is just one of the striking gaps and inequalities in investment identified by WHO’s newly-established Global Observatory on Health Research and Development.

Remote Nigeria communities welcome child health programme

1 February 2018 – Integrated community case management is a strategy to extend universal health care for children living in hard to reach areas and engages trained community health workers to provide diagnosis and treatment of 3 deadly but curable illnesses – malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea. Nigeria, with neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo, accounts for about 40% of malaria cases and deaths worldwide.

Cervical cancer prevention and control is saving lives in the Republic of Korea

2 February 2018 – The Republic of Korea is demonstrating how it is possible, through investment and expanded universal health coverage, to reduce illness and death through cervical cancer prevention and control, also a key focus of World Cancer Day on 4 February.