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UN Commission: New investments in global health workforce will create jobs and drive economic…

The Presidents of France and South Africa today called for urgent investments globally to create new jobs in the health sector in order to prevent a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers primarily in low- and lower-middle-income countries, and help countries to maximize the social and economic benefits of increased health employment.

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Second meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005)…

The second meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) regarding yellow fever was convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR 2005) by teleconference on 31 August 2016, from 13:00 to 17:30 Central European Time.

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Fourth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005)…

The fourth meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) on Zika and microcephaly convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) regarding microcephaly, other neurological disorders and Zika virus was held by teleconference on 1 September 2016, from 13:15 to 15:45 Central European Time.

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Millions protected in Africa’s largest-ever emergency yellow fever vaccination campaign

A major part of the largest emergency vaccination campaign against yellow fever ever attempted in Africa has been completed, with more than 7.7 million people vaccinated in record time in the city of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This has been accomplished through an extraordinary network of partnerships and collaborations.

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Growing antibiotic resistance forces updates to recommended treatment for sexually transmitted…

New guidelines for the treatment of 3 common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) were today issued by WHO in response to the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.

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Statement on the 10th IHR Emergency Committee regarding the international spread of poliovirus

Reviewing data on wild poliovirus, the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) expressed grave concern over 2 new cases of polio in Nigeria, and commended progress made in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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WHO scales up response to humanitarian crisis in Nigeria

A WHO emergency health team arrived 19 August 2016 in Maiduguri State to assess and respond to the health needs of 800 000 people in north eastern Nigeria, formerly held by militant insurgency groups. WHO is scaling up its emergency response activities, together with partners, to assist hundreds of thousands of people in desperate need of health services. More than half of the health facilities in Borno State, the area most severely affected, are not functioning.

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Michael R. Bloomberg Becomes WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases

The World Health Organization (WHO) has today named Mr Michael R. Bloomberg, philanthropist and former three-term Mayor of the City of New York, as Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs).

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True magnitude of stillbirths and maternal and neonatal deaths underreported

Counting and reviewing every birth and death is key to preventing future tragedies.

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Government of Nigeria reports 2 wild polio cases, first since July 2014

After more than two years without wild poliovirus in Nigeria, the Government reported today that 2 children have been paralyzed by the disease in the northern Borno state. As an immediate priority, the Government of Nigeria is collaborating with WHO and other partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to respond urgently and prevent more children from being paralyzed. These steps include conducting large-scale immunization campaigns and strengthening surveillance systems that help catch the virus early. These activities are also being strengthened in neighboring countries.

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​​Gains in fight to control yellow fever outbreak: but response must continue

6 August 2015 — The yellow fever epidemic in Angola, first reported in late January 2016, appears to be declining, with no new cases confirmed in the last 6 weeks. However, WHO and partners continue to provide support to Angola as well as to Democratic Republic of the Congo to control the outbreak there.

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WHO and Ministry of Health expand cholera response to minimize future risk

In an effort to stop the spread of cholera in South Sudan, the Ministry of Health, with support from WHO and partners, is ramping up disease surveillance, treatment and prevention efforts. Conflict is threatening the health of thousands of people and 271 cholera cases have been reported, including 14 deaths.

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WHO encourages countries to act now to reduce deaths from viral hepatitis

Ahead of World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, WHO urges countries to take rapid action to improve knowledge about the disease, and to increase access to testing and treatment services. Today, only 1 in 20 people with viral hepatitis know they have it. And just 1 in 100 with the disease is being treated.

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Countries start to act on noncommunicable diseases but need to speed up efforts to meet global…

A new WHO report highlights the need to intensify national action to meet the global targets governments have agreed to protect people from heart disease, cancers, diabetes, and lung diseases. Globally, these 4 noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) represent the largest cause of death in people aged under 70 years, posing a major threat to sustainable development. The global survey, “Assessing national capacity for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases”, shows that some countries are making remarkable progress. A number of countries have put in place measures to protect people from exposure to tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. Some have created new financing opportunities to build strong public health systems by taxing tobacco products.

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