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Statement on attacks on medical facilities and personnel in Syria

UNICEF and WHO urge all parties to the conflict to end all attacks on health facilities, personnel and ambulances and to allow the provision of health services to the many innocent civilians in desperate need. Thousands of lives are at stake.

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Yellow fever vaccination essential for Angola, WHO reminds travellers

As efforts to bring an outbreak of yellow fever in Angola under control continue, WHO is reminding all travellers to the country that they are required to receive the yellow fever vaccination and to have a valid certificate of vaccination to prove that they are protected from the disease and to prevent its further spread. Since the outbreak in Angola began in December 2015, 1975 suspected cases of yellow fever (618 laboratory confirmed) and 258 deaths have been reported, the majority of them in the capital, Luanda, and in two other provinces. Amid concerns that the virus will spread to other urban areas and to neighbouring countries, a large-scale vaccination campaign was launched in February 2016 and has so far reached almost 7 million people.

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World Immunization Week 2016: Immunization game-changers should be the norm worldwide

During World Immunization Week 2016, WHO highlights recent gains in immunization coverage, and outlines further steps countries can take to “Close the Immunization Gap” and meet global vaccination targets by 2020.

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Investing in treatment for depression and anxiety leads to fourfold return

A series of events, being co-hosted by the World Bank and WHO on 13-14 April is bringing ministers of finance, development agencies, academic experts and practitioners together to discuss how to put mental health at the centre of the health and development agenda globally and in countries.

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Health needs from humanitarian emergencies at an all-time high

WHO needs US$ 2.2 billion to provide life-saving health services to more than 79 million people in more than 30 countries facing protracted emergencies this year.

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World Health Day 2016: WHO calls for global action to halt rise in and improve care for people…

The number of people living with diabetes has almost quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults, with most living in developing countries. Factors driving this dramatic rise include overweight and obesity, WHO announced ahead of World Health Day.

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New positive case of Ebola virus disease confirmed in Liberia

Liberian health authorities convened an emergency meeting today with key partners to coordinate and plan a rapid response to the new positive case of Ebola virus disease.

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Urban health: major opportunities for improving global health outcomes, despite persistent…

The new report emphasizes the urgency of addressing health disparities and their determinants in cities as countries strive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Statement on the 9th meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee regarding the Ebola outbreak in…

The 9th meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee states that the Ebola situation in West Africa no longer constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and the temporary recommendations adopted in response should now be terminated.

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WHO Director-General briefs media on outcome of Ebola Emergency Committee

WHO Director-General informed the media that the 9th meeting of the Emergency Committee on Ebola determined that the outbreak in West Africa no longer constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

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Health workers: a triple return for health, economic growth, and employment

Creating more jobs for health workers holds the potential to bolster health and health security, spur inclusive economic growth, and empower women and youth, WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan said today after the first meeting of the Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth Lyon, France.

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WHO Director-General briefs the media on the Zika situation

Ladies and gentlemen, I welcome this opportunity to update you on developments in science and the Zika evidence base that have built up since 1 February.

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WHO calls on countries and partners to "Unite to End Tuberculosis"

For World TB Day, WHO is calling on countries and partners to unite to end tuberculosis.

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WHO supports Cabo Verde in managing Zika virus

Responding to a request from the Ministry of Health in Cabo Verde, WHO is sending a team to Cabo Verde, with joint participation of experts from WHO AFRO and the Institut Pasteur, Dakar. Although the number of cases of Zika in Cabo Verde is declining, the Minister of Health announced on 15 March the first case of microcephaly. Investigations are underway to determine if this case of microcephaly is linked to Cabo Verde’s outbreak of Zika virus. Among the 7 490 suspected cases of Zika virus reported between 21 October 2015 and 6 March 2016, 165 involve pregnant women, from which 44 women have already delivered without any complications or abnormalities.

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