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Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly opens in Geneva

WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan opened the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly with words of celebration, warning, and hope. Dr Chan celebrated recent progress in global public health, particularly in combatting HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and polio, as well as in improving maternal and child health.

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WHO confirms Zika virus strain imported from the Americas to Cabo Verde

Sequencing of the virus in Cabo Verde by Institut Pasteur, Dakar confirms that the Zika virus currently circulating in Cabo Verde is the same as the one circulating in the Americas – the Asian type- and was most likely imported from Brazil. This is the first time that the Zika strain responsible for the outbreaks linked to neurological disorders and microcephaly has been detected in Africa.

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Statement on the 9th IHR Emergency Committee meeting regarding the international spread of…

The 9th meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the Director­General on 12th May 2016.

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Meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) concerning…

An Emergency Committee (EC) regarding yellow fever was convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR 2005) by teleconference on 19 May 2016, from 13:00 to 17:15 Central European Time[1]. The following affected States Parties participated in the information session of the meeting: Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Life expectancy increased by 5 years since 2000, but health inequalities persist

Dramatic gains in life expectancy have been made globally since 2000, but major inequalities persist within and among countries, according to this year’s “World Health Statistics: Monitoring Health for the SDGs”.

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New WHO guidelines to improve care for millions living with female genital mutilation

New WHO recommendations aim to help health workers provide better care to the more than 200 million girls and women worldwide living with female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM has no health benefits, can cause grave harm, and violates the rights of girls and women. The new recommendations focus on preventing and treating obstetric complications; treatment for depression and anxiety disorders; and attention to female sexual health such as counselling.

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WHO | An ecological study of stillbirths in Mexico from 2000 to 2013

An ecological study of stillbirths in Mexico from 2000 to 2013 Teresa Murguía-Peniche, Daniel Illescas-Zárate, Gabriela Chico-Barba & Zulfiqar A Bhutta Objective To examine trends Read More

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WHO | Association between intimate partner violence and poor child growth: results from 42 demographic and health surveys

Association between intimate partner violence and poor child growth: results from 42 demographic and health surveys Jeanne Chai, Günther Fink, Sylvia Kaaya, Goodarz Danaei, Wafaie Read More

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WHO | Training of midwives in advanced obstetrics in Liberia

Training of midwives in advanced obstetrics in Liberia Obed Dolo, Alice Clack, Hannah Gibson, Naomi Lewis & David P Southall Problem The shortage of doctors Read More

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WHO | The sustainable development goals, violence and women’s and children’s health

“We need to foster safe, nurturing and equitable relationships for all, which consequently will improve health, ensure a safer and fairer world for all and Read More

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Zika virus and the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016

WHO on Zika virus and the Olympics. Athletes and visitors are seeking more information on the risks of Zika and ways to prevent infection while attending the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016.

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Rapid diagnostic test and shorter, cheaper treatment signal new hope for multidrug-resistant…

New WHO recommendations will speed detection and improve treatment of multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) through use of a new rapid diagnostic test and a shorter, cheaper treatment regimen. The novel diagnostic test, called MTBDRsl, is a DNA-based test that identifies genetic mutations in MDR-TB strains. At less than US$ 1000 per patient, the new treatment regimen can be completed in 9–12 months.

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Air pollution levels rising in many of the world’s poorest cities

More than 80% of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed WHO limits. While all regions of the world are affected, populations in low-income cities are the most impacted. According to the urban air quality database, 98% of cities in low- and middle income countries with more than 100 000 inhabitants, do not meet WHO air quality guidelines.

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World Press Freedom Day

WHO works actively with media around the world and believes that the role of the world’s media in disseminating information and examining the actions of institutions is fundamental. WHO webcasts Governing Bodies meetings, such as the upcoming World Health Assembly, May 23 –28, 2016, letting the press and the general public on site and remotely have access to decision-making at WHO.

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