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Final trial results confirm Ebola vaccine provides high protection against disease

Final trial results confirm Ebola vaccine provides high protection against disease

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WHO calls for urgent resumption of medical evacuations from besieged east Aleppo

The World Health Organization is calling for medical evacuation of the sick and injured from east Aleppo to be resumed as quickly as possible. Almost 200 patients were safely transferred to hospitals in western rural Aleppo, Idlib and Turkey before all evacuations were aborted this morning, leaving many more in need of medical care stranded.

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WHO celebrates achievements in 2016, despite global health challenges

WHO Director-General, Dr Chan’s end of the year statement for 2016

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Dr Halfdan T. Mahler, WHO’s third Director-General, dies at 93

WHO is saddened by the death of Dr Halfdan T. Mahler on XX December 2016. Dr Mahler served as Director-General of WHO from 1973-1988.

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Full impact of devastated health services in north-eastern Nigeria revealed by WHO report

Full impact of devastated health services in north-eastern Nigeria revealed by WHO report

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WHO steps up response in Aleppo and demands that health personnel be protected

WHO steps up response in Aleppo and demands that health personnel be protected

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Malaria control improves for vulnerable in Africa, but global progress off-track

WHO’s World Malaria Report 2016 reveals that children and pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa have greater access to effective malaria control.

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New WHO data portal to help track progress towards universal health coverage

To mark Universal Health Coverage Day, the World Health Organization today launched a new data portal to track progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) around the world.

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UN, international health and development agencies to promote environmentally and socially…

UN, international health and development agencies to promote environmentally and socially responsible procurement of health commodities

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9th Global conference on health promotion: Global leaders agree to promote health in order to…

Leaders from governments and United Nations organizations, city chiefs, and health experts from around the world today made 2 landmark commitments to promote public health and eradicate poverty.

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WHO issues new guidance on HIV self-testing ahead of World AIDS Day

In advance of World AIDS Day, WHO has released new guidelines on HIV self-testing to improve access to and uptake of HIV diagnosis.

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WHO and the World Bank engage in new funding framework agreements

During Ebola outbreak crisis in 2014, WHO and World Bank joined their efforts to support emergency operations in affected countries and others under risk countries. In the absence of legally agreed implementation mechanism, a specific Agreement only restricted to responding to the Ebola Virus Disease was set up to speed up emergency operations and response for a total of US$ 60 million in two years. Drawing from that experience, and given the recurrence of World-Bank financed operations and projects under governments that are implemented by WHO, the two Institutions have engaged in filling the gap by signing these Framework Agreements.

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

Fifth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) regarding microcephaly, other neurological disorders and Zika virus

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WHO welcomes global health funding for malaria vaccine

The world’s first malaria vaccine will be rolled out in pilot projects in sub-Saharan Africa, WHO confirmed today. Funding is now secured for the initial phase of the programme and vaccinations are due to begin in 2018. The vaccine, known as RTS,S, acts against P. falciparum, the most deadly malaria parasite globally, and the most prevalent in Africa. Advanced clinical trials have shown RTS,S to provide partial protection against malaria in young children.

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