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Member states review proposed amendments to the International Health Regulations, equity discussions continue

WHO Member States have continued discussions on proposals to amend the International Health Regulations (IHR, 2005), during which the importance of their work to future global security was highlighted.   The seventh meeting of the Working Group on Amendments to the IHR (WGIHR) was held on 5-9 February

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Updated WHO guidance for controlling vector-borne diseases through indoor residual spraying.

An estimated 80% of the world’s population is at risk of one or more vector-borne diseases. Mosquitoes, flies, bugs, and other vectors transmit viruses, parasites and bacteria that infect millions of people globally. They cause deadly and debilitating diseases such as malaria, dengue, Chikungunya, yellow

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Global cancer burden growing, amidst mounting need for services

Ahead of World Cancer Day, the World Health Organization (WHO)’s cancer agency, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), released the latest estimates of the global burden of cancer. WHO also published survey results from 115 countries, showing a majority of countries do not

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WHO awards countries for progress in eliminating industrially produced trans fats for the first time

The WHO has awarded its first-ever certificates validating progress in eliminating industrially-produced trans-fatty acids to five countries. Denmark, Lithuania, Poland, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand have each demonstrated they have the best practice policy for industrially produced trans-fatty acids (iTFA) elimination in effect, supported by adequate

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Conflict and crisis reveal the tip of the iceberg the world’s vulnerable face in accessing their right to health

Seventy-five years ago, in the ashes of World War II and the unprecedented human suffering it caused, nations laid out a way to build “the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world” by ensuring the fundamental rights of everyone, everywhere. This principle was

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WHO releases AI ethics and governance guidance for large multi-modal models

The World Health Organization (WHO) is releasing new guidance on the ethics and governance of large multi-modal models (LMMs) – a type of fast-growing generative artificial intelligence (AI) technology with applications across health care.   The guidance outlines over 40 recommendations for consideration by governments,

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WHO adds second malaria vaccine to UN procurement list

The WHO has added the R21/Matrix-M malaria vaccine to its list of prequalified vaccines. In October 2023, WHO recommended its use for the prevention of malaria in children following the advice of the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization and the Malaria

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Over 40 million health professionals demand bold health and climate action at COP28

On the first-ever Health Day at a COP, more than 40 million health professionals from around the globe joined the call to action by the World Health Organization (WHO) and civil society organizations, to prioritize health in climate negotiations at COP28. Climate inaction is costing

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First WHO Global Clinical Trials Forum puts forward a global vision for sustainable clinical research infrastructure.

About 130 experts from 43 countries with strong global south representation participated in person, and many more virtually participated in the first WHO Global Clinical Trials Forum on November 20-21, 2023. The objectives of the forum were to: Develop a joint vision on strengthening clinical

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Climate change and health: Health needs to be front and centre of national plans to fight climate change

Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-28), WHO has published its “2023 review of health in nationally determined contributions and long-term strategies” highlighting the actions needed to ensure that people’s health is fully prioritised and integrated into national plans to fight climate change. Climate

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WHO launches commission to foster social connection and address loneliness as a health threat

The WHO has announced a new Commission on Social Connection, to address loneliness as a pressing health threat, promote social connection as a priority and accelerate the scaling up of solutions in countries of all incomes. Co-chaired by US Surgeon General, Dr Vivek Murthy, and

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Working under the sun causes 1 in 3 deaths from non-melanoma skin cancer, say WHO and ILO

Nearly 1 in 3 deaths from non-melanoma skin cancer is caused by working under the sun, according to joint estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) published today. The research released in Environment International finds that outdoor workers carry

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On World Cities Day 2023, WHO calls for increased financing for a sustainable, healthy urban future for all

In the context of the current global economic downturn, World Cities Day 2023 focuses on increasing public investment to finance urban development. With numerous converging global crises, it is critical to find more sustainable and innovative ways of financing the health and well-being of 55%

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WHO releases new list of essential diagnostics, including recommendations for hepatitis E virus tests and personal use glucose meters

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released its 2023 Essential Diagnostics List (EDL), which is an evidence-based register of in vitro diagnostics (IVD) that supports countries to make national diagnostic choices. This year’s list includes two firsts: Inclusion of three tests for hepatitis E virus

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World Health Summit 2023 – Statement on Green Health: Health leaders at the WHS support WHO commitment to building climate-resilient, low carbon-sustainable health systems

The climate emergency has escalated around the world in 2023 in unprecedented ways as multiple compounding disasters and their health impacts have increased exponentially. It is one of the greatest public health threats of our time. The consequences have included the destruction of livelihoods, increased

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WHO urges immediate access to health and humanitarian assistance in the Israel-Palestine conflict

The World Health Organization (WHO) repeated its call for an end to the hostilities that are causing untold suffering in Israel and the Gaza Strip. Over 1,000 people have died and many more injured following horrific acts of violence by Hamas and others on Saturday

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WHO recommends R21/Matrix-M vaccine for malaria prevention in updated advice on immunization

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended a new vaccine, R21/Matrix-M, for the prevention of malaria in children. The recommendation follows advice from the WHO: Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) and the Malaria Policy Advisory Group (MPAG) and was endorsed by the

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WORLD LEADERS COMMIT TO NEW TARGETS TO END TB

World leaders at the United Nations General Assembly’s High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis have approved a Political Declaration with ambitious new targets for the next five years to advance the global efforts towards ending the TB epidemic. The targets include reaching 90% of people with TB

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World leaders commit to redouble efforts towards universal health coverage by 2030

This week at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly High-Level Meeting, world leaders approved a new Political Declaration on “Universal Health Coverage (UHC): expanding our ambition for health and well-being in a post-COVID world”. The declaration is hailed as a vital catalyst for the international

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WHO launches new resources on prevention and decriminalization of suicide

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched two resources designed to strengthen suicide prevention efforts: Preventing suicide: a resource for media professionals (2023 update) and a Policy brief on the health aspects of decriminalization of suicide and suicide attempts. Suicide is a major public health

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Africa Climate Summit 2023: The inextricable link between public health and climate change

The inaugural Africa Climate Summit has drawn its curtains in Nairobi, Kenya. Being the first climate summit bringing African leaders to steer the climate change conversation from an African lens, it remains a strong indicator that Africa is positioning itself for a greater and unified

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WHO initiative signs new licensing agreements on COVID-19 technologies

The COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP), a multi-stakeholder partnership to facilitate the sharing of intellectual property (IP), knowledge and innovations, has announced three new licensing agreements acquired through the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP). The agreements include the following licenses to transfer know-how, materials and clinical

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New WHO Civil Society Commission to strengthen civil society organisations’ role in accelerating progress in global health

24 August 2023 | News release  WHO launched the WHO Civil Society Commission and held the inaugural meeting of its Steering Committee in Geneva today. The Commission provides, for the first time, the ability to channel advice and recommendations in a more structured and systematic

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WHO announces first meeting of the postpartum haemorrhage bundle guideline development subgroup

The World Health Organization (WHO) is committed to driving public health impact in every country, ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages.  Through its unique normative function in health, WHO aims to provide global, evidence-informed recommendations to improve maternal and perinatal

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Vellum Health: WHO convenes first high-level global summit on traditional medicine to explore evidence base and opportunities to accelerate health for all

  The World Health Organization (WHO) is convening the Traditional Medicine Global Summit on 17 and 18 August 2023​ in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. Co-hosted by the Government of India, the Summit will explore the role of traditional, complementary, and integrative medicine in addressing pressing health

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World Breastfeeding Week: Joint statement by UNICEF executive director and WHO director-general

    Statement by Catherine Russell and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus   In the last 10 years, many countries have made significant progress to increase exclusive breastfeeding rates. Yet even greater progress is possible when breastfeeding is protected and supported, particularly in the workplace.  

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Potential pandemic accord still work in progress

Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) continued their discussions towards a global accord on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response, with a view to presenting the outcome of their work to the World Health Assembly in May 2024. The Bureau’s text of the WHO

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WHO holds discussions with the civil society on prioritising traditional, complementary and integrative healthcare

WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and a group of WHO senior officials met with representatives of civil society, to discuss their priorities on traditional, complementary and integrative medicine, in the lead-up to the WHO Traditional Medicine Global Summit on 17 and 18 August 2023

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18 million doses of first-ever malaria vaccine allocated to 12 African countries for 2023–2025: Gavi, WHO and UNICEF

Twelve countries across different regions in Africa are set to receive 18 million doses of the first-ever malaria vaccine over the next two years. The rollout is a critical step forward in the fight against one of the leading causes of death on the continent.

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Vellum Health: Multilateral development banks and WHO launch new investment platform to strengthen primary health care services

In a landmark development aimed at investing in and strengthening essential, climate and crisis-resilient primary health care (PHC) services in low- and low-and-middle-income countries (LICs and LMICs), three multilateral development banks have joined with WHO to launch the new Health Impact Investment Platform. The Platform,

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WHO: Countries set out a way forward for continued negotiations on a global agreement on pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response

Countries of the World Health Organization (WHO) have moved forward with negotiations on a global accord on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response, with a view to presenting a draft accord to the World Health Assembly in May 2024. Ending yesterday, discussions on the draft pandemic

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Vellum Health: WHO’s Global Neglected Tropical Diseases Programme Partners’ Meeting ends with a stirring call for worldwide action

Delegates and representatives left the Global Neglected Tropical Diseases Programme Partners’ Meeting with a stirring call to action from its director Dr Ibrahima Socé Fall. As the multinational meeting, attended by some 300 key partners, came to an end in Geneva on Tuesday 13 June,

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The European Commission and WHO launch landmark digital health initiative to strengthen global health security

The World Health Organization (WHO) and European Commission on 5th June 2023, announced the launch of a landmark digital health partnership.   In June 2023, WHO will take up the European Union (EU) system of digital COVID-19 certification to establish a global system that will help

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WHO’s annual assembly ends with agreement on funding, and an array of health topics

WHO’s 76th health assembly closed Tuesday, May 30, having addressed a vast array of issues, including behavioural sciences; best buys for non-communicable diseases; diagnostics; disabilities; drowning prevention; emergency, critical and operative care; food micronutrients; indigenous health; infection prevention and control; maternal and child health; medical

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How Far We’ve Come: Unveiling the AAAQ Framework and Assessing Kenya’s Healthcare Status

The Constitution of Kenya, 2010 has been heralded as one of the most transformative constitutional frameworks in the world. A key indicator for this global acclaim is the express provision and codification of human rights, with an entire chapter on the same. Specifically, the Constitution

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New WHO guidelines discourage non-sugar sweeteners for weight control

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new guideline on non-sugar sweeteners (NSS), which recommends against the use of NSS to control body weight or reduce the risk of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). The recommendation is based on the findings of a systematic review of

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WHO and tobacco control partners urge countries not to partner or work with the tobacco industry

WHO is concerned with continued attempts by the tobacco industry and its surrogates to further its interests to influence scientific research, public perception, policy-making, and the media; all aimed to ensure the proliferation and sale of nicotine and tobacco products. The tobacco industry continues to

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Focus on kidney health is key in fighting non-communicable diseases

The enormous negative impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on public health systems across the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region today is receiving much more attention on the policy agenda than it did two decades ago. Amid this commendable progress, however, there is an emerging risk that

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Quadripartite call to action for One Health for a safer world

Recent international health emergencies such as Covid-19 pandemic, mpox, Ebola outbreaks, and continued threats of other zoonotic diseases, food safety, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) challenges, as well as ecosystem degradation and climate change clearly demonstrate the need for resilient health systems and accelerated global action. One

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Second high-level interregional meeting on the health of refugees and migrants

Amid the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes in the Syrian Arab Republic and Türkiye over a month ago, as well as the ongoing war in Ukraine now past its one-year mark, three WHO regional offices this week brought together governments, civil society and health partners

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Statement on the update of WHO’s working definitions and tracking system for SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern and variants of interest

WHO has updated its tracking system and working definitions for variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to better correspond to the current global variant landscape, to independently evaluate Omicron sublineages in circulation, and classify new variants more clearly when required. SARS-CoV-2 continues to

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Impact of climate change on health in Kenya and possible way out

Climate change is the significant variation of average weather conditions becoming, for example, warmer, wetter, or drier over several decades or longer. Impacts related to climate change are becoming more evident across regions and in many sectors important to society such as human health, agriculture

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Time is ripe period poverty and period shame in Kenya

Nominated Senator Gloria Orwoba unorthodox bid to raise awareness on the scourge of period shame and period poverty was the talk of the country on Valentine’s Day 2023. Orwoba caused a stir as she attended parliamentary proceedings in a white ‘blood-stained’ suit. The Senator drew

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WHO calls for stern measures against exploitative advertisements by the formula milk industry.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has decried the surge in exploitative marketing tactics used by the formula milk industry and called for a clamp down on the industry.  In a statement on 6th February 2023, WHO faulted the vast economic and political power of the

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African leaders unite in pledge to end AIDS in children

    News Release Ministers and representatives from twelve African countries have committed themselves, and laid out their plans, to end AIDS in children by 2030. International partners have set out how they would support countries in delivering on those plans, which were issued at

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Misuse and abuse of controlled substance: Measures for a drug-free future

A controlled substance is generally a drug or chemical whose manufacture, possession, or use is regulated by a government, such as illicitly used drugs or prescription medications that are designated by law.  They are tightly controlled by the government because they may be abused or

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How well do development partners work together and follow country priorities to achieve the health SDGs?

Views from national governments and relevant authorities 52 national governments and relevant authorities provided their views on how well multilateral agencies and other development partners align to their national priorities and plans and collaborate with each other to increase efficiencies and avoid duplications when providing

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Urgent action needed as acute malnutrition threatens the lives of millions of vulnerable children

12 January 2023/ News release United Nations agencies are calling for urgent action to protect the most vulnerable children in the 15 countries hardest hit by an unprecedented food and nutrition crisis. Conflict, climate shocks, the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, and rising costs of living

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Accelerated action needed to ensure safe drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene for all

14 December 2022 / News release Urgent action is needed globally and locally to achieve safe and sustainably managed water, sanitation and hygiene for all in order to prevent devastating impacts on the health of millions of people. Findings from WHO and UN-Water’s Global Analysis

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WHO Member States agree to develop zero draft of legally binding pandemic accord in early 2023

7 December 2022 / News release / Geneva   Member States of the World Health Organization today agreed to develop the first draft of a legally binding agreement designed to protect the world from future pandemics. This “zero draft” of the pandemic accord, rooted in

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WHO calls on the global community to equalize the HIV response

On 1 December, World AIDS Day 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on global leaders and citizens to boldly recognize and address the inequalities that are holding back progress in attaining the global goal to end AIDS by 2030. WHO is joining global

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WHO to identify pathogens that could cause future outbreaks and pandemics

WHO is launching a global scientific process to update the list of priority pathogens—agents that can cause outbreaks or pandemics—to guide global investment, research and development (R&D), especially in vaccines, tests and treatments. Starting with a meeting held last Friday, 18 November, WHO is convening

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