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Seven out of 10 people protected by at least one tobacco control measure

In the last 15 years since WHO’s MPOWER tobacco control measures were introduced globally, smoking rates have fallen

A new World Health Organization (WHO) report highlights that 5.6 billion people – 71% of the world’s population – are now protected with at least one best practice policy to help save lives from deadly tobacco – five times more than in 2007. In the last 15 years since WHO’s MPOWER tobacco…

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World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General's opening remarks at media briefing – 19 October 2022

While the global situation has obviously improved since the pandemic began, the virus continues to change, and there remain many risks and uncertainties

Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening.  Last night I returned from the World Health Summit in Berlin, Germany, which this year WHO co-hosted for the first time. I was very encouraged to see the level of commitment from leaders from government, civil society, academia and the private sector for…

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UNESCO and WHO urge countries to make every school a health-promoting school

Global standards will be piloted in Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya and Paraguay

UNESCO and the World Health Organization today launched the Global Standards for Health-promoting Schools, a resource package for schools to improve the health and well-being of 1.9 billion school-aged children and adolescents.  The closure of many schools around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe disruptions to education. …

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Coronavirus: Boost for global response to COVID-19 as economies worldwide formally sign up to COVAX facility

156 economies, representing roughly 64% of the global population in total, are now either committed to or eligible for the COVAX Facility

64 higher income economies have now joined the COVAX Facility, with a further 38 economies expected to sign in the coming days; these self-financing economies, which include 29 from ‘Team Europe’ participating as part of an agreement with the European Commission, join 92 lower income economies eligible for financial support…

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Coronavirus - Africa: WHO and UNICEF warn of a decline in vaccinations during COVID-19

This is due to disruptions in the delivery and uptake of immunization services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

WHO and UNICEF call for immediate efforts to vaccinate all children as new data shows that, before the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine coverage stalled at 85 per cent for nearly a decade, with 14 million unvaccinated infants yearly The World Health Organization and UNICEF warned today of an alarming decline in…

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Coronavirus - Africa: The vaccines success story gives us hope for the future

Vaccines remain the safest, most cost-effective protection against disease and will provide a powerful tool to address the COVID-19 pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO), working in partnership with both public and private sectors, has a proud history of vaccinology. By assessing vaccines for global supply, WHO’s groundbreaking Prequalification programme has made possible the deployment of quality-assured, safe and effective vaccines to dozens of countries across the world. This programme…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Substantial investment needed to avert mental health crisis

Reports already indicate an increase in symptoms of depression and anxiety in a number of countries

The COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the need to urgently increase investment in services for mental health or risk a massive increase in mental health conditions in the coming months, according to a policy brief on COVID-19 and mental health issued by the United Nations today. “The impact of the pandemic…

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Coronavirus - Africa: WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19

I would like to thank the African Union, the governments of the United Arab Emirates and Ethiopia, the Jack Ma Foundation and all our partners for their solidarity with African countries

By WHO Director-General Good morning, good afternoon and good evening, wherever you are. When the nations of the world met to form the United Nations in 1945, one of the first things they discussed was establishing an organization to protect and promote the health of the world’s people. They expressed…

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Coronavirus - Africa: WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies Week 14

Cases of COVID-19 are rising rapidly and spreading geographically across the WHO African Region, with 45 (96%) of the 47 countries in the Region now reporting cases

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 111 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the WHO African Region Ebola virus disease…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: South Sudan confirms first case of COVID-19

The patient, a 29-year old female returned from Netherlands on 28 February 2020 via Addis Ababa

The Ministry of Health of South Sudan has reported the country’s first case of COVID-19. The patient, a 29-year old female returned from Netherlands on 28 February 2020 via Addis Ababa. The patient developed fever, cough, headache and shortness of breath and was identified by the authorities on 2 April…