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Beyond Numbers: Database Brings to Light Quality of Care for Women and their Babies at a National Scale

New paper on database and programme in Nigeria shows enormous potential for helping to improve quality of care for women and babies

Quality, standardized data on the health of women and girls who are pregnant or have recently given birth, and their babies, is crucial to inform the design of interventions to help to safeguard their lives and well-being. Strong health systems, backed by an efficient health information system – informed by…

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Video News Release: Sunday, 6 February marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for female genital mutilation (FGM) - WHO Director-General Dr Tedros statement on Female Genital Mutilation

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Sunday, 6 February marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for female genital mutilation (FGM). This year’s theme is "Accelerating Investment to End FGM" — calling for support for programmes to provide services and response for those affected and those at risk; in developing and enforcing laws, and fortifying institutional…

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Strength in numbers: data, partners and leadership create resilient HIV services during COVID-19 in Zambia

WHO applauds Zambia’s Ministry of Health and all the health workers for their resilience and achievements in delivering HIV testing and treatment services in face of many challenges

Dr Suilanji Sivile is an HIV clinician in Zambia who started working in the Eastern Province nearly a decade ago. He is also an HIV Technical Advisor at the Ministry of Health, leading many national COVID-19 activities. Reflecting on how the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded in Zambia, Dr Sivile highlights key…

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WHO Director-General's remarks at the press conference on the report of the Independent Commission on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse - 28 September 2021

The commission has identified dozens of potential victims of sexual exploitation and abuse, and 21 alleged perpetrators, who were employed by WHO at the time of the events

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening. As you know, in October last year, I appointed an Independent Commission to investigate allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse during the response to the tenth Ebola Virus Disease epidemic in North Kivu and Ituri, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The…

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WHO/UNICEF statement on the 40th anniversary of the international code of marketing breastmilk substitutes

Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General

In 1981, health officials from around the world gathered at the World Health Assembly to address aggressive marketing tactics by the infant and young child feeding industry, which was promoting formula feeding over breastfeeding and causing a dramatic increase in infant morbidity and mortality. The result was the International Code…

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World Breastfeeding Week 2020 Message

Analysis indicates that increasing rates of exclusive breastfeeding could save the lives of 820,000 children every year

The theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2020 is “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”. In line with this theme, WHO and UNICEF are calling on governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counselling, a critical component of breastfeeding support. Breastfeeding provides every child with the best possible…

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10th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared over; vigilance against flare-ups and support for survivors must continue

World Health Organization (WHO) congratulates all those involved in the arduous and often dangerous work required to end the outbreak, but stresses the need for vigilance

Today marks the end of the 10th outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This long, complex and difficult outbreak has been overcome due to the leadership and commitment of the Government of the DRC, supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), a multitude…

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Coronavirus - Middle East and North Africa: Joint Statement - Food crisis likely to worsen in the Middle East and North Africa as COVID-19 continues

Countries in the region already facing food crisis are hit hardest by the pandemic

Joint statement from the Regional Directors of UNICEF, FAO, WFP and WHO “Governments and partners across the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) are working around the clock to protect communities from the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). While these efforts are saving many lives, they are having a critical impact…

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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: People living longer and healthier lives but COVID-19 threatens to throw progress off track

Life expectancy and healthy life expectancy have increased, but unequally

All over the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is causing significant loss of life, disrupting livelihoods, and threatening the recent advances in health and progress towards global development goals highlighted in the 2020 World Health Statistics published by the World Health Organization (WHO) today “The good news is that people around…