World Health Assembly agrees new Health Emergencies Programme
Wed, 25 May 2016 18:00:00 GMT
WHO Member States today agreed to one of the most profound transformations in the Organization’s history, establishing a new Health Emergencies Programme. The programme adds operational capabilities for outbreaks and humanitarian emergencies to complement its traditional technical and normative roles.
The new programme is designed to deliver rapid, predictable, and comprehensive support to countries and communities as they prepare for, face or recover from emergencies caused by any type of hazard to human health, whether disease outbreaks, natural or man-made disasters or conflicts.
World Health Assembly highlights importance of multisectoral action on health
Tue, 24 May 2016 18:00:00 GMT
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, addressed the World Health Assembly today. She stressed the links between climate change and health, including those related to the spread of vector-borne diseases.
China and Russia teams join WHO’s Emergency Medical Team Initiative
Tue, 24 May 2016 00:50:00 GMT
WHO is working with governments and organizations to register medical teams from around the world.
Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly opens in Geneva
Mon, 23 May 2016 18:15:00 GMT
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.
WHO confirms Zika virus strain imported from the Americas to Cabo Verde
Fri, 20 May 2016 13:42:00 GMT
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.