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  • Addressing the crisis in antibiotic development
    on 09.07.2020 at 15:49

    Today, more than 20 leading biopharmaceutical companies are announcing the launch of the AMR Action Fund that will invest in developing innovative antibacterial treatments. The Fund aims to bring 2-4 new treatments to patients by 2030. This initiative is a significant step towards addressing the current crisis in antibacterial treatment development.“AMR is a slow tsunami that threatens to undo a century of medical progress” highlighted Dr Tedros, Director General of the WHO at the […]

  • Independent evaluation of global COVID-19 response announced
    on 09.07.2020 at 13:40

    WHO Director-General today announced the initiation of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR) to evaluate the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.In remarks to WHO Member States, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the Panel will be co-chaired by former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark and former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Prime Minister Clark went to on lead the United Nations Development Programme and […]

  • UN Public Service Day
    on 08.07.2020 at 04:19

    Honouring the public servants who have been working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.Whether working in healthcare or delivering essential services in the areas of sanitation, social welfare, education, postal delivery, transport, law enforcement, and more, public servants globally have continued to work in the community as many people shelter at home, risking their lives to ensure ours can continue.WHO Director-General joined a virtual high-level panel at the United Nations to mark […]

  • WHO discontinues hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir treatment arms for COVID-19
    on 07.07.2020 at 23:31

    WHO today accepted the recommendation from the Solidarity Trial’s International Steering Committee to discontinue the trial’s hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir arms. The Solidarity Trial was established by WHO to find an effective COVID-19 treatment for hospitalized patients.The International Steering Committee formulated the recommendation in light of the evidence for hydroxychloroquine vs standard-of-care and for lopinavir/ritonavir vs standard-of-care from the Solidarity […]

  • WHO experts to travel to China
    on 07.07.2020 at 18:56

    WHO experts will travel to China to work together with their Chinese counterparts to prepare scientific plans for identifying the zoonotic source of the SARS-COV-2 virus. The experts will develop the scope and TOR for a WHO-led international mission. Identifying the origin of emerging viral disease has proven complex in past epidemics in different countries. A well planned series of scientific researches will advance the understanding of animal reservoirs and the route of transmission to […]

  • Update from WHO and Pew Charitable Trusts: urgent action needed to accelerate antibiotic development
    on 07.07.2020 at 15:18

    Just as the COVID-19 pandemic started taking the world by storm, The World Health Organization (WHO) and The Pew Charitable Trust (Pew) each released assessments of the global antibiotic pipeline. Both found there are still not enough antibacterial treatments in clinical development worldwide to fight the growing threat of drug-resistant bacterial infections. Developing new, innovative antibiotics is resource-intensive and scientifically difficult. And, when more antibiotics are used the […]

  • WHO: access to HIV medicines severely impacted by COVID-19 as AIDS response stalls
    on 06.07.2020 at 14:00

    Seventy-three countries have warned that they are at risk of stock-outs of antiretroviral (ARV) medicines as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new WHO survey conducted ahead of the International AIDS Society’s biannual conference. Twenty-four countries reported having either a critically low stock of ARVs or disruptions in the supply of these life-saving medicines.  The survey follows a modelling exercise convened by WHO and UNAIDS in May which forecasted that a […]

  • WHO launches iSupport Lite
    on 06.07.2020 at 13:48

    The recent COVID-19 pandemic and resulting breakdown of community-based services for people with dementia and their caregivers emphasized the importance of providing caregivers with accessible public health messages to reduce caregiver stress and improve their mental health and well-being.WHO’s iSupport Lite consists of a set of practical support messages for caregivers of people with dementia extracted from iSupport, WHO’s knowledge and skills training programme.iSupport Lite […]

  • Statement of the twenty-fifth polio IHR Emergency Committee
    on 03.07.2020 at 10:25

      The twenty-fifth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) on the international spread of poliovirus was convened and opened by the Director General on 23 June 2020 with committee members attending via teleconference, supported by the WHO Secretariat.  Dr Tedros in his opening remarks said that while there has been amazing progress on wild poliovirus in Africa, there is still much more work to do to end transmission in Pakistan […]

  • Introductory meeting of WHO’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Tuberculosis
    on 01.07.2020 at 15:21

    An introductory meeting of WHO’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Tuberculosis (STAG-TB) was held on 24-25 June 2020. STAG-TB, which is comprised of 15 eminent experts from ministries of health, national TB programmes, academic and research institutions, civil society organizations, and communities and patients affected by TB. The group is led by Dr Ariel Pablos-Méndez as Chair,  and provides strategic advice to WHO's Director-General and the Global TB Programme on […]

  • WHO announced as a Global Leader of the Generation Equality Action Coalition on ending gender-based violence
    on 01.07.2020 at 13:26

    The  Generation Equality Forum—a global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France in partnership with civil society—today announced the leaders of the Generation Equality Action Coalitions, to achieve gender equality and all women’s and girls’ human rights. WHO, together with The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the […]

  • 10th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared over; vigilance against flare-ups and support for survivors must continue
    on 30.06.2020 at 13:24

    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 of partners, donors, and above all, the efforts of the communities affected by the virus. WHO congratulates all those involved in the arduous and often dangerous work required to end the […]

  • WHO urges countries to expand access to rapid molecular tests for the detection of TB and drug-resistant TB
    on 30.06.2020 at 13:05

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging countries to expand access to rapid molecular tests for the detection of TB and drug-resistant TB in updated consolidated guidelines, released today. The guidelines are accompanied by an operational handbook to facilitate rapid implementation and roll out of rapid molecular tests by national TB programmes, ministries of health and technical partners.“The use of rapid molecular assays as the initial test to diagnose TB is recommended instead of […]

  • WHO speaks at the European Parliament on the COVID-19 response
    on 30.06.2020 at 07:44

    On June 25, WHO Director General Dr Tedros  Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Dr Hand Kluge, Regional Director of WHO Europe, spoke at the European Parliament Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) on the fight against COVID-19 and the global response and highlighted the leadership of the European Union during this unprecedented time. “The EU is in a unique position to provide global leadership in defining the “new normal” as part of the global […]

  • Partners in health: Germany and France commit to increased support to WHO affirming the Organization’s crucial role in global public health
    on 30.06.2020 at 07:29

    Germany and France have reconfirmed their political, financial and technical support to WHO. His Excellency Olivier Véran, Minister for Solidarity and Health of the Republic of France, and His Excellency Jens Spahn Minister of Health of the Federal Republic of Germany, met with WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Geneva on 25 June to discuss the status of the global COVID-19 pandemic and measures to help countries where it continues to spread.“WHO is honoured to […]

  • Timeline of WHO’s response to COVID-19
    on 29.06.2020 at 14:24

    WHO provides this timeline of the organization’s COVID-19 response activities for general information. WHO will update the timeline on a regular basis and in light of evolving events and new information. Unless noted otherwise, country-specific information and data are as reported to WHO by its Member States. This timeline continues in the spirit of, and supersedes, the WHO Rolling Updates and the WHO Timeline statement published in April 2020. It is not intended to be exhaustive and […]

  • 8th TRIAD Meeting: Statement
    on 29.06.2020 at 12:34

    The 2020 “Triad Statement” was issued at the close of the 8th biennial meeting of the WHO, the International Confederation of Midwives, and the International Council of Nurses.  In 2020 the Triad Meeting took place under the dual spotlight of the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife and the COVID-19 pandemic.  The resulting Triad Statement focuses on actions that participants in their respective roles agree to take to support WHO Member States in strengthening […]

  • Final Statement on the 8th meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005)
    on 26.06.2020 at 16:57

    Emergency Committee for Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (provinces of Ituri, North Kivu, and South Kivu) on 26 June 2020 The 8th meeting of the Emergency Committee, convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) to review the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Ituri, North Kivu, and South Kivu provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), took place on Friday, 26 June 2020, from 13:00 to 15:50 Geneva […]

  • ACT-Accelerator update
    on 26.06.2020 at 11:55

    The tools developed will benefit the whole world, and by saving lives and reducing severe COVID-19 disease, contribute to the goal of protecting health systems and restoring full societal and economic activity globally in the near term, and facilitating high-level control of COVID-19 disease in the medium term.The consolidated investment case calls for US$31.3 billion over the next 12 months[1]. US$3.4 billion has been contributed to date, resulting in a funding gap of US$27.9 billion, of which […]

  • Sustained decline in sleeping sickness cases puts elimination within reach
    on 25.06.2020 at 10:32

    Countries endemic for human African trypanosomiasis, HAT (also known as sleeping sickness) continue to report fewer cases, indicating that the disease is well on course for elimination as a public health problem by the end of this year. Latest data show only 980 cases were reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2019 which include the numbers for both the rhodesiense and gambiense forms of the disease.