Latest News – World Health Organsiation

  • WHO issues its first emergency use validation for a COVID-19 vaccine and emphasizes need for equitable global access
    on 31.12.2020 at 19:35

    The World Health Organization (WHO) today listed the Comirnaty, COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for emergency use, making the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine the first to receive emergency validation from WHO since the outbreak began a year ago.

  • COVID-19: One year later – WHO Director-General’s new year message
    on 30.12.2020 at 14:20

    In his end of year message for 2020, WHO Director-General says there is light at the end of the tunnel in the fight against COVID-19. But going into 2021, he urges countries and communities to work together, in solidarity, to overcome this and future health challenges.

  • Mobilizing youth to End TB
    on 23.12.2020 at 15:20

    Since the global youth movement, 1+1 youth Initiative was launched on World TB Day 2019, followed by the  adoption of the Youth Declaration to End TB at the first-ever Global Youth Townhall on ending TB, there has been significant progress over the past year. The 1+1 Initiative has expanded to include thousands of youth across the world in countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Indonesia, Philippines,  and Vietnam.The social media platforms set up as part of the 1+1 youth […]

  • Behavioural considerations for acceptance and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines
    on 21.12.2020 at 18:34

    The Behavioural Insights Unit of the WHO released a meeting report of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on the special session on acceptance and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines, held on 15 October 2020. The meeting report outlines the factors that drive people’s behaviour in relation to vaccine acceptance and uptake: an enabling environment, social influences and motivation. The image above is a visual narration that captures highlights of the meeting on 15 October 2020, during which […]

  • Joint statement calling for urgent country scale-up of access to optimal HIV treatment for infants and children living with HIV
    on 21.12.2020 at 18:16

    Global partners that are committed to ending paediatric AIDS have come together to call on countries to rapidly scale up access to optimal, child-friendly HIV treatment for infants and children.

  • Meet the 100+ outstanding Nurses and Midwives
    on 19.12.2020 at 10:49

    To mark the end of the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we are honored to unveil the 2020 List of 100+ Outstanding Women Nurses and Midwives. This partnership of the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Nursing Now, International Council of Nurses (ICN), International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), and Women in Global Health (WGH),  features the achievements and contributions of nurses and midwives from 43 countries and across 6 […]

  • COVAX Announces additional deals to access promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates; plans global rollout starting Q1 2021
    on 18.12.2020 at 13:43

    COVAX now has agreements in place to access nearly two billion doses of several promising vaccine candidates, and laid the groundwork for further doses to be secured through contributions from donorsThese agreements mean that all COVAX’s 190 participating and eligible economies will be able to access doses to protect vulnerable groups in the first half of 2021. At least 1.3 billion donor-funded doses will be made available to 92 economies eligible for the Gavi COVAX AMC, targeting up to […]

  • New study highlights cost-effectiveness of bans on pesticides as a suicide prevention strategy
    on 18.12.2020 at 04:51

    National bans on highly hazardous pesticides can be a cost-effective and affordable intervention for reducing suicide deaths in countries with a high burden of suicides attributable to pesticides, according to a new study published in The Lancet Global Health today.

  • New PSA campaign from WHO and YouTube is a playbook for a safe holiday season
    on 17.12.2020 at 16:04

    The World Health Organization and YouTube have partnered on an inviting and humorous public service announcement (PSA) to help battle COVID-19 fatigue as we head into the holiday season. After nine months of physical distancing, lockdowns and other preventative measures, the video reminds viewers to stay vigilant and continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus as people in many parts of the world head into the holiday season.Voiced by actor and comedian […]

  • A parasitic infection that can turn fatal with administration of corticosteroids
    on 17.12.2020 at 11:28

    Healthcare workers in tropical and sub-tropical settings where strongyloidiasis is prevalent or caring for patients who have travelled to such areas, need to maintain a high level of awareness about the use of corticosteroids, including when this class of anti-inflammatories is given to patients suspected of infection with SARS-CoV-2.

  • Launch of the Tripartite Joint Risk Assessment Operational Tool
    on 17.12.2020 at 09:07

    The Operational Tool on Joint Risk Assessment (JRA OT) has been developed by the Tripartite organisations (FAO, OIE and WHO) and technical experts to provide guidance on how to set up a joint risk assessment process at national level. While it describes step-by-step how to conduct each component of the process, it also provides model documents and templates to support its implementation by staff from national ministries responsible for management of zoonotic diseases.

  • Joint Risk Assessment Operational Tool in the time of COVID-19
    on 17.12.2020 at 09:00

    Despite the successful use of the JRA OT in country pilots, the COVID-19 pandemic has complicated the ability to provide facilitation support for in-country engagement. But ironically, the zoonotic nature of COVID-19 has made JRA OT more relevant and needed than ever. The JRA OT tripartite secretariat mobilized to identify opportunities for virtual facilitation and hybrid models – i.e. combining on-site participation and remote online support – for conducting JRA in country. This […]

  • WHO launches Baseline report for Decade of Healthy Ageing
    on 17.12.2020 at 08:41

    17 December 2020 –  At least 14% of all people aged 60 years and over  ̶-  more than 142 million people  ̶- are currently unable to meet all their basic daily needs according to the Baseline report for the Decade of Healthy Ageing, released by the World Health Organization today.  The Baseline report brings together data available for measuring healthy ageing, defined by WHO as “the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that […]

  • Responding to a yellow fever outbreak in Nigeria amidst a global pandemic
    on 16.12.2020 at 08:43

    You can access the original press release by clicking here.

  • Neglected tropical diseases: WHO and Sanofi renew decades-long collaboration to sustain elimination efforts
    on 15.12.2020 at 14:02

    The World Health Organization (WHO) and Sanofi – one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies – have signed a new agreement for donations of medicines to sustain specific efforts to eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

  • WHO Information Notice for IVD Users
    on 14.12.2020 at 18:04

    Purpose of this notice: To ensure users of certain nucleic acid testing (NAT) technologies are aware of certain aspects of the instructions for use (IFU) for all products. Description of the problem: WHO has received user feedback on an elevated risk for false SARS-CoV-2 results when testing specimens using RT-PCR reagents on open system

  • The Decade of Healthy Ageing: a new UN-wide initiative
    on 14.12.2020 at 16:43

    The United Nations General Assembly today declared 2021-2030 the Decade of Healthy Ageing. The UN Resolution, which follows recent endorsement of the Decade by the World Health Assembly, expresses concern that, despite the predictability of population ageing and its accelerating pace, the world is not sufficiently prepared to respond to the rights and needs of older people. It acknowledges that the ageing of the population impacts our health systems but also many other aspects of society, […]

  • Monitoring childbirth in a new era for maternal health
    on 14.12.2020 at 14:54

    WHO and HRP launch the Labour Care Guide to improve every woman’s experience of childbirth, and to help ensure the health and well-being of women and their babies.The philosophy of labour and delivery care, and the recommended World Health Organization (WHO) approach, have developed significantly in the last decades. The recognition that every birth is unique is now a cornerstone of the 2018 WHO recommendations on intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience. Over one third of […]

  • World’s largest youth organizations, representing 250 million members, and WHO launch global mobilization to respond to disruptive impacts of COVID-19 on young people
    on 14.12.2020 at 13:51

    Funding for community programmes, engaging youth in solutions to address COVID-19, and convening Global Youth Summit are key features of this new mobilizationA new ground-breaking global youth mobilization was launched today to invest in and scale up youth-led solutions and engagements in response to COVID-19. The initiative was launched by an alliance of the world’s largest youth movements and organizations, together with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations […]

  • New WHO tool to help countries advance towards universal health coverage
    on 14.12.2020 at 09:27

    One of WHO’s 3 strategic goals is to ensure that an additional 1 billion people in the world are protected by universal health coverage (UHC) by 2023 – able to access the services they need to keep healthy, without falling into poverty as a result.A key step in making this a reality is for countries to be able to work out what services their people need and how to provide them.WHO’s new UHC Compendium, the product of a wide-ranging multi-year collaboration across WHO […]