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WHO highlights urgent need to transform mental health and mental health care

The World Health Organization today released its largest review of world mental health since the turn of the century. The detailed work provides a blueprint for governments, academics, health professionals, civil society and others with an ambition to support the world in transforming mental health. In 2019, nearly a billion people – including 14% of the world’s adolescents – were… Read More
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UN humanitarian leaders call for the renewal of cross-border aid authorization to northwest Syria

In less than a month, the Security Council resolution that allows the United Nations and our implementing partners to provide lifesaving humanitarian aid to northwest Syria from across the border with Türkiye will expire. The 15-member Security Council will decide whether to renew it or not. This decision is critical for the lives and wellbeing of 4.1 million people trapped… Read More
Development Health Advice 

COVID-19: BA.4 and BA.5 variants spur 20 per cent rise in cases

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stressed in his weekly briefing to journalists that the global figure overall remains “relatively stable”, but nobody should be under any illusion, that the coronavirus is on the way out. “#COVID19, driven by BA.4 and BA.5 in many places, cases are on the rise in 110 countries, causing overall global cases to increase by 20%… Read More
Development Health Advice 

Safer roads, a global development challenge for all: Senior UN official 

Nneka Henry, who heads the United Nations Road Safety Fund (UNRSF) Secretariat, noted that 500 children die in crashes every day, and that of the older population, women are 17 times more likely to be killed during a car crash than men, even when wearing seatbelts.  Challenge for all  Despite these statistics, road safety is not just a challenge for… Read More
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Commonwealth leaders recommit to ending malaria and neglected tropical diseases

The Kigali Summit on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) concluded today with Heads of State and Government from Commonwealth countries signing and adopting the Kigali Declaration on NTDs, and reaffirming their commitment to ending malaria by 2030. In recent years, Commonwealth countries have committed to reducing the burden of these largely preventable and treatable diseases. In 2018, leaders pledged… Read More
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Colombia’s landmark Road Safety Law could save countless lives

Bogotá, Colombia – Juliàn Estaban’s Law, Bill PL408/2021, was ratified by the Colombian government today after consultations with civil society, the World Health Organization and across government. The new law moves road and infrastructure design, vehicle safety standards, driver licensing and data on injuries in Colombia closer to global recommendations. Road crashes are second largest of killer of people aged between… Read More
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Meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the multi-country monkeypox outbreak

The WHO Director-General has the pleasure of transmitting the Report of the Meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) Emergency Committee regarding the multi-country monkeypox outbreak, held on 23 June 2022, from 12:00 to 17:00 Geneva time (CEST). The WHO Director-General concurs with the advice offered by the IHR Emergency Committee regarding the multi-country monkeypox outbreak and, at present,… Read More
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World Health Summit 2022: Registration now opened and key speakers announced

The World Health Summit (WHS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) join forces to organize the 2022 edition of one of the world’s leading international, inclusive and inter-sectoral global health conference to bring global health actors closer to setting agenda for a healthier future. Registration for on-site participation is now open The Summit will take place on 16-18 October 2022… Read More
Development Health Advice 

UN drug report shines light on cannabis, cocaine and methamphetamine trends

The World Drug Report 2022 also details the environmental consequences of the illicit drugs trade, the expansion of synthetic drugs to new markets, and an all-time high in cocaine production. “Numbers for the manufacturing and seizures of many illicit drugs are hitting record highs, even as global emergencies are deepening vulnerabilities,” said UNODC chief Ghada Waly. “At the same time,… Read More
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Monkeypox not presently a global public health emergency: WHO

The announcement comes two days after WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus convened an Emergency Committee on the disease, under the International Health Regulations (IHR), to address the rising caseload. “The WHO Director-General concurs with the advice offered by the IHR Emergency Committee regarding the multi-country monkeypox outbreak and, at present, does not determine that the event constitutes a Public Health… Read More