who.intStatement on the October 2018 meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee on the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the CongoThe WHO International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on #Ebola in #DRC concluded that a Public Health Emergency of International Concern should not be declared at this time.
who.intInternational Health Regulations and Emergency CommitteesThe International Health Regulations, or IHR (2005), represent an agreement between 196 WHO Member States and Parties to work together for global health security. Through the IHR, countries have agreed to build their capacities to detect, assess and report public health risks and emergencies that can have devastating impacts on human health and economies. The Emergency Committee is made up of international experts to provide technical advice to the WHO Director-General.
who.int2.1 billion people lack safe drinking water at home, more than twice as many lack safe sanitationSome 3 in 10 people worldwide, or 2.1 billion, lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and 6 in 10 people, or 4.5 billion, lack safely managed sanitation, according to a new report by WHO and UNICEF.
who.intAir pollutionFrom smog hanging over cities to smoke inside the home, air pollution poses a major threat to health and climate. The combined effects of ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution cause about 7.0 million premature deaths every year, largely as a result of increased mortality from stroke, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer and acute respiratory infections. Low-and middle income countries suffer from the highest air pollution exposures, indoors and outside. In most low- and middle-income cities fine particulate concentrations exceed WHO guideline levels of 10 micrograms per cubic metre (10 ug/m3).1
who.intWHO and PATH partner to globalize digital healthThe World Health Organization and PATH today announced a landmark partnership to accelerate digital health transformation across the globe. The WHO-PATH partnership on Innovation and Global Digital Health aims to identify and deliver the next wave of innovations and digital solutions that are critical to improving health systems, health outcomes, and health equity.
who.intHeads of State commit to lead response to beat noncommunicable diseases, promote mental healthHeads of state and government today committed to 13 new steps to tackle noncommunicable dis-eases including cancers, heart and lung diseases, stroke, and diabetes, and to promote mental health and well-being.
who.intHarmful use of alcohol kills more than 3 million people each year, most of them men.More than 3 million people died as a result of harmful use of alcohol in 2016, according a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) today. This represents 1 in 20 deaths. More than three quarters of these deaths were among men. Overall, the harmful use of alcohol causes more than 5% of the global disease burden.
who.intWHO calls for urgent action to end TBewer people fell ill and died from tuberculosis (TB) last year but countries are still not doing enough to end TB by 2030, warns the World Health Organization (WHO). Although global efforts have averted an estimated 54 million TB deaths since 2000, TB remains the world’s deadliest infectious disease.