Say no to violence against women and girls

1 in 3 women experience physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner. Violence against women and girls has become a public health issue. It has immediate and long-term impact on physical, psychosocial and mental health of victims, and impedes their progress.

The UN International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women is observed every year on 25 November. Beginning that day and until the Human Rights Days on 10 December, 16 days of activism against gender-based violence is observed.

Global experts deliberate robust leprosy control strategy

Experts and national programme managers from across the globe converged in New Delhi on 23 November 2015 to discuss strengthening of global leprosy control strategy.

Global elimination of leprosy was achieved in the year 2000. Yet, 215,656 leprosy cases were reported worldwide in 2014. Renewed focus and efforts are needed to ensure early detection and complete treatment of leprosy.

Protect health from climate change

Rising temperatures and variable precipitation are likely to decrease the production of staple foods in many of the poorest regions.
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Climate change increasingly threatens to cause thousands of deaths every year. WHO calls on countries at the UN Climate Change Conference to make bold commitments to protect our planet and health. WHO's new series, climate change and health country profiles, illustrates how investments in low-carbon development, clean renewable energy, and strengthening climate resilience, are also investments in health.

Antibiotics - handle with care

Every five minutes a child dies due to drug-resistant bacteria in the WHO South-East Asia Region. Drugs that were effective in treating deadly diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV, malaria etc. are increasingly losing their impact. Misuse and overuse of antibiotics is leading to antibiotic resistance which is emerging as the greatest public health threat.

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