Viral hepatitis kills approximately half a million people every year in the 11 countries of WHO’s South-East Asia Region. An estimated 100 million people are currently infected with hepatitis B virus and another 30 million with hepatitis C virus. These chronic infections have the potential to progress to cirrhosis and cancer of liver.
The biennial International AIDS Conference takes place in Melbourne, Australia, 20-25 July 2014. At the conference, WHO will release a progress report on HIV treatment and other health sector interventions. The Organization has also recently highlighted ways to improve provision of HIV services for key groups. These feature stories highlight some of the issues key populations face.
As world leaders gather at the United Nations General Assembly to assess efforts made since 2011 in controlling noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease, the new WHO "Noncommunicable diseases country profiles 2014" show insufficient and uneven progress. The report provides an updated overview of the NCD situation including recent trends and government responses in 194 countries.
Remarkable progress has been made in recent decades to reduce the number of child deaths worldwide, but neonatal mortality rates have declined at a slower pace. Yet most newborn deaths are preventable and opportunities for addressing newborn health are unprecedented especially when effectively integrated with care for women and children. Today, much more is known about effective interventions and service delivery channels, and of approaches to accelerate coverage and quality of care.
Upcoming EventsWorld Breastfeeding Week
1-7 August 2014
World Humanitarian Day
19 August 2014