The risk of babies born with microcephaly has raised understandable concerns among women including those who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. There are many unknowns regarding the possible causes of microcephaly. Here are a number of questions being asked, and the advice that WHO is offering in response.
WHO has announced that the recent cluster of neurological disorders and neonatal malformations reported in the Americas region constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. This comes after the International Health Regulation Emergency Committee agreed that a causal link between this cluster and Zika virus disease is strongly suspected. It constitutes an “extraordinary event” and a public health threat to other parts of the world.
24 January - Thailand confirmed Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV) disease in a traveler, the second such case in the country in the last seven months, as WHO cautioned other member states in its South-East Asia Region against the continuing risks and the need to remain vigilant.
On 13 January, WHO South-East Asia Region completes five years without any case of wild poliovirus. This is a remarkable achievement in view of the continued threat of poliovirus importation from the remaining polio-endemic countries. WHO South-East Asia Region reported its last case of wild poliovirus in West Bengal, India, in 2011, which facilitated polio-free certification of the Region on 27 March 2014. Completing half a decade without any case of wild poliovirus is yet another achievement and a reminder that we need to continue our efforts until the disease is eradicated globally.
23 May 2015
Six partner agencies have signed a pledge to together support countries in WHO South-East Asia Region to end preventable newborn, child and maternal deaths by 2030. The regional collaborative mechanism aims at universal coverage of good quality essential services with a focus on reaching the unreached.
26 February 2015
In 2015, WHO led the health response to major outbreaks and emergencies from West Africa to Iraq. We provided new advice on a broad range of health issues, including dementia, food safety, HIV treatment, sugar consumption, antibiotic resistance and climate change. We marked the end of the 15-year era of the Millennium Development Goals and saw the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals for the next 15 years. Here are a few highlights.
10 December 2015
Currently, about 80% of people exposed to rabies live in poor, rural areas of Africa and Asia with no access to prompt treatment. A new framework to eliminate human rabies and save tens of thousands of lives each year has been launched today by WHO and partners. The framework calls for 3 key actions - making human vaccines and antibodies affordable, ensuring people who get bitten receive prompt treatment, and mass dog vaccinations to tackle the disease at its source.