12 December 2016 – To mark Universal Health Coverage Day, WHO today launched a new data portal to track progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) around the world. The portal shows where countries need to improve access to services, and where they need to improve information. The portal features the latest data on access to health services globally and in each of WHO’s 194 Member States.
Worldwide, 1 in 3 women will experience physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner, or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their life. Women who have experienced violence use health services more than non-abused women. Health professionals are in a unique position to address the health, psychosocial, and legal needs of women who have experienced violence.
Tribute video to the King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand
For all of us at WHO, His Majesty is an inspiration, as he should be for all other leaders. His leadership and strong commitment to public health exemplified the most fundamental principle of Health for All People, and set a high standard to which we all should strive and build upon. His Majesty was a significant role model nationally and globally in addressing the most pressing public health issues of his time.In improving the public health of Thailand, we will all continue to serve the legacy of His Majesty, who will always be remembered not only as a champion for health, but also as the people’s King.
A brain stroke or brain attack occurs when blood flow to the brain is cut off or reduced, oxygen supply is depleted and brain cells in the immediate affected area begin to die. People with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes or a high blood-sugar level are vulnerable to brain stroke. Eighty percent of brain strokes are preventable.
27 October 2016
Over one million people in low- and middle-income countries have been treated with a revolutionary new cure for hepatitis C since its introduction two years ago. The new medicines have a cure rate of over 95%, fewer side effects than previously available therapies, and can completely cure the disease within three months.
16 September 2013
Lead is a toxic metal whose widespread use has caused extensive environmental contamination and health problems. In 2013 lead exposure accounted for 853 000 deaths and 16.8 million life years lost due to its long-term effects on health. An important source of lead exposure, particularly in children, is paint containing high levels of lead. From 23 to 29 October 2016 the international lead poisoning prevention week of action takes place, with a particular focus on eliminating lead paint.
7 June 2016
The interim guidance on prevention of sexual transmission of Zika virus has been updated with new evidence and advice. The primary transmission route of Zika virus is via the Aedes mosquito, however mounting evidence shows that sexual transmission of Zika virus is possible and more common than previously assumed. This is of concern due to an association between the Zika virus and adverse pregnancy outcomes.