Environmentally and socially responsible procurement

7 December 2016 – WHO today joined other international agencies in signing a Statement of Intent to align and “green” procurement of health commodities, in an effort to protect the environment and contribute to sustainable development. WHO and its sister UN agencies collectively procure an estimated $3 billion in health commodities each year.

Supplies for overwhelmed primary health care centre in Mosul, Iraq

4 December 2016 – WHO has successfully delivered life-saving medicines and medical supplies inside Mosul city. The shipment, enough to treat almost 13 000 patients, includes chronic disease medicines, antibiotics, medicines and supplies to treat trauma injuries. Due to limited health services in the area, the centre also serves 9 other neighbouring suburbs with a total population of almost 150 000 people.

Seasonal Influenza update

5 December 2016 – Seasonal influenza viruses circulate worldwide and spread easily from person to person. Seasonal influenza is a serious public health problem that causes severe illness and death in high risk populations. Furthermore, an influenza epidemic can take an economic toll through lost workforce productivity and strained health services. The updated WHO fact sheets is a reminder that influenza vaccination is the most effective way to prevent disease.

18 million people unable to access HIV treatment

29 November 2016 – In advance of World AIDS Day, WHO has released new guidelines on HIV self-testing to improve access to and uptake of HIV diagnosis. According to a new WHO progress report lack of an HIV diagnosis is a major obstacle to implementing the Organization’s recommendation that everyone with HIV should be offered antiretroviral therapy (ART). The report reveals that more than 18 million people with HIV are currently taking ART, and a similar number is still unable to access treatment, the majority of which are unaware of their HIV positive status.

International day for the elimination of violence against women

25 November 2016 – 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 ones. Health professionals are in a position to address the needs of women who have experienced violence.

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Election of Director-General

A close-up of the Director-General's seat in the WHO Executive Boardroom.
WHO/N. Bojgaard

The process to elect the next WHO Director-General is underway.


  • WHO scales up trauma care services for injured people from Mosul, Iraq
    November 2016 – As military operations into Mosul continue, WHO is working with national health authorities to ensure that people with war-related trauma injuries have access to live-saving medical care. WHO anticipates that approximately 40 000 civilians will require care for trauma injuries as a result of Mosul military operations.
  • WHO and partners immunized over 155 000 migrant children in South Sudan
    November 2016 – In response to the poliomyelitis outbreak associated with type 2 circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus and ambiguous vaccine derived polio virus identified in Unity state, WHO, in collaboration with Ministry of Health and partners immunized over 155 000 migrant children under the age of 15 through special vaccination posts.
  • Handbook: Strategizing national health in the 21st century
    November 2016 – A new WHO handbook on national health planning and strategizing has been launched, providing up-to-date and practical guidance. The handbook establishes a set of best practices to support strategic plans for health and represents the wealth of experience accumulated by WHO on national health policies, strategies and plans (NHPSPs).

Health emergencies programme

WHO Health Emergencies Programme delivers rapid, predictable, and comprehensive support to countries and communities as they prepare for, face or recover from emergencies caused by any type of hazard to human health, whether disease outbreaks, natural or man-made disasters or conflicts.

Zika virus and complications

After a spike in cases of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome associated with Zika virus, WHO declared a public health emergency.

Violence against women

Ian Askew,WHO Director, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

"If you are a health provider, ensure you are non-judgmental and supportive. Provide practical care and support that responds to women's concerns without intruding."

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