Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus elected WHO Director-General

23 May 2017 – Today the Member States of WHO elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of WHO. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on 1 July 2017. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will succeed Dr Margaret Chan, who has been WHO’s Director-General since 1 January 2007.

Report: Ten years of transformation

26 May 2017 -- WHO has made extraordinary progress
 in its bold reform agenda over the past decade. Innovative leadership, managerial structures and systems have resulted in increased effectiveness, efficiency, responsiveness, transparency and accountability. This report tells the story of WHO's transformation from 2007 through to the current day.

2017 Public health prizes awarded

26 May 2017 – Every year, national health administrations and former prize recipients submit nominations for prizes awarded for accomplishments in the field of public health. This year’s winners were presented with their awards during the plenary meeting of the Seventieth World Health Assembly.

WHO standards on reporting clinical trial results

18 May 2017 – Some of the world’s largest funders of medical research and international non-governmental organizations agreed on new standards that will require all clinical trials they fund or support to be registered and the results disclosed publicly. Currently, about 50% of clinical trials go unreported, often because the results are negative. These unreported trial results leave an incomplete and potentially misleading picture of the risks and benefits of vaccines, drugs and medical devices, and can lead to use of suboptimal or even harmful products.

World Health Statistics: Cause of almost half of all deaths recorded

17 May 2017 – Almost half of all deaths globally are now recorded with a cause, new data from WHO show, highlighting improvements countries have made on collecting vital statistics and monitoring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). WHO’s World Health Statistics compiles data from the organization’s 194 Member States on 21 health-related SDG targets, providing a snapshot of both gains and threats to the health of the world’s people.

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World Health Assembly


  • Stand up for human rights to – and through – health, experts urge Governments
    May 2017 – The world is at a watershed moment that could lead to greater dignity for everyone throughout their lives, but only if Governments invest in the relationship between human rights and health specifically for women, children and adolescents, a UN-backed group of politicians and health and human rights experts said.
  • Double-duty actions for ending malnutrition within a decade
    May 2017 – Malnutrition has many forms. Undernutrition can see children dangerously thin for their height (wasting), or their growth permanently impeded (stunting). Inadequate intake of key nutrients may weaken immune systems, impair brain development, and worsen the risk of conditions such as anaemia and blindness.
  • WHO list of priority medical devices for cancer management
    May 2017 – From kick buckets to MRI units, medical devices are an indispensable part of preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer, as well as for palliative care for cancer patients. WHO's new List of priority medical devices for cancer management describes hundreds of devices that are needed for six types of cancer: breast, cervical, colorectal, leukemia, lung and prostate.
  • WHO responds to resurgent cholera in Yemen
    May 2017 – WHO and partners are responding to an upsurge in cholera transmission in several parts of Yemen that has claimed 51 lives and caused around 2752 suspected cases since 27 April 2017. WHO has rapidly distributed medicines and medical supplies, including cholera kits, oral rehydration solutions and intravenous (IV) fluids as well as medical furniture and equipment for diarrhoea treatment centres.

Fact sheets

Report by Director-General

Ten years in public health 2007-2017

A report that chronicles the evolution of global public health over the decade that Dr Margaret Chan has served as Director-General at WHO.

Tweets from WHO

World No Tobacco Day, 31 May

Tobacco - a threat to development

The campaign proposes measures that governments and the public can take to promote health and development by confronting the global tobacco crisis.

Antimicrobial Resistance

"The lack of preparedness in low-income countries should concern us all, no matter how rich a country we live in."