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WHO confirms Zika virus strain imported from the Americas to Cabo Verde

20. May 2016 - 7:42
Sequencing of the virus in Cabo Verde by Institut Pasteur, Dakar confirms that the Zika virus currently circulating in Cabo Verde is the same as the one circulating in the Americas - the Asian type- and was most likely imported from Brazil. This is the first time that the Zika strain responsible for the outbreaks linked to neurological disorders and microcephaly has been detected in Africa.
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Statement on the 9th IHR Emergency Committee meeting regarding the international spread of poliovirus

20. May 2016 - 4:20
The 9th meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the Director­General on 12th May 2016.
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Meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) concerning Yellow Fever

19. May 2016 - 13:36
An Emergency Committee (EC) regarding yellow fever was convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR 2005) by teleconference on 19 May 2016, from 13:00 to 17:15 Central European Time1.

The following affected States Parties participated in the information session of the meeting: Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Life expectancy increased by 5 years since 2000, but health inequalities persist

18. May 2016 - 18:11
Dramatic gains in life expectancy have been made globally since 2000, but major inequalities persist within and among countries, according to this year’s “World Health Statistics: Monitoring Health for the SDGs”.
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New WHO guidelines to improve care for millions living with female genital mutilation

16. May 2016 - 8:30
New WHO recommendations aim to help health workers provide better care to the more than 200 million girls and women worldwide living with female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM has no health benefits, can cause grave harm, and violates the rights of girls and women. The new recommendations focus on preventing and treating obstetric complications; treatment for depression and anxiety disorders; and attention to female sexual health such as counselling.
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World Health Day 2016: WHO calls for global action to halt rise in and improve care for people with diabetes

5. April 2016 - 18:00
The number of people living with diabetes has almost quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults, with most living in developing countries. Factors driving this dramatic rise include overweight and obesity, WHO announced ahead of World Health Day.
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Health needs from humanitarian emergencies at an all-time high

5. April 2016 - 9:15
WHO needs US$ 2.2 billion to provide life-saving health services to more than 79 million people in more than 30 countries facing protracted emergencies this year.
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New positive case of Ebola virus disease confirmed in Liberia

1. April 2016 - 4:20
Liberian health authorities convened an emergency meeting today with key partners to coordinate and plan a rapid response to the new positive case of Ebola virus disease.
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WHO statements on Ebola

31. March 2016 - 10:53
WHO statements on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa
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Urban health: major opportunities for improving global health outcomes, despite persistent health inequities

31. March 2016 - 4:00
The new report emphasizes the urgency of addressing health disparities and their determinants in cities as countries strive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
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Speeches on Ebola

14. February 2016 - 18:53


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WHO statement on the first meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR 2005) Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations

1. February 2016 - 13:01
The first meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR 2005) regarding clusters of microcephaly cases and other neurological disorders in some areas affected by Zika virus was held by teleconference on 1 February 2016, from 13:10 to 16:55 Central European Time.

The WHO Secretariat briefed the Committee on the clusters of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) that have been temporally associated with Zika virus transmission in some settings. The Committee was provided with additional data on the current understanding of the history of Zika virus, its spread, clinical presentation and epidemiology.
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WHO Director-General summarizes the outcome of the Emergency Committee regarding clusters of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome

1. February 2016 - 12:36
I convened an Emergency Committee, under the International Health Regulations, to gather advice on the severity of the health threat associated with the continuing spread of Zika virus disease in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Committee met today by teleconference.

In assessing the level of threat, the 18 experts and advisers looked in particular at the strong association, in time and place, between infection with the Zika virus and a rise in detected cases of congenital malformations and neurological complications.
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Films showing smoking scenes should be rated to protect children from tobacco addiction

31. January 2016 - 18:01
WHO is calling on governments to rate movies that portray tobacco use in a bid to prevent children and adolescents from starting to smoke cigarettes and use other forms of tobacco.

Movies showing use of tobacco products have enticed millions of young people worldwide to start smoking, according to the new WHO "Smoke-free movies: from evidence to action", the third edition since its launch in 2009.
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