18 October 2013 -- Lead poisoning has devastating health consequences, in particular for children, with childhood lead exposure estimated to contribute to 600 000 new cases of children with intellectual disabilities every year. On the occasion of International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, WHO urges countries to address lead paint as a first step.
WHO calls for the phase out of mercury fever thermometers and blood pressure measuring devices by 2020
11 October 2013 -- WHO and Health Care without Harm have joined forces to launch a new initiative to get mercury removed from all medical measuring devices by 2020.
Newly accessible Japanese encephalitis vaccine will make saving children easier in developing countries
9 October 2013 -- A newly accessible vaccine against Japanese encephalitis is going to make the protection of more children in developing countries easier. The vaccine, the first from China to be prequalified by WHO, only needs to be given in one dose, it can be used for infants, and it is less expensive than other Japanese encephalitis vaccines.
7 October 2013 -- More than ten years have passed since the adoption of the European Union (EU) Tobacco Products Directive in 2001. The EU has long been a frontrunner in tobacco control.
The WIPO Assemblies ended late on Wednesday night with agreement on many points on its agenda, but without reaching agreement on some important points, which have now been referred for decision to December 2013, when it was agreed that an extraordinary session of the Assemblies should be convened to consider the outstanding items.
1 October 2013 -- The deaths of more than 74 000 children from tuberculosis (TB) could be prevented each year through measures outlined in the first ever action plan developed specifically on TB and children.
25 September 2013 -- The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on MERS-CoV met today for the third time to update its assessment of the global state of this disease event. The Committee's advice remains unchanged.
25 September 2013 -- Joint statement on the financing of health MDGs and for malaria on the occasion of the 68th General Assembly of the United Nations.
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Director General Francis Gurry opened the WIPO Assemblies of member states with a call for better linkages between developing-world creators and the worldwide online marketplace.
20 September 2013 -- WHO welcomes the forthcoming agreement at a High-Level Meeting at the United Nations General Assembly which will further improve access to health care and related services for people with disabilities and ensure that they are able to contribute to the sustainable development of their communities.
WIPO has added China’s national patent collection to the searchable PATENTSCOPE database, pushing the service past the 30 million record mark and increasing it to 34 national and regional patent collections, giving users an unrivalled geographical diversity of fully-searchable data.
13 September 2013 -- In 2012, approximately 6.6 million children worldwide – 18 000 children per day – died before reaching their fifth birthday, according to a new report released today by UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank Group and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs/Population Division. This is roughly half the number of under-fives who died in 1990, when more than 12 million children died.
Four world-renowned pioneers from the fields of medicine, architecture and industrial design will draw common insights from their varied experiences on September 24, 2013 as they engage with policy makers seeking to ensure a future brimming with game-changing innovation.
23 August 2013 -- WHO’s strategy for improving hand hygiene is easy for health-care workers to practise, according to a new study published today in "Lancet Infectious Diseases". Health care-associated infections are a major threat to patient safety worldwide and transmission in these settings is mainly from the hands of health-care workers.
Humanitarian emergencies, an opportunity for fresh start in providing sustainable, long-term mental health services
16 August 2013 -- Humanitarian agencies work hard to help people with their mental health and psychosocial needs in the aftermath of emergencies, but too often opportunities are missed to strengthen mental health systems for the long-term.
15 August 2013 -- At the launch of the "World health report 2013: Research for universal health coverage", WHO today called on countries to continue investing in local research in order to develop a system of universal health coverage tailored to each individual country’s situation.