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World Health Assembly progress on noncommunicable diseases and traditional medicine

WHO Press Releases - 23. May 2014 - 1:00
The World Health Assembly continued progress Friday, approving plans to better incorporate palliative care, expand inclusion of the needs of those affected by autism, improve access to health care for those with disabilities, better integrate the use of traditional medicine and raise awareness of psoriasis.

The Health Assembly approved WHO’s traditional medicine strategy 2014–2023. Traditional medicine covers a wide variety of therapies and practices which vary from country to country and region to region. The strategy aims to build the knowledge base for national policies and strengthen quality assurance, safety, proper use and effectiveness of traditional and complementary medicine through regulation. It also aims to promote universal health coverage by integrating traditional and complementary medicine services into health care service delivery and home care.
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World Health Assembly approves resolution on hepatitis and mechanism to coordinate noncommunicable disease response

WHO Press Releases - 22. May 2014 - 1:00
The World Health Assembly approved a resolution to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis and proposals to improve global coordination of efforts to address noncommunicable diseases like diabetes, cancers, heart disease and stroke. In addition, WHO's Director-General and the President of the Health Assembly presented 4 awards to leaders in public health.

Viral hepatitis is responsible for 1.4 million deaths every year; 500 million people currently live with the disease. There are 5 main hepatitis viruses (A, B, C, D and E). Types B and C lead to chronic disease in hundreds of millions of people and, together, are the most common cause of liver cirrhosis and cancer. The resolution also highlights the importance of expanding hepatitis A and B vaccination programmes and further strengthening infection control measures in health-care settings – such as strategies to improve the safety of injections.
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World Health Assembly approves monitoring framework for maternal and child nutrition

WHO Press Releases - 21. May 2014 - 1:00
At the World Health Assembly Wednesday, Member States approved a global monitoring framework on maternal, infant and young child nutrition. The WHO Secretariat was asked to develop recommendations for Member States on how to address the inappropriate marketing of complementary foods - foods for infants and young children who are still breastfed. They also asked the Secretariat to facilitate further development of the indicators described in this framework, and to convene informal consultations with Member States on tools to manage undue industry influence.

Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), José Graziano da Silva was present for the debate to address delegates. FAO and WHO will co-host the Second International Conference on Nutrition in November 2014. Both organizations were requested to ensure that other UN organizations, nongovernmental organizations the private sector and other stakeholders take part in consultations on the conference’s outcome.
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Statement on the United States Government’s announcement on vaccination campaigns

WHO Press Releases - 20. May 2014 - 6:01
20 May 2014 -- WHO and UNICEF appreciate the commitment by the United States Government to stop making operational use of immunization campaigns.
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World Health Assembly guest speakers focus on gender-based violence and newborn health

WHO Press Releases - 20. May 2014 - 1:00
20 May 2014 -- 67th Health Assembly guest speakers – First Lady of Zambia (WHO Goodwill Ambassador against gender-based violence) and Melinda Gates, co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – deplore the prevalence of violence against women and girls.
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World Health Assembly opens: Director-General announces new initiative to end childhood obesity

WHO Press Releases - 19. May 2014 - 1:00
19 May 2014 -- The World Health Assembly, the world's health policy-making body, opened its Sixty-seventh session. In her opening address to the Health Assembly, WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan voiced her deep concern about the increase worldwide of childhood obesity, with numbers climbing fastest in developing countries.
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Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly opens in Geneva

WHO Press Releases - 19. May 2014 - 1:00
19 May 2014 -- WHO’s annual assembly opens in Geneva today, as a new global survey reveals that WHO is one of the world’s 2 most highly rated international organizations.
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World Health Statistics 2014

WHO Press Releases - 15. May 2014 - 2:00
15 May 2014 -- People everywhere are living longer, according to the "World Health Statistics 2014" published today by WHO. Based on global averages, a girl who was born in 2012 can expect to live to around 73 years, and a boy to the age of 68. This is six years longer than the average global life expectancy for a child born in 1990.
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WHO statement on the Fifth Meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee concerning MERS-CoV

WHO Press Releases - 14. May 2014 - 6:01
14 May 2014 -- The fifth meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) concerning Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was held by teleconference on Tuesday, 13 May 2014, from 12:07 to 17:12 Geneva time (CEST).
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WHO calls for stronger focus on adolescent health

WHO Press Releases - 14. May 2014 - 2:00
14 May 2014 -- WHO's "Health for the world’s adolescents" report reveals that depression is the predominant cause of illness and disability for both boys and girls aged 10 to 19 years. The top 3 causes of adolescent deaths globally are road traffic injuries, HIV/AIDS, and suicide. Worldwide, an estimated 1.3 million adolescents died in 2012.
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WIPO Launches Unique Image-Based Search for Trademarks, Other Brand Information

WIPO Press Release - 12. May 2014 - 10:19
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has unveiled a one-of-a-kind image-search function for its Global Brand Database, adding a new feature that allows users to upload an image to search for visually similar trademark and other brand-information records from among the millions of images in the collection.
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WHO calls on governments to do more to prevent alcohol-related deaths and diseases

WHO Press Releases - 12. May 2014 - 2:00
12 May 2014 -- Worldwide, 3.3 million deaths in 2012 were due to harmful use of alcohol, says a new report launched by WHO today. Alcohol consumption can not only lead to dependence but also increases people’s risk of developing more than 200 diseases including liver cirrhosis and some cancers. In addition, harmful drinking can lead to violence and injuries.
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WHO/UNICEF highlight need to further reduce gaps in access to improved drinking water and sanitation

WHO Press Releases - 8. May 2014 - 3:01
8 May 2014 -- Since 1990, almost 2 billion people globally have gained access to improved sanitation, and 2.3 billion have gained access to drinking-water from improved sources. Some 1.6 billion of these people have piped water connections in their homes or compounds, according to a new WHO/UNICEF report, entitled "Progress on drinking water and sanitation: 2014 update", which also highlights a narrowing disparity in access to cleaner water and better sanitation between rural and urban areas.
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WHO/UNICEF highlight need to further reduce gaps in access to improved drinking water and sanitation

WHO Press Releases - 8. May 2014 - 3:01
8 May 2014 -- Since 1990, almost 2 billion people globally have gained access to improved sanitation, and 2.3 billion have gained access to drinking-water from improved sources. Some 1.6 billion of these people have piped water connections in their homes or compounds, according to a new WHO/UNICEF report, entitled "Progress on drinking water and sanitation: 2014 update", which also highlights a narrowing disparity in access to cleaner water and better sanitation between rural and urban areas.
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Francis Gurry Appointed for Second Term as WIPO Director General

WIPO Press Release - 8. May 2014 - 1:53
The member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) appointed Francis Gurry by acclamation on May 8, 2014, to a second six-year term of office as Director General of the Organization.
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Air quality deteriorating in many of the world’s cities

WHO Press Releases - 7. May 2014 - 2:00
7 May 2014 -- Air quality in most cities worldwide that monitor outdoor (ambient) air pollution fails to meet WHO guidelines for safe levels, putting people at additional risk of respiratory disease and other health problems.
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Air quality deteriorating in many of the world’s cities

WHO Press Releases - 7. May 2014 - 2:00
7 May 2014 -- Air quality in most cities worldwide that monitor outdoor (ambient) air pollution fails to meet WHO guidelines for safe levels, putting people at additional risk of respiratory disease and other health problems.
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United Nations agencies report steady progress in saving mothers’ lives

WHO Press Releases - 6. May 2014 - 3:01
6 May 2014 -- New United Nations data show a 45% reduction in maternal deaths since 1990. An estimated 289 000 women died in 2013 due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth, down from 523 000 in 1990.
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United Nations agencies report steady progress in saving mothers’ lives

WHO Press Releases - 6. May 2014 - 3:01
6 May 2014 -- New United Nations data show a 45% reduction in maternal deaths since 1990. An estimated 289 000 women died in 2013 due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth, down from 523 000 in 1990.
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WHO statement on the meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee concerning the international spread of wild poliovirus

WHO Press Releases - 5. May 2014 - 6:01
5 May 2014 -- The Emergency Committee was held by teleconference on Monday 28 April 2014 and on Tuesday 29 April 2014 to assess the current situation concerning wild poliovirus. It was the unanimous view of the Committee that the conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) have been met.
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