6 December 2013 -- One month after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, WHO identifies as top priorities expanding essential health services, reviving clinics and hospitals, preventing disease and scaling up mental health services as the relief effort shifts from emergency to early recovery programmes.
New Online Licensing System Makes it Easier to Republish the Work of Intergovernmental Organizations
A new online licensing tool for intergovernmental organizations will make it easier to bring their published material to a wider audience.
4 December 2013 -- After the fourth meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005), the Committee concluded that it saw no reason to change its previous advice. It was the unanimous decision of the Committee that the conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) have not at present been met.
2 December 2013 -- As many as 500 000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year. People with spinal cord injuries are 2 to 5 times more likely to die prematurely, with worse survival rates in low- and middle-income countries. The new WHO report, "International perspectives on spinal cord injury", summarizes the best available evidence on the causes, prevention, care and lived experience of people with spinal cord injury.
28 November 2013 -- UNICEF and WHO today called on those involved in the response to the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) disaster to promote and protect breastfeeding to avoid unnecessary illness and deaths of children.
WIPO launched today a new online marketplace connecting a wide variety of groups seeking shared innovation and environmentally friendly technologies to address climate change.
27 November 2013 -- WHO today released new treatment guidelines for the almost 20 million children under-five worldwide who have severe acute malnutrition.
26 November 2013 -- Children in Tacloban - the city hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan - were today vaccinated against measles and polio in the first phase of a mass campaign by the Government of the Philippines with support from WHO, UNICEF and other partners. They also received Vitamin A supplements to help improve their immunity against infections.
25 November 2013 -- For World AIDS Day 2013, WHO launches new HIV recommendations to increase testing, counselling, treatment and care for this neglected group.
22 November 2013 -- WHO and the Philippine Department of Health have launched a vaccination campaign to prevent outbreaks of measles and polio among survivors of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).
19 November 2013 -- More than 10 days after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines, WHO is continuing to coordinate the deployment of foreign medical teams with an immediate focus on injured and traumatized survivors and an eye towards the people's longer-term health needs.