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WHO gives emergency health kits, funds to quake-hit Nepal

26 April 2015 -- Today, WHO expedited emergency medical supplies and medicines sufficient to cover the health needs of 40 000 people affected by the earthquake in Nepal for 3 months. WHO also sent $US 175 000 as the first tranche of emergency health funds. WHO is supporting the Ministry of Health and Population, Nepal, to assess the health needs of affected people and the damage to health facilities. Senior officials from the WHO Regional office are in Kathmandu to reinforce the WHO Nepal Office’s support to the Government of Nepal.

Global vaccination targets ‘off-track’ warns WHO

22 April 2015 -- Progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is far off-track with 1 in 5 children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases. In the lead-up to World Immunization Week 2015, WHO is calling for renewed efforts to get progress back on course.

World Malaria Day: a call to close gaps in prevention and treatment

23 April 2015 -- – For World Malaria Day, 25 April, WHO calls on the global health community to urgently address significant gaps in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria. Despite dramatic declines in malaria cases and deaths since 2000, more than half a million lives are still lost to this preventable disease each year.

Keeping Syrian children free from polio at home and across the border

20 April 2015 – The four-year-long armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic has driven millions of families from their homes. WHO is working with public health authorities and partners to ensure Syrian children – whether still in their home country or living in camps across the border in Jordan – are immunized against polio. During World Immunization Week, hundreds of thousands of children in both countries will be immunized.

Immunization: Closing the gap on pneumonia in Kenya

17 April 2015 – As World Immunization Week approaches, WHO reports on Kenya’s successes preventing deaths from pneumonia among babies and young children through national implementation of the PCV-10 vaccine. A mother in Kilifi tells the story of her daughter’s near-fatal episode of pneumonia and how her younger children were protected through immunization.

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  • Improving access to high quality care for obstetric fistula
    April 2015 -- Obstetric fistula is a debilitating condition affecting approximately 2 million women and girls across Africa and Asia, as a result of prolonged, obstructed labour. A new WHO, EngenderHealth and USAID study shows 7-day catheterization is as safe and effective as 14-day catheterization for managing women following the repair of a simple fistula.
  • WHO warns of imminent collapse of health care services in Yemen
    April 2015 -- WHO warns of an imminent collapse of health-care services in Yemen. Health facilities are struggling to function as they face increasing shortages of life-saving medicines and vital health supplies, frequent disruptions in power supply and lack of fuel for generators.
  • Dialogue on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), poverty and development cooperation
    April 2015 -- WHO has, for the first time, brought together philanthropic foundations, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector to explore ways to include NCDs in post-2015 development cooperation agendas and initiatives, internationally agreed development goals, economic development policies, sustainable development frameworks and poverty reduction strategies.
  • World No Tobacco Day 2015
    April 2015 -- One in every 10 cigarettes, and many other tobacco products, consumed worldwide are illegal, making the illicit trade of tobacco products a major global concern from many perspectives, including health, legal, economic, governance and corruption. Stop illicit trade of tobacco products is the theme of this years' World No Tobacco Day.

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