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  • World Press Freedom Day
    03 May 2016 -- WHO works actively with media around the world and believes that the role of the world's media in disseminating information and examining the actions of institutions is fundamental.
  • Statement on attacks on medical facilities and personnel in Syria
    29 April 2016 -- UNICEF and WHO urge all parties to the conflict to end all attacks on health facilities, personnel and ambulances and to allow the provision of health services to the many innocent civilians in desperate need. Thousands of lives are at stake.
  • Yellow fever vaccination essential for Angola, WHO reminds travellers
    26 April 2016 -- As efforts to bring an outbreak of yellow fever in Angola under control continue, the World Health Organization is reminding all travellers to the country that they are required to receive the yellow fever vaccination and to have a valid certificate of vaccination to prove that they are protected from the disease and to prevent its further spread.

Outbreak and emergency media centres

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The history of Zika virus is a digital timeline with images, videos, infographics, documents, studies, and maps, that depict the story of the disease.


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Fact files, online Q&As

General information, questions and brief answers on health topics

Fact sheets

Key information about diseases: symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, WHO response

Director-General's speeches

Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO speaking at the plenary session of the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly.
  • WHO Director-General addresses UN on the World Drug Problem
    19 April 2016 -- Dr Margaret Chan reviewed the enormous health and social harm caused by the illicit use of psychoactive drugs. In the view of WHO, drug policies that focus almost exclusively on use of the criminal justice system need to be broadened by embracing a public health approach.

Official WHO Health Days

Global public health campaigns in 2016. Mark these days in your calendar


Commentaries bring the view of WHO’s leadership on current public health issues