2 December 2013 -- 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. A new WHO report, "International perspectives on spinal cord injury", summarizes the best available evidence on the causes, prevention, care and experience of people with spinal cord injury.
29 November 2013 -- For World AIDS Day, 1 December, WHO has launched new HIV recommendations to increase testing, counselling, treatment and care for adolescents. More than 2 million adolescents between 10- and 19-years-old are living with HIV, and many do not receive the care and support that they need to stay in good health and prevent transmission. Millions more adolescents are also at risk of infection.
28 November 2013 -- Just a few weeks after the powerful Typhoon Haiyan devastated part of the Philippines, basic needs for shelter, food, clothes, clean water and sanitation are being met in the more than 1000 evacuation centres. This photo story follows WHO Representative Julie Hall to centres that are providing health services to people in need. The images show the important role of these centres in supporting recovery in the Philippines.
27 November 2013 -- Severe acute malnutrition is when children suffer severe wasting that may or may not be accompanied by swelling of the body from fluid retention. Children with severe acute malnutrition are among the most vulnerable people in the world. WHO has new treatment guidelines for the almost 20 million children under-5 worldwide who have severe acute malnutrition.
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.
The Investment Framework estimates that increasing health expenditure by just US$ 5 per person per year up to 2035 in 74 high-burden countries could yield up to 9 times that value in economic and social benefits.
Women’s cancers, including breast, cervical and ovarian cancer, lead to hundreds of thousands of premature deaths among women. For the first time WHO is issuing recommendations on the use of a screen and treat approach using visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) for screening and treatment.