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Daily, 7 000 newborns die, despite decrease in under-five mortality

19 October 2017– Every day in 2016, 15 000 children died before their fifth birthday, 46% of them – or 7 000 babies – died in the first 28 days of life, according to a new UN report. At current trends, 60 million children will die before their fifth birthday between 2017 and 2030, half of them newborns, according to the report released by UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank and the Population Division of UNDESA which make up the Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation.

Reducing suffering and deaths from noncommunicable diseases

18 October 2017– Heads of State and Government and ministers from around the world endorsed the Montevideo Roadmap 2018-2030 on NCDs as a Sustainable Development Priority. They committed to the Roadmap at the opening of the three-day Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases in Montevideo, hosted by WHO and the Presidency of Uruguay.

WHO supports yellow fever immunization campaign in Nigeria

16 October 2017 – The Government of Nigeria has launched a campaign to immunize 873 837 people against yellow fever in the states of Kwara and Kogi. The ten-day campaign began on Friday and mobilizes more than 200 health workers and volunteers. It targets residents aged 9 months to 45 years old. WHO and health partners have been supporting the Government’s response to the outbreak since the first case of yellow fever was confirmed in Kwara state on 12 September.

WHO mourns the death of Dr Mahmoud Fikri

18 October 2017 – Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO announces with great sadness the death of Dr Mahmoud M Fikri, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean. The Organization extends its sincere condolences to Dr Fikri’s family and his colleagues and friends throughout WHO and the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

Tenfold increase in childhood and adolescent obesity in four decades

11 October 2017 – The number of obese children and adolescents (aged five to 19 years) worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades. If current trends continue, more children and adolescents will be obese than moderately or severely underweight by 2022, according to a new study led by Imperial College London and WHO. Children and adolescents have rapidly transitioned from mostly underweight to mostly overweight in many middle-income countries, including in East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

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  • Evaluation of the election of the Director-General of WHO
    October 2017 - The Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly decided, in resolution WHA65.15 (2012), that an evaluation, open to all Member States, will be conducted by the Executive Board within one year from the appointment of the next Director-General of WHO, to assess the efficacy of the revised process and methods for the election of the Director-General, in order to discuss any need for further enhancing fairness, transparency and equity among the Member States of the six regions of WHO.
  • Investing in disaster prevention for a healthier world
    October 2017 – The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) reminds us of the importance of putting health at the centre of action to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters. Millions of people are killed, injured or made sick each year by natural and manmade disasters.

NCDs Conference

WHO Global Conference on NCDs

Enhancing policy coherence to prevent and control noncommunicable diseases

Watch live, 19 October 2017, 13:00 (GMT +1)

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"Globally, nearly 1/3 of people suffer from as a result of malnutrition: wasting, stunting, vitamin and mineral deficiency, overweight or obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases."