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Victims of the health crisis in Central African Republic

26 November 2015 -- The Central African Republic has been facing recurrent crises. The recent rise in violence in Baugui has overwhelmed the already-weakened health systems. Lack of health professionals, damaged health facilities and lack of equipment and medicines have left many people without access to basic health care. WHO has delivered more than 300 tonnes of medical supplies to health facilities and nongovernmental organizations in all parts of the Central African Republic since the beginning of the crisis.

Eliminate violence against women

25 November 2015 -- WHO releases a new tool for medical and legal professionals to ensure that proper evidence is collected in cases of sexual violence to help bring justice for victims. The goal is to end impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence and help eliminate violence against women. Globally 1 in 3 women has been a victim of physical/sexual partner violence in her lifetime.

Iraq cholera vaccination campaign

24 November 2015 -- An oral cholera vaccine campaign in Iraq helps to control and contain the outbreak. This photo story follows the vaccination teams that are disseminating the vaccine and educational material on how to prevent the disease. The campaign has reached over 232 000 people during the first round. In the last 3 weeks the number of cases has continued to decline with only a few cases being reported from the affected areas.

Ebola: Then and Now

23 November 2015 -- More than 1 year has passed since the Ebola epidemic hit West Africa. Strong leadership, responsiveness to cultures and innovation have turned the tide in the fight against Ebola. The "Ebola: Then and Now" series features people who have been involved for the last year and their reflections on the changes and progress that has been made.

Protect health from climate change

17 November 2015 -- Climate change causes thousands of deaths every year. WHO calls on countries at the UN Climate Change Conference to make bold commitments to protect our planet and health. WHO’s new series, Climate change and health country profiles, illustrates how investments in low-carbon development, clean renewable energy, and strengthening climate resilience, are also investments in health.

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WHO fact sheets


  • European high-level discussion on refugee and migrant health
    November 2015 -- This high-level meeting will discuss how countries and partner organizations can improve health care and coverage for refugees and migrants. The aim is to agree on a common approach and joint action for meeting the health needs of these vulnerable groups.
  • 15 million babies are born prematurely every year
    November 2015 -- Complications of preterm births are the leading cause of death among children under 5 years of age. Without appropriate treatment, those who survive often face lifelong disabilities, including learning, visual and hearing problems and their quality of life is greatly affected.
  • Physical inactivity and diabetes
    November 2015 -- Worldwide, people are less physically active. As physical activity decreases, noncommunicable diseases like diabetes are increasing. In the WHO European Region, one third of adults and two thirds of adolescents are insufficiently active.
  • Iraq completes round one of oral cholera vaccination campaign
    November 2015 -- This week, the Government of Iraq, with the support of WHO and UNICEF, completed the first round of the oral cholera vaccination campaign. The campaign targeted 255 000 Syrian refugees and internally displaced Iraqis across 62 camps in 13 governorates.

Emergency reform

WHO is reforming its work in outbreaks and emergencies with health and humanitarian consequences to ensure the Organization can respond rapidly to future crises.


Tweets from WHO


- Annual rate of reduction 1990-2000: 1.8%
- Annual rate of reduction 2000-2015: 3.9%

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