10 December 2013 -- Using a train-the-trainer approach, Filipino health professionals took part in a one-day workshop to learn how to teach others in their communities to provide psychological first aid to typhoon survivors. They learned how to recognize the signs of distress in survivors and how to apply proven methods that ease suffering – such as listening to people without pressuring them to talk, assessing their needs and concerns, helping them to meet basic needs.
10 December 2013 -- People with mental disabilities around the world face discrimination, violence and abuse in all aspects of their lives. Today, as part of its “QualityRights” initiative, WHO is launching MiNDbank. It is full of a wealth of information about mental health, substance abuse, disability, human rights and the different policies, strategies, laws and service standards being implemented in different countries. Launched on Human Rights Day, it also contains key international documents and information.
6 December 2013 -- The push to immunize all children against polio has been hampered by the ongoing crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic. WHO and UNICEF have appealed to all parties to cooperate, including through temporary pauses in hostilities where needed, to allow vaccination campaigns to take place and for all children to be protected.
6 December 2013 -- One month after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, WHO is now prioritizing expanding essential health services, reviving clinics and hospitals, preventing disease and scaling up mental health services as the relief effort shifts from emergency to early recovery programmes. The typhoon, one of the strongest ever recorded, killed over 5700 people, wreaking havoc on the lives of more than 11 million others and damaging the majority of medical facilities.
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.