5 APRIL 2017 - Food safety is essential to good nutrition and health, which are vital to sustainable development. WHO estimates that every year, 1 in 10 people fall ill and 125,000 children under 5 years of age die from foodborne diseases. In many parts of the world, women grow and prepare the food that is sold in markets and consumed in homes, but they don’t always have access to food safety education. Efforts to improve food safety must consider the key role women play in improving the health, nutrition and development of their communities.
28 MARCH 2017 – There is a growing commitment in public health to improve the health and well-being of transgender people and other gender minorities, who comprise an estimated 0.3–0.5% of the global population. Evidence suggests that they often experience a disproportionately high burden of disease, including in the domains of mental, sexual and reproductive health, as well as increased exposure to violence, victimization, stigma and discrimination. Given that this issue cuts across aspects of health, equity, social determinants and rights, WHO should continue to work collaboratively across relevant technical areas at global, regional and country levels and in collaboration with transgender communities.
13 – 24 MARCH 2017 - The 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) took place from 13-24 March 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Several representatives of UN Member States, UN entities, including WHO, and nongovernmental organizations from all regions of the world participated in the session, which covered the priority theme of “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.” During the CSW plenary, WHO delivered a statement covering this year’s CSW theme, highlighting the link to a number of important health issues such as the health workforce, nutrition, NCDS, violence against women, and reproductive health.
23 MARCH 2017 – Protecting human rights, ethics and equity are principles which underpin WHO’s End TB Strategy. Patients, communities, health workers, policy makers and other stakeholders frequently face conflicts and ethical dilemmas. New WHO tuberculosis (TB) ethics guidance, launched for World TB Day, 24 March, aims to help ensure that countries implementing the End TB Strategy adhere to sound ethical standards to protect the rights of all those affected.
The contribution of integrated people-centered health services to ensuring universal health coverage, the right to health, and leaving no one behind in the SDG era
13 MARCH 2017 – We must ensure that the voices of the most vulnerable populations are included on the path to universal health coverage. This requires an integrated and people-centred approach in how health services are planned, delivered, monitored and evaluated, with strategies focusing on engaging and empowering underserved and marginalized subpopulations. These were some of the key messages to come out of a session on the “WHO Framework on integrated people-centred health services: reaching out to vulnerable populations” that took place at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference in Bangkok, Thailand in January.
8 MARCH 2017 – On International Women’s Day, WHO reaffirms its commitment to gender equality and women’s and girls’ fundamental rights, particularly to ensuring that women across the globe are able to make decisions about themselves. When women are able to decide about their health and the things that influence it, including their sexual and reproductive health and environment, they control their futures and their lives and fulfil their limitless potential.
Landmark working group on the health and human rights of women, children and adolescents meets in Geneva
13 FEBRUARY 2017 - A group of champions and experts met in Geneva last week to reaffirm the urgency of putting human rights at the heart of global efforts to improve the health of women, children and adolescents – including the poorest, and those living in conflict zones and as refugees. The High Level Working Group on the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents responds to the demand of the Sustainable Development Goals to leave no one behind by rallying political support for a human rights based approach to health.
19 DECEMBER 2016 - This newly published report addresses two overarching questions: What inequalities in childhood immunization coverage exist in low- and middle-income countries? How have childhood immunization inequalities changed over the last 10 years?
GenderTo ensure that different groups of women and men, boys and girls, have equal opportunities to achieve their full health potential.More on gender
EquityTo enhance fairness in the distribution of health across populations.More on equity
Human rightsTo produce greater health outcomes through the advancement of the right to health and other health-related human rights.More on human rights