19 DECEMBER 2017 – WHO has published its first ever joint report with a Member State presenting a comprehensive assessment of health inequalities within a country. Age, sex, economic status, education and where a person lives can all affect peoples’ state of health and access to health services. The report identifies priority areas for action to ensure that, when it comes to essential health, no one is left behind.
Door-to-door diagnosis—part of Mongolia’s push towards universal health coverage
14 DECEMBER 2017 – In parts of Mongolia, many people only go to the doctor when they have an urgent need, such as for childbirth, injury or serious illness, as going to hospital can be costly and time-consuming. A WHO-supported initiative has been successful in detecting illnesses among Mongolia’s remote and disadvantaged populations to ensure people receive the care they need. “Guided by the principle of leaving no one behind, WHO is supporting Mongolia’s efforts to advance towards universal health coverage by setting a further goal to reach people with quality services where and when they need them,” says Dr Sergey Diorditsa, the acting WHO Representative in Mongolia.
10 DECEMBER 2017 – “The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition”. Almost 70 years after these words were adopted in WHO's constitution, they are more powerful and relevant than ever. Since day one, the right to health has been central to WHO’s identity and mandate.
Human Rights approach eyed as way to cut maternal deaths in Americas region
8 DECEMBER 2017 - An approach based on human rights using international legal instruments can help in the effort to reduce maternal mortality in the Americas, according to experts speaking today at a Pan American Health Organization symposium. “By using the provisions recognized in international human rights instruments, it is possible to include mandatory commitments to enable women to survive pregnancy and childbirth as part of their sexual and reproductive health rights,” said Carissa F. Etienne, director of PAHO.
1 DECEMBER 2017 – A new publication gives direction and detail to a richer and more holistic understanding of the health workforce through the presentation of new evidence and solutions based on focused analysis. The second chapter of the report lays out women’s contributions to sustainable development through work in health.
22 NOVEMBER 2017 – A 4-day workshop was held at WHO Headquarters in Geneva last week to take stock of progress made in the first 5 years of the UN System-wide Action Plan on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN-SWAP 1.0). Dr Veronica Magar, Team Leader, Gender, Equity and Human Rights highlighted WHO's perspective, saying “We need to be empowered to defend our rights, tackle discrimination to address biases… pay gaps, missed opportunities, unpaid work…collectively through social movements that inspire us. We also need to share our stories, collectively.”
Migrant women care workers buttress health systems around the world, but their own health is at stake
21 NOVEMBER 2017 – All over the world, as more women are entering the workforce and away from traditional unpaid care roles in the home, they are migrating in the same numbers as men. Many of these migrant women are taking on personal care work in informal and home-based settings, often without access to social protection or labour rights, and health care. A new WHO report calls attention to an emerging paradox: that migrant women care workers buttress health and social care systems and contribute to global public health and well-being, while their own health care and other needs may be unfulfilled.
21 NOVEMBER 2017 – Today marked a significant milestone for health and human rights as WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein signed an agreement to deepen collaboration between their agencies. The agreement responds to the recommendations of the High Level Working Group for the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents.
Building capacity for reducing health inequalities: Regional GER Workshop kicks off in Tanzania
6 – 9 NOVEMBER 2017 – The WHO Regional Office for Africa organized a Regional workshop to strengthen country capacities to promote and facilitate the institutional mainstreaming of gender, equity, human rights and social determinants within national health programmes designed to improve reproductive, maternal, and newborn, child and adolescent health. The meeting gathered programme managers from WHO Headquarters, Regional and Country Offices; and Ministries of Health and Ministries of Gender from Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Swaziland, and Tanzania.
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