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WHO outlines requirements for rapid cholera tests to prevent major outbreaks

Dirty source of water

09 November 2017 - In order to treat cholera and quickly stem a potential outbreak, it is important to have a rapid and accurate diagnosis, particularly in countries with weak health systems and sanitation, which are the ones most vulnerable to outbreaks of the disease.

WHO prequalifies indoor residual spray for vector control

02 October 2017 - WHO has prequalified SumiShield 50WG as an indoor residual spray intended to kill malaria-carrying mosquitoes. This development provides procurement agencies and countries with a new tool to prevent the transmission of vector-borne diseases like malaria.

The world is running out of antibiotics, WHO report confirms

19 September 2017 - A new report launched on 19 September finds that very few antibiotics currently in development address the serious and growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. “Antibacterial agents in clinical development – an analysis of the antibacterial clinical development pipeline, including Mycobacterium tuberculosis” shows that most of the drugs currently in the clinical pipeline are modifications of existing classes of antibiotics and are only short-term solutions.

Efforts to expand access to medicines in Africa must be intensified

19 SEPTEMBER 2017 - A five year project to increase access to medicines in 15 African countries ends this month with some important achievements but also many challenges ahead.

New Financial Arrangement to Improve Sustainability, Quality and Global Reach of WHO Prequalification of Medical Products - WHO Prequalification Fees

13 September 2017 - The World Health Organization (WHO), industry groups and key partners have agreed on a new financing arrangement to ensure the financial sustainability and quality of WHO’s prequalification programme in the coming years.

More than EUR 56 million raised to combat antibiotic resistance

04 September 2017 - A number of countries and foundations today pledged EUR 56.5 million to help develop new treatments to fight against antibiotic resistance at a fundraising event for the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP). The meeting was hosted in Berlin by the German Federal Ministry of Health and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Earlier news



  • 10 - 12 October 2017

    Global Vaccine Safety

    10th Vaccine Safety Initiative Strategic Priority Group Retreat and 6th Global Vaccine Safety Initiative Meeting
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • 27 November - 01 December 2017

    Substandard and Falsified (SF) Medical Products

    Sixth meeting of the Member State mechanism on SSFFC medical products
    WHO, Geneva