10 December 2016: The theme for this year’s Human Rights Day is “Stand up for Someone’s Rights Today”. The first step in doing this is to make visible, through numbers and stories, those that are more vulnerable, discriminated against and marginalized. This requires the ability to measure and monitor how inequalities based on gender as well as ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, or gender identity affect access to health services and health outcomes. To address this, it is an appropriate day for WHO to release a new tool for strengthening gender-sensitive national HIV and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) monitoring and evaluation systems.
25 November 2016: Every year on this date, people from across the world come together to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This day of global importance is followed by 16 days of activism, culminating in Human Rights Day on the 10th December. During these days people wear orange to take a positive stand against violence.
7 NOVEMBER 2016 | GENEVA – The World Health Organization has issued a new series of recommendations to improve quality of antenatal care to reduce the risk of stillbirths and pregnancy complications and give women a positive pregnancy experience. By focusing on a positive pregnancy experience, these new guidelines seek to ensure not only a health pregnancy for mother and baby, but also an effective transition to positive labour and childbirth and ultimately to a positive experience of motherhood.
30 August 2016: More than 1 million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are acquired every day worldwide. STIs present a major burden of disease and negatively affect people’s well-being across the globe. Chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis are three STIs which are all caused by bacteria and which can potentially be cured by antibiotics. Unfortunately, these STIs often go undiagnosed and due to antibiotic resistance, they are also becoming increasingly difficult to treat.