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 •  July 18

17 July 2017 | GENEVA - Worldwide, 12.9 million infants, nearly 1 in 10, did not receive any vaccinations in 2016, according to the most recent WHO and UNICEF immunization estimates. This means, critically, that these infants missed the first dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP)-containing vaccine, putting them at serious risk of these...

WHO

 •  June 12

12 June 2017 | GENEVA - WHO Director-General elect, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is in the United States of America 12-17 June to share his vision for the WHO with global leaders, before taking up his new position on 1 July. Over 5 days Dr Tedros will meet with Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Jim Kim, World Bank Group...

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 •  May 26

25 May 2017 | GENEVA - The World Health Assembly today made decisions relating to polio, the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, and the health workforce. Polio Delegates paid tribute to ongoing efforts to end polio transmission in the last three endemic countries - Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. They expressed concern about the...

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 •  May 24

24 May 2017 | GENEVA - Delegates at the World Health Assembly today approved the Organization’s proposed programme budget of US$ 4421.5 million for the biennium, which includes a 3% (or US$28 million) increase in Member State assessed contributions for 2018-2019. This approved budget sets out the Organization’s priorities in line with the...

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 •  May 23

23 May 2017 | GENEVA - Today the Member States of WHO elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of WHO. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on 1 July 2017. Prior to his election as WHO’s next Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus served as...

WHO

 •  March 19

19 March 2017 | GENEVA - WHO rejects erroneous and fabricated reports published on Friday 17 March 2017 in some online media claiming that a spokesperson from the organization made a statement regarding "counterfeit medication donated to Iraq." WHO asks all media to verify correctness of their information before publishing and check WHO website....

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 •  November 18, 2016

17 November 2016 | GENEVA - The world’s first malaria vaccine will be rolled out in pilot projects in sub-Saharan Africa, WHO confirmed today. Funding is now secured for the initial phase of the programme and vaccinations are due to begin in 2018. The vaccine, known as RTS,S, acts against P. falciparum, the most deadly malaria parasite globally,...

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 •  November 11, 2016

10 November 2016 | NEW YORK/ATLANTA/GENEVA - Despite a 79% worldwide decrease in measles deaths between 2000 and 2015, nearly 400 children still die from the disease every day, leading health organizations said in a report released today. "Making measles history is not mission impossible," said Robin Nandy, UNICEF Immunization Chief. "We have the...