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Changing the game to improve availability and affordability of quality-assured insulin and associated devices

<p>Over a four-day workshop that ended on 25 September 2020, WHO and key international health partners mapped out a plan to boost access to affordable and quality-assured testing and treatment for diabetes.</p><p>There are more than 420 million people living with diabetes. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death and a major cause of costly […]

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UNIATF Awards 2020

<p><img src="https://www.who.int/images/default-source/departments/un-interagency-task-force-on-ncds/2018-awards-200.jpg?sfvrsn=6f5c5816_4" style="float:right;" alt="2018-awards-200" class="-align-right" sf-size="67772" /></p><p>WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the winners of the 2020 UN Inter-Agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (UNIATF) awards at the &laquo;&nbsp;Friends of the Task Force&nbsp;&raquo; UN General Assembly side event on 24 September 2020.</p><p>UNIATF annual awards recognize outstanding contributions towards the […]

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Official UN General Assembly side-event: Progress and Multisectoral Action towards achieving global targets to end TB

<p><strong>KEY HIGHLIGHTS</strong></p><p><strong>Official UN General Assembly side-event: Progress and Multisectoral Action towards achieving global targets to end TB</strong></p><div>Nearly&nbsp;5000 people virtually joined the&nbsp;official UN&nbsp;General Assembly&nbsp;side-event: "Progress and Multisectoral Action towards achieving global targets to end TB" co-organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Russian Federation&nbsp;on 23 September. Held on the sidelines of the 75th UN […]

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UNGA Virtual high-level side event on mitigating the impact of COVID-19

<p>Stewart Simonson, Assistant Director-General, WUN, moderated a high-level event hosted by the Co-Chairs of the Group of Friends of Solidarity for Global Health Security on Protraction of the COVID-19 Crisis: Mitigating the impact and protecting future generations. The event looked at the impact of the protraction of COVID-19 on future generations, and the importance of […]

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Conflict, climate crisis and COVID-19 pose great threats to the health of women and children

25 September 2020 – Fragile gains made to advance women and children’s health are threatened by conflict, the climate crisis and COVID-19, according to a new report from Every Woman Every Child. Protect the Progress: Rise, Refocus, Recover, 2020 highlights that since the Every Woman Every Child movement was launched 10 years ago, spearheaded by […]

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Australia's commitment to eliminating cervical cancer

<p><img sf-custom-thumbnail="true" src="https://www.who.int/images/default-source/elimination-of-cervical-cancer-initiative/australia-flag.jpg?sfvrsn=658aa6f0_2" sf-constrain-proportions="true" width="844" alt="australia-flag" sf-size="87685" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The Australian government has reaffirmed its commitment to cervical cancer elimination in a statement on the recent adoption of the Global Strategy. Australia played a critical role in the development of the World Health Assembly resolution. </p><p>While striving to eliminate cervical cancer within its borders by 2035, the […]

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FAO, OIE, and WHO launch new online training on navigating the Tripartite Zoonoses Guide (TZG)

Zoonotic diseases can have reaching impacts on the health of people, animals, environments, economies and health systems globally. Countries must be prepared to detect, prevent and respond to these emerging and endemic diseases. The Tripartite organisations (FAO, OIE and WHO) have launched a guide entitled ‘Taking a Multisectoral, One Health Approach: A Tripartite Guide to […]

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Eradicating dracunculiasis: human cases and animal infections decline as Angola becomes endemic

<p></p><p>Twenty human cases of dracunculiasis (Guinea-worm disease) have been reported to WHO from January to the end of July this year, compared with 33 human cases for the corresponding period in 2019. This represents a decline of 39%. &nbsp;</p><p>The number of animals infected with <em>Dracunculus medinensis</em>, which had seen an upward trend over the past […]

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COVID-19 pandemic: countries urged to take stronger action to stop spread of harmful information

<div><p>The World Health Organization (WHO) together with the UN, specialised agencies and partners today called on countries to develop and implement action plans to promote the timely dissemination of science-based information and prevent the spread of false information while respecting freedom of expression.&nbsp;</p></div><div><p>WHO, the UN, UNICEF, UNAIDS, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UNESCO, the International […]