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The World Health Organization launched its 2013 World Health Report today, entitled “Research for Universal Health Coverage.” Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, describes universal coverage as “the single most powerful concept that public health has to offer.” The report calls on countries to continue investing in local research in order to develop a system of universal health coverage tailored to each individual country’s situation.

Why is World Hepatitis Day marked on 28 July every year?
Hepatitis viruses A, B, C, D and E can cause acute and chronic infection and inflammation of the liver that can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide are chronically infected with hepatitis B and C, many of them are unaware.
Every year, close to 1.4 million people die from viral hepatitis. Find out more from the World Health Organization (WHO) here: http://j.mp/12TrYQO

Why is World Hepatitis Day marked on 28 July every year?

Hepatitis viruses A, B, C, D and E can cause acute and chronic infection and inflammation of the liver that can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide are chronically infected with hepatitis B and C, many of them are unaware.

Every year, close to 1.4 million people die from viral hepatitis. Find out more from the World Health Organization (WHO) here: http://j.mp/12TrYQO


Friday is World Blood Donor Day! 
 A single unit of donated blood can save up to 3 lives.
World Blood Donor Day, celebrated on 14 June every year, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and recognize those voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. 
This year’s campaign by the World Health Organization (WHO) will focus on the value of donated blood to the patient, not only in saving life, but also in helping people live longer and more productive lives.
 

Friday is World Blood Donor Day!

 A single unit of donated blood can save up to 3 lives.

World Blood Donor Day, celebrated on 14 June every year, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and recognize those voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

This year’s campaign by the World Health Organization (WHO) will focus on the value of donated blood to the patient, not only in saving life, but also in helping people live longer and more productive lives.

 

This week — 6 to 12 May — is Global Road Safety Week. This initiative encouraged by World Health Organization (WHO) aims to mobilize action for pedestrian safety since more than 270,000 pedestrians lose their lives on roads each year. The Week will draw attention to the urgent need to better protect pedestrians worldwide and generate action on the measures needed to do so.
“We are all pedestrians, and governments should put in place measures to better protect all of us,” says Oleg Chestnov, WHO Assistant Director-General of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health. "When roads are safe, people will walk more, and this in turn will improve health and protect the environment.” 
Read more about WHO’s call for action to save lives and the measures needed to enhance safety on the roads.

This week — 6 to 12 May — is Global Road Safety Week. This initiative encouraged by World Health Organization (WHO) aims to mobilize action for pedestrian safety since more than 270,000 pedestrians lose their lives on roads each year. The Week will draw attention to the urgent need to better protect pedestrians worldwide and generate action on the measures needed to do so.

“We are all pedestrians, and governments should put in place measures to better protect all of us,” says Oleg Chestnov, WHO Assistant Director-General of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health. "When roads are safe, people will walk more, and this in turn will improve health and protect the environment.” 

Read more about WHO’s call for action to save lives and the measures needed to enhance safety on the roads.