This week the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health emergency to stem a potential resurgence of polio, after the preventable disease spread in countries where it was once eradicated.  “If unchecked, this situation could result in failure to eradicate globally one of the world’s most serious vaccine preventable diseases,” said WHO’s Emergency Committee.  Get 10 facts on polio eradication.

This week the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health emergency to stem a potential resurgence of polio, after the preventable disease spread in countries where it was once eradicated.

“If unchecked, this situation could result in failure to eradicate globally one of the world’s most serious vaccine preventable diseases,” said WHO’s Emergency Committee.

Get 10 facts on polio eradication.


Steady progress has been made in saving mothers’ lives, with a 45% reduction in maternal deaths since 1990, according to new UN data. However, more than 800 women still die every day due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth. Sub-Saharan Africa is still the most dangerous place in the world to have a baby, where a woman’s risk of dying during pregnancy and childbirth is 1 in 40, compared to 1 in 3300 in Europe. Find out more here from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Steady progress has been made in saving mothers’ lives, with a 45% reduction in maternal deaths since 1990, according to new UN data.

However, more than 800 women still die every day due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth.

Sub-Saharan Africa is still the most dangerous place in the world to have a baby, where a woman’s risk of dying during pregnancy and childbirth is 1 in 40, compared to 1 in 3300 in Europe.

Find out more here from the World Health Organization (WHO).

A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) states that antibiotic resistance – when bacteria change so antibiotics no longer work in people who need them to treat infections – is now a major threat to public health.“Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill,” says Dr Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Health Security. This report starts a global effort led by WHO to address drug resistance.

A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) states that antibiotic resistance – when bacteria change so antibiotics no longer work in people who need them to treat infections – is now a major threat to public health.

“Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill,” says Dr Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Health Security. 

This report starts a global effort led by WHO to address drug resistance.

Immunize for a healthy future: Know, Check, Protect.

This is the message of this year’s World Immunization Week, on 24-30 April.

Have a look at this short video which encourages you to ask your local health clinic which vaccines you need, check whether your vaccinations are up-to-date, and to get the vaccines you need, when you need them.

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An estimated 130–150 million people globally have chronic hepatitis C infection, which results in 350,000 to 500,000 deaths a year.For the first time, World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C and will be working with countries to introduce the guidelines as part of their national treatment programmes.Find out more and learn how to prevent it here. 

An estimated 130–150 million people globally have chronic hepatitis C infection, which results in 350,000 to 500,000 deaths a year.

For the first time, World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C and will be working with countries to introduce the guidelines as part of their national treatment programmes.

Find out more and learn how to prevent it here