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The best time to prevent the next pandemic is now: countries join voices for better emergency preparedness
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The best time to prevent the next pandemic is now: countries join voices for better emergency preparedness

COVID-19 will not be the world’s last health emergency and there is an urgent need for sustainable health emergency preparedness to deal with the next one. This was the strong sentiment shared by participants of the United Nations General Assembly side-event on ‘Sustainable preparedness for health security and resilience: Adopting a whole-of-society approach and breaking the “panic-then-forget” cycle’. The high-level virtual event was co-hosted by Finland, France and Indonesia, along with the World Health Organization (WHO). Past crises have shown that once an outbreak is under control, governments and donors tend to turn their attention to other pressing concerns. This cycle of “panic-then-forget” has prevented the development of effective heal...
The Russian Federation steps up support to WHO for global health security and noncommunicable diseases
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The Russian Federation steps up support to WHO for global health security and noncommunicable diseases

Today Mr Gennady Gatilov,  Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation, and WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus  signed four new memoranda of understanding (MoU) agreements including a contribution for an amount exceeding US$ 15 million to support priority health actions. The focus areas include the International Health Regulations (2005) ; implementation of the COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan;  increasing the quantity of WHO health information in the Russian language to promote health literacy in Russian speaking countries; reducing maternal, newborn and child deaths;  and strengthening WHO human resources. “The Russian Federation has been in important partner and Member State of WHO, &...
COVID-19 disrupting mental health services in most countries, WHO survey
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COVID-19 disrupting mental health services in most countries, WHO survey

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted or halted critical mental health services in 93% of countries worldwide while the demand for mental health is increasing, according to a new WHO survey. The survey of 130 countries provides the first global data showing the devastating impact of COVID-19 on access to mental health services and underscores the urgent need for increased funding.The survey was published ahead of WHO’s Big Event for Mental Health  ̶  a global online advocacy event on 10 October that will bring together world leaders, celebrities, and advocates to call for increased mental health investments in the wake of COVID-19.WHO has previously highlighted the chronic underfunding of mental health: prior to the pandemic, countries were spending less than 2 per...
Global challenge for movement on mental health kicks off as lack of investment in mental health leaves millions without access to services
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Global challenge for movement on mental health kicks off as lack of investment in mental health leaves millions without access to services

A global social media challenge to get the world moving on mental health is launched today with a call for a massive scale-up in investment in mental health.Ahead of World Mental Health Day on 10 October, the World Health Organization, in collaboration with United for Global Mental Health and the World Federation for Mental Health, are encouraging people from all countries to support a global movement calling for greater investment in mental health.The #MoveforMentalHealth challenge is asking people around the world to post videos showing what they do in support of their mental well-being  ̶  whether it be dancing, walking, doing yoga, cooking, painting or something else entirely, on their favourite social media platforms, using the hashtag #MoveForMentalHealth. S...
One stillbirth occurs every 16 seconds, according to first ever joint UN estimates
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One stillbirth occurs every 16 seconds, according to first ever joint UN estimates

<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Almost 2 million babies are stillborn every year &ndash; or 1 every 16 seconds &ndash; according to the first ever joint stillbirth&nbsp;estimates&nbsp;released&nbsp;by UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank Group&nbsp;and the Population Division&nbsp;of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.&nbsp;</p> <p>The vast majority of stillbirths, 84 per cent, occur in low- and lower-middle-income countries,&nbsp;according to the new report,&nbsp;<a href="http://uni.cf/stillbirthreport"><em>A Neglected Tragedy: The Global Burden&nbsp;of Stillbirths</em></a>.&nbsp;In 2019, 3&nbsp;in&nbsp;4&nbsp;stillbirths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa or So...
One Year Commemoration of the High-Level Meeting on UHC: Measuring Progress, Challenges and Opportunities in the Context of COVID-19
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One Year Commemoration of the High-Level Meeting on UHC: Measuring Progress, Challenges and Opportunities in the Context of COVID-19

Dr. Tedros, WHO Director-General, joined the Foreign Ministers of Japan, Thailand and Georgia to host a Ministerial Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the High-level Meeting on UHC and promote the release of the UN Secretary-General’s Policy Brief on COVID-19 and UHC.  Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers of Health from around the world reflected on the commitments made in the Political Declaration on UHC, taking stock of national and global efforts to deliver UHC in the context of COVID-19 and the challenges and opportunities for building back better for a more equitable and sustainable world. The Foreign Minister of Japan announced US$130 million to the COVAX Advanced Market Commitments, of w...
WHO publishes guidance on climate resilient and environmentally sustainable health care facilities
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WHO publishes guidance on climate resilient and environmentally sustainable health care facilities

<p>As our climate changes, health systems and health care facilities come under mounting pressure, making it harder for health professionals to keep people healthy from increasingly severe climate impacts.</p><p>New <strong>WHO guidance for Climate Resilient and Environmentally Sustainable Health Care Facilities</strong> provides health professionals and health care facility managers with key tools and interventions to strengthen health care facilities in the context of climate change. The aim is to enable health care facilities to anticipate, respond to, recover from and adapt to climate-related shocks and stresses, while minimizing negative impacts on the environment and leveraging opportunities to restore and improve it.</p><p>&ldquo;<...
Neglected tropical diseases: tackling stigmatization, discrimination and mental health through a person-centred approach
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Neglected tropical diseases: tackling stigmatization, discrimination and mental health through a person-centred approach

Women in sub-Saharan Africa affected by genital schistosomiasis suppress their health-seeking behaviour and are reluctant to speak about their condition, fearing matrimonial and societal consequences. Children as young as 12 years with swollen legs from lymphatic filariasis are booed at school. People with leprosy resist health-seeking behaviour for fear of stigmatization and ostracization. Buruli ulcer is often attributed to mystical causes, prompting people to seek treatment from traditional healers. Individuals affected by Chagas disease are discriminated against because the disease is almost always associated with the poorest populations who live in thatched homes infested by triatomine bugs that can carry Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative parasite.<br /> <br /> These are...
Neglected tropical diseases: tackling stigmatization, discrimination and mental health through a person-centred approach
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Neglected tropical diseases: tackling stigmatization, discrimination and mental health through a person-centred approach

Women in sub-Saharan Africa affected by genital schistosomiasis suppress their health-seeking behaviour and are reluctant to speak about their condition, fearing matrimonial and societal consequences. Children as young as 12 years with swollen legs from lymphatic filariasis are booed at school. People with leprosy resist health-seeking behaviour for fear of stigmatization and ostracization. Buruli ulcer is often attributed to mystical causes, prompting people to seek treatment from traditional healers. Individuals affected by Chagas disease are discriminated against because the disease is almost always associated with the poorest populations who live in thatched homes infested by triatomine bugs that can carry Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative parasite.<br /> <br /> These are...
Neglected tropical diseases: tackling stigmatization, discrimination and mental health through a person-centred approach
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Neglected tropical diseases: tackling stigmatization, discrimination and mental health through a person-centred approach

Women in sub-Saharan Africa affected by genital schistosomiasis suppress their health-seeking behaviour and are reluctant to speak about their condition, fearing matrimonial and societal consequences. Children as young as 12 years with swollen legs from lymphatic filariasis are booed at school. People with leprosy resist health-seeking behaviour for fear of stigmatization and ostracization. Buruli ulcer is often attributed to mystical causes, prompting people to seek treatment from traditional healers. Individuals affected by Chagas disease are discriminated against because the disease is almost always associated with the poorest populations who live in thatched homes infested by triatomine bugs that can carry Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative parasite.<br /> <br /> These are...