4 September 2014 -- More than 800 000 people die by suicide every year – around 1 person every 40 seconds, according to WHO's first global report on suicide prevention, published today. Some 75% of suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries. WHO recommends countries involve a range of government departments in developing a comprehensive coordinated action to reduce suicides.
28 August 2014 -- WHO today issues a roadmap to guide and coordinate the international response to the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in west Africa. The roadmap aims to stop ongoing Ebola transmission worldwide within 6-9 months while rapidly managing the consequences of any further international spread. It also recognises the need to address, in parallel, the outbreak’s broader socioeconomic impact.
19 August 2014 - Recently, some airlines and social media and traditional media vehicles expressed concern that air travel to and from affected countries was a high-risk activity for the spread of Ebola. WHO would like to correct this misunderstanding.
8 August 2014 -- The first meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) regarding the 2014 Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa was held by teleconference on 6-7 August 2014. The Director-General accepted the Committee’s assessment and on 8 August 2014 declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
Highlights from WHO Viet Nam
1 August 2014
Visit the Photo exhibition for World Breastfeeding Week 2014
Ha Noi, 1 August 2014 - Mother milk - Life rewarded!The exhibition will show more than 100 pictures capturing moments of mothers breastfeeding their children throughout Viet Nam from the mountainous to rural and urban areas.
These pictures were taken by professional and amateur photographers, carrying a message to call for action by all mothers, breastfeed your children with your milk. It's natural instinct and an action of love that can be shown by all mothers to their children.
25 May 2014
Geneva, 12 May 2014 - Worldwide, 3.3 million deaths in 2012 were due to harmful use of alcohol, says a new report launched by WHO today. Alcohol consumption can not only lead to dependence but also increases people’s risk of developing more than 200 diseases including liver cirrhosis and some cancers. In addition, harmful drinking can lead to violence and injuries.
29 April 2014
Are you ready to prevent the spread of antimicrobial resistant germs? For 5 May 2014, WHO asks you to join us in highlighting the role of hand hygiene in combatting antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
25 April 2014
Statement by Dr Shin Young-soo WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific for World Malaria Day 2014
MANILA, 25 April 2014 – Today on World Malaria Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Western Pacific Region celebrates more than a decade of significant progress in the fight against malaria. Since 2000, most malaria-endemic countries in the Region reduced their malaria burden by 75%, in line with global goals.