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News (English) - World Health Organization Corporate news releases, statements, and notes for media issued by the World Health Organization.

  • WHO calls for access to health and humanitarian assistance on fourth day of conflict in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory
    on October 10, 2023 at 8:14 pm

    The World Health Organization (WHO) repeats its call for an end to the hostilities that are causing untold suffering in Israel and the Gaza Strip. Over 1000 people have died and many more injured following horrific acts of violence by Hamas and others on Saturday in Israel. Nine hundred people have died and many more injured in days of bombing by Israel in Gaza. The pain of so many families must be unbearable.WHO has offered assistance to health officials in both Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.   On 9 October, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus met with the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who agreed to a WHO request to facilitate the delivery of health and other humanitarian supplies from WHO to Gaza via the Rafah crossing. Such humanitarian corridors must be protected.  In the Gaza Strip, hospitals are running on back-up generators with fuel likely to run out in the coming days. They have exhausted the supplies WHO pre-positioned before the escalation. The life-saving health response is now dependent on getting new supplies and fuel to health care facilities as fast as possible.   WHO is urgently working to procure medical supplies locally to meet demand, and preparing supplies from its Global Medical Logistics Hub in Dubai, UAE.  WHO is also gravely concerned about the health and well-being of hostages, including elderly civilians, seized from Israel by Hamas in attacks on 7 October. The hostages’ health and medical needs must be addressed immediately, and we call for their safe release.    

  • New funding to ensure 370 million children receive polio vaccinations and to boost health innovation in low-income countries
    on October 10, 2023 at 5:31 pm

    Today, the European Commission, the European Investment Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a new financing partnership to address critical global health opportunities: eradicating polio and ensuring that innovations in health are more accessible to the people who need them most.

  • WHO issues global plan to tackle leading cause of death in childbirth
    on October 10, 2023 at 11:47 am

    WHO today released its first roadmap to tackle postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) – defined as excessive bleeding after childbirth - which affects millions of women annually and is the world’s leading cause of maternal deaths.

  • WHO-OHCHR launch new guidance to improve laws addressing human rights abuses in mental health care
    on October 9, 2023 at 10:00 am

    Ahead of World Mental Health Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) are jointly launching a new guidance, entitled “Mental health, human rights and legislation: guidance and practice”, to support countries to reform legislation in order to end human rights abuses and increase access to quality mental health care.

  • WHO commends Egypt for its progress on the path to eliminate hepatitis C
    on October 9, 2023 at 9:40 am

    The Arab Republic of Egypt has become the first country to achieve the "gold tier” status on the path to elimination of hepatitis C as per WHO criteria. This means that Egypt has fulfilled WHO's programmatic coverage targets that will set the country up to achieve the reduced incidence and mortality targets of full elimination before 2030.