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World Health Assembly closes, passing resolutions on air pollution and epilepsy

The World Health Assembly closed today, with Director-General Dr Margaret Chan noting that it had passed several “landmark resolutions and decisions”. Three new resolutions were passed today: one on air pollution, one on epilepsy and one laying out the next steps in finalizing a framework of engagement with non-State actors. Continue reading

Latest WHO report on research for universal health coverage

Research for universal health coverage World health report 2013At the launch of the “World health report 2013: Research for universal health coverage”, WHO today called 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. With universal health coverage, countries can help ensure that citizens obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship when paying for them. Continue reading

Record number of people with HIV accessing treatment

An HIV/AIDS mural in Belize. Photo: UNDP videoNearly 10 million people living with HIV were accessing antiretroviral treatment last year, says a new United Nations report, which notes that even more people can be reached with smart planning. Last year’s figure represents the biggest increase from one year to another as numbers of people accessing antiretroviral treatment rose by 1.6 million from 2011 to 2012, Continue reading

Intimate partner violence affects 30% of women worldwide

A scene from Afghanistan's Palwasha TV series, a show that draws attention to the issue of violence against women. 10 June 2007 Kabul, AfghanistaPhysical or sexual violence is a public health problem that affects more than one third of all women globally, according to a new report released by WHO in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the South African Medical Research Council. The study highlights the need for all sectors to engage in eliminating tolerance for Continue reading