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Africa eradicates wild poliovirus

Last week, the Africa Regional Certification Commission certified the WHO African Region as wild polio-free after four years without a case. With this historic milestone, five of the six WHO regions – representing over 90% of the world’s population – are now free of the wild poliovirus, moving the world closer to achieving global polio eradication.

We have compiled a summary of the main milestones leading to this major achievement. Read more>>


02/09/2020 11:29

COVID-19 highlights the need for safe, nutritious and affordable food

COVID-19 does not treat us equally. Undernourished people have weaker immune systems, and may be at greater risk of severe illness due to the virus. At the same time, poor metabolic health, including obesity and diabetes - conditions that disproportionately affect disadvantaged populations -, is strongly linked to worse COVID-19 outcomes, including risk of hospitalisation and death. Read more>>
31/08/2020 12:56

​​​PMNCH compendium of COVID-19 related resources on women's, children's and adolescents' health​

To stay informed of the latest guidance and resources around COVID-19 and its effects on women, children and adolescent health, PMNCH has developed a compendium of resources that brings together the latest evidence-based information on women, children and adolescent health in the context of COVID-19. This compendium will be developed as a living repository of the most up to-date guidance from WHO and other UN Agencies. Read more>>​

04/08/2020 07:12

COVID-19 vaccines: where do we stand?

The race to find a vaccine to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus is on. In total 148 candidate vaccines are currently being investigated and 17 are in human clinical trials. The vaccine in the most advanced phase is a vaccine developed by the University of Oxford (Phase 3 clinical trials). The vaccine is currently being tested in more than 10 000 people from the UK, Brazil and South Africa. If the vaccine is proven to be both safe and effective, the first doses are expected to be available in late 2020. Read more>>

31/07/2020 08:24

Advancing Universal Health Coverage - UHC 2030

In September 2019, at the United Nations High-Level Meeting (UN HLM) «Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World», world leaders endorsed the most ambitious and comprehensive political declaration on health history. In endorsing the declaration, they recommitted to ensure that, by 2030, everyone in every country can receive all the quality health services they need without suffering financial hardship. Read more>>

15/07/2020 19:18
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