1 August 2012 -- A study published this month in the WHO Bulletin showed that people were twice as likely to use condoms, on average, if they were exposed to marketing methods, such as an effective supply of locally-branded condoms, compared to those who had not come across marketing campaigns.
25 July 2012 -- For World Hepatitis Day WHO is urging governments to strengthen efforts to fight viral hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver that kills about one million people every year. In addition, an estimated 500 million people experience chronic illness from their infection with hepatitis; it is a major cause of liver cancer and liver cirrhosis.
21 July 2012 – WHO has identified four key actions countries can take to prevent viral hepatitis B and C among people who inject drugs. Of the estimated 16 million people who inject drugs worldwide, it is estimated that 10 million are infected with hepatitis C. An additional 1.2 million are infected with hepatitis B.
21 July 2012 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF are deeply saddened by the killing of Mr. Muhammad Ishaq, a local community worker who was part of the Polio Eradication Initiative in Pakistan.
WHO issues first guidance on use of antiretrovirals by HIV-negative people at high risk to prevent infection
20 July 2012 -- WHO has issued its first guidance to countries that are considering offering HIV medications, known as antiretrovirals (ARVs), to protect people who do not have the virus but who are at high risk of HIV infection.
18 July 2012 -- More strategic use of antiretroviral HIV medications can significantly reduce the transmission of the virus according to WHO proposals that will be presented at the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC on Sunday.
18 July 2012 – Increased use of HIV treatment known as antiretrovirals (ARVs) in low- and middle-income countries has resulted in resistance to some forms of treatment, but not to the extent seen when HIV medication was first introduced in high-income countries in the 1990s, according to a new report from WHO.
17 July 2012 -- A serious security incident took place in Gadap Town, Karachi, Pakistan, involving World Health Organization (WHO) staff. One WHO staff member and one international consultant were injured, when their vehicle was shot at by armed men.
12 July 2012 -- Children with disabilities are almost four times more likely to experience violence than non-disabled children, according to a review commissioned by WHO and published today in the medical journal The Lancet.
11 July 2012 -- WHO, at the launch of the Family Planning Summit in London, commits to fast-track its assessment of new and existing quality contraceptives so more women in low- and middle-income countries can obtain and use a broader range of safe and effective contraceptive products.
6 July 2012 -- The UN food standards body has agreed on a set of residue limits for the veterinary drug ractopamine in animal tissues. The decision was made after a rigorous process of scientific assessment to ascertain that the proposed levels of residues of the growth promoting drug have no impact on human health.
6 June 2012 – Gonorrhoea is becoming a major public health challenge, due to the high incidence of infections accompanied by dwindling treatment options. Every year an estimated 106 million people are infected with gonorrhoea and millions of people with gonorrhoea may be at risk of running out of treatment options unless action is taken.
30 May 2012 -- On World No Tobacco Day (31 May), WHO is calling on national leaders to be vigilant against the increasingly aggressive attacks by the tobacco industry which undermine policies that protect people from the harms of tobacco. Tobacco kills almost 6 million people every year and is one of the leading preventable causes of illness and death around the world.
26 May 2012 -- The Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly concluded Saturday after adopting 21 resolutions and three decisions on a broad range of health issues. The six days of discussions involved nearly 3000 delegates, including health ministers and senior health officials from amongst the 194 WHO Member States, as well as representatives from civil society and other stakeholders.
23 May 2012 -- The World Health Assembly today appointed Dr Margaret Chan for a second five-year term as Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). In her acceptance speech to health ministers and representatives of WHO’s Member States, Dr Chan pledged her continued commitment to improve the health of the most vulnerable.
16 May 2012 -- One in three adults worldwide has high blood pressure – a condition that causes around half of all deaths from stroke and heart disease, according to the World health statistics 2012 report released today. One in 10 adults has diabetes.
4 May 2012 – On Hand Hygiene Day (5 May), more than 15 000 health-care facilities from 156 countries are participating in the WHO Save Lives: Clean Your Hands Initiative by committing to improve patient safety by practicing better hand hygiene
2 May 2012 -- Over one million of preterm babies die shortly after birth and countless others suffer some type of lifelong physical, neurological, or educational disability. An estimated 75% of preterm babies who die could survive without expensive care if a few proven and inexpensive treatments and preventions were available worldwide.
24 April 2012 -- On the eve of World Malaria Day 2012, WHO hails global progress in combating malaria but highlights the need to further reinforce the fight. WHO’s new initiative, T3: Test, Treat, Track, urges malaria-endemic countries and donors to move towards universal access to diagnostic testing and antimalarial treatment, and to build robust malaria surveillance systems.
24 April 2012 -- Announcing a new global strategy aimed at reducing measles deaths and congenital rubella syndrome to zero. The announcement comes with the publication of new data using a state-of-the-art methodology showing that efforts to reduce measles deaths have resulted in a 74% reduction in global measles deaths, from 2000 to 2010.