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Nov 30, 2018

Nov 30, 2018
Oral polio vaccine

Polio experts address fears over disease resurgence

A WHO panel raises concerns about an increase in wild poliovirus cases, among other setbacks.

Nov 19, 2018

Nov 19, 2018
malaria bednet

WHO reports malaria setbacks; groups launch response plan

Alongside the finding that progress has stalled in hard-hit countries, the WHO and partners launch a new response strategy.

Aug 30, 2018

Aug 30, 2018
Polio vax Nepal

Study reveals early impact of 3-strain oral polio vaccine withdrawal

The study provides evidence that population immunity is critical for the successful phase-out of oral polio vaccines.

Feb 20, 2018

Feb 20, 2018
Desert water source

Study: XDR typhoid in Pakistan carries added resistance genes

Scientists have identified the genetic basis for an XDR typhoid outbreak in Pakistan.

Jul 17, 2017

Jul 17, 2017
infant vaccination

WHO: 1 in 10 infants received no vaccinations last year

Babies living in countries affected by conflict made up more than half of the total of unvaccinated group.

Jul 05, 2017

Jul 05, 2017

Syria, Pakistan report new polio cases

A second case of vaccine-derived polio is reported in Raqqa, Syria, while a Pakistani toddler has a wild poliovirus infection.

May 23, 2017

May 23, 2017
Skvortsova, Tedros, and Chan

Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus elected WHO director-general

Tedros, the first African to lead the WHO, succeeds Margaret Chan on Jul 1 as she steps down from the post after serving the global health agency for 10 years. 

May 22, 2017

May 22, 2017
WHA Margaret Chan

WHA hears Chan's farewell, prepares to pick new WHO head

Chan said infectious disease challenges over the last decade led to better preparedness, but not nearly enough.

Oct 21, 2016

Oct 21, 2016
IPV vaccination

WHO panel recommends dose-sparing strategy for IPV polio vaccine

High demand, production problems, and lack of raw materials contribute to the shortage, which has hindered immunization campaigns at a crucial time.

Sep 23, 2016

Sep 23, 2016
WHO flag

WHO names candidates for next director-general

Five of the six candidates are medical doctors, and four have served as health ministers.

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