World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO began when its Constitution came into force on 7 April 1948 – a date celebrated every year as World Health Day. It has more than 7000 people working in 150 country offices, in 6 regional offices and at its headquarters in Geneva.

WHO’s primary role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations’ system.

Main areas of work:

  • Health systems
  • Promoting health through the life-course
  • Noncommunicable diseases
  • Communicable diseases
  • Corporate services
  • Preparedness, surveillance and response.

WHO support countries as it coordinates the efforts of multiple sectors of the government and partners – including bi- and multilaterals, funds and foundations, civil society organizations and private sector – to attain its health objectives and support national health policies and strategies.

Updated HIV Clinical and Service Delivery Recommendations

Online,

In late 2020, WHO developed new clinical and service delivery recommendations on key topic areas outlined in the agenda below. To launch and discuss these recommendations, WHO will host a webinar with a brief question and answer session, open to all participants.

Provisional agenda

Director’s Welcome - Department of Global HIV, Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infection Programmes

Through a gender lens: women and tobacco in the WHO European Region

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WHO

This report provides a brief summary of some of the challenges, old and new, that women and girls face in the context of the tobacco epidemic in the WHO European Region, outlining the gendered nature of tobacco use and exposure and how the tobacco industry continues to target them through gendered messaging. It also provides recommendations for approaches and policy interventions that take a gender lens to tobacco control.

Estimating the Impact of Achieving Turkey's Non-communicable Disease Policy Targets

According to the World Health Organisation, around 20,000 deaths could have been avoided in Turkey in 2017 if the country had reached its current goals of reducing tobacco and salt consumption by 30%, and physical inactivity by 10%. The research, which was conducted by WHO experts and published in The Lancet, examined possible outcomes of the action plan targets for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) adopted in the country for 2017–2025. The analysis, which particularly focussed on

WHO Launches Year-long Campaign to Help 100 Million People Quit Tobacco

The World Health Organisation has launched a year long campaign to help people quit their tobacco use. As part of the campaign “Commit to Quit" the WHO have announced a new Quit Challenge on WhatsApp and have published “More than 100 reasons to quit tobacco". The WHO describe the campaign: “Commit to Quit” will help create healthier environments that are conducive to quitting tobacco by advocating for strong tobacco cessation policies; increasing access to cessation

WHO/Europe Factsheet: Policy Action Needed to Reduce Cancers Attributable to Alcohol Use

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WHO
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This fact sheet provides up-to-date information and guidance on the links between alcohol and a range of cancers, including some of the most common types, such as female breast cancer and colorectal cancer, for those involved in designing and implementing policies that affect public health.

WHO Guideline: Recommendations on Digital Interventions for Health System Strengthening

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WHO

The key aim of this guideline is to present recommendations based on a critical evaluation of the evidence on emerging digital health interventions that are contributing to health system improvements, based on an assessment of the benefits, harms, acceptability, feasibility, resource use and equity considerations.

World Hepatitis Day 2020

World Hepatitis Day is commemorated each year on 28 July to enhance awareness of viral hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver that causes a range of health problems, including liver cancer. There are five main strains of the hepatitis virus – A, B, C, D and E. Together, hepatitis B and C are the most common cause of deaths, with 1.3 million lives lost each year. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, viral hepatitis continues to claim

A Guide for Tobacco Users to Quit

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WHO

This self-help material was developed based on WHO Capacity Building Training Package 4 entitled “Strengthening health systems for treating tobacco dependence in primary care”. Its target audience are tobacco users. It aims to give advice and information to improve tobacco user’ readiness to quit and to help those who are ready to quit to plan a quit attempt. The content of this self-help material includes:

WHO Statement: Tobacco Use and COVID-19

Tobacco smoking is a known risk factor for many respiratory difficulties. A review of studies by public health experts convened by WHO on 29 April 2020 found that smokers are more likely to develop severe disease with COVID-19, compared to non-smokers. Following the review, the WHO has released a statement that explains the elevated risk. The article outlines potential smoking reduction and cessasion intervention programmes.