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  • Wednesday, March 1st 2017 - 17:11 UTC

    WHO stresses urgent need for R&D for drug-resistant tuberculosis

    “There is already consensus that TB is a top priority for R&D for new antibiotics,” said Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General at WHO.

    The World Health Organization reaffirms the critical need for research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics to tackle the threat of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). “Addressing drug-resistant TB research is a top priority for WHO and for the world,” said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “More than US$ 800 million per year is currently necessary to fund badly needed research into new antibiotics to treat TB.”

  • Monday, October 17th 2016 - 19:02 UTC

    TB remains the leading infection killer in the world; global efforts to end the epidemic are falling far short

    Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director General: “There must be a massive scale-up of efforts, or countries will continue to run behind this deadly epidemic and these ambitious goals will be missed”

    New data published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its 2016 Global Tuberculosis (TB) Report show that countries need to move much faster to prevent, detect and treat the disease if they are to meet global targets. Governments have agreed on targets to end the TB epidemic both at the World Health Assembly and at the United Nations General Assembly within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Tuesday, May 31st 2016 - 06:16 UTC

    World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2016: Get ready for plain packaging

    “Plain packaging reduces attractiveness of tobacco products. It kills the glamour, which is appropriate for a product that kills people,” says Dr. Margaret Chan.

    Recent moves to introduce plain (standardized) packaging of tobacco products can save lives by reducing demand for tobacco products, say the World Health Organization (WHO) and the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Secretariat (WHO FCTC).

  • Tuesday, February 2nd 2016 - 06:05 UTC

    Zika virus declared an international public health emergency

    Director-General Margaret Chan said on Monday coordinated international action was needed to improve detection and speed work on a vaccine

    The World Health Organization has declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus to be an international public health emergency due to its link to thousands of suspected cases of birth defects in Brazil.

  • Monday, February 1st 2016 - 06:12 UTC

    WHO Emergency committee meets in Geneva to address the Zika virus situation

    “I have decided to convene an Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations. Committee will meet in Geneva this Monday” said Ms Chan

    The World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan has briefed on the Zika virus situation. In the briefing Ms Chan gave a brief history of the disease and explained why WHO is so deeply concerned.

  • Friday, January 29th 2016 - 03:45 UTC

    WHO admits as possible four million cases of Zika; emergency meeting Monday

    Marcos Espinal, an infectious disease expert at WHO's Americas office, said: “We can expect 3 to 4 million cases of Zika virus disease.” He gave no time frame.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) expects the Zika virus, which is spreading through the Americas, to affect between three million and four million people, a disease expert said on Thursday. WHO's director-general said the spread of the mosquito-borne disease had gone from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions.

  • Thursday, November 26th 2015 - 07:40 UTC

    International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

    Ensuring equality between women and men is a crucial part of these efforts,” said Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO.

    On 25 November, the World Health Organization (WHO) joins partners in calling for the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls to ensure their health, well-being and human rights.

  • Thursday, October 29th 2015 - 14:50 UTC

    Tuberculosis mortality nearly halved since 1990

    “The report shows that TB control has had a tremendous impact in terms of lives saved and patients cured,” said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan.

    The fight against tuberculosis is paying off, with this year’s death rate nearly half of what it was in 1990. Nevertheless, 1.5 million people died from TB in 2014. Most of these deaths could have been prevented, according to the World Health Organization’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2015, which was released on Wednesday in Washington, DC.

  • Wednesday, July 8th 2015 - 01:05 UTC

    WHO: Stepped up government tax action needed to curb tobacco epidemic

    “Raising taxes on tobacco products is one of the most effective ways to reduce consumption of products that kill”, Dr Margaret Chan said.

    Too few governments levy appropriate levels of tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. They therefore miss out on a proven, low-cost measure to curb demand for tobacco, save lives and generate funds for stronger health services, according to the World Health Organization’s Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic-2015.

  • Friday, May 29th 2015 - 09:22 UTC

    WHO calls for action against illicit tobacco trade on World No Tobacco Day

    “The Protocol offers the world a unique legal instrument to counter and eventually eliminate a sophisticated criminal activity,” says Dr Margaret Chan

    Eliminating the illicit trade in tobacco would generate an annual tax windfall of 31 billion dollars for governments, improve public health, help cut crime and curb an important revenue source for the tobacco industry. Those are the key themes of World No Tobacco Day on May 31 when the World Health Organization will urge Member States to sign the Protocol to Eliminate the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

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