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31 Dec 2009 description

Introduction

Since the beginning of the implementation of the Humanitarian Reforms in September 2005, WHO and partners have been working together both at the global/regional and country levels to improve the effectiveness, predictability and accountability of humanitarian health action.

07 Dec 2009 description

KUALA LUMPUR, 7 December 2009-The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that studies show that HIV/AIDS in Asia is now mainly driven by drug use and that the epidemic is poised to spread explosively to the sexual partners of people who use drugs.

The Asian Report on AIDS, supported by the Asian Development Bank and coordinated by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), warned that drug use, particularly intravenously, is responsible for an increase in the number of HIV infections in many countries in Asia.

A further risk lies in the high prevalence of …

27 Oct 2009 description

27 October, 2009 =A6 GENEVA -- Humanitarian crises worldwide require intensive health support, particularly in the safe delivery of medicines. Searing heat, long distances, damaged infrastructure and insecurity are among many challenges facing humanitarians trying to treat people affected by war and natural disasters.

A new initiative to train experienced logisticians and medical specialists to better handle the supply of vaccines, anti-virals and other drugs has been launched.

08 Sep 2009 description

Kathmandu, 8 September 2009: Disasters and emergencies have claimed 750 000 lives in South-East Asia between 1998 and 2009, accounting for 61.6% of all global deaths due to natural disasters. A health facility that can withstand a disaster and continue to function can be the difference between life and death.

Health Ministers from WHO's 11 Member States in South-East Asia committed themselves to making health facilities more resilient by adopting the Kathmandu Declaration on Protecting Health Facilities from Disasters.

08 Sep 2009 description

Dili, 8 September 2009: Timor-Leste, the South-East Asia Region's youngest nation, has announced that it will make a contribution to the World Health Organization s (WHO) unique million-dollar health emergency fund, whose fast and flexible disbursement mechanism has already allowed it to make a difference to more than 200 000 people affected by various humanitarian crises in the Region.

08 Sep 2009 description

Kathmandu, 8 September 2009: Disasters and emergencies have claimed 750 000 lives in South-East Asia between 1998 and 2009, accounting for 61.6% of all global deaths due to natural disasters. A health facility that can withstand a disaster and continue to function can be the difference between life and death.

Health Ministers from WHO's 11 Member States in South-East Asia committed themselves to making health facilities more resilient by adopting the Kathmandu Declaration on Protecting Health Facilities from Disasters.

14 Aug 2009 description

Contents
- 333 Global leprosy situation, 2009

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- 333 Le point sur la lèpre dans le monde, 2009

31 Jul 2009 description

Contents
- 309 Cholera: global surveillance summary, 2008
- 324 WHO cholera information sources on the web

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- 309 Choléra: bilan de la surveillance mondiale, 2008
- 324 Sources d’information OMS électroniques sur le choléra

28 Apr 2009 description

28 April, 2009 =A6 GENEVA -- Funding from the UN's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for humanitarian work of the World Health Organization has passed the US$ 100 million barrier, underscoring WHO's critical role in providing life-saving health interventions before, during and after emergencies.

The funding has come from CERF to WHO since March 2006 and been provided through the Health Action in Crises Cluster, WHO's emergency response arm for implementing health activities in emergency affected countries in all Regions.

06 Apr 2009 description

On World Health Day 2009, the World Health Organization is focusing on the safety of health facilities which are most needed during emergencies but too often become casualties themselves. Dr Samlee Plianbangchang, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, emphasized the vital importance of safe health facilities that can withstand natural and manmade disasters.

The South-East Asia Region is no stranger to disasters. More than half a million people in the Region lost their lives to natural disasters between 1996 and 2005.

02 Apr 2009 description

2 APRIL 2009 | BEIJING - Health ministers from countries with the greatest burdens of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) have agreed to a series of actions to accelerate efforts to halt and reverse the global epidemic of the disease.

Global leaders, including WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan and the Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr Bill Gates, were joined by the Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China, Mr Li Keqiang, and ministers and high-level representatives of 27 countries with high burden, at a three-day meeting organized by WHO.

The …

24 Mar 2009 description

1.37 million new TB cases in 2007 among HIV-infected people, says new global TB control report

24 MARCH 2009 | RIO DE JANEIRO -- The total number of new tuberculosis (TB) cases remained stable in 2007, and the percentage of the world's population becoming ill with TB has continued the slow decline that was first observed in 2004, according to a new report released by WHO today.

However, the 2009 global TB control report also reveals that one out of four TB deaths is HIV-related, twice as many as …