United Nations to Establish Task Force on Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted a resolution requesting the UN Secretary-General to establish a United Nations Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control on Noncommunicable Diseases. The Task Force will be convened and led by the WHO and will coordinate the activities of all UN organizations to implement the WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020.
WHO Adolescent Health Report - Call for Participants
The World Health Organization is developing a report called “Health for the world’s adolescents” for publication in May 2014. The report will look at the health and development of adolescents, present summaries of what is known about adolescent health – including what promotes or undermines their health – and how communities and countries are meeting adolescents’ needs for health and development.
12-19-year-olds are encouraged to contribute with consent from a parent or guardian by: taking a survey, entering a photo competition, submitting a health story, or submitting another creative work. Health workers who work with adolescents are encouraged to take a survey.
Above photo was retrieved from who.int, attributed to Family Care International/Joey O’Loughlin.
Emergency Committee on MERS Coronavirus
An International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of international experts has been appointed to provide technical advice to the WHO Director-General on procedures and monitoring of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus.
The first meeting was convened on July 9, 2013, and a second scheduled for July 17.
Above image is credited to Rocky Mountain Laboratories, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH, retrieved from http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider
Further WHO Resources on MERS-CoV:
WHO: Global and regional estimates of violence against women
The WHO, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and South African Medical Research Council present the first global systematic review of scientific data on the prevalence of two forms of violence against women: violence by an intimate partner (intimate partner violence) and sexual violence by someone other than a partner (non-partner sexual violence). Global and Regional Estimates of Violence Against Women: Prevalence and health Effects of Intimate Partner Violence and Non-Partner Sexual Violence shows, for the first time, global and regional estimates of the prevalence of these two forms of violence, using data from around the world. Previous reporting on violence against women has not differentiated between partner- and nonpartner violence.
Above image is an infographic from the report, copyrighted by the World Health Organization.
The evolving threat of antimicrobial resistance - Options for action
A new World Health Organisation(WHO) publication “The evolving threat of antimicrobial resistance - Options for action" describes examples of policy activities that have addressed Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in different parts of the world. The aim is to raise awareness and to stimulate further coordinated efforts.
More Resources on AMR
Report of Secretary-General transmitting latest WHO Report on the 2001-2010: Decade to Roll Back Malaria
Pursuant to Assembly resolution A/RES/65/273, the latest report of the World Health Organization entitled “Consolidating gains and accelerating efforts to control and eliminate malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa, by 2015” was transmitted to the General Assembly by the UN Secretary-General and is now available online: A/66/169.
More UN Resources on Malaria
- Roll Back Malaria Partnership - launched in 1998 by WHO, UNICEF, UNDP and the World Bank
- World Health Organization Global Malaria Programme
- Millennium Development Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases
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