The World Health Organization (WHO) Department of HIV/AIDS provides evidence-based, technical support to Member States in scaling up treatment, care and prevention services and supply of HIV commodities to enable a comprehensive and sustainable response to HIV in countries. WHO is a Cosponsor of the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS).
Thirty-six million people die each year from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart disease and stroke, diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. On 19-20 September 2011, global leaders will gather at the United Nations in New York to turn the tide on NCDs.
Immunization saves between 2 and 3 million lives each year. Vaccines are relatively inexpensive and extremely powerful weapons against disease, disability and death. They protect people of all ages, from babies to senior citizens, against life-threatening diseases. For the first time ever, from 21-28 April, countries across the world are participating in a World Immunization Week sponsored by the World Health Organization, to raise awareness on how immunization saves lives and to make sure that the poorest and hardest to reach communities get the vaccinations they need to protect their health.
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) blight the lives of 1 billion people worldwide and threaten the health of millions more.They weaken impoverished populations, frustrate the achievement of health in the Millennium Development Goals and impede global development outcomes.
Actions to address the suffering caused by neglected tropical diseases and assess how their impact extends into sectors other than health will promote development, foster health security and strengthen health systems. Achieving and sustaining intensified control of neglected tropical diseases is critical for WHO in realizing its objective that all people attain the highest possible level of health.
This World Health Day, 7 April, WHO and partners focus on the global problem of high blood pressure. Many people do not know they have high blood pressure because it does not always cause symptoms. As a result, it contributes to more than nine million deaths every year, including about half of all deaths due to heart disease and stroke. Cut your risk of developing high blood pressure by: cutting down on salt; eating a balanced diet; avoiding harmful use of alcohol; doing regular physical activity; and avoiding tobacco use. Join the World Health Day conversation on Twitter @WHO - #CutRisks.
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidenc...