Investing in midwifery can save millions of lives of women and newborns

Diploma of Midwifery students doing a role play on a mother’s 3rd visit to  a clinic, Khulna Nursing Institute, Bangladesh. April 2014.

3 June 2014 -- A report released today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund together with the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), WHO and partners reveals major deficits in the midwifery workforce in 73 countries where these services are desperately needed. The report recommends new strategies to reduce these deficits and save millions of lives of women and newborns.

Progress towards universal health coverage in BRICS

Nutrition counseling at a primary health centre, Neemrana, Rajasthan, India
WHO/Christopher Black

02 June 2014 -- Over the last two decades, Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa – the countries known as BRICS – have undertaken health-system reforms to make progress towards universal health coverage (UHC). This theme issue of the "WHO Bulletin" on BRICS and global health looks at the main factors shaping how the five countries are already influencing global health, as well as some of their major domestic achievements and challenges.

Raising taxes on tobacco: what you need to know

World No Tobacco Day 2014

29 May 2014 – On World No Tobacco Day (31 May), WHO calls on countries to raise taxes on tobacco to encourage users to stop and prevent people from becoming addicted to tobacco. Raising taxes is both the most effective and cost-effective way of reducing tobacco use around the world. Read our short brochure to find out how countries are successfully increasing tobacco taxes and what WHO recommends for further progress.

WHO calls for higher tobacco taxes to save more lives

27 May 2014 – On World No Tobacco Day (31 May), WHO calls on countries to raise taxes on tobacco to encourage users to stop and prevent people from becoming addicted to tobacco. Based on 2012 data, WHO estimates that by increasing tobacco taxes by 50%, all countries would reduce the number of smokers by 49 million within the next 3 years and ultimately save 11 million lives.

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  • May 2014

    Bringing medical supplies to besieged Syrian town of Douma

    WHO has helped to bring life-saving medicines and medical supplies to thousands of people in the besieged Syrian town of Douma for the first time in 18 months.

  • May 2014

    New guidelines for planning and developing cancer registries in low- and middle-income settings

    WHO has launched new guidelines for establishing cancer registries. “Planning and developing population-based cancer registration in low- and middle-income settings”, provides essential guidance on the key steps in planning a registry.

  • May 2014

    Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

    To gather the best possible advice on dealing with the crisis of childhood obesity, WHO’s Director-General has established a high-level Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity.

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