Recent news from WHO



  • WHO launched the World Malaria Report 2008, containing an update on the global situation for the disease, on 18 September. Read the report here: malaria/wmr2008/

  • WHO and its partners appealed for US$ 4.2 million to provide health care for many of the 800 000 people – including children and pregnant women – affected by tropical storms in Haiti. On 8 September, WHO and its partners appealed for US$ 9.76 million to respond to the humanitarian crisis following recent conflict and flooding in Pakistan.

  • Health ministers from countries of the African meningitis belt, on 4 September, committed themselves to introduce a highly promising candidate meningitis vaccine. The vaccine is designed to prevent periodic epidemics of the deadly disease in these countries.

  • WHO's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health presented its findings to the Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, on 28 August. Read the report here: social_determinants/en/

For more about these and other WHO news items please see: mediacentre

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