News Focus: Influenza (H1N1)

WHO is coordinating the global response to human cases of swine influenza (H1N1)

Key resources:

UN responds to pandemic threat

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO Director-General, Margaret Chan

WHO is taking the lead in coordinating UN system's response

· Guidance

· Influenza (H1N1) - basic facts

· Influenza (H1N1) - FAQs


"The UN system is responding, quickly and effectively"

Secretary-General in remarks to the press - 27 Apr. '09

· Secretary-General's statements on health emergencies

UN aid and development agencies

World Food Programme (WFP)

WFP is preparing for the possibility of an influenza pandemic.

· Influenza (H1N1): WFP and Influenza Pandemics

The new H1N1 virus has largely run its course... As we enter the post-pandemic period, this does not mean that the H1N1 virus has gone away. Based on experience with past pandemics, we expect the H1N1 virus to take on the behaviour of a seasonal influenza virus and continue to circulate for some years to come.

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan in a statement, Geneva, 10 Aug. '10

Related press briefings

Press Conference on Global Food Security, Influenza A (H1N1)

Related press releases

Global Vulnerability Calls for Global Response, Secretary-General Stresses, Pointing to H1N1 Flu Pandemic while Addressing Health Forum

Deputy Secretary-General, in Town Hall Meeting, Strongly Urges United Nations Staff to Stay Well Informed, Up to Date on Influenza A (H1N1)