Health

You can’t put out half a fire. No one is safe until we’re all safe. Stand up for vaccine equity.

man performing hazardous work

The first WHO/ILO global estimates on disease and injury in the workplace outline the level of preventable premature deaths due to exposure to work-related health risks.

World Patient Safety Day 2021 is dedicated to safe maternal and newborn care recognizing the significant burden of avoidable harm caused by unsafe care particularly around the time of birth. Every woman has a right to a positive childbirth experience. WHO calls on stakeholders to ‘Act now for safe and respectful childbirth!’

smiling mother and baby

During a pregnancy complication at 7 months, Ami Campini was transported to the Regional Hospital of Buba, Guinea-Bissau and delivered a 1.3-kilogram baby girl via emergency Caesarean section. 

We all need health care at some stage in our life. Not only it is important to have access to health care we need, but also the health care we receive should be of high quality to improve our health. This video explains what is meant by quality of care.

A close-up of a needle sticking a person’s arm

Twelve months ago, the world came together to support COVAX, a multilateral initiative co-convened by WHO and partners, to guarantee global access to COVID-19 vaccines. With the support of the international community, COVAX began securing financing, negotiating with vaccine developers and manufacturers, and addressing the logistics associated with rolling out the largest and most complex vaccination programme in history. Yet only 20% of people in low- and lower-middle-income countries have received a first dose of vaccine compared to 80% in high- and upper-middle income countries.

COVID-19 passport app

WHO has published guidance for countries on the technical requirements for issuing digital certificates for vaccination against COVID-19.

A nurse takes a man’s blood pressure.

Hypertension cases increased from 650 million to 1.28 billion in the last thirty years, according to the first comprehensive analysis in hypertension led by WHO and partners.

This WHO animation highlights the dangers of drowning and what we can all do to prevent it. An estimated 236,000 people drown every year, and drowning is among the ten leading causes of death for 5–14-year-old children.

A mother breastfeeding her baby.

UNICEF answers some common questions from new and expecting mothers to help provide the safest experience for you and your baby, about breastfeeding during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WHO invites us to learn about the development of vaccines. From clinic trials and emergency use listing to production, transportation, storage and final administration by local health workers – follow the journey of a vaccine.

A woman lies in bed next to her newborn.

This week, as countries around the world celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, the United Nations calls on all stakeholders to support breastfeeding. Breastfeeding provides every child with the best possible start in life. It delivers health, nutritional and emotional benefits to both children and mothers. And it forms part of a sustainable food system. But while breastfeeding is a natural process, it is not always easy. Mothers need support – both to get started and to sustain breastfeeding.

baby receiving oral vaccine

23 million children missed out on basic childhood vaccines through routine health services in 2020, the highest number since 2009 and 3.7 million more than in 2019. WHO/UNICEF data shows that a majority of countries last year experienced drops in childhood vaccination rates. Up to 17 million children – likely did not receive a single vaccine during the year, widening already immense inequities in vaccine access. Most of these children live in communities affected by conflict, in under-served remote places, or in informal or slum settings where they face multiple deprivations including limited access to basic health and key social services.

Boys sit on a barrier of the river while another is doing a mid-air flip into the river.

Every year, an estimated 236,000 people drown, making drowning a major public health problem worldwide. It is one of the leading causes of death for children and young people. Most of these deaths are preventable, through evidence-based, low-cost solutions. World Drowning Prevention Day (25 July) serves as a global advocacy event to highlight the tragic and profound impact of drowning on families and communities and to offer life-saving solutions to prevent it. Read about best practice recommendations for three interventions to prevent drowning that can be implemented at the community level.

A woman measures the circumference of a girl’s arm

Close to 2 million people are estimated to have been internally displaced by the conflict in Tigray, now in its eighth month. Some are staying within communities, others are sheltering in overcrowded public sites like schools. Brukti and 15 other trained nurses volunteer at the small makeshift health centre at one of these sites. About 20 to 30 patients come to the health centre every day. Resources are scarce across the board and the displaced rely heavily on help from the local community. The UN Refugee Agency, and partners support the camp coordination and management.