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World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August all over the globe to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.
The theme for 2017 World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) has been announced: Sustaining Breastfeeding Together. ILCA is partnering with organizations around the globe – including United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO), International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), La Leche League International (LLLI), The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM), Wellstart International, the Global Goals, and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) – to promote the role that breastfeeding plays in valuing our wellbeing.
Read the full statement by the UN Special Rapporteurs on the Right to Food, Right to Health, the Working Group on Discrimination against Women in law and in practice, and the Committee on the Rights of the Child in support of increased efforts to promote, support and protect breast-feeding.
Some 325 million people were living with chronic hepatitis infections worldwide in 2015. Use of contaminated injection equipment in health-care settings accounts for a large number of hepatitis B and C virus infections worldwide. On World Hepatitis Day, WHO is calling on countries to continue to eliminate hepatitis through injection safety practices and increased health services.
Find out more about Hepatitus here.
“WHO’s work is about serving people, about serving humanity. It’s about serving people regardless of where they live, be it in developing or developed countries, small islands or big nations, urban or rural settings. It’s about serving people regardless of who they are. Poor or rich, displaced or disabled, elderly or the youth. Most importantly, it’s about fighting to ensure the health of people as a basic human right.”
– Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ first address as WHO Director-General
Five top priorities
Investing in health targets within the Sustainable Development Goals could prevent 97 million premature deaths globally between now and 2030.
Worldwide, there are around 1 in 6 elderly people that suffer from some form of abuse, this has been predicted to rise.
Many people came together to donate blood following Nepals Earthquake in 2015, however Nepal already had a large supply of blood due to previous blood donations over the years.
New tuberculosis (TB) ethics guidance, launched today by the WHO, aims to protect the rights of all those affected. TB, the world’s top infectious disease killer, claims 5 000 lives every day.
As part of one of the largest polio vaccination campaigns in Africa, 190 000 vaccinators in 13 countries will immunize 116 million children to tackle the last remaining stronghold of the disease on the continent.
Worldwide, as water resources become scarce, urban centres expand and demand for food increases, wastewater reuse is becoming more attractive and viable.
New WHO (World Health Organization) figures indicate that each year 8.8 million people die from cancer, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. One problem is that many cancer cases are diagnosed too late. Even in countries with optimal health systems and services, many cancer cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when they are harder to treat successfully.
Nearly 800 million people remain chronically undernourished and 159 million children under 5 years of age are stunted. Approximately 50 million children under 5 years are wasted, over two billion people suffer from micronutrient deficiencies and 1.9 billion people are affected by overweight of which over 600 million are obese. The prevalence of overweight and obesity is increasing in nearly all countries.