Tackling drug resistance

Arrow hits the bulls-eye of a target with slogan: drug resistance

21 February 2011 - Antimicrobial resistance is becoming more dangerous - for example multidrug-resistant tuberculosis causes at least 150 000 deaths annually. A new fact sheet provides examples of what can be done to reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance. In the run up to World Health Day, the fact sheet highlights the importance of countries taking action today to protect the medicines of tomorrow.

New-generation vaccine to save lives

A nurse giving the pneumococcal vaccine to a child during the launch ceremony in Nairobi for the vaccine's introduction in Kenya
GAVI/Riccardo Gangale

14 February 2011 - An innovative vaccine will protect children against pneumococcal disease, which causes life-threatening illnesses such as pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis. Kenya is the fourth country to roll out the vaccine as part of its immunization programme. In the past three months, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone and Yemen have also introduced the vaccine.

Reducing harmful alcohol use

A store employee places sale tags on merchandise in a liquor store
AP Photo/Steve Helber

11 February 2011 - Harmful use of alcohol results in the death of 2.5 million people annually. The newly published Global status report on alcohol and health analyses alcohol consumption in over 100 individual country profiles. This evidence should allow countries to create policies to save lives and reduce the health impact of harmful alcohol drinking.

Disease outbreak news

Information about disease outbreaks

Emergencies and disasters

Health action in crises


Director-General and senior management


Constitution, Executive Board and World Health Assembly

WHO guidelines

A selection of evidence-based guidelines

fact buffet


7.6 milliondeaths from cancer worldwide in 2008.

Read the cancer fact sheet

Cardiovascular diseases

29%of global deaths due to cardiovascular diseases.

Read the cardiovascular diseases fact sheet


220 millionpeople have diabetes worldwide.

Read the diabetes fact sheet

WHO highlights

  • 15 February 2011

    100th anniversary of International Women's Day

    March 8th, 2011 marks the 100th celebration of International Women's Day. Tell us what you think have been the greatest advances in, and contributions to, women's health over the past 100 years by submitting your suggestions.

  • 14 February 2011

    An epidemiologist in Haiti

    Read the firsthand experiences of an epidemiologist from Canada who was assigned to one of Haiti's cholera stricken provinces. Hundreds of additional health experts were required in Haiti to respond to the cholera outbreak last year.

Corporate resources