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WHO Results Report Programme Budget 2018-2019

Report

The Programme budget 2018–2019 was last and the largest of the three Programme budgets (2014–2019) of the Twelfth General Programme of Work, 2014–2019. The Health Assembly-approved Programme budget 2018–2019 totalled US$ 4422 million and was presented in two distinct segments.

Published by: World Health Organization

Policy Brief: COVID-19 and the Need for Action on Mental Health

Policy brief

Although the COVID-19 crisis is, in the first instance, a physical health crisis, it has the seeds of a major mental health crisis as well, if action is not taken. Good mental health is critical to the functioning of society at the best of times. It must be front and centre of every country’s response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The mental health and wellbeing of whole societies have been severely impacted by this crisis and are a priority to be addressed urgently.

Published by: United Nations

World Health Statistics 2020: A visual summary

Report

The World Health Statistics 2020 summarizes recent trends in life expectancy and reports on progress towards the main health and health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and associated targets. It also assesses the current availability of those data, and describes how WHO is supporting countries to improve health information systems and global health security. The 2020 edition also includes four indicators (relating to poliomyelitis, hypertension and obesity in adults and school age children) from the Thirteenth General Programme of Work 2019−2023 (GPW13).

Published by: World Health Organization

World Health Statistics 2020: Monitoring health for the SDGs

Report

The World Health Statistics 2020 summarizes recent trends in life expectancy and reports on progress towards the main health and health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and associated targets. It also assesses the current availability of those data, and describes how WHO is supporting countries to improve health information systems and global health security. The 2020 edition also includes four indicators (relating to poliomyelitis, hypertension and obesity in adults and school age children) from the Thirteenth General Programme of Work 2019−2023 (GPW13).

Published by: World Health Organization

World Health Data Platform

Database

The latest data and reports including the Global Health Observatory, Triple Billion targets, COVID-19 situation, and equity monitoring. 

 

Published by: World Health Organization

WHO statement: Tobacco use and COVID-19

Publication

Tobacco kills more than 8 million people globally every year. More than 7 million of these deaths are from direct tobacco use and around 1.2 million are due to non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. Tobacco smoking is a known risk factor for many respiratory infections and increases the severity of respiratory diseases. A review of studies by public health experts convened by WHO on 29 April 2020 found that smokers are more likely to develop severe disease with COVID-19, compared to non-smokers.

Published by: World Health Organization

COVID-19 and the use of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and receptor blockers

Article

Concerns exists that angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) increase susceptibility to coronavirus SARS CoV-2 (the viral agent that causes the disease COVID-19) and the likelihood of severe COVID-19 illness. These concerns are based on considerations of biological plausibility, and the observation that there is an overrepresentation of patients with hypertension and other cardiovascular comorbidities among patients with COVID-19 who have poor outcomes.

Published by: World Health Organization

Community-based health care, including outreach and campaigns,in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

Guide

The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging health systems across the world. Rapidly increasing demand for care of people with COVID-19 is compounded by fear, misinformation and limitations on the movement of people and supplies that disrupt the delivery of frontline health care for all people.

Published by: World Health Organization

Policy Brief: A Disability-Inclusive Response to COVID-19

Policy brief

The global crisis of COVID-19 is deepening pre-existing inequalities, exposing the extent of exclusion and highlighting that work on disability inclusion is imperative. People with disabilities—one billion people— are one of the most excluded groups in our society and are among the hardest hit in this crisis in terms of fatalities.

 

Published by: World Health Organization

Frequently Asked Questions: Breastfeeding and COVID-19- For health care workers

Guide

The interim guidance and FAQ reflect: i. the available evidence regarding transmission risks of COVID-19 through breastmilk; ii. the protective effects of breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact, and, iii. the harmful effects of inappropriate use of infant formula milk. The FAQ also draws on other WHO recommendations on Infant and Young Child Feeding and the Interagency Working Group Operational Guidance on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies. A decision tree shows how these recommendations may be implemented by health workers in maternity services and community settings, as part of daily work with mothers and families.

Published by: World Health Organization

New FAQs address healthcare workers questions on breastfeeding and COVID-19

Article

Mothers and healthcare workers who support them have many questions and concerns about whether it is safe for mothers with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 to be close to and breastfeed their babies during the pandemic. To address their questions, WHO has released a list of Frequently asked questions: Breastfeeding and COVID-19.

Published by: World Health Organization

Q&A on COVID-19 and breastfeeding

Fact sheet

A Q&A page on COVID-19 and breastfeeding.

 

 

Published by: World Health Organization

The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in patients with COVID-19

Concerns have been raised that NSAIDs may be associated with an increased risk of adverse effects when used in patients with acute viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19.1,2 This review aimed to assess the effects of prior and current use of NSAIDs in patients with acute viral respiratory infections on acute severe adverse events (including mortality, the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), acute organ failure, and opportunistic infections), on acute health care utilization (including hospitalization, intensive care unit (ICU) admission, supplemental oxygen therapy, and mechanical ventilation) as well as on quality of life and long-term survival.

Published by: World Health Organization

WHO Technical specifications for automated non-invasive blood pressure measuring devices with cuff

Report

The document updates WHO’s 2005 guidance on blood pressure measuring devices (BPMDs). It also responds to concern about the lack of accurate, good-quality devices, especially in low-and middle-income countries (LMIC) through technical consultation and expert review. The focus of the publication is on automated non-invasive BPMDs with cuff, including characteristics, regulatory requirements and standards, calibration as well as maintenance. It also provides guidance on procurement, decontamination and decommissioning. Additional elements on accurate measurement of BP and training for personnel are included.

 

Published by: World Health Organization

HEARTS D: diagnosis and management of type 2 diabetes

Guide

This new HEARTS – D module on Diagnosis and management of type 2 diabetes complements and expands the diabetes section of the HEARTS Technical Package developed for use in primary health-care facilities to improve cardiovascular health. This module brings together WHO guidance on diagnosis, classification and management of type 2 diabetes in one document. It is aligned with the WHO Package of Essential Noncommunicable Disease Interventions in Primary Health Care (WHO-PEN) and can be used independently or in conjunction with the other modules of the HEARTS technical package.

Published by: World Health Organization

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