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Today is #WorldHealthDay.
#Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
If you think you have depression, talk to someone you trust & seek professional help - #LetsTalk

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Six candidates have been proposed by Member States of WHO for the position of WHO Director-General

The Government of Ethiopia has submitted the nomination of Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
The Government of Italy has submitted the nomination of Dr Flavia Bustreo
The Government of France has submitted the nomination of Prof Philippe Douste-Blazy
The Government of the United Kingdom has submitted the nomination of Dr David Nabarro
The Government of Pakistan has submitted the nomination of Dr Sania Nishtar
The Government of Hungary has submitted the nomination of Dr Miklós Szócska

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As the rainy season begins in the city of #Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, the biggest ever #yellowfever emergency #vaccination campaign in Africa is drawing to a close. More than 7 million people in Kinshasa province have been successfully vaccinated in the last 2 weeks. But in the country’s remote areas on the #Angola border, the campaign is still being rolled out, targeting a further 3 million people at risk with the aim of ending this #outbreak of the potentially fatal disease.
#DRC #health
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A massive #polio vaccination campaign is underway all over #Afghanistan. Over 9.5 million children will receive the polio vaccine and also vitamin A to boost their immune system.
This little boy is holding up his pinky finger marked with indelible ink to show he has just received his polio vaccine.

Photo: WHO/S.Ramo

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Today is World Hepatitis Day!
Know #hepatitis: What is hepatitis? Are you at risk?
Act now: Get tested. Demand treatment.

#health #WorldHepatitisDay #liver
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Have you ever heard of yaws? It’s an infectious disease that mainly affects children living in poor, remote communities.
The good news? We have a cure that works, and we are working for a world free of yaws by 2020.

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Breathe life. Let's tackle air pollution.
Do you walk to work? Bike to school?
How have you contributed to better air quality?

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Today is World #NoTobacco‬  Day. Tobacco kills 6 million people every year. Today, some governments around the world are working to introduce plain packaging (prohibit the use of logos, colours, brand images or promotional info) to reduce the attractiveness of tobacco products.
Reducing tobacco use can save lives. Get ready for plain packaging.

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The 69th World Health Assembly starts Monday!
The Assembly is where WHO's work is reviewed, new goals are set, and new tasks assigned.
Follow hashtag #WHA69 to join the conversations.

#health #publichealth #globalhealth

Photo: WHO/V. Martin

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Global life expectancy increased by 5 years between 2000 and 2015, the fastest increase since the 1960s!
The increase was greatest in Africa, where life expectancy increased by 9.4 years to 60 years, driven mainly by improvements in child survival, progress in malaria control and expanded access to antiretrovirals for treatment of HIV.
However, major inequalities persist within and among countries.
The WHO World #HealthStatistics  report 2016 is monitoring #HealthData‬  for the Sustainable Development Goals #GlobalGoals
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