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WHO makes progress in health

2 WHO Director General Margaret Chan

2 WHO Director General Margaret Chan

GENEVA - World Health Organization (WHO) technical leadership and multiple partners say together they have made tremendous progress in the 10 years of public health from the year 2007 to 2017.

In the letter by WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, health and life expectancy have improved nearly everywhere.

“Millions of lives have been saved. The number of people dying from malaria and HIV has been cut in half. WHO efforts to stop TB saved 49 million lives since the start of this century. In 2015, the number of child deaths dropped below 6 million for the first time, a 50% decrease in annual deaths since 1990. Every day 19000 fewer children die. We are able to count these numbers because of the culture of measurement and accountability instilled in WHO,” she says.

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Vaccination Week puts health in people’s hands

1 Child being vaccinated

1 Child being vaccinated

MASERU- All countries on the African continent are expected to be part of this year’s African Vaccination Week, joining the rest of the world in commemorating the World Immunization Week, which is held every year during the last week of April.

Vaccination Week will be held from 24 to 29 April under this year’s theme: ‘Health Is in the Hands of the People’ to raise awareness of the significance of timeous vaccinations against preventable childhood diseases, the life-saving value of immunization, and encourage families to vaccinate their children to prevent diseases, increase vaccination coverage and help transform the lives of millions of children, giving them a chance to grow up healthy.

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