WHO: Ten threats to global health in 2019

15 January, 2019

From the WHO website:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/ten-threats-to-global-health-in-2019

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The world is facing multiple health challenges. These range from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and diphtheria, increasing reports of drug-resistant pathogens, growing rates of obesity and physical inactivity to the health impacts of environmental pollution and climate change and multiple humanitarian crises.

To address these and other threats, 2019 sees the start of the World Health Organization’s new 5-year strategic plan – the 13th General Programme of Work. This plan focuses on a triple billion target: ensuring 1 billion more people benefit from access to universal health coverage, 1 billion more people are protected from health emergencies and 1 billion more people enjoy better health and well-being. Reaching this goal will require addressing the threats to health from a variety of angles.

Here are 10 of the issues that will demand attention from WHO and health partners in 2019.

Air pollution and climate change

Noncommunicable diseases

Global influenza pandemic

Fragile and vulnerable settings

Antimicrobial resistance

Ebola and other high-threat pathogens

Weak primary health care

Vaccine hesitancy

Dengue

HIV

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