10 threats to global health in 2018

From Mosul to Cox’s Bazar, cholera to plague, 2017 was full of health emergencies caused by conflict, natural disasters and disease outbreaks. But 2018 could be even worse if we don’t prepare, prevent and respond in time. The World Health Organization continues to tackle disease outbreaks and other health emergencies worldwide in 2018, but operations are underfunded and needs continue to grow. These are just some of the threats to global health that we are likely to face. Many of these crises are entirely preventable, and often man-made.

Pandemic Influenza

A presentation about influenza in Nepal (2010)

Health in conflict

A doctor in a health facility in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2005)

Cholera

Posters being hung on a wall as part of social mobilization efforts to support an oral cholera vaccination campaign in Kinshasa (2016)

Diphtheria

Rohingya children in Jamtoli settlement, Bangladesh (2017)

Malaria

Children in bed under insecticide treated bed nets in Timor Leste (2013)

Natural Disasters

A WHO health worker at the site of mudslides on Sugar Loaf Mountain in Freetown, Sierra Leone (2017).

Meningitis

Children in southern Malawi (2015)

Yellow Fever

Health workers prepare vaccines on the first day of a yellow fever vaccination campaign in Kinshasa (2016)

Malnutrition

The arm of a child is measured as part of screening for malnutrition at a mobile clinic in Marawi, Philippines 2017. ©WHO/F. Tanggol

Food poisoning

A food inspector conducts a random inspection at a market in the Philippines (2017)

Ten threats to global health in 2019

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The World Health Organization provides global leadership in public health within the United Nations system. Founded in 1948, WHO works with 194 Member States, across six regions and from more than 150 offices, to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable.