What's a Threat to Our Health Worldwide? WHO's Top 10

Climate change, a pushback on vaccination, and dengue all make the list
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2019 9:55 AM CST
Updated Jan 20, 2019 12:45 PM CST
What's a Threat to Our Health Worldwide? WHO's Top 10
On the WHO's list of health challenges: a pushback against vaccination.   (Getty Images/Davizro)

The World Health Organization has a five-year plan—one that it hopes will help billions of people obtain universal health coverage, be taken care of in health emergencies, and enjoy better health overall. To that end, the WHO has whittled down the world's biggest health challenges, coming up with a top 10 list of issues that need immediate addressing. Here, the problems we need to come together on en masse sooner rather than later, including "vaccine hesitancy."

  • 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
Read more here on the impact of each of these threats. (The world's healthiest and least healthy countries.)

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