• Young TB scientists annual conference in Russian Federation
    22 young scientists presented their research findings in the field of tuberculosis (TB) control at the Annual Conference of Young TB Scientists held at the Central TB Research Institute traditionally devoted to  World TB Day.
  • Training improves European laboratories’ capacity to detect influenza
    As part of work to strengthen capacities for influenza diagnosis and surveillance in the WHO European Region, WHO/Europe conducted the annual training for laboratory staff on influenza virology in St Petersburg, Russian Federation, on 25–29 November 2013.
  • National action plan to improve ambulatory models of TB care in Belarus
    National specialists from Belarus, Estonia, Lithuania and Russian Federation shared their experiences in the control of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and discussed Belarus’ national action plan to improve ambulatory models for TB care at a workshop on 10–11 October 2013 in Minsk, Belarus.
  • This is hepatitis. … Know it. Confront it
    Countries across the WHO European Region highlighted the threat from this silent epidemic on World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2013. The group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D and E affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide and kills close to 1.4 million each year.
  • Centre for noncommunicable diseases discussed during visit of Russian Federation delegation
    The delegation – led by Dr S. Axelrod, deputy director of the department of international cooperation and public relations at the Ministry of Health – visited WHO/Europe on 19–21 August 2013.
  • Russian Federation helps strengthen malaria surveillance across Regions
    On 5-26 June 2013, in collaboration with Russian Federation institutes, WHO conducted the 6th international advanced course on malaria surveillance, monitoring and evaluation at the Martzinovski Institute of Medical Parasitology and Tropical Medicine. Upon completion, 13 participants from WHO Regional Offices for Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean Region developed recommendations on improving current malaria surveillance systems in their respective countries.
  • Tobacco or Health Forum in the Russian Federation
    On 31 May 2013, the Tobacco or Health Forum was organized in Kazan, Russian Federation, by the Parliamentarian Committee on Health Issues and Science. It was supported by the Ministry of Health and WHO. 
  • Vladimir Putin salutes the progress in improving perinatal health
    The 11th World Congress of Perinatal Medicine has just finished in Moscow. All participants as well as honourable guests, the President of the Russian Federation and the Minister of Health care of the Russian Federation  among them, emphasized the importance of exchange of experience in further improvement of maternal, perinatal and newborn health and achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
  • Russian Federation marks victory over smallpox
    Fifty five years ago, in 1958, the Soviet Union proposed a unique health campaign to eradicate smallpox. Doctors, scientists and governments around the world joined forces under the auspices of WHO to make the dream of a smallpox-free world a reality.
  • Post-2015 development agenda in focus on first day of World Health Assembly
    The Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly, WHO’s annual global meeting of ministers and senior health officials, opened on 20 May. It will discuss a draft global action plan for noncommunicable diseases, as well as action plans on mental health and the prevention of avoidable blindness and visual impairment. 
  • Plan to reach 25% reduction in road deaths in the Russian Federation
    An Advisory Board meeting for the Road Safety in 10 Countries Project (RS10) in the Russian Federation was held in Moscow on 27 March 2013. The 38 participants represented the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Interior, RS10 Consortium partners, social marketing and road safety experts and nongovernmental organizations.
  • Putin signs law banning smoking in public in the Russian Federation
    On 25 February 2013, President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation signed a tough new law into bill, a significant step forward that will result in large improvement in the health of its citizens.
  • Alcohol and tobacco use among young people falls in the Russian Federation
    Data published by WHO/Europe show a significant fall in alcohol and tobacco use by young people in the Russian Federation. The latest report from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study shows a decline in the number of 13-year-old girls who smoke at least once a week. Weekly smoking among 15-year-old boys and girls is also decreasing.
  • WHO/Europe and the Eurasian Economic Community sign agreement
    On 10 December 2012, Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, and Murat Musataev, Deputy Secretary General of the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC), signed an agreement to cooperate on health issues. 
  • WHO explores the possibility of expanding its supranational TB reference laboratory network to the Russian Federation
    Two WHO representatives conducted a mission on 27 September–5 October 2012 to assess the key TB laboratories in the Russian Federation and to explore the possibility of including one of them in the WHO supranational TB reference laboratory network.
  • Assisting countries in improving the quality of care during pregnancy and after delivery - new WHO tool finalized by experts in Moscow
    Good quality of primary health care is seen as the key to reducing maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality. Differences in care related to social status, gender and ethnicity are important contributors to inequity in health outcomes.
  • Union of Tobacco-free Cities launched in Russian Federation
    The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee and WHO announced on 25 October 2012 the creation of a Union of Tobacco-free Cities in the Russian Federation.
  • High-level delegation from Russian Federation visits WHO/Europe
    Senior officials from the Russian Federation’s ministries of health, finance and foreign affairs visited WHO/Europe on 22 October 2012. Their main purpose was to discuss the country’s increasing subregional role and the implementation of a subregional project funded by the Russian Federation in 2012–2013. Joint work on a range of topics – health-policy development, health-system strengthening and public health, national tobacco-control measures, road safety initiatives, the tuberculosis and HIV epidemics, and health information – was also on the agenda.
  • Forum promotes healthy lifestyles in the Russian Federation
    The first forum on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) prevention and healthy lifestyle promotion was held in Kazan, Russian Federation, on 10-11 October 2012.
  • WHO Goodwill Ambassador for elimination of leprosy visits Russian Federation and Ukraine
    From 28 June to 5 July, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for the elimination of leprosy, Mr Yohei Sasakawa, along with Dr Sumana Barua, WHO Global Leprosy Programme leader, visited the Russian Federation and Ukraine. The purpose of their visit was to gain a better understanding of the status of leprosy in these countries and to link the work of leprologists with global efforts to tackle the disease.
  • Russian road safety success celebrated at conference on Road Safety in 10 Countries project
    Thanks to a road safety campaign, the use of seat belts has increased from 57% to 78% among drivers and front-seat passengers in the Lipetsk region of the Russian Federation over an 18-month period. The campaign was launched as part of the Road Safety in 10 Countries project, coordinated by WHO.
  • AIDS 2012: growing HIV epidemic in eastern Europe and central Asia a concern
    Representatives from across the world gathered at a special session of the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) this week, to highlight the key issues in and solutions to the growing challenge of HIV in eastern Europe and central Asia.
  • High-level roundtable in Russian Federation focuses on tobacco as a major risk factor for noncommunicable disease
    Curbing tobacco use was the most important issue discussed at a roundtable on prevention of noncoummunicable disease (NCD) held for World No Tobacco Day, on 31 May 2012, in the State Duma of the Russian Federation. Initiated by the Parliamentarian Committees on Health Issues and Science, and supported by WHO and the Ministry of Health, the event brought together officials of the Ministry of Health, members of Parliament, international organizations and a number of medical experts of the Russian Federation.
  • WHO visits flood-affected region in the Russian Federation
    A team from WHO/Europe last week visited the flood-affected town of Krymsk in the Krasnodar region in the southern part of the Russian Federation to express solidarity with the local health authorities and offer WHO’s assistance in recovery. This photo story documents WHO’s assistance to the health authorities in Krymsk.
  • Making cities healthy for everyone: European mayors share experiences
    Over 300 mayors and municipal health leaders met in St Petersburg, Russian Federation on 14-16 June 2012 for the Annual Business and Technical Conference of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network and Network of European National Healthy Cities Networks. At the Conference, participants shared solutions for creating urban environments that nurture health and well-being throughout life.
  • Russian Federation supports Tajik campaign against diphtheria
    The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Tajikistan received a grant of US$ 1 million from the Russian Federation on 6 June, to support the second phase of a national campaign for diphtheria immunization targeting 2.5 million children and young people.
  • World Health Assembly, day 2: resolution on noncommunicable diseases approved
    A resolution on strengthening noncommunicable disease policies to promote active ageing was approved by countries on the second day of WHO’s global annual meeting.
  • 96 cities now designated in Phase V of Healthy Cities
    Congratulations to the cities of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ulyanovsk in the Russian Federation. They have been designated in Phase V of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network and will join other cities working toward the common goal of striving for health and healthy equity in all local policies.
  • Russian Federation to host Healthy Cities conference
    On 14–16 June 2012, the Russian Federation will host the fourth Annual Business and Technical Conference of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network and the Network of European National Healthy Cities Networks.
  • Major step forward in Russian tobacco control
    On the 18th of May, the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation submitted a strong and WHO FCTC based tobacco control legislation to the Russian Government.
  • Russian Federation to become a leading country in the Region to use strong graphic health warnings
    On Friday, the Ministry of Health issued a decree mandating graphic health warnings on all cigarette packs.
  • World Health Day events in Russian Federation promote healthy ageing
    Various events were organized to focus attention on this year’s topic of health and ageing, including an expert conference, public march for health and special lessons at kindergartens and schools provided by students of the University for Older People.   
  • Road safety project in Russian Federation targets speeding
    On 9 April 2012, WHO marked the beginning of a new phase in the road safety in 10 countries project, with the launch of a mass-media campaign to reduce speeding in Ivanovo Oblast, Russian Federation. 
  • Winter Games in Russian Federation to be smoke free
    The WHO Special Representative to the Russian Federation, Dr Luigi Migliorini, recently erected a no-smoking sign on the Olympic construction site in Sochi, Russian Federation.  The Olympic Organizing Committee and local government authorities are working together with WHO to make Sochi a smoke-free city by the time it hosts the Winter Olympic Games in 2014.
  • New HiT on Russian Federation
    The new HiT on the Russian Federation has just been published.
  • Exchange programme highlights road-safety developments in Turkey and Russian Federation
    The Road Safety in 10 Countries Project, RS10, focused on seat-belt use and speed control during its first stage. Meeting in Ankara, Turkey on 7–9 December 2011, members of the project teams in Turkey and the Russian Federation discussed progress so far.
  • WHO/Europe launches road map to halt spread of drug-resistant tuberculosis
    Today, WHO/Europe launches the road map to prevent and combat multidrug- and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (M/XDR-TB) for the 53 countries in the WHO European Region.
  • Effective action from countries and partners ensures European Region retains polio-free status
    The European Regional Certification Commission for Poliomyelitis Eradication (RCC) announced yesterday that Europe will retain its polio-free status after the importation of wild poliovirus type 1 in 2010.
  • WHO Epidemiological Brief 14: Measles outbreaks and importation of wild poliovirus in the European Region
    During 2011, measles outbreaks continue to occur in many Member States in the WHO European Region. As of 6 May, 38 countries had reported a total of 7028 confirmed cases. In August 2011, the European Regional Certification Committee for Poliomyelitis Eradication will review the outbreak response and status of poliomyelitis (polio) eradication in the Region.The central Asian republics, Azerbaijan and the Russian Federation are synchronizing rounds of supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) with trivalent oral polio vaccine (tOPV) during April and May 2011.
  • Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 launched in Russian Federation
    Today the campaign, "Decade of Action on road safety 2011-2020" was launched in hundreds of places around the world, including in Moscow.
  • 87 cities now designated in Phase V of Healthy Cities
    Congratulations to the cities of Dimitrovgrad and Velikiy Ustyug in Russia and Yalova in Turkey. They have been designated in Phase V of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network and will join other cities working toward the common goal of striving for health and healthy equity in all local policies.
  • Noncommunicable diseases on global health agenda
    The First Global Ministerial Conference on Healthy Lifestyles and Noncommunicable Disease Control took place in Moscow, Russian Federation on 28–29 April 2011. European delegations met before the Conference to discuss the WHO European Region’s challenges in and solutions to the problem.
  • Experts in Moscow discuss antibiotic resistance on World Health Day
    Experts in Moscow discuss antibiotic resistance on World Health Day A scientific seminar held in Moscow, Russian Federation was one of many events organized throughout the European Region on World Health Day to highlight the challenge of antibiotic resistance.
  • Eastern European countries to discuss common challenges and solutions for water and health issues
    Representatives of Belarus, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine will meet at a workshop in Minsk, Belarus, on 5-6 April 2011 to share experiences and discuss challenges related to the implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health.
  • Health update: nuclear reactor crisis in Japan
    WHO is cautioning people concerned about the radiation issues in Japan against self-medicating with potassium iodide or taking products containing iodine. According to Russian authorities, radiation levels in the eastern provinces of the Russian Federation remain normal.
  • Russian Federation to issue pictoral warnings on cigarette packages
    WHO/Europe, together with the International Confederation of Consumers’ Unions, the Eurasian Network of Oncologists and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine held a press conference today on the introduction of pictorial warnings on cigarette packaging in the Russian Federation.
  • Response to polio outbreak commended
    The European Regional Certification Commission for Poliomyelitis Eradication (RCC) commended countries’ actions to stop poliovirus transmission after a large outbreak in Tajikistan in 2010. Meeting in St Petersburg, Russian Federation, on 26–27 January 2011, the RCC added that long-term structural and system issues need to be addressed.
  • 4 countries release data on exposure to second-hand smoke
    Key findings of tobacco surveys in Poland, the Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine show that non-smokers’ exposure to second-hand smoke is alarmingly high in the hospitality sector, workplace and home.
  • Russian Federation celebrates anniversary of smallpox eradication
    To celebrate the anniversary of smallpox eradication, the WHO Country Office, Russian Federation organized a meeting for former WHO staff who contributed to this historical accomplishment.
  • World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims in the Russian Federation
    On the occasion of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, the Regional Administration of Lipetskaya Oblast, the Regional Police Department and WHO organized an event in Lipetsk on 21 November 2010.
  • WHO/Europe forging closer links with St Petersburg
    Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, met city leaders in St Petersburg, Russian Federation yesterday to discuss WHO support for tuberculosis initiatives and St Petersburg’s interest in joining the WHO Healthy Cities network.
  • WHO and the Russian Federation
    WHO/Europe and the Government of the Russian Federation work together in many areas to improve health. This year, the WHO Regional Committee for Europe will meet in Moscow.
  • Russian Federation: no remaining health risks from extreme heat-wave and wildfires
    The exceptional situation of a severe heat-wave and air pollution due to wildfires in many regions of the Russian Federation has been declared over.
  • Extreme heat-wave and wildfires cause public health concerns in the Russian Federation
    Wildfires that started in mid-July 2010 in the Central and Volga federal districts of the Russian Federation have produced a dense plume of smoke over hundreds of kilometres. The situation is aggravated by the continuing heat-wave.
  • World Health Day
    A WHO book exhibition was opened on 7 April 2010 in the Russian State Library in Moscow, the largest library in Europe.
  • Visit by WHO Regional Director for Europe
    On 16 March 2010, the WHO Regional Director for Europe, Zsuzsanna Jakab, visited the Russian Federation.