Communicable diseases

Socioeconomic, environmental and behavioural factors, as well as international travel and migration, foster and increase the spread of communicable diseases. Vaccine-preventable, foodborne, zoonotic, health care-related and communicable diseases pose significant threats to human health and may sometimes threaten international health security. In cooperation with governments, WHO/Europe develops norms and standards, guidance and public health tools to help countries implement effective disease prevention and control programmes and address their risk factors.

WHO/Europe progress challenge communicable disease public health

Top story

Time for revamped commitment by all to end TB

Despite significant progress made, tuberculosis (TB) remains the top infectious killer worldwide. In the WHO European Region, the number of new TB patients has decreased at an average rate of 4.3% yearly over the last decade. But revamped political commitment for immediate and bold actions will still be needed to end TB by 2030.


New guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infection

More HIV/AIDS multimedia

World Antibiotic Awareness Week

13–19 November 2017