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"World Health Minute" 15 May, 2017

News Highlights
Chelsea Clinton on drawbacks of global health funding, WHO slippage and priorities for next Too tight a concentration of donors with their own individual priorities sometimes means they don’t match the world’s needs. WHO should have an access to information policy and an inspector-general office which reports to WHO board. It should also get outbreak preparedness and response right and support countries’ efforts to reach universal health coverage
China H7N9 bird flu death toll fell to 24 in April: health authority China reported 24 human fatalities from H7N9 bird flu in April, the national health authority said, compared with 47 deaths in March. It also reported 81 cases of human infection from H7N9 bird flu for last month. China has reported 211 deaths from H7N9 bird flu in the first four months of the year so far. That is almost three times higher than the human fatalities from the strain for the whole of 2016
More than 1 mn tuberculosis patients lack adequate nutrition Undernutrition increases the severity of TB, reduces a patients’ speed of recovery, and increases their chances of suffering side effects from the medicine, and the likelihood of their becoming one of the 480,000 Indian lives that TB claims each year
Preparedness, surveillance and response
China H7N9 bird flu death toll fell to 24 in April: health authority
China reported 24 human fatalities from H7N9 bird flu in April, the national health authority said, compared with 47 deaths in March. It also reported 81 cases of human infection from H7N9 bird flu for last month. China has reported 211 deaths from H7N9 bird flu in the first four months of the year so far. That is almost three times higher than the human fatalities from the strain for the whole of 2016
Presence of poliovirus in Islamabad raises alarm
Pakistan’s Minister of State for Health expressed her concern over the third consecutive positive environmental sample originating from Islamabad indicating the presence of poliovirus. She called for stronger coordinated efforts between the Rawalpindi and Islamabad teams to avert the risk of polio cases in the district
New Case of Rat Lungworm Reported on Big Island
A new case of rat lungworm disease has been reported in Hawaii. The local department of health confirmed the case Thursday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases state-wide to fifteen 
Ebola Returns, and Central Africa’s Virus Hunters Are Ready
MSF is sending 14 people to meet a 10-person team from the DRC’s Health Ministry. A cargo plane carrying 16 tons of medical and logistical supplies is on the way from Kinshasa to meet them. On the ground the MSF team will start administering care, potentially building a clinic. They may work with locals to do triage and surveillance, along with representatives from the World Health Organization. Bas-Uele is rural and poorly mapped so MSF want to crowdsource a mapping project. That way they won’t miss a lot of villages some people just don’t know about 
An outbreak of Ebola has been confirmed in Bas-Uele province of the DRC
The DRC Minister of Health, Dr Oly Illunga Kalenga, told the World Health Organization about an outbreak of the Ebola Virus in Likati health district more than 1300KMs from Kinshasa in the northern DRC, following confirmation of the disease by the National Biomedical Research Institute. Since April 22 there have been 9 suspected EVD cases reported including 3 deaths in the Likati health district, a 33.3% death rate according to a WHO official assessment 
Yemen`s cholera outbreak kills 51 people in two weeks: WHO
A cholera outbreak in Yemen has killed more than 51 people since April 27, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, more than double the toll of 25 reported three days ago. WHO said there are 2,752 suspected cholera cases and 58 more are confirmed as having the diarrheal disease 
Chikungunya: epidemia vai se agravar até junho
Ceara - the chikungunya epidemic will severely worsen between now and June, according to experts. In the last health department bulletin there were 13,312 confirmed cases, including five deaths. But, as experts indicated, a large number of cases do not go to the doctor for diagnosis and it is difficult to diagnose the disease by prognosis alone 
NYSC Corps Member Dies Of Lassa Fever In Cross River
Nigerian health authorities are reporting a death from Lassa Fever in the Cross River region and state they are taking action to control any spread
En Cajamarca reportan 187 casos de dengue
The dengue outbreak that has hit Tumbes, Piura and Lambayeque has now spread into the neighbouring region of Cajamarca. So far there have been 187 cases recorded, of which 71 correspond to patients in the Chilete district, the rest have been recorded in Jaen province, according to the Epidemiological director for the region 
Alerta sanitaria que vive Piura y el norte
The major health alert in the Piura and northern Peru region is still in effect with 19 deaths due to dengue, 2,700 confirmed dengue cases at least 10,900 probable cases
Chiapas is the state recording the highest number of dengue cases (158), according to health authorities, Veracruz is in second place with 127 cases
For the seventh week in a row the Mexican municipality of Alvarado recorded the most cases of dengue in the state of Veracruz. Chiapas is the state recording the highest number of dengue cases (158), according to health authorities, Veracruz is in second place with 127 cases
BH tem mais de 30 casos de chikungunya confirmados em 2017
Belo Horizonte health authorities said that there have been 38 confirmed cases of chikungunya in 2017 to date with 13,342 probable cases of the disease, this represents an increase of 4,373% over the same period last year. Belo Horizonte has seen 474 cases of dengue to date, with 1,580 cases still under investigation. Nine cases of Zika have been confirmed in the capital of Minas Gerais and a further 15 cases are under investigation
Secretária da Saúde confirma que Fortaleza já vive uma epidemia de chikungunya
The health secretary for the Brazilian city of Fortaleza confirmed that the capital is going through an epidemic of chikungunya during an interview with Radio Tribuna. Official data indicates that there have been more than 11,000 cases reported of which 5,000 have been confirmed
South Africa: Malaria Claims Lives in Gauteng, Mpumalanga
The Limpopo Department of Health confirmed there have been around 20 deaths from malaria in Gauteng and Mpumalanga over the last five months and that there have been around 950 cases of malaria reported since the start of the year. The Daily Maverick also reported that the outbreak has been aggravated by international shortages of medicines and by seasonal timing 
Áncash: se han confirmado 441 casos de dengue en la región
Cases of dengue carry on rising in some parts of Peru. Ancash health authorities confirm 441 cases of dengue. The province of El Santa remains most affected with 439 patients infected. Elsewhere across the region there were 287 dengue patients in the district of Coischo, in Chimbote there were 101 dengue sufferers and Nuevo Chimbote has a further 45 cases. The health authorities said 581 people developed probable symptoms of dengue during March and April 
Aumentan a 259 los casos de muertes por fiebre amarilla en Brasil
Health authorities in Brazil announced 259 people have died from yellow fever since last December. They said another 47 cases are being investigated and a further 115 cases have been rejected as having been caused by yellow fever. Yellow fever has been detected in 115 districts of Brazil, with the largest clusters of cases located in the Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo states, in the south east region of the country. Health bulletins say there are 3,175 possible cases of yellow fever across the country, 1787 cases have been discarded, 756 cases confirmed and a further 622 cases are awaiting conclusive results
Dengue cases on the rise
Kerala – health authorities said that there have been twenty five cases of dengue reported over the last 12 days. So far, to date, there have been 72 dengue cases reported this year. As many as 38 leptospirosis and 77 cases of hepatitis A have been recorded 
More swine flu cases in 2017 than entire last year, but death rate lowest ever
There have been more swine flu cases and deaths in the first four months of 2017 in India than all of 2016. The number of cases year-on-year is five-fold higher than last year. There have been 8,648 confirmed cases and 345 deaths up to May 7th, compared to 1,786 cases and 265 deaths last year, according to the health ministry. Tamil Nadu accounts for close to one-third of the total swine flu cases and Maharashtra accounted for more than half the deaths nationwide. Gujarat is the worst hit state with one in four persons diagnosed with H1N1 dying
Yemen declares state of emergency in Sanaa over cholera
Officials in the Yemeni capital Sanaa declared a state of emergency after an outbreak of cholera which has killed dozens of people. Yemen’s health ministry called on humanitarian organizations and other aid donors to help it deal with the epidemic and avert an unprecedented disaster. The health system, severely degraded by more than two years of war that has displaced millions, cannot cope, the state news agency Saba said 
Health systems
Health ministry, Novartis sign accord
Pakistan’s Ministry of Health signed an MoU agreement with Novartis Access to provide a basket of high-quality medicines in the public sector targeting four key non-communicable diseases – cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory illnesses and breast cancer. The agreement will help the most deserving to gain access to high-quality treatment at low cost to lessen the impact of chronic diseases in this developing nation
WHO calls for immediate action to save lives in Somalia
WHO commended the government of the UK for its hosting of an international conference on Somalia but it also sounded an alarm that there is a huge crisis due to the destruction of crops due to drought, famine, disease and health insecurity due to cholera outbreaks. It called on the international community to raise money to urgently overcome the chronic shortage of funding for life-saving work in Somalia before crisis turns into a
More Children and Women Dying in Venezuela as Economy Collapses
Venezuela’s collapsing economy is taking a toll on its population’s health, with more children and women dying and various diseases skyrocketing amid persistent shortages of everything from medicine to drinking water. The country recorded 756 cases of maternal deaths in 2016, up 66% from the previous year according to data from the ministry of health. Infant deaths rose 30% to 11,466 cases in 2016 from 8,812 deaths the previous year 
Migrants fleeing Central America face near-certain violence, charity says
MSF said that almost all of the estimated 500,000 migrants who travel into Mexico each year, fleeing poverty and danger in Central America, are victims of violence along their journey. Medical care, treatment for sexual violence and mental health services along the route are limited or non-existent, the report said 
WHO wants transparency, market revamp for fairer drug pricing
The world needs greater transparency on the pricing of medicines, and an overhaul of some approaches, in order to increase access to life-saving drugs, global health experts said. The problem has become global, WHO’s Suzanna Hill said, ‘many of these drugs are now on the WHO model list of essential medicines but their high price is limiting access’
More disruptions feared from cyber attack; Microsoft slams government secrecy
A global cyberattack has hit more than 1-5 of all UK hospitals, forced a European carmaker to halt some production lines, struck schools in China and hospitals in Indonesia. Capitalising on spying tools believed to have been developed by the U.S. National Security Agency, the assault infected tens of thousands of computers in 104 countries, with Britain’s health system suffering the worst known disruption
The Health Care Bill’s Insults to Women
The New York Times Editorial Board attacks the planned GOP Health Care Bill as being discriminatory to women. It lists many examples to back up its case: stripping funding from planned parenthood, eliminating essential services such as mammograms, birth control and prenatal and maternity care, mental health and prescription drugs may be ‘optional’ at a state-by-state level and Medicaid is slashed by $880bn. Almost half of all births in the USA are covered by Medicaid, and 75% of all publicly funded family planning services 
Roche vs Indian Pharma: The battle for a cheaper cancer drug
On April 25, the Competition Commission of India released an order opening an investigation against Roche for blocking the entry of biosimilar versions of Trastuzumab, globally sold under the brand name Herceptin. The CCI’s 36-page order notes that prima facie it appears that Roche used its dominant position to influence regulators and medical professionals against prescribing the biosimilar versions of Trastuzumab manufactured by several Indian drug makers, including Biocon and Mylan. The two companies complained that Roche’s anti-competitive measures ranged from suing the Indian regulator for granting approval to manufacture biosimilars to selectively using the court’s observations to ‘intimidate’ doctors, chemists and state hospitals 
Communicable diseases
HIV/AIDS mortality rate surges by 11pc, says report
The mortality rate for HIV/Aids in Pakistan has surged despite receiving more funds than demanded to stem the spread of the disease, says the report of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. It said that there has been an 11% increase in the mortality rate in Pakistan, whereas, worldwide, deaths due to the disease declined at a rate of 1.5% between 2000 and 2013
In Chhattisgarh, HIV-positive women give birth to healthy babies
During 2016-17 multi-medicine treatment was administered on the 219 pregnant women who had been found to be HIV positive. Anti-retroviral medicines were provided and the pregnancies monitored through public sector hospitals. After delivery 213 of the 219 women gave birth to healthy babies
People With HIV Are Living 10 Years Longer
More people are living longer lives with HIV, according to a new report published in the Lancet HIV that includes data from more than 88,000 people from 18 countries. People who contracted the virus in recent years are living 10 years longer than people who were infected in the mid-1990s. The report indicates the introduction of anti-HIV drugs beginning in the early 1990s has played a large role in helping people live longer with HIV 
West Africa Ebola vaccine trial aims to strengthen local health systems
Health experts say they are confident that West African countries whose health systems were crippled by the 2014 Ebola crisis are able to conduct meaningful research in the phase two critical trial of Ebola vaccine candidates, now underway. The trials in Guinea, Liberia and later Sierra Leone, are testing three vaccination strategies and two vaccines to identify which holds the most promise
Ebola vaccine could get first real-world test in emerging outbreak
An outbreak of Ebola in the DRC was confirmed by the World Health Organization on 12th May. Now health officials are considering whether to deploy an experimental Ebola vaccine against the outbreak, for the first time since the WHO gave its preliminary approval in April. The aid group MSF is discussing a potential vaccination campaign with the Congolese government, an MSF spokesperson says. This would require the approval of the WHO, which has not yet decided whether to call on the approved experimental vaccine or others in development
More than 1 mn tuberculosis patients lack adequate nutrition
Undernutrition increases the severity of TB, reduces a patients’ speed of recovery, and increases their chances of suffering side effects from the medicine, and the likelihood of their becoming one of the 480,000 Indian lives that TB claims each year
New Hepatitis C Infections Reach 15-Year High
Preliminary surveillance data released by the CDC shows that the number of reported hepatitis C virus cases has almost tripled in number from 2011-15 reaching a 15 year high. The CDC attributes the rising numbers among younger individuals primarily to injection drug use related to the ongoing opioid epidemic in the USA. However, younger individuals are not the most affected by HCV, Baby Boomers are
Non communicable diseases
Mental illness can lead to cardiovascular disease, says a new study
A recent study led by King’s College London researchers shows that people with severe mental illness are at a substantially increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease when compared to the rest of the general population
Chronic illness in children linked to mental health issues later
A recent report analysed 37 medical studies to find a link between chronic childhood physical illnesses, including asthma, cancer, chronic renal failure, congenital heart disease, cystic fibrosis, type 1 diabetes, epilepsy and arthritis and emotional problems later in life. Researchers found that all the children reviewed who had experienced chronic conditions in childhood were at an increased risk of developing depression or anxiety and emotional problems that continued throughout adulthood
Smoking only in social situations may still be tied to heart problems
So-called social smokers who only light up on special occasions may have some of the same risks for heart disease as people with a daily cigarette habit, a new U.S. study suggests. Compared with non-smokers, social smokers were more than twice as likely to have high-blood pressure and 53% more likely to have elevated cholesterol than non-smokers. So that worked out at about the same percentage risk as those who were current smokers
6m Nigerians Susceptible to Diabetes, Warns Global Panel
A panel set up to seek solutions to tackle global challenges in food and nutrition security, co-chaired by former President of Ghana, John Kufour and John Beddington, former Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK government, and funded by UK Aid and the Gates Foundation warned that the number of Nigerians suffering from Type 2 diabetes will double from 3.1m to 6.1m by 2030 
New Strains of Rice May Help Fight China`s Diabetes Scourge
Bloomberg features the story of the international research project which is seeking to improve the nutritional value of rice, in particular, trying to develop a new strain of rice which would avoid raising blood-sugar. The rationale behind the development is that diabetes risks affecting up to 151m people in China by 2040 and food that can combat some of the causes of raised blood sugar through bio-fortification can only be beneficial in terms of health
Antibody genes influence forgotten heart disease
New research has found that genetic differences in antibody genes alter individuals’ susceptibility to rheumatic heart disease, an inflammatory condition known as RHD, that is rife in developing countries. The research is surprising and important as antibody genes have received little attention from those studying inflammatory or autoimmune disease, so it may have ramifications beyond heart disease
Umbrella coverage for all: Here’s why India must focus on universal insurance coverage
According to the Aaarogya Bharat Report, the Indian non-communicable disease burden is exploding and it is estimated it will cost the country $6.2tr by 2030. Early detection and management of such diseases is essential to keeping a lid on any potential exploding health costs. The writer says the country needs to focus on preventative and primary care through greater public spending and broader engagement with stakeholders such as technology, media, schools and food companies
Expanding dialysis facilities at affordable cost
Bangladesh medical experts discussed the high costs kidney patients have to pay for haemodialysis and how for many unable to afford it, impaired kidneys is a death sentence, a silent killer. The number of kidney patients in the country is now estimated at 20m and 15,000 to 20,000 of them experience renal failure every year. At least 70% of these patients with renal impairment need dialysis therapy for their survival
Promoting health through the life course
Human poo transformed into clean fuel for Kenya`s urban poor
Reuters writes about an initiative being run by the Nakuru Water and Sanitation Services Company which is recycling human waste collected from pit latrines and septic tanks (the raw material for its briquettes). In its processes it removes impurities and smell along with harmful pathogens during the carbonisation process and adds molasses for a sweet aroma. The briquettes burn longer with less smoke compared to firewood and charcoal. With only 27% of the local residents connected to the town’s sewage system the scheme is a more sustainable way to dispose of large quantities of human waste. It is attracting interest from neighbouring counties and countries such as Rwanda 
Zambia`s poorest farmers risk becoming "squatters on their own land" – UN expert
Zambia’s smallholder farmers could be made squatters on their own land as the country opens up to farming multinationals in an effort to boost its economy, a UN expert said. Hilal Elever, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, said Zambia’s ambition to develop its commercial farming sector to become Southern Africa’s food basket risks worsening extreme rural poverty as farmers may face eviction to make way. Such plans need to place the social and economic impact on people at the centre and not just focus on short term profitability and economic growth 
Finding Inspiration In Clean Water And Decent Toilets
WaterAid CEO Barbara Frost is retiring and she recalls her time as head of the organization and talks about several examples where the intervention of the NGO has made a significant material difference to people’s lives in the developing world
Report finds CAP highly inefficient especially to environmental effects
A new report from the European Environmental Bureau and BirdLife Europe suggests that an overhaul of EU farm policy is needed to meet global sustainable development goals SDG12 and SDG15. The EU Commission defended the policy but admitted things can always be improved 
Abortion pill group`s Facebook page deleted over promoting `drug use`
Facebook censored the page of an organization that helps women obtain abortion pills, citing its policy against ‘the promotion or encouragement of drug use.’ Women on Web, which is based in Amsterdam, helps connect women with doctors who can provide abortion pills if they live in countries where abortion is restricted. It is a sister organization to Women on Waves, which provides abortions and other reproductive services on a ship in international waters 
Responding to drought must be sustainable, not piecemeal
UNDP representative in Kenya, Siddarth Chatterjee, writes an opinion blog for the Thomson Reuters Foundation in which she sounds the alarm over the growing levels of food insecurity and malnutrition which are developing across more than half of Kenya’s 47 counties. Chatterjee points to the three hardest hit regions of Turkana, Marsabit and Madera where a third of all children under five are acutely malnourished and says this is already double the ‘emergency status threshold,’ so she is asking the international community for help
China supports AU`s plans to set up centres to control and detect disease in Africa
The Chinese government backs the AU’s plans to set up African Centres for Disease Control in the hope that early detection and treatment of diseases will stymie the devastation of such outbreaks.  The first centre headquarters would be in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and would take three years to build. A further five regional centres would be built in Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria, Egypt and Gabon. China has a large number of expats living in Africa and a yellow fever outbreak a while back in Angola saw some return home and put a strain on the Chinese health system. So it is in China’s national interest – the spokesperson said 
For women, baby aspirin may reduce risk of breast cancer
Researchers studied data on 57,164 women, mostly in their early 60s, who had no history of cancer. About 23% of them took a low dose aspirin. About 11% of them took a full strength aspirin and 10% took a COX-2 inhibitor or another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug each week. Over seven years 1,457 women got breast cancer and those taking low-dose aspirin were 16% less likely to develop any type of breast cancer 
Chelsea Clinton on drawbacks of global health funding, WHO slippage and priorities for next
Too tight a concentration of donors with their own individual priorities sometimes means they don’t match the world’s needs. WHO should have an access to information policy and an inspector-general office which reports to WHO board. It should also get outbreak preparedness and response right and support countries’ efforts to reach universal health coverage
WHO to Vote for New Director-General; David Nabarro Wants the Job
Dr David Nabarro was interviewed by Voice of America, discussed his candidacy and set down a couple of priorities, to see the total elimination of polio and guinea worm. He also said he wants to make further inroads to ending malaria and that lessons learnt from WHO’s slow response on Ebola mean that such a lack of preparedness for a disease outbreak does not happen again 
Nurse leadership vital for World Health Organization
With more than 20m nurses and midwives making up almost half of the global health workforce, Dr David Nabarro, candidate for Director-General of the World Health Organization, has pledged his support for increasing nursing leadership at WHO 
Mzembi carries Africa’s hope
Tourism and hospitality industry minister Walter Mzembi is seeking to be elected as the secretary general of the UN World Tourism Organization. The election is part of a two-pronged approach by the African Union candidates to win both the UN WTO role and the UN WHO Director General
Q&A: Former MSF president on the WHO leadership race
Devex talks to Dr Unni Karunakara, senior fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University and former president of MSF, about the World Health Organization’s director general leadership race. She outlines the challenges and the problems a new leader will face and expressed the view ‘the answer to these challenges is not to set up the WHO’s own unified response mechanism. The answer should be to fix the dysfunction that exists’
Longest, Biggest World Health Assembly Ever Set To Open With Election, Budget Topping Agenda
IP-Watch reports on the press conference given by director general of the WHO Department of Governing Bodies, Timothy Armstrong, in which he explains the new election process for the next Director General, spells out why Taiwan has not received an official invite and how the World Health Assembly is to be structured 
Commentary: The World Health Organization - why everyone should care
Dr David Nabarro writes for the Caribbean media and pledges to support the region fully in its efforts to improve the delivery of healthcare to the people of the region. He commits to helping the region’s members to reduce suffering around the world, ensuring the most vulnerable members of society are not forgotten 
The case against WHO director-general candidate Tedros Adhanom
The Oromo media set down a strong case against the candidacy of Tedros Adhanom to become the next Director General of the World Health Organization, listing and explaining some of the many allegations against him and highlighting the very active social media campaign to stop his candidacy, which includes a petition signed by thousands and a NoTedros4WHO twitter campaign 
Theresa May’s other election campaign (in Geneva)
The UK government is supporting Dr David Nabarro with staff and cash in his bid to lead the World Health Organization. Nabarro is positioning himself as a physician-diplomat who has become the go-to guy for sorting out the world’s public health screw-ups, not as the British candidate 
Taking the fight to cancer,other diseases essential
Jordanian Princess Dina Mired writes about the work of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation and includes a strong recommendation of support for Sania Nishtar’s candidacy to become the next Director General of the UN World Health Organization
Goal Setter: DG Candidate Tedros Adhanom’s Q&A, Part III
Global Health Now interviews Tedros Adhanom about his suitability to become the next Director General of WHO. In this article he explains the reforms he led in Ethiopia’s health system and outlines their results 
Candidate to Lead the W.H.O. Accused of Covering Up Epidemics
A leading candidate to head the World Health Organization was accused of covering up three cholera epidemics in his home country, Ethiopia, when he was health minister, a charge that could serious undermine his campaign to run the agency 
PM Nawaz says Pakistan values its ties with Vietnam
Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif expressed his appreciation for Vietnam supporting the candidacy of Sania Nishtar to be the next head of the World Health Organization and in helping her to get shortlisted in the first place. He reaffirmed that Pakistan and Vietnam have been supporting each other in terms of candidature at various international fora including ASEAN
Egypt supports Dr. Tedros Adhanom’s candidacy for Director-General of WHO
Tedros Adhanom paid a two day visit to Cairo as part of his final elections tour in his bid to become the next Director General of WHO. Adhanom was welcomed at Cairo International Airport by the Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister for African Affairs who delivered Egypt’s support for the Ethiopian candidate
Experience Over Geography: DG Candidate Tedros Adhanom’s Q&A, Part II
In the second part of his interview with UN WHO DG candidate Tedros Adhanom, Tedros makes the case as to why the time is now ripe for an African Director General of the World Health Organization and puts the case that his experience makes him highly suitable to lead WHO
UK’s Nabarro sets sights on intl health improvement
David Nabarro was in China expressing his support for President Xi’s Belt and Road Initiative which offers substantial opportunity for cooperation on health issues. Increased economic opportunities mean potential for the spread of infectious disease but planned activities include building deeper ties through Annual Meetings of Ministers of Health from Central and Eastern European countries with China and through the Sino-Asean Forum on Health Cooperation. Nabarro said he sees these forum as opportunities for increase health security measures
The World Health Organization – why everyone should care (commentary)
Dr Nabarro, candidate to lead the World Health Organization, makes a case for why WHO is particularly important for everyone lives, explains his background, and highlights what he believes are reasons he would make a suitable Director General for the World Health Organization