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"World Health Minute" 19 May, 2017

News Highlights
Dengue still a threat, with 29 deaths and 18,534 cases in S`gor this year A spike in the number of dengue cases in Hulu Langat has the Selangor state government worried, especially with over 48% of the total deaths in the state since January being recorded in the district. This area has the highest number of dengue cases in the state, with 4,927 cases and 14 deaths. Overall, Selangor has recorded 18,534 cases up to May 13th with 29 deaths so far
2,100 dengue cases in Capital Among the 3,100 dengue cases reported across Kerala, 2,100 are from the Thiruvananthapuram district, the health minister told the state parliament. The government noted that healthcare professionals are contracting dengue and that the majority of the dengue cases are from within the city limits 
Preparedness, surveillance and response
As Ebola outbreak grows, question of using vaccine becomes more urgent
As health officials and aid workers head to a remote corner of the DRC to respond to an outbreak of Ebola a key question remains: will the government authorize the use of a promising experimental vaccine? The vaccine had stunning results in a clinical trial in Guinea in 2015, but it has yet to be licensed for broader use. Science Insider spoke to Marie-Paul Kieny, a WHO assistant director who oversaw the agency’s response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa 2014-16 and asked her about whether the vaccine will be used
Deadly dengue epidemic declared in region of Peru
WHO has declared a dengue fever epidemic in Peru’s north western region of Piura after the local death toll reached 19. According to official figures, 3,150 cases have been confirmed in Peru in the latest outbreak, with another possible 12,446. In Piura alone, there are three hundred possible new dengue infections daily
Dengue still a threat, with 29 deaths and 18,534 cases in S`gor this year
A spike in the number of dengue cases in Hulu Langat has the Selangor state government worried, especially with over 48% of the total deaths in the state since January being recorded in the district. This area has the highest number of dengue cases in the state, with 4,927 cases and 14 deaths. Overall, Selangor has recorded 18,534 cases up to May 13th with 29 deaths so far
Tackling Ebola outbreak in remote Congo presents huge challenge: WHO
WHO said its assessment of the outbreak was that risk of spread is high at a national level, medium at an African level and low at a global level. WHO said logistical challenges of the outbreak are immense in this very remote and insecure part of the country. Additionally, WHO said as it deploys teams over the next few weeks it will begin to fully understand the scale of the problem it is dealing with
About 32 dengue positive cases reported in Visakhapatnam district this year
According to the officials of the Visakhapatnam district health department, since January 1st to May 15th, as many as 466 people had symptoms of dengue and their test samples have been sent for examination. As many as 32 of the 466 people have tested positive for dengue
2,100 dengue cases in Capital
Among the 3,100 dengue cases reported across Kerala, 2,100 are from the Thiruvananthapuram district, the health minister told the state parliament. The government noted that healthcare professionals are contracting dengue and that the majority of the dengue cases are from within the city limits 
Cuba says Zika tally rises to nearly 1,900 cases
Cuba said 1,847 residents has so far contracted the mosquito-borne Zika virus, warning that certain provinces on the island still had very high rates of infestation despite a series of measures to stave off the epidemic. Health authorities said there are provinces like Havana, Guantanamo, Cienfuegos and Camaguey where there are huge risks and high levels of infestation
G20 health ministers seek to avert return to "pre-penicillin era"
The world risks a return to the pre-penicillin era if leading nations do not cooperate to combat the threat from antibiotic-resistant bugs and means are not found to finance research into new, more effective medicine, Germany’s health minister told the G20. Decades of over subscription have led to the evolution of resistant strains of many bacteria. Nan EU report last year said newly resistant strains of bacteria were responsible for more than 25,000 deaths a year in the 28-nation EU alone
Dengue claims another life in New Caledonia
A 20-year old man has died of dengue in New Caledonia, becoming the eighth fatality in this year’s outbreak. Health authorities said a further 17 people with dengue are being cared for in the hospital
10,000 fever cases reported since Jan 2017; CMO sets up health camps across Meerut
The district of Meerut has registered 10,000 cases of fever since January. A majority of the 10,000 fever cases this year have been recorded as fever unknown origin, although efforts are being made to probe the causes of the fever. The health camps are in urban and rural areas to take samples, conduct tests and gather statistics on dengue or chikungunya
World Health Organization: 11000 suspected Cholera cases and 124 deaths in 17 governorates
The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen now stands at 11,000. The suspected cases have been diagnosed as Acute Watery Diarrhoea, while the number of deaths cause by cholera is 124. The head of delegation at the ICRC tweeted that the number of deaths is higher at 184. The sudden hike in the number of patients has made hospitals in Sana’a unable to cope with the large number of AWD patients
186 dead in Yemen Cholera outbreak in addition to 14,000 infected: WHO
The cholera outbreak in Yemen has so far infected 14,000 people, with at least 186 related deaths since April 27, according to the statement tweeted by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday on its official Twitter account. Most cases were reported from the capital Sanaa, reported the WHO. The fresh statistics come 24 hours following the public health emergency state declared by Yemen`s Ministry of Public Health and Population in its capital Sanaa, after the death of 115 cholera victims and the numbers of suspected cases reached 2,567, according to Yemen`s state news agency Saba.
Children face hunger crisis in Venezuela as malnutrition soars
Child malnutrition in parts of Venezuela is now at the level of a humanitarian crisis warns a new report from the local Caritas agency. With the economy in freefall, shortages of food and medicine soaring, half of the under-fives monitored by Caritas are suffering from some degree of malnutrition or at imminent risk. The WHO’s threshold for malnutrition is 10% and Caritas says the latest analysis puts current levels at 11.4%
World Health Organization: 11000 suspected Cholera cases and 124 deaths in 17 governorates
According to the World Health Organization in Yemen, the number of suspected cholera cases is 11000. These suspected cases have been diagnosed with Acute Watery Diarrhea, while the number of deaths caused by Cholera is 124. Though some believe the number is much higher. According to Alexandre Faite, Head of Delegation at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen, there are 184 deaths and 11000 suspected cholera cases. "IV fluid everywhere in hospitals, sometimes in cars parked outside health centers." Twitted Faite on Monday May 15.
Chikungunya viral disease spreads fast in Dhaka
Bdnews24 has been told by the Bangladesh government’s disease monitoring arm (IEDCR) that chikungunya is spreading across Dhaka on the back of the sporadic rains. Bdnews24 was not told a number but was told the figure is far higher than official figures as they often do not get all the samples and some cases do not seek the necessary treatment or can be misdiagnosed
PE confirma 58 casos de doenças neurológicas causadas por chicungunha e dengue
Health researchers in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco confirmed 58 cases of neuro-invasive disease in patients which are likely to have been caused by dengue or chikungunya. This number corresponds to about 48.3% of all the cases reported in the state in 2016
Muertes por el dengue en Piura se elevan a 21 en lo que va del año
The number of deaths from dengue fever in the Piura region of Peru rose once more to 21 victims. Confirmed cases in the region now stand at 3,765 and there are another 14,000 probable cases, according to regional health authorities
69 casos de dengue y lo peor está por venir
Tamaulipas health authorities confirmed they had an outbreak of 69 confirmed cases of dengue, 6 cases of zika and one case of chikungunya. The health team warned that these numbers are only likely to rise as the Atlantic hurricane season approaches, asking the population to keep places clean that could become breeding bolt holes for mosquitoes
Roraima: Casos confirmados de chikungunya crescem 2.325% em 2017, diz Sesau
The Roraima health department said they have seen a growth of 2,325% in confirmed chikungunya cases from January to April 24 this year, when compared to numbers for the same period last year. In 2016 the state saw 4 cases of the disease, now there are 95 cases, so the state government is calling this an epidemiological outbreak
Áncash: A 519 se elevan los casos de dengue
In the Peruvian coastal zone of Ancash the number of patients suffering from dengue fever rose by a further 67 cases to 519, according to regional health authorities with the numbers up to the end of last
Outbreak caused almost 180 deaths in Niger since January
At least 179 people, almost half of them children, have died of meningitis since January in Niger, where some 3,000 suspected cases have been reported, the UN said on Wednesday. OCHA said the fatality rate so far stands at 5.9%. The agency had previously reported 120 deaths out of 2,102 suspected meningitis cases at the end of April. Forty five percent of the total cases were children aged between five and fourteen 
Cholera outbreak in Nairobi, five admitted
Nairobi county has activated cholera treatment centres following an outbreak of the disease in the city. Health executives confirmed that five cases of cholera have occurred. The authorities believed it was an imported case as the five had travelled to the city to attend a wedding. There were reports three people had died after contracting the disease but the authorities are currently not aware of this and cannot confirm it
Health systems
Obamacare Helped Americans Detect Cancer Earlier
The number of Americans whose cancers were diagnosed at the earliest stage, when it is most likely to be cured, increased after Obamacare went into effect and more citizens had access to health insurance, a new study has found. Whilst the effect was small, the study found that a higher proportion of new breast, lung and colorectal tumours were detected at stage 1 in 2014 compared with a year earlier. The shift to earlier diagnosis happened primarily in states that expanded Medicaid under the law, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The researchers followed 273,000 patients under 65, who were diagnosed from 2013-14 with five kinds of cancer that can be detected by screening and the increases in early detection were small but consistent
India`s drugmakers need more time to meet international standards: industry group
India’s big drug makers will need at least five more years to improve their manufacturing standards and data reliability to a level demanded by international regulators, said a senior official. The industry has struggled to improve factory processes and train staff since 2013, when major violations were found at India’s then largest drug maker Ranbaxy Laboratories. Complaints have ranged from issues over hygiene and maintenance to concerns over falsifying manufacturing related test results and data 
More than half of world`s deaths still have no recorded cause: WHO
More than half of all deaths have no recorded cause, making effective health monitoring and policymaking far more difficult, the World Health Organization said. Improved collection of statistics means 27m deaths were recorded in 2015, compared to about a third in 2005. In some countries the improvement in collection is remarkable; Iran now has 90% of all deaths recorded compared with 5% in 1999. WHO says all the data is needed because if countries don’t know what makes people sick and die it is a lot harder to know what to do about it
India`s drug pricing regulator clamps down on drug cocktails
India’s drug pricing regulator has demanded explanations from 65 domestic and global drugmakers for selling new forms of essential diabetes and antibiotic drugs without its approval. These companies have launched formulations by altering an essential drug without even applying for price approval from NPPA as required, it said in its website notice. The companies on this list include Sanofi, Abbott laboratories and Indian firms such as Lupin and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries
Amazon`s Long Shadow Falls on Pharmacies
According to a CNBC report, Amazon is considering a leap into the prescription drug business. It wouldn’t be easy, but the industry and its investors ought not to dismiss the threat. If Amazon offered an experience that improves on existing U.S. mail order options in price or convenience, then it could disrupt retail drug stores. The pharmacy is the golden nugget in the vast majority of retail revenue for America’s biggest drug stores
Fraud at malaria centre: Global Fund report uncovers ‘systematic’ double billing, nepotism
A report by the Global Fund’s Office of the Inspector General has confirmed evidence of corruption and nepotism at Cambodia’s National Malaria Centre, calling the centre’s oversight ‘dysfunctional and unauditable.’ The report was released ‘quietly’ in March, but passed to The Post this week. It found systematic double billing of donors for field missions conducted by the same staff in different areas during overlapping time periods and the practice of senior staff members hiring unqualified family members. These staff invariably went on field trips, despite lacking relevant antimalarial experience
South Africa: Medics Protest As KZN Health Care System Collapses
The South African Medical Association and public interest law firm SECTION27 warned the Kwa-Zulu-Natal health system is on the point of collapse. On 5th May over a thousand health workers marched tom Durban to highlight the crisis. A memo addressed to the government highlighted the 16 problems which included: shortage of staff caused by unfunded or abolished posts, a lack of medical school graduates, an unwanted overtime policy, failures with equipment procurements, shortages of supplies, problems with medical records and poor management
U.S. health officials warn of problems with Meridian lead tests
US health officials warned that tests made by Meridian Bioscience Inc may underestimate lead levels in blood drawn from veins, sending the manufacturer’s stock down 9%. The Food and Drug Administration warned laboratories and healthcare professionals not to use any lead testing device made by Magellan Diagnostics. These devices are the only lead testing products cleared by the FDA and account for about half of all lead tests in the United States
Communicable diseases
Sindhudurg to get State’s first infectious disease research lab
The first Infectious Disease Research Laboratory in Maharashtra will be in the Sindhudurg district. The Hindu said the lab will work on 13 types of diseases and keep a detailed record of it. The lab will complete work on a generator facility to ensure the lab has an uninterrupted power supply which can guarantee low temperature storage facilities for the purpose of preservation
U.S. pledges $526 million aid in 2017 to Tanzania to fight AIDS
The U.S. approved $526m in aid to Tanzania over the coming year to expand the roll-out of life-prolonging anti-retroviral drugs to people infected with HIV. Some 1.4m Tanzanians are estimated to be living with HIV in an nation of around 50m people, with about 850,000 of them currently on anti-retrovirals (ARVs). The funds were donated through the PEPFAR programme
Researchers discover first human antibodies that work against all ebolaviruses
After analysing the blood of a survivor of the 2013-16 Ebola outbreak, a team of scientists from academia, industry and the government has discovered the first natural human antibodies that can neutralize and protect animals against all three major disease causing ebolaviruses. The findings, published online today in the journal Cell, could lead to the first broadly effective ebolavirus therapies and vaccines
China Offers Anti Malaria To Five Million In Africa
China has recently declared as part of its new health commitments to provide Africa with the popular anti-malaria medication, Artemisinin, for five million people. It said it will lend support to build health systems and policies in the areas of disease surveillance, strengthening of prevention and treatment of malaria and other communicable diseases, improvement of maternal and child healthcare and reproductive health
Malaria Remains Endemic in Indonesia
Based on data from the Ministry of Health, malaria is still endemic in the provinces of Papua, East Nusa, Maluka, North Maluka and West Papua, because the elimination achievement of this deadly disease in these five provinces is still zero percent. Papua province is still the largest contributor to the deadly disease. East Nusa Tengara Province has recorded as many as 29,000 malaria cases in these islands since 2016
Govt Details $460 Million Plan to Combat HIV/AIDS
According to the Myanmar government there are around 200,000 people living with HIV and 115,000 who receive antiretroviral treatment. The government will contribute 18% of the budget to a programme to combat HIV with the rest of the money coming from international organizations and NGOs, including the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Three Millennium Goals Development Fund and the relevant UN agencies
Non communicable diseases
Cost of treating diabetes highest in the UAE: report
The per capita cost of treating diabetes in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar are among the highest in the Middle East and North Africa region, according to a new report. The International Diabetes Federation estimates on average 13.6% of the adult population between 20 and 79 years in the region have been diagnosed with diabetes, which is higher than the global average of 8.5%. BMI Research, in its latest report, said Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar have one of the highest diabetes-related expenditure on a per capita basis, reported at $1,145; $2,156 and $2,868 respectively
High blood pressure under spotlight this World Hypertension Day
High blood pressure is one of the most common risk factors for stroke, heart attacks and kidney disease within the African population. About 25% of South African adults are hypertensive and carry increased risks. On World Hypertension Day, the South African Heart and Stroke Foundation was encouraging all South Africans to measure their blood pressure and understand their personal risks under the hashtag #
Scientists get closer to making personalized blood cells by using patients` own stem cells
New research has nudged scientists closer to being able to create customized human stem cells capable of forming blood that would be safe for patients. This potentially opens up a window on what goes wrong in such blood cancers as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma and offers the prospect for improved treatment of these cancers which affect millions
Cardiovascular disease causes one-third of deaths worldwide
Cardiovascular disease, including heart diseases and stroke, accounts for one-third of deaths throughout the world, according to a new scientific study that examined every country over the past 25 years. Countries with the greatest number of CVD deaths, after accounting for population size, are found throughout Eastern Europe,  Central Asia, Middle East, South America, sub-Saharan Africa and Oceania. Additionally, the steep declines previously experienced in the developed world over the past two decades have begun to taper off and plateau 
Obesity on rise as quarter of European teens eat sweets daily
A quarter of adolescents eat sweets or chocolate every day and 14% have a cola or other sugary drink daily, according to a WHO report showing obesity rising among teenagers. Too many young people are in a harmful cycle and most will not outgrow obesity. About four in every five adolescents who become obese will continue to have weight problems as adults. They then develop chronic health conditions such as type 2 diabetes and face psychological issues such as low self-esteem, depression and social isolation
Bhutan making its people healthier, happier by beating noncommunicable diseases
In 2014, Bhutan undertook a nationwide survey to collect, analyse and disseminate health data to get a scale of its problem. 39% of people were overweight or obese, 36% had raised blood pressure and half were not engaged in vigorous physical activity. Now Bhutan is zeroing in on NCDs. Tax on alcohol is now 100% and districts are implementing a WHO-backed alcohol control plan. Strong tobacco laws ban production, sale and use in public places and taxation is high together with strong promotion of physical activity
Expert decries neglect of non-communicable diseases in Africa
A leading Nigerian health expert has called out the gross neglect of non-communicable disease in Africa. Dr Abdulrahman Jafar identified hypertension and diabetes as NCDs which have proven to be far more deadly than communicable diseases. He said governments should engage medical experts to sensitise the populace on what they should know and encourage them to go to hospitals
Kenya seeks to tackle rising cases of hypertension
Kenya’s health ministry said it has developed a training module for non-communicable diseases for community health volunteers as part of its efforts to tackle rising cases of hypertension in the country. Around 20m Kenyans have never tested their blood pressure levels despite the nationwide increase of hypertension cases which are potentially leading to a social explosion in kidney disease, heart disease or strokes
Philippines` Duterte gets tough on tobacco with ban on smoking in public
President Duterte signed an executive order banning smoking in public across the second-most populous country in Southeast Asia, one of the region’s strictest anti-tobacco laws. The ban which covers a maximum penalty of four months in jail, covers both indoor and outdoor smoking. It also covers existing bans on tobacco advertisements, promotions or sponsorships
Promoting health through the life course
No man is born `trashy`
An article in News24 tackles the scale of domestic violence in South Africa where it was found 60,000 women and children are victims of domestic violence, according to a study carried out by the World Health Organization. South Africa is the second most unsafe country out of the 48 countries south of the Sahara. Many domestic violence victims do not understand what it is and two in three women suffer a form of abuse, but the problem is being ignored
Trees in eastern US head west as climate changes
A study suggest that, in the near-term, trees are responding to changes in water availability more than to temperature changes. A study tracking the shifting distributions of 86 types of trees using data collected by the U.S. Forestry Inventory and Analysis Program found more trees heading west than (as they had expected) north. Angiosperms, or flowering trees went west and gymnosperms, mostly conifers headed north
Forced from their forests, Cameroon`s female pygmies bear brunt of alcohol abuse
Driven from their ancestral lands by logging and mining firms, many of the 50,000 Baka pygmies in eastern Cameroon are turning to alcohol to cope. Struggling to adapt to life outside the forests, the Baka’s problems of poverty, hunger and alcoholism are likely to worsen. Some pygmie girls are abducted by traffickers to work in major cities as maids or sex slaves. Many return with Aids and STIs, some Baka die or go blind from drinking home-grown alcohol
Nigeria: New Research Shows Rising Support for Nigeria`s Gay Marriage Ban
More than half of Nigerians surveyed do not think that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people should have access to basic health services, according to new research released by Nigerian human rights organization, the Initiative for Equal Rights. Of the 2,000 people surveyed, 90% of them said they supported the introduction of a 2014 Act banning gay marriage, a slight increase over the previous year’s survey
Dangote, Adenuga, Otedola, others can end poverty in Nigeria – Oxfam
As part of its ‘Even it Up’ campaign, a new Oxfam report highlighted the large and growing gap between the rich and the poor in Nigeria. It said economic inequality is a key factor behind the conflict that has led to the severe food crisis in its north eastern states, which the UN estimates will see 5m people suffer from food shortages this year. Despite a growing economy, Nigeria saw the number living in poverty increase from 69m to 112m between 2004 and 2010 and the number of millionaires grew by 44% during that same period
Spain`s smoking ban tied to drop in preterm and underweight babies
One year after a nationwide ban on smoking in public took effect in Spain, women had significantly fewer premature or underweight infants, a recent study suggests. Researchers examined data on more than 5m babies born in Spain from 2000 to 2013. The study included infants born before any restrictions on public tobacco use, after a 2006 ban covering many workplaces with exceptions in the hospitality industry, and in 2011, after a law curbing tobacco in nearly all public places. The rate of babies born small for their gestational age declined after the partial smoking ban took effect in 2006, and then once more it dropped after the comprehensive ban in 2011. The study authors said second hand smoke exposure during pregnancy is associated with health complications affecting perinatal and neonatal health
Nearly 1.2 million teens die every year from mostly preventable causes
Around the globe, nearly 1.2m adolescents die each year, more than 3,000 per day, from largely preventable causes, according to new research from the World Health Organization. The most common causes of deaths among adolescents are road traffic injuries, lower respiratory infections and suicide, the report concluded. More than two-thirds of the deaths occurred in low and middle income countries in Africa and South-East Asia. Physical violence as a cause of death among young men also ranks high
Smart bangle delivers pregnancy tips to Asian wrists
A hi-tech bangle that alerts pregnant women to toxic fumes and issues audio tips promises to boost maternal health in South Asia, as smart devices deliver more services to remote communities. The bangle was developed by Intel Social Business and it is designed to withstand the rigours of village life. Made of durable plastic, water-resistant and with a long-lasting battery that does not require charging during the duration of the pregnancy, neither does it need an internet connection to work. It can deliver wellness messages twice a week, what to eat and when to see a doctor
Asians say they back breastfeeding...yet harassment persists
Women in Asia face widespread harassment for breastfeeding in public, according to campaigners, despite a new poll showing that most people in Asia say it should be protected by law. The survey found 77% of respondents were in favour, 75% said it should be protected by law. However, campaigners say the reality falls short of the numbers released by YouGov due to conservative values or a lack of awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding 
Jordan`s Azraq becomes world first clean energy refugee camp
Thousands of Syrian refugees will be able to light their homes, charge their phones and chill their food by solar power as Jordan’s Azraq camp became the world’s first refugee camp to be powered by renewable energy, the UN refugee agency said
Dr Who - Who Will Lead The WHO?
Next week there will be a new figurehead for the global health community as the World Health Organization votes to appoint a new Director General. The role is a tough and BBC World Service features a programme which discusses both the candidates and the issues they will face if they win the job next week 
Pakistan calls upon women of the world to support Sania Nishtar’s candidacy for DG WHO
The National Commission on the Status of Women has issued a call to women all over the world to support the candidacy of Sania Nishtar of Pakistan to become the next Director General of the World Health Organization
Sierra Leone News: WHO Director General candidate visits VP Foh
Tedros Adhanom paid a courtesy call on the Sierra Leone vice president, Victor Foh, asking for his support for his candidacy to become the director general of the World Health Organization. It also states he is moving his campaign onward next to Liberia and Guinea
U.K. candidate, David Nabarro, promises shake-up in WHO
David Nabarro has promised to target 50% female representation including in senior roles at the World Health Organization if he gets elected as Director General next week. Nabarro vowed to start changing the culture and the way of working in Geneva and across the world with a big drive on transparency and accountability, which should improve trust in WHO and improve performance
In WHO Race, ICP Asks UN About Emails to UN Staff, Spox Urges Neutrality, UNlike Jeff Sachs on WTO
The conduct of some UN staff in terms of their neutrality in the forthcoming World Health Organization Director General elections is called into question. The blogger asks about their alleged involvement in aiding David Nabarro’s DG election campaign
What makes a great WHO chief? A conversation with Halfdan Mahler
Dr Franklin Apfel recalls the wisdom of Dr Halfdan Mahler with whom he discussed what characteristics make a great Director General of the World Health Organization. He brings out points such as ‘letting everyone know they can achieve something really great and unity can be found in well-articulated common values and aspirations.’ To Apfel it is about ‘the capacity to embody, communicate and use WHO’S constitutional values to inspire, catalyse and lead people to take actions that put health for all first.’ He also says he believes Dr David Nabarro is the closest of the three candidates to having this quality most
Attacks On WHO Candidate Are Defamatory, ‘Colonial’, Ambassador Says
The African union delegation to the United Nations came in outspoken numbers to a press briefing today to express their unshakable support for the Ethiopian candidate to be the next head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom. Asked about recent allegations in the press about Tedros’ part in a cover-up of cholera epidemics in his country, the African ambassadors said it was defamatory allegations done by a nervous competing candidate. The ambassador added this was an example of a colonial mentality
Ethiopia’s candidate for the World Health Organization doesn’t like mentioning a certain disease
Since a cholera outbreak in 2006 in the Oromia region, Ethiopia has referred to the disease as ‘acute watery diarrhoea’, a symptom of cholera. Tests at the time by the UN confirmed it was actually cholera.  Since then there have been several AWD outbreaks including in Addis Ababa in 2016, and in the drought-hit Somali region, where more than 16,000 have been diagnosed since January and 3,500 new cases are being identified every month. None have been identified as cholera, which is a breach of the WHO rules to report disease outbreaks
The lead candidate for the world’s top health job is being accused of covering up deadly epidemics
Dr Tedros Adhanom is being accused of allegedly covering up cholera epidemics in 2006, 2009 and 2011. The government labelled the outbreaks, which led to the deaths of hundreds of people, as acute watery diarrhoea, a symptom of cholera. The controversy comes as Ethiopia is experiencing another outbreak which it has again labelled as diarrhoea. Human rights organizations say the Ethiopians are pressurising health professionals not to refer to the outbreak as cholera 
Who is Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ethiopia`s candidate to lead the World Health Organisation?
The International Business Times looks at the background and candidacy of Tedros Adhanom and discusses his vision and reasons why he is seeking to become the next director general of WHO 
Ahead of WHO Leadership Elections - ‘Dirty Tricks’ Aim to Muddy Africa’s Choice
Tedros ‘is having a week from hell’ the paper says, as he is on the receiving end of a barrage of allegations designed to fracture his chances to lead the WHO. Aides told the paper the New York Times article accusing him of covering up cholera outbreaks in Ethiopia was nothing more than a smear campaign designed to ruin his chances
Businesses From PepsiCo to Pfizer Have a Stake in Who Leads WHO
Bloomberg discusses the forthcoming director general election to lead the World Health Organization and links the issues WHO has a hand in to the interests of the business community. It lists the ten reasons why this election is of particular interest to businesses all over the globe
The world needs Dr. Tedros Adhanom as Director General of WHO
The Ethiopian government press is using a quote, seemingly out of context, to create the impression that Bill Clinton backs the Tedros for WHO DG campaign 
The World Needs Dr. Tedros Adhanom As Director General of WHO
A regional blog speaks out in favour of Tedros Adhanom’s candidacy to run the World Health Organization. It lists his talking points from Dr Tedros’ website and warmly backs his campaign