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"World Health Minute" 11 May, 2017

News Highlights
Alarming increase in malaria cases in Limpopo Limpopo is experiencing an alarming increase in malaria cases. The Department of Health in Limpopo says there was a shortage of medication at some clinics, resulting in patients having to move to other areas for treatment. A spokesperson said the supply of medication was not meeting the demand so patients were moved from villages where clinics had no medication to get them to hospital
The Deadliest Form Of Tuberculosis Is Snowballing In Countries That Are Already Hard Hit The deadliest forms of TB are worsening in four of the countries with the largest number of TB cases, according to a new Lancet Infectious Disease journal report. While TB has an over 83% cure rate, on average globally, multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) which is resistant to the standard antibiotic regimen, has about a 52% survival rate if treated. Extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) has a 28% survival rate when treated. Currently 40% of all multi-drug TB resistant cases occur in Russia, India, the Philippines and South Africa. This study predicts by 2040 it will be 1:3 in Russia, 1:10 in the Philippines and 1:20 in South Africa – massive increases on the year 2000 baseline
Preparedness, surveillance and response
124 Zika Cases Confirmed in Belize
Between November 2016 and April 2017, the Ministry of Health has sent out five hundred and thirty seven samples to Cheturnal for Zika testing. Of that amount, 124 of them have turned out positive. According to the Chief of Operations in the Vector Control Unit, Kim Bautista, greatest prevalence is shown in the Corozal District
Dengue fever has spread in Pauktaw: health officer
Thirty five people out of 64 patients have been classified as suspected dengue fever cases, while 12 have had the disease confirmed. More cases are expected to be confirmed. News of the disease broke initially through Facebook and now medical authorities are at work trying to bring the outbreak under control
Sindh orders import of Chikungunya diagnosis kits
The newly appointed health reporting chief, Dr Masood Solangi, said that hundreds of patients in the area are suspected as having chikungunya viral disease. He is tasked with coordinating with all departments to eradicate the disease. Reports suggest the government has ordered 20,000 chikungunya diagnosis kits from Finland for timely diagnosis and treatment of the disease which is rampant in various localities, especially Karachi. Recent visits from WHO experts brought the poor performance of the regional health authority to a head
Alarming increase in malaria cases in Limpopo
Limpopo is experiencing an alarming increase in malaria cases. The Department of Health in Limpopo says there was a shortage of medication at some clinics, resulting in patients having to move to other areas for treatment. A spokesperson said the supply of medication was not meeting the demand so patients were moved from villages where clinics had no medication to get them to hospital
Casos prováveis de chikungunya passam dos 13 mil em Minas Gerais
In 2017, to date, there have been 13,342 probable cases of chikungunya recorded in Minas Gerais, of which 74 are linked to pregnant women. According to the local health authorities, this number represents an increase of over 4,373% over the same period last year. Eleven suspicious deaths are being investigated. The number of probable dengue cases in Minas Gerais is 22,793, according to the local health secretary
The Deadliest Form Of Tuberculosis Is Snowballing In Countries That Are Already Hard Hit
The deadliest forms of TB are worsening in four of the countries with the largest number of TB cases, according to a new Lancet Infectious Disease journal report. While TB has an over 83% cure rate, on average globally, multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) which is resistant to the standard antibiotic regimen, has about a 52% survival rate if treated. Extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) has a 28% survival rate when treated. Currently 40% of all multi-drug TB resistant cases occur in Russia, India, the Philippines and South Africa. This study predicts by 2040 it will be 1:3 in Russia, 1:10 in the Philippines and 1:20 in South Africa – massive increases on the year 2000 baseline
Aumentano casi di dengue, 25 in Italia fino ad aprile
Italy reports there has been an increase in the number of people with dengue compared to numbers a year earlier. From the start of January to the beginning of April health authorities reported 25 cases, mostly of people who were infected abroad and then returned to Italy
Delhi HC worried on increasing number of typhoid cases
The Delhi High Court said there has been a surge in the number of typhoid cases because of bad drinking water quality and asked what the DJB is actively doing to provide potable water. The media also learned that the SDMC has reported at least 80 cases of chikungunya and 30 cases of dengue over the last 4 months
Más de mil 500 casos confirmados y probables de dengue en Lambayeque
There are 1,525 confirmed and probable cases of dengue in the Lambayeque region, according to the latest report from the regional health authorities. Districts recording the highest number of cases include Tuman (519), La Victoria (67), Chiclayo (51) and Jose Leonardo Ortiz (25), with a large number of women infected with this disease
River Ross Fever on the rise in Tamworth, Hunter, New England
New South Wales health authorities report that Ross River Fever is on the rise across the region with a five-fold increase in cases this year. There have been 175 cases in the Hunter New England region, up from 33 in 2016. In the Peel Cluster there have been 42 reports, compared to 7 last year. Health authorities said conditions were prime for breeding along the coast and they expect to see more cases
Taipei poultry market confirmed to have H5 avian flu cases
Five batches of chickens slaughtered at a wholesale poultry market in Taipei have been confirmed to be infected with avian flu, the Taipei City Animal Protection Office said
Paciente em Macaé é 12º caso diagnosticado de febre amarela no Rio
The city of Macae confirmed that a resident of the city has contracted yellow fever. The case was diagnosed in April, the patient underwent treatment and was discharged and it is the 12th case of the disease in the state of Rio since March, three of which have died
Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China
The National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of 18 additional laboratory confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza H7N9 virus in mainland China. Onset dates range from 6-23 April, 2017. Of these 18 cases, eight cases were female.
Suben a 700 los casos de dengue en Chepén pese a avances en labores de fumigación
There has been a rise to 700 cases of dengue in Chepen, despite efforts to combat mosquitoes. Health authorities in La Libertad region report that there have been a thousand cases of dengue, of which 700 have been recorded in the province of Chepen and the rest in the province of Trujillo and numbers are still rising
Suman 158 casos de zika en México hasta el 1 de mayo
Of the 158 recorded cases of Zika since the start of May, 45 were in the state of Nayrit, the state health secretary said. The regions most affected were Morelos, Jalisco, Yucatan, Veracruz and Guerrero (with 17,12, 11, 11 and 10 cases respectively)
Multidrug-resistant TB will rise in India, says new study
A month after the Indian Health Ministry set itself the target of eliminating TB by 2025, a new study in the Lancet says India’s TB crisis is likely to get worse. The report projects that by 2040, the percentage of Multidrug Resistant TB will make up 32.5% of all TB cases in Russia, 12.4% of the TB cases in India, 8.9% of the TB cases in the Philippines, and 5.7% of all TB cases in South Africa. The findings are alarming as India is home to the most serious ‘hotspots’ of MDR-TB transmission, especially in overcrowded cities such as Mumbai. Not only does India shoulder the highest TB burden in the world, with over 2m of the 10m reported cases, it also accounts for the most drug-resistant patients – nearly 1.3 lakh people who do not respond to first line drugs
Maharashtra: 185 swine flu deaths in this year
Swine flu (H1N1) has claimed as many as 185 lives in Maharashtra so far this year, a government official said. The highest number of deaths were recorded in Pune (55), followed by Nashik (26)  
UGEL Talara confirma 43 casos de dengue en escolares de esa provincia
According to the Piura regional health authorities 707 cases of dengue have been confirmed in the Piura region. Talara now reports that there are 43 cases of dengue among schoolchildren, teachers and service personnel in its region (
Au Yémen, le choléra a fait 34 morts en 11 jours
According to the World Health Organization, at least 34 people have died of cholera and 2,022 suspected cases have been recorded in a period of only 11 days in Yemen. WHO now ranks Yemen as one of the biggest humanitarian emergencies on the planet alongside Syria, South Sudan, Nigeria and Iraq
Piura: La mortalidad del dengue alcanza las cifras que registró el año pasado
With another victim of the deadly dengue epidemic recorded in Piura, the health authorities have said they’ve almost reached the same number of deaths as there were during the whole of last year in just four months. They said they feared there would be more than double the number of dengue cases on last year and said they were concerned that many people are not seeking the medical attention they need as well
Lamdapura declared cholera-affected
Vadodara district health experts issued a notification declaring the 8km area around the district as cholera hit. The administration has been asked to take necessary steps to curb the spread of the water-borne disease. The notification will remain in force for three months
Health systems
Infant mortality and malaria soar in Venezuela, according to government data
Venezuela’s infant mortality rose 30% last year, maternal mortality shot up 65% and cases of malaria jumped 76%, according to government data, sharp increases reflecting how the country’s deep economic crisis has harmed citizens’ health. The statistics, issued on the ministry’s website after nearly two years of data silence from President Nicolas Maduro’s government, also showed a jump in illnesses such as diphtheria and Zika
Thousands of Cameroonians to benefit from free healthcare soon
Six thousands Cameroonians will soon benefit from free medical services from an international NGO. Mercy Ships will settle at the Douala Sea Port, where it will carry out the ten-month programme. The NGO was invited to Cameroon by the head of state at the backdrop of growing health concerns in the country, especially for the financially unstable. Transportation, lodging and feeding are all free: no patient will remove a penny from their pocket authorities in Yaounde say
Rumours hit immunisation programme in Haryana`s Muslim-dominated Mewat
Harayana’s Muslim-dominated Mewat district has the lowest immunisation rate among children under the age of 6, which is a matter of concern to health authorities who are trying to rope in clerics to address the situation. The immunization there is 13%, much lower than the state average of 62.2%, according to the National Family Health Survey. Officials say rumours about vaccines having a sterilizing effect on children are part of the reason for lower numbers
Indian healthcare must be evidence-based
Nayan Chakravarty, Kavita Tatwadi and Krithika Sambasivan, respectively, head of policy and outreach at IFMR LEAD, a public policy analyst and policy associate at IFMR LEAD, write a joint opinion article for Live Mint, in which they make the case that Indian healthcare policy has relied on pharmaceutical and equipment advances and evidence-based policymaking has been absent when it comes to service delivery and this needs to change
Why US suspended direct funding to Ministry of Health
The US Embassy in Kenya announced that the Health Ministry will no longer receive direct assistance from the American aid agency (USAID). Citing concerns over reports of corruption and extremely poor accounting practices in the Health Ministry, the U.S. said it would freeze its Ksh 2.1bn contribution to the ministry health kitty. The Embassy said the action was to ensure that health spending reached those in most need and to protect U.S. taxpayer money
Traditional ruler appeals to government for CSM vaccine
The head of the Kpaduma community has called on the Nigerian government to make cerebrospinal meningitis vaccine available in the community in order to avoid the spread of the disease. Malam Fajemi Jariyi made this plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. He urged community members to visit health facilities for any ailment and to not rely on self-medication when they noticed any health challenges and to get their children immunized against polio
D.C.’s botched Zika testing leaves dozens of families monitoring for symptoms
Three people in the District were wrongly told they did not have the Zika virus last year, and 26 others who may have been infected were mistakenly given a clean bill of health, according to the final accounting of results botched by the city’s public health lab, officials say
Cómo no discriminar en estrategia de hepatitis C
El Economista Mexico praises the IMSS plans to offer a coordinated innovative therapy to combat hepatitis C virus. However, it points out that only patients fortunate enough to enter the IMSS will benefit and this highlights the postcode lottery impact of the healthcare system which means you get better treatment depending on which part of the health system you connect with. Other experts are wondering why only the IMSS and not other institutions, resulting in expensive therapies for the few, not for all. NGOs are asking the government for clarity on who can access this treatment and on what conditions. Finally, what about people with co-infections such as HIV and their progression to advanced hepatitis stages – how is the new treatment going to relate to this group?
Budget to eliminate TB slashed by Rs 4,000 crore
The budget for the Indian National Strategic Plan to eliminate tuberculosis by 2025 has been cut back from Rs16,000 to Rs12,000 crore in the proposal sent to the Prime Minister’s Office for final approval. The plan originally envisaged a budget of Rs19,000 crore, according to health ministry sources. The plan proposes greater and better incentivized engagement with the private sector that treats the bulk of TB cases, availability of molecular tests, SMS service to ensure better patient compliance and a new body to coordinate better nutritional support
Communicable diseases
Private providers sense opportunity in Africa healthcare
A 2012 report by IFC estimated the market for healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa would more than double to $35bn by 2016. In the decade to 2020, it said some $25bn-$30bn would be needed in investment in physical healthcare assets alone, including hospitals and clinics. Now it is now longer just about communicable diseases, as it was believed to be five years ago. As lifestyles change and diseases of affluence gain traction private providers in Africa sense an opportunity as most African healthcare systems are developing from a woefully low base
Is India Really `Winning Its War` on Open Defecation?
Journalists from the Indian Express have investigated Indian government and local government claims about the elimination of open air defecation in some areas under PM Modi’s ‘Clean India’ programme and they found serious corruption and claims of 100% elimination false. For example, in Modhi village approximately 100 out of the 300 total households do not have a toilet. Toilets built by the government are often unusable as they don’t have water connections or tanks and are far from sewage pipes and often linked to open drains. This flatly contradicts claims by Bill Gates praising India for winning its war on open defecation
Laws to tackle climate change exceed 1,200 worldwide - study
Nations around the world have adopted more than 1,200 laws to curb climate change, up from about 60 two decades ago, which is a sign of widening efforts to limit rising temperatures. Most nations now have a legal basis for taking action against greenhouse gas emissions. The study carried out by the LSE across 164 nations, said these laws ranged from national cut in greenhouse gases to curbs in emissions such as transport, power generation or industry
Strategy suggests ways to prepare for emerging antibiotic resistant superbugs
A new study from U.S. researchers discovered compounds that block resistance to a major class of antibiotics called tetracyclines. If developed into a drug, such a compound could be given in combination with tetracycline, should the infection become resistant to tetracycline alone. These compounds do not have a direct antimicrobial effect if given alone. Instead, they knock down the bacteria’s ability to survive with specific antibiotics  
Prevalência de VIH/Sida subiu para 13,2% em Moçambique
The prevalence of HIV Aids in Mozambique rose from 11.5% to 13.2% between 2009 and 2015, according to a survey released by the ministry of health. The infection rate is highest in urban areas, with 16.8% affected whilst in rural areas it reaches 11%. Women are the group most heavily affected with a prevalence of 20.5%, 15.5% among women in urban areas and 12.6% in rural areas. Among men, prevalence is 12.3%, with 10.1% in the cities and 8.6% in rural areas
Mosquito-borne viruses like Zika may be spread at lower temperatures, potentially expanding impact
University of South Florida researchers are playing a key role in pinpointing optimal temperatures for mosquito-borne disease transmission. A recently concluded study shows that diseases such as Zika occur at lower temperatures than previously thought. This means that future transmission is much more likely to occur in subtropical and even temperate areas, such as the southern U.S. and northern Mexico
Why 8% Of India`s Population Accounts For 46% Of The Total Malaria Burden
While a state or two in India may be on the brink of eliminating malaria in the foreseeable future, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and the northeast are far behind. These states bear the largest share of India’s malaria burden and specifically the killer falciparum malaria. Eight percent of India’s population, largely the tribal residents of these states, account for 46% of the total malaria burden
Dangerous Untreatable Superbug on the Rise: Doctors
A group of dangerous bacteria called Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, has been flagged as a drug-resistant threat by the World Health Organization. Local doctors in Illinois said the state appears to be ground zero for CRE cases in the United States as it is home to one of the largest outbreaks of CRE infections in the country. Areas west of Chicago saw a 27% increase in CRE from 2014 to 2015, the most current reporting. Chicago itself saw an 11% decrease in CRE
Engineer advocates ban of pit latrine
Business Ghana features a story with engineering experts calling for a legislative instrument asking for a ban on the construction and use of pit latrines for local communities. It argues that poor use and maintenance of these latrines were the causes of cholera outbreaks and other intestinal diseases. Dubbed the ‘Community Led Total Sanitation’ programme, it is backed by World Vision International Ghana
Philips Partnership with Kenya and the UN will Advance Healthcare Agenda
Royal Philips announced its support for a new Kenyan government and UN initiative aimed at strengthening primary and community healthcare in Africa. Philips is the first private sector partner to establish an SDG Partnership Platform in Kenya for accelerating primary healthcare trans formation in support of universal healthcare coverage
The World Is Not Ready for the Next Pandemic
Time magazine reviews the global state of affairs in world healthcare through the prism of current virus worry H7N9. It says the virus has started jumping from chickens to humans and is a killer. During a recent spike, 88% of people infected got pneumonia, three-quarters ended up in intensive care with severe respiratory problems and 41% died. It may not spread easily from person to person, yet, but the longer it spends in humans the more it might mutate and the contagion spread
China says Taiwan health not at risk by absence from U.N. meeting
China says Taiwan health is not at risk by its absence from the World Health Assembly meeting as there is no barrier to technical or medical exchanges. Taiwan accuses China of politicizing health and putting the health of people on the island at risk and says it will send a delegation even if it has no official invitation. Both Japan and the U.S. support Taiwan’s World Health Assembly bid to attend
Non communicable diseases
New Chief Executive aims to reduce Māori hospitalisation rates
A new report showed the incidence of asthma among Maori and Pacific peoples is among the highest in New Zealand with more than one of five (21%) Maori and one in six (17%) Pacific Islander children requiring medication for the condition. The newly appointed CEO of the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation New Zealand said one of her main focuses will be on reducing Maori hospitalisation rates for asthma
Designed by patients: the mental health centre saving the NHS £300,000 a year
Welsh charity Hafal runs a mental health centre in Wales called the Gellinudd Recovery Centre where patients, their families and all stakeholders involved have a say in everything from policy to the décor. The Guardian asks its readers whether co-produced innovations such as this offer a brighter future for mental health care
Roche`s star cancer drug stumbles in study, raising doubts about future
Roche’s Tecentriq immune-oncology drug failed a late-stage follow-up trial against advanced bladder cancer, the Swiss drug maker said, raising questions about whether regulators could scale back their approval of the medicine. U.S. fast-track approval for Tecentriq against bladder cancer had been agreed but subject to success at these further trials
Too little focus on lifestyle, preventing symptoms in peripheral artery disease
A study shows that many patients with peripheral artery disease, a common cause of chronic disability and mobility restrictions in the elderly, aren’t counselled on lifestyle changes and medications that can help prevent symptoms from worsening. Researchers examined data from 2005 to 2012 in a nationally representative sample of 1,982 patients with PAD and found consistently low use of recommended medications and lifestyle counselling to relieve syptoms and prevent complications like infections, open sores, strokes and heart attacks
High-salt diet putting teens at risk of heart disease later in life
A study presented to the 2017 Paediatric Academic Societies Meeting in San Francisco concluded that consuming too much salt is having a negative effect on teenagers’ health and could possibly lead to cardiovascular disease in adulthood. Too much salt increases arterial stiffness in younger people who have high risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol
Experimental drug reduces thyroid-associated ‘Graves` eyes’
The experimental orphan drug teprotumumab significantly reduces the eye bulging associated with Graves’ disease, according to the results of a small trial. Among the participants with moderate-to-severe disease who were given intravenous infusions of either teprotumumab or a dummy drug every three weeks for eight treatments, 43% who had the real drug saw a reduction of at least 2 millimetres in eye protrusion by the sixth week compared to 4% in the placebo group. The marked reduction in bulging is similar to that reported after decompression surgery
ADHD treatment tied to lower car crash risk
People with ADHD are already at increased risk of motor vehicle accidents, but it its significantly reduced when they are taking ADHD medication, a 10-year study finds. Researchers estimate that one in five of the vehicle accidents among more than 2 million people with ADHD during the study period could have been avoided if these individuals had been receiving medication the entire time
`Macho` players need help fighting mental health issues: Gascoigne
Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne, who has spent several spells in rehab battling alcohol and drug addiction, called for more help for players dealing with stress-related issues. He said soccer’s macho culture often deterred players who are constantly in the public limelight from seeking help. “You look at the Everton player who has just been sectioned and realise there are lots of people who have got everything but inside they don’t share enough”
Diabetes y bajas defensas podrían provocar tuberculosis
Health expert Juan Jose Atilano Garcia said that people with diabetes and deficiencies to their immune systems are more likely to develop tuberculosis. People who are already carriers of the bacterium see typical symptoms such as cough, fever, loss of weight and malnutrition
Se han duplicado las cifras de depresion en Mexico
Mexico saw the number of people suffering from depression or trying to commit suicide jump from 2.2 cases per 100,000 people to 4.7 cases between the years 1990 and 2012, according to WHO statistics. The group of people most at risk were young people between the ages of 15 and 29. Many were women of reproductive age and another major group were older adults. The way society looks at depression is partly to blame, asking sufferers to snap out of it, or make a bigger effort, instead of helping them to overcome the situation with treatment and advice
Promoting health through the life course
Gut bacteria may help explain benefits of breastfeeding
Breastfeeding has long been linked to a variety of health benefits in babies and a new study suggests that bacteria transferred from mothers to their nursing infants might at least be partly responsible. Researchers found gut microbial communities matched the bacteria in their mothers’ milk and on their mothers’ skin much more than it resembled samples from other women in the study
UN gender equality report gives insight into Arab male identity
CNN covered a UN Women and Promundo report into the attitudes of Middle Eastern men towards gender equality. Respondents said they felt they were at a crossroads as they tried to negotiate a world of shifting gender identity. Shereen El-Feki, co-principal of the report, said that without involving men in discussions, society will be unable to close the region’s gender gap
Newly discovered malaria mechanism gives hope to pregnant women
esistance to malaria drugs means that pregnant women are unable to overcome the anaemia caused by the malaria parasite – and their babies are born undersized. A study carried out at Karolinska Institutet, however, exposes the effects of malaria in pregnant women and shows how the PTEF protein is central to the infection. The study, which is published in the scientific journal Nature Microbiology, opens the way for new malaria drugs
Early puberty tied to increased risk of dating abuse
A new study shows that girls who go through puberty sooner may be more likely to experience dating abuse than their peers who develop later, a U.S. study says. Girls who make the early transition to puberty are at risk of lower self-esteem and of depression, and these characteristics may give them fewer coping skills to leave relationships that ultimately become abusive. The risk also rises proportionally to the increased levels of exposure to more boys at an earlier, more unprepared age
U.S. state could become first to enact blanket ban on child marriage: activists
A measure to ban child marriage could become law in New Jersey this week, which would make it the first of the 50 states in America to outlaw the practice without exception. It would prohibit marriage of children under the age of 18. Activists say the practice of under-aged marriage is rampant in the U.S. where about 170,000 children were wed between 2000 and 2010 in 38 states where data was available. That could be as high as 248,000 children, according to Unchained At Last, an NGO campaigning to change laws on arranged or forced marriages
Les effets secondaires du stérilet hormonal Mirena
There are complaints from women in Europe about Bayer’s Mirena Coil, with users talking about it having terrible side effects such as full-blown depression, anxiety, hair loss and other symptoms. The French media are speculating whether this issue could blow up into a full international health scandal
La depresión posparto es el lado oscuro de la maternidad
El Nuevo Dia features an article on Postnatal Depression and its prevalence and impact on one in five women. It cites WHO figures that a study of 7,187 women in Mexico in 2012 concluded that the dramatic changes and mood swings that affect one in five women are part of this syndrome. It is particularly tough to detect and is often put down to baby blues, when for most women it resolves itself after a few weeks, for some it carries on for months and that is when it becomes critical and needs medical support. The stigma of seeking support should be removed and the issue more actively discussed and understood, argues the article
Sham marriages in Scotland reveal extent of slavery - activists
Thomson Reuters Foundation report on a story about criminal gangs who are tricking East Europeans into sham Scottish marriages with Asian men – selling the women for sex, labour and passports. Campaigners say this expose reveals the extent of human slavery worldwide. The anti-slavery group, Unseen, said it believes there are between 10,000 and 13,000 people living as slaves in Britain alone. Worldwide this estimate leaps to 45.8m, according to the Global Slavery Index
HRT could increase the risk of deafness, major study finds
Women who take HRT to help them cope with symptoms of the menopause could face an increased risk of deafness, a landmark study suggests. The research on more than 80,000 women found that those who took hormone replacement therapy for between five and ten years had a 15% higher risk of hearing loss. And those who took it for longer had a still greater chance of suffering from deafness, the mass study said. Scientists said it was not clear why the pills were linked to a higher chance of hearing loss
Whoever fills the role, the new WHO director-general has a rocky road ahead
Sonia Allan, consultant on Health Law and Governance, writes an explanatory article outlining the global challenges facing the three candidates to become the World Health Organization’s next Director General. Allan explains the biographies and experience of all candidates and what hurdles they need to overcome
Health leadership in a multipolar world: A view from Europe
Johanna Ralston, a fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and a former CEO of the World Heart Federation, writes an opinion article on leadership for healthcare on the global stage and says she is backing the candidacy of Sania Nishtar to become next DG
Africa poised for top WHO post as Tedros is tipped as favourite
In-Profile Daily writes an opinion article backing the candidacy of Tedros Adhanom to become the next Director General of the World Health Organization 
We need a revolution in mindsets at the top of the World Health Organization
Mukesh Kapila writes an opinion article on how the World Health Organization needs a revolution in mind set at the top of the organisation. He points out that medical science has never been so productive and yet health inequalities have never been wider and that more of the same is not an option
An exemplary candidate for WHO
Former health minister, Lord Darzi of Denham, now Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London wrote a glowing recommendations for the candidacy of Dr David Nabarro to become the next Director General of the World Health Organization
Civil Society supports Dr. Sania Nishtar for DG WHO slot
Spearheaded by LEAD Pakistan, more than 120 civil society organizations from Pakistan have united behind Dr Sania Nishtar and her vision for a new World Health Organization 
Feud Erupts Over Ethiopian in Race for Top Post at World Health Body
Critics of Dr Tedros have been using Twitter to claim he is part of an inner circle of the regime well known for its systematic patterns of political repression and egregious human rights violations against Ethiopian citizens. Meanwhile, The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights visited Ethiopia and expressed his concern over the misuse of legislation in Ethiopia to supress human rights and basic freedoms
Ethiopia stands as a global model for effective health system reform
Supporters of the candidacy of Tedros Adhanom produce an opinion article backing his candidacy to become the next director general of the World Health Organization 
WHO to get new Director General
New Vision Uganda’s Joyce Namutebi tells readers that the World Health Organization is electing a new Director General at the end of May. She outlines details of the process and explains a little bit about each candidate
Campaign for WHO elections discussed
Pakistan has launched an election campaign to support Dr Sania Nishtar’s candidacy to become the next Director General of the World Health Organization 
La OMS es la única autoridad legítima para evaluar la toxicidad de los agroquímicos, asegura uno de los candidatos a dirigirla
David Nabarro was interviewed about his candidacy to become Director General and his vision for the World Health Organization going forward by Uruguayan newspaper La Diaria