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WHO elections

Ethiopia's Tedros wins WHO race, first African to get top job

The former Ethiopian health minister and foreign minister received more than half the votes in the first round of elections to become director general of WHO, and then he also won a decisive second round election, beating David Nabarro to the job. The role has never been earned through a competitive vote before and health officials from all over the world met in Geneva at the World Health Assembly and voted behind closed doors

May 23, 2017
Reuters

How to Fix the WHO

The writers call for a stronger centralized reporting and operational structure which would enhance WHO ability to command and control projects. This would assist in better streamlining resource allocation and improve crisis management response. A centralized budget linked to NGOs would provide funding flexibility to cover regional funding shortfalls, reducing reliance on private funding. The writers call on the new director-general to restructure WHO with an eye to meet the demands of the 21st century

May 19, 2017
International Policy Digest

What we know as WHO heads into historic election

Devex objectively looks at the three candidates to become director-general of the World Health Organization and makes a stab at assessing how the world’s delegations may be planning to vote next Tuesday and their reasons why. The publication considers the chances of each candidate in the context of what is known so far and puts Tedros Adhanom ahead, by implication at least, but not by much, stressing ‘many countries are keeping their cards close and anything can happen with a secret ballot’

May 19, 2017
Devex

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 

May 19, 2017
BBC Worldservice

The lead candidate for the world’s top health job is being accused of covering up deadly epide...

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 

May 18, 2017
QZ.com

Ethiopia’s candidate for the World Health Organization doesn’t like mentioning a certain dis...

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

May 18, 2017
Washington Post

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

May 18, 2017
Front Page Online

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

May 18, 2017
Walta Info

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 

May 18, 2017
Ethiopian Herald

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 

May 18, 2017
International Business Times

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

May 18, 2017
The News Minute

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

May 18, 2017
Awoko

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

May 18, 2017
Ary News

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

May 18, 2017
Guardian Nigeria

In WHO Race, ICP Asks UN About Emails to UN Staff, Spox Urges Neutrality, UNlike Jeff Sachs on W...

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

May 17, 2017
Inner City Press

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

May 17, 2017
IPWatch

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

May 17, 2017
Bloomberg

I'm confident because of transparency stance

The Gulf Times talks to Dr Sania Nishtar about her campaign to become the new head of the World Health Organization

May 15, 2017
Gulf Times

La OMS es la única autoridad legítima para evaluar la toxicidad de los agroquímicos, asegura ...

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 

May 10, 2017
La Diaria

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

May 10, 2017
Gulf Times

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 

May 10, 2017
The News
May 9, 2017
Pakistan Observer

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 

May 10, 2017
Online News, The News

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

May 10, 2017
LA Sentinel

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

May 9, 2017
Guardian, Kaiser Foundation

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

May 9, 2017
Euractiv

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

May 9, 2017
Catch News

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

May 9, 2017
New Vision

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 

May 8, 2017
In-Profile Daily

The WHO needs a public health person, not a politician to lead it

The News Minute points out the value of solid leadership which empowers the team to achieve more by deepening the sense of genuine common purpose which can help WHO demonstrate stronger global public health leadership 

May 7, 2017
The News Minute

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 

May 7, 2017
Geeska Afrika

Where do the (3) candidates for the next WHO Director General stand on the most challenging glob...

Plos Blogs asks the three candidates for DG of WHO for their view on the most critical issues in global health

May 4, 2017
Plos.org

Whoever Fills The Role, The New WHO Director-General Has A Rocky Road Ahead

The Huffington Post highlights the forthcoming World Health Assembly in Geneva, where all 194 member countries will vote on the next director-general of the World Health Organization. It features the candidates biographies and the challenges they and the organization will need to face 

May 3, 2017
Huffington Post, The Conversation

Who Will Be the Next Leader of the WHO?

Leading international health consultant Sonia Allan outlines the challenges which are facing the next Director General of the World Health Organization 

May 3, 2017
USNews

Nation should raise support ahead of WHA: ex-official

Taipei Times says the nation should garner the support of the international community and the next WHO director general ahead of the World Health Assembly later this month. Taiwan’s minister of Health said he will lead a delegation to the WHA even if he does not receive an invitation 

May 1, 2017
Taipei Times

Dr Tedros is the Leader the WHO Needs

Nicole Schiegg, a former USAID advisor, writes an opinion article for the Huffington Post advocating Tedros Adhanom as being the best candidate to lead the World Health Organization 

May 1, 2017
Huffington Post

Ethiopia: Dr. Tedros Receives Paul Harris Fellow Award

Rotary International Ethiopia bestowed the Paul Harris Fellow Award on Tedros Adhanom for his contribution to creating a polio-free Ethiopia 

May 1, 2017
allafrica.com

Opinion: Who should lead WHO (Pt. 3 of 3)? Dr. David Nabarro, “a frontline clinician and globa...

Plos Blogs feature an opinion article by leading expert Rashid A. Chotani in which he makes a strong case for Dr David Nabarro to become the next Director General of the World Health Organization 

May 1, 2017
Plos.org

Tedros DG campaign forges ahead in final weeks before WHO vote

Africa Times features the candidacy of Tedros Adhanom as he campaigns to become Director General of the World Health Organization at the end of May 

April 30, 2017
Africa Times

Republic of Indonesia stopover in campaigns to lead WHO

The Jakarta Post reports that two of the three candidates to be DG at the World Health Organization (David Nabarro and Sania Nishtar) visited Indonesia to discuss the challenges a diverse developing nation faces as it is having to participate more in meeting global health challenges 

April 28, 2017
Jakarta Post

Who will be the World Health Organisation's next Director-General?

Abc.net.au previews its programme featuring a discussion of who will be the next Director General of the World Health Organization 

April 28, 2017
abc.net.au

The WHO failed on Ebola. With a future pandemic inevitable it needs reform

Former UK international development secretary, Andrew Mitchell, writes an opinion article in The Guardian in which he argues that Tedros Adhanom is the best candidate to lead reform inside the World Health Organization 

April 27, 2017
Guardian

UK nominee to focus on Pacific islands

One of the nominees for the position of Director General of the World Health Organization has vowed to help the pacific nations develop their health services and promote healthier lifestyles 

April 27, 2017
Fiji Broadcasting Corporation

UK candidate for top WHO job vows to help Pacific

Attending meetings at the Pacific Heads of Health Meeting in Suva this week Dr David Nabarro said if elected as Director General of WHO he would seek to create a special relationship between WHO and the Pacific island countries through special initiatives 

April 26, 2017
Fiji Times

David Nabarro: “The role I have been training for my entire life.”

Global Health Now publishes an interview with Dr David Nabarro, explaining his suitability for the role of director general of WHO and his vision for the organization

April 24, 2017
Global Health Now

As WHO Elects New Leader

Both Nigeria Today and Leadership outline the challenges facing a future leader of the World Health Organization but do not express a preferred candidate 

April 24, 2017
Nigeria Today, Leadership

Dr. Tedros Adhanom for WHO DG: The Right Person at the Right Time

The team at Strategic Thinking on East Africa plump for Tedros Adhanom as their preferred candidate to become DG at the World Health Organization in May 

April 21, 2017
Strathink.net

A race to restore confidence in the World Health Organization

Health Affairs describes the election of a new Director General for the World Health Organization as a race to restore confidence in the organization 

April 6, 2017
Health Affairs

We cannot be unprepared for the next global health emergency: Dr. David Nabarro

Dr David Nabarro is the UK Candidate to be the next Director-General of the WHO. He said that “We cannot afford to be unprepared for the next global emergency. I have experience on the ground, in communities and in running international crisis responses to ensure that WHO is ready to respond promptly when, not if, the next crisis hits

May 8, 2016
The News Minute

Promoting health through the life course

Global health price tag could be $371 billion a year by 2030, WHO says

Meeting life-saving global health targets by 2030 could require investments by donors and national governments of up to $58 per person per year, or $371 billion annually, the WHO said. In a best case scenario of increasing investment to meet the goals, some 97 million premature deaths could be prevented between now and 2030, and up to 8.4 years of life expectancy could be added in some countries

July 17, 2017
Reuters

France to make vaccination mandatory from 2018 as it is 'unacceptable children are still dying o...

Parents in France will be legally obliged to vaccinate their children from 2018, the government has announced. French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said it was “unacceptable” that children are "still dying of measles” in the country where some of the earliest vaccines were pioneered. Three childhood vaccines, for diphtheria, tetanus and polio, are currently mandatory in France. Others, including those against hepatitis and whooping cough, are simply recommended

July 5, 2017
The Independent
July 7, 2017
shape.com
July 5, 2017
Newsweek

WHO says 69% of pregnant women lack access to preventive malaria treatment in Africa

In a statement ahead of World Malaria Day, WHO called on all malaria endemic countries in Africa to urgently improve access to preventative malaria treatment and other critical tools for pregnant women on the continent. Despite progress made in malaria prevention in pregnant women in Africa, 69% of them are still not receiving the recommended doses of intermittent treatment in pregnancy therapy required for protection against malaria infection

April 21, 2017
Financial Nigeria

Increasing caesarean sections in Africa could save more mothers’ lives

Research says low-income countries with the lowest caesarean section rates also have the highest maternal mortality rates. In sub-Saharan Africa close to 550 women die for every 100,000 children that are born, which is 200,000 maternal deaths a year. Two thirds of all maternal deaths globally. Some of these deaths could be prevented if skilled health personnel were able to perform C-sections safely. It would also need proper equipment and supplies including drugs and blood transfusions. Africa (7.3% of babies born by C-section) has the lowest rate in the world. In Europe it is about 25% and in Latin America and the Caribbean, 40.5%

April 20, 2017
Star Kenya
April 24, 2017
Enca
April 20, 2017
News24.com

Foundations launch road safety program to protect children

Two global foundations, FIA Foundation and Puma Energy Foundation, will support the NGO Amend to implement proven-effective road safety measures around high-risk primary schools in Accra. They will also work with national institutions to see the measures become more widely implemented across Ghana. WHO estimates that over 6,700 people are killed on Ghana’s roads each year and children are among the highest risk groups for road traffic injury

April 5, 2017
Joy Online

Rural women lead fight against infant mortality in DR Congo

UNICEF and the Congolese government are providing all pregnant women and mothers with children under five with free health kits containing mosquito nets and basic medication to treat children for diarrhoea, fever and malnutrition. UNICEF is also teaching mothers how and when to use the kits and offering them vouchers to get treatment at the nearest health clinic for a nominal fee. The relative stability in Mbaza-Ngungu region of the DRC is one reason for the project’s relative success in what is otherwise a troubled healthcare system

March 23, 2017
Reuters

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Somalia: Cholera cases rise by 1000

The Ministry of Health of Somalia has reported 1068 acute watery diarrhoea (AWD)/cholera cases and 3 deaths for week 28 (10 – 16 July 2017) with a case-fatality rate of 0.3%. The overall case-fatality rate of 1.4% remains above the emergency threshold of 1%. However, the cholera outbreak which started in January 2017 is slowing down, thanks to timely interventions by WHO, national health authorities and health partners

July 29, 2017
Outbreak News Today

WHO warns of cholera risk at annual haj, praises Saudi preparedness

A cholera epidemic in Yemen, which has infected more than 332,000 people, could spread during the annual haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia in September, although Saudi authorities are well prepared, the World Health Organization said. The pilgrimage draws 2-4 million Muslims every year, including 1.5-2 million foreigners, raising the risk from diseases such as dengue, yellow fever, Zika virus and meningococcal disease as well as cholera

July 14, 2017
Reuters, geo.tv

Hepatitis E cases on the rise in Borno — Officials

Health officers are reporting increasing cases of Hepatitis E in Borno State, North-east Nigeria. The Nigerian Ministry of Health on June 18 had notified the World Health Organisation of an outbreak of the disease in the state. However, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on its official Twitter handle on Thursday raised fears that there is an increase in the number of cases in the state over the last few weeks

July 13, 2017
Premium Times
July 12, 2017
who.int

WHO: Lassa fever outbreak response remains ongoing, mitigation measures to continue

An outbreak of Lassa fever has recently been reported by officials from the World Health Organization in multiple West African nations including Nigeria. As of last month, a total of 501 suspected cases have been reported, 104 of which resulted in the deaths of the patient involved. In the remaining reported cases, 189 have been further classified by public health officials and 175 have been laboratory confirmed as Lassa infected. Seventeen Nigerian states have reported at least one confirmed case

July 12, 2017
Homeland Preparedness News

Measles 'tragedy' kills 35 across Europe

Thirty-five people have died in the past year from measles outbreaks across Europe, the World Health Organization has warned. A six-year-old boy in Italy was the latest to die from the infection. More than 3,300 measles cases have been recorded in the country. The most fatalities - 31 - have been in Romania. But there have also been deaths in Germany and Portugal since June 2016

July 11, 2017
BBC
July 12, 2017
CNN
July 11, 2017
CBS, The Independent

Tamil Nadu reports first case of Zika virus

The first case of Zika in Tamil Nadu was reported from a hamlet in Krishnagiri district by the state public health authorities on Monday, nearly two months after the WHO confirmed such cases in India. Blood samples of a 28-year-old tailor, a resident of Natranpalayam Panchayat who reported to the Anchetty primary health center with complaints of fever, redness in the eye, photophobia, skin rashes and joint pain, was confirmed to be positive for Zika virus by labs, including National Institute of Virology in Pune

July 11, 2017
Times of India

Yemen cholera cases pass 300,000 mark, ICRC says

A 10-week cholera epidemic has now infected more than 300,000 people in Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross said, a health disaster on top of war, economic collapse and near-famine in the impoverished country. The World Health Organization has said there were 297,438 suspected cases and 1,706 deaths by July 7, but it did not publish a daily update on Sunday, when the 300,000 mark looked set to be reached. A WHO spokesman said the figures were still being analyzed by Yemen`s health ministry

July 10, 2017
Reuters
July 11, 2017
The Independent
July 13, 2017
The Guardian

Whooping cough outbreak in southern Alberta grows to 92 cases

The whooping cough outbreak in southern Alberta continues to grow, with 92 cases now confirmed, according to Alberta Health Services. Medical officer of health Dr. Karin Goodison said the increase is to be expected given the low level of immunization against whooping cough

June 30, 2017
CBC

Cholera vaccine faces major test in war-torn Yemen

Imagine a poor, war-ravaged country the size of Spain where more than 20 million people are threatened by a deadly disease that’s spreading fast from city to city. You have 1 million doses of a vaccine at your disposal. Who would you try to protect? On 15 June, a group managing the modest global reserve of cholera vaccine decided to dispatch 1 million doses to the country, about half of what it had in stock; vaccina¬tion is set to begin in early July. It will be one of the biggest tests yet for the vaccine. But where to deploy it is still under debate, says Dominique Legros, a cholera expert at the World Health Organization

June 28, 2017
Science

Yemeni PM declares state of emergency over cholera outbreak

Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid Bin Daghr has declared a state of emergency in health sectors in the provinces of Abyan, Aden, Lahij, Dhale, and Shabwah. He also urged the rapid reporting of cases. Bin Daghr asked local authority leaders to be highly prepared to monitor and control cholera cases in hospitals and health centers in these provinces. The UN agency added that the decline in cholera cases should still be taken under consideration, as 1,400 have died in two months with nearly 219,000 suspected cases

June 28, 2017
AlArabiya

WHO hopes Yemeni cholera outbreak is half done at 218,000 cases

A major cholera outbreak in Yemen may have reached the halfway mark at 218,798 cases as a massive emergency response has begun to curb its spread two months into the epidemic. Soon after the outbreak began, the WHO saw a risk that it could affect 300,000 people within six months. But it spread at double that speed, prompting a far-reaching emergency response that may have turned the corner as WHO says the strength of the response will make a difference

June 27, 2017
Reuters

Yemen Now Faces 'The Worst Cholera Outbreak In The World,' U.N. Says

Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, and Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, say that "more than 1,300 people have died — one quarter of them children — and the death toll is expected to rise." They suspect that is because Yemen now has upwards of 200,000 cases to grapple with, and that number is growing quickly — by a rate of roughly 5,000 cases a day. "And geographically, it is expanding," Mohamed El Montassir Hussein, Yemen director for the International Rescue Committee, told NPR`s Jason Beaubien earlier this month

June 24, 2017
NPR
June 25, 2017
AlJazeera, BBC
June 23, 2017
Voice of America
June 25, 2017
Xinhuanet
June 22, 2017
Reuters

Rise in vaccine-preventable diseases raises alarm

One more suspected case of diphtheria was reported in the district on Tuesday, taking the total number of diphtheria cases to eight this month. Pertussis, another vaccine-preventable disease, was detected in a person on Monday. Last month, three cases of pertussis or whopping cough were reported in the district, taking the total number of cases to four. While the management of the disease is said to be easier than diphtheria, it could be lethal in children

June 21, 2017
The Hindu

Aid workers race to contain Yemen cholera outbreak, UN agencies report

A “race” is under way to contain the cholera epidemic in Yemen where 20 out of 22 governorates are affected, United Nations agencies said. Nearly 1,200 people have died in the latest outbreak and there are more than 172,000 suspected cases in the crisis-torn country, according to the World Health Organization. Together with UNICEF, WHO says it is attempting to stop cholera being “exported” from the worst-affected areas. In Raymah in western Yemen, mortality rates are almost twice the national average

June 20, 2017
ReliefWeb
June 21, 2017
The Herald
June 20, 2017
pulse.ng, Voice of America

Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and partners plan new approach to detect and r...

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) in collaboration with WHO met with partners in May to plan a new approach to detect and respond to disease outbreaks in Africa. The new approach, called ‘event-based surveillance,’ involves using open source information, such as social media posts, to detect events that might pose a risk to public health. Africa CDC will partner with the World Health Organisation and others to strengthen event-based surveillance in the 18 countries that have already begun using this approach and will work to introduce it in the remaining 37 African countries

June 20, 2017
ReliefWeb

Cholera toll in Yemen reaches 1,054

The World Health Organisation announced that the toll in the cholera outbreak in Yemen has reached 1,054, with the total suspected cases reaching 151,000. The outbreak has spread fast in 20 out of 22 Yemeni governorates in just seven weeks, since April 27, Xinhua news agency reported. Last month, the WHO said the number of suspected cases could reach 300,000 in the next six months

June 18, 2017
Odisha Sun Times, Outbreak News Today, AlJazeera

U.S. issues Zika advisory in India

Taking note of the World Health Organisation categorising India last month as a site of active transmission of the Zika virus, the United States sent out an advisory informing its citizens in India about the number of confirmed Zika infections in India. The WHO, it noted, placed India as a ‘Category-2’ country for Zika risk. A Category-2, the second highest on a four-point scale and that also includes 2015 Zika-hotspot Brazil, indicates that the virus is being actively transmitted within the country. Until April, India was a Category-4 country

June 16, 2017
The Hindu

WHO, UNICEF rushing to address cholera outbreak in Yemen

The World Health Organization and the United Nations Children`s Fund are taking forceful measures to address the cholera outbreak in Yemen, a UN spokesperson said. UNICEF, WHO, and their partners have reached nearly 3.5 million people across the country by disinfecting water tanker filling stations, chlorinating drinking water, restoring water treatment plants, rehabilitating water supply systems, and providing household water treatments and distributing hygiene kits, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric

June 10, 2017
xinhuanet

Polio outbreak in Syria poses vaccination dilemma for WHO

Vaccinating too few children in Syria against polio because the six-year-old war there makes it difficult to reach them risks causing more cases in the future, the World Health Organization said, posing a dilemma after a recent outbreak. Vaccinating even 50 percent of the estimated 90,000 children aged under 5 in the Mayadin area of Deir al-Zor would probably not be enough to stop the outbreak and might actually sow the seeds for the next outbreak, WHO`s Oliver Rosenbauer said. Immunisation rates need to be closer to 80 percent to have maximum effect and protect a population, he told a briefing

June 9, 2017
Reuters
June 10, 2017
New Delhi Times

Syrian polio outbreak hits global effort to eradicate virus

A polio outbreak has been confirmed in an area of Syria partly held by Islamic State, the first re-emergence of the virus in Syria since 2014, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and the World Health Organization said. The virus was confirmed in stools of two people who had started to become paralysed and those of a healthy child. The discovery is a fresh blow for hopes of eradicating the disease globally - a goal that was set for the year 2000 when the eradication initiative was launched in 1988, but which has been repeatedly pushed back, with billions of dollars spent on trying to snuff out the last remaining pockets of disease

June 8, 2017
Reuters

Yemen cholera cases pass the 100,000 mark: WHO

The number of suspected cholera cases in war-torn Yemen has risen to more than 100,000 since an outbreak began on April 27, the World Health Organization said. The rapid spread of the disease through 19 of Yemen`s 23 governorates highlighted a humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen after two years of civil war that has disabled most health care facilities, according to the U.N. humanitarian office. "To date, 101,820 suspected cholera cases and 789 deaths have been reported in 19 governorates," WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said. The WHO has warned that the number of cases could hit 300,000, but the daily number of new ones declined slightly in the week to June 5 to 3,432, compared with 3,651 in the previous seven-day period

June 8, 2017
Reuters
June 10, 2017
Albawaba, The Scientist, The Nation

Pressure on Sudan government as cholera advances on Khartoum

The Sudanese Doctors Union and the National Epidemiological Corporation have called on the government to declare a state of health emergency in the areas stricken by the cholera epidemic, and request the World Health Organisation to intervene and provide material and in-kind support to fight the spread of the disease. After first appearing in Blue Nile state 10 months ago, the disease that spread throughout the Nile has now also spread to Khartoum state, threatening the densely populated areas of the national capital, despite attempts by the Health Ministry to hide the facts and reduce the scale of the disaster

June 8, 2017
Dabanga, AllAfrica

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

On 19 May 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of 17 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China. Then, on 26 May 2017, it notified WHO of nine more laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus. No case clustering has been reported so far. There were 12 more human cases reported from June 2 to June 8

June 8, 2017
WHO.int
June 10, 2017
Outbreak News Today

MERS: Saudi Arabia reported 6 fatal cases, United Arab Emirates and Qatar report cases

According to a World Health Organization outbreak update, for the five weeks from April 21 through May 29, Saudi Arabia reported an additional 25 Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection cases, including six fatalities. Twelve of the 25 reported cases during this time period were associated with three simultaneous, yet unrelated clusters of MERS cases in Bisha city, Riyadh city and Wadi Aldwaser city. In addition to the Saudi Arabia cases, two more cases were reported in the United Arab Emirates and one in Qatar

June 8, 2017
Outbreak News Today

Death toll in Yemen cholera outbreak hits nearly 700: WHO

A cholera epidemic in Yemen has killed at least 681 people and the outbreak has yet to peak, according to the World Health Organization figures which showed an increase in the death toll of nearly 50% since its last update on May 27. Figures from this last week show 86,422 suspected cases of cholera being recorded across 19 of Yemen’s 23 governorates, although WHO did say the increase was due to better completeness of the reporting

June 6, 2017
Reuters

Three Saudi hospitals report MERS outbreaks since April, WHO says

Three Saudi hospitals have reported outbreaks of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome since April 21, with 12 people catching the potentially deadly disease from infected patients who later died, the World Health Organization said. The hospitals were in Riyadh, in Bisha city and in Wadi al-Dawasir in Riyad province

June 6, 2017
Reuters

WHO ranks antibiotics in a bid to counter drug resistance

The WHO published a new classification of antibiotics that aim to fight drug resistance, with penicillin-type drugs recommended as the first line of defence and others for use only when absolutely necessary. The new essential medicines list includes 39 antibiotics for 21 common syndromes categorized into three groups: ‘Access’, ‘Watch’ and ‘Reserve’. Access drugs have lower resistance potential, the watch list should be dramatically reduced and the reserve list is absolutely last resort

June 6, 2017
Reuters, Business Recorder

Days Before Confirming Three Zika Cases, WHO Moved India to Same Category as Brazil

India was moved up from the safest category 4 for possible Zika infection to category 2 level, in the World Health Organization’s country classification system for the Zika virus. This indicates WHO believes India is now “an area with ongoing transmission of Zika”

June 2, 2017
The Wire

WHO deploys new technology for Ebola fight

WHO said it has deployed new technology that allows for rapid diagnosis of the Ebola virus in the DRC. One of the technologies being used to detect Ebola is GeneXpert, which was primarily developed to detect cases of TB, but has been adapted to enable rapid testing of many pathogens. At the INRB lab in Kinshasa technicians can use it to test for the Zaire strain of Ebola in just one hour. Other tests deployed include OraQuick which can test blood or saliva samples for Ebola in just half an hour

May 29, 2017
News Agency of Nigeria, ReliefWeb

Superbugs: The world is taking action, but low-income countries must not be left behind

The WHO’s Dr Marc Sprenger said that while the world has woken up to the threat of antimicrobial resistance and is starting to respond, many low-income countries are struggling to find capacity and need greater support. Sprenger said that more than 90% of people live in countries which have developed a national action plan on antimicrobial resistance. Around 30% of low-income countries either have or are developing a plan and these are the ones that most urgently need to be best prepared

May 29, 2017
WHO.int

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

China notified WHO of an additional 23 laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with H7N9 virus in China earlier this month. At the time of notification (13 May) there had been seven deaths, 15 patients were diagnosed with pneumonia or severe pneumonia and a further case was mild

May 23, 2017
World Health Organization

Chan’s Last Speech To WHA Opening: Affordable Medicines, Innovation, Listen To Civil Society, ...

In her final opening speech to the annual World Health Assembly, Director General Margaret Chan underlined progress made and left to make, and highlighted access to medicines as the most contentious issue of her decade of services. She stressed the importance of innovation and investment in health, acknowledged the necessity of partners in the private sector and civil society and encouraged scientific evidence in decision making

May 22, 2017
IP-Watch

Outgoing WHO chief says world 'better prepared' for health crises

Margaret Chan defended her legacy and insisted that the world has become better prepared to face health emergencies like Ebola on her watch. She acknowledged mistakes had been made while she was at the helm but said that despite frequent criticism that WHO has lost its relevance, the organization has learnt and a wide range of reforms have occurred. She pointed to significant progress in the fight against HIV, TB and malaria as well as against a wide range of long neglected tropical diseases as achievements. She also said WHO is now better prepared to respond to the next epidemic

May 22, 2017
The Daily Star, The Standard, RTBF, Le Point

Cholera outbreak spreading at 'unprecedented' speed kills 315 in Yemen

WHO said more than 29,300 suspected cases have been reported in 19 of the country’s 22 provinces. The highest number of likely cases, more than 6,000 are in the capital city Sana’a. Last week the UN warned that Yemen could have as many as 300,000 cases of cholera within six months and an extremely high number of deaths

May 21, 2017
UPI
May 22, 2017
AlJazeera
May 21, 2017
Outbreak News Today
May 22, 2017
BBC News

Fourth person in probable Ebola death in Congo: WHO

A fourth person has likely died from Ebola in remote north eastern DRC, the WHO said, as the overall number of cases rose to 37 from 29. Of the 37 cases of haemorrhagic fever discovered since early May, two have been confirmed as Ebola, three including the latest death are considered probable and 32 are suspected. Health authorities are monitoring 416 people who came into contact with sufferers and have dispatched mobile laboratories to the zone to test people more quickly

May 21, 2017
Reuters
May 22, 2017
The Citizen

WHO says Liberia taking precautions after mystery deaths

Nine infected people are undergoing treatment and there are fears the numbers may rise. The disease in Sinoe County has already killed 11 people and numbers are predicted to rise. Initial tests ruled out Ebola but the health ministry is considering sending blood samples abroad for testing. Those infected with the unknown disease show symptoms of severe stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and headaches. A link between these deaths appears to be that they all attended the funeral of a religious leader, so bodily contact, or infection by ingestion, might be the method by which the virus spreads

April 26, 2017
Reuters
April 29, 2017
Front Page Africa
April 28, 2017
Guardian Nigeria
April 30, 2017
Geo TV
April 28, 2017
AllAfrica.com, Channel News Asia, Reuters, Pulse Nigeria, Guardian

Lunda Sul: Província considerada endémica em casos de malária

The Angolan Lunda Sul health authorities recorded 11,587 cases of malaria during the first quarter of the current year. The health team said there are many victims of malaria, though the data is still at a provisional level and numbers may increase, there are currently 19 recorded deaths

April 25, 2017
Agencia Angola Press

Gombe recorded 40 cases of leprosy in 2016

The Gombe State Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control unit told the Nigerian press that there have been 40 fresh cases of leprosy recorded in the Gombe area during 2016. Of these 40 cases, 12 were children, which means there was still likely to be ongoing infection within the community. Efforts are being made to trace down the source and health authorities urged care

April 5, 2017
Information Nigeria, Info Stride, Nigeria Today

Drought, cholera kills over 400 people in Somalia

Somalia’s health ministry said almost 18,000 people are receiving hospital treatment amid the worst drought since 1945. To date, drought and cholera have killed more than 400 people – the areas most affected are in southern and central Somalia. Experts say this is not the Somalian rainy season yet, which is still a few weeks away. Even so, health workers report at least 300 new cases every day along with dozens of deaths

April 5, 2017
Anadolu Agency, Hiiraan.com

Cholera spread rapidly in new territories in Ogaden, and the situation is out of Control

The Ogaden News Agency is reporting a cholera outbreak which is spreading through the Dollo, Korahay, Nogob, Jara and Afdheer regions killing hundreds. Local Ogaden groups want the international community to persuade Ethiopia to work with international bodies to set up a humanitarian corridor for health treatment and supplies

April 5, 2017
Ogaden News Agency

MERS causes new Saudi hospital outbreak: WHO

Ten people have caught the MERS corona virus after an outbreak in a haemodialysis unit in a hospital in Saudi Arabia, WHO said, without, at first, giving details of how the virus was able to spread within the hospital. At least 49 patients and medical staff were exposed. Later, Scientific American reported the cause was identified as a wrong diagnosis and wrong subsequent treatment

April 4, 2017
Reuters, Enca, Jakarta Globe, Scientific American, The National

Ya son mas de 6 mil casos de dengue registrados en el pais

In part due to the relentless storms and rains along the cost, MINSA said that Peru has witnessed 6,362 cases of dengue across the country to date, with five deaths (Loreto 2; Piura 1; Ayacucho 1 and Chiclayo 1). MINSA said eight regions of Peru are under emergency health restrictions: Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, Cajamarca, La Libertad, Ancash, Lima and Ica – with attention focused on outbreaks of infectious diseases

March 31, 2017
Diario Medico

‘Balochistan coastal towns again hit by chikungunya’

Chikungunya resurfaced in the Balochistan coastal towns of Gwadar and Pasni and as many as 472 patients were suspected to have contracted the disease in Gwadar district alone over the past two months, a report jointly compiled by the World Health Organization and the local health department confirmed

March 27, 2017
Tribune Pakistan, Balochistan Express

WHO expands vaccination advice as yellow fever covers southeast Brazil state

WHO is toughening up its vaccination advice for Brazil, as yellow fever is now a risk across the entire Brazilian state of Espirito Santo. There are growing concerns the virus could spread to urban centres like Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Vitoria, where millions live and the virus could start spreading in a human-to-human cycle via the Aedes aegypti mosquito. After seeing its twentieth death from yellow fever, Espirito Santo has been sent 500,000 doses of vaccination. The state of Minas Gerais reported that 105 people have died from yellow fever so far. Belo Horizonte confirmed that it has seen several monkeys who have contracted the disease and died

March 7, 2017
Reuters, Reuters, G1.Globo.com, Agencia Brasil, Infobae, DCI.com, G1.Globo.com, G1.Globo.com

Non communicable diseases

A peek into Bloomberg's new public health initiative

A total of 46 out of a goal of 50 cities have signed up to date to be part of “Partnership for Healthy Cities,” Bloomberg Philanthropies’ latest initiative launched just before the 70th World Health Assembly. The program will see the foundation investing up to $100,000 per partner city to help them in their efforts to implement one of 10 proven interventions in NCD and injury prevention. For the next 18 months, Bloomberg Philanthropies, in partnership with the World Health Organization and Vital Strategies, will be working with cities across the globe to tackle the different factors contributing to non-communicable diseases

June 23, 2017
Devex

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

May 9, 2017
Sipse

With 30 crore patients, depression now No 1 reason for ill health

Depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability in the world, according to WHO. The condition has overtaken lower respiratory disease as the biggest global health problem. WHO identifies a link between depression and other mental and physical health problems; the risk of substance abuse and diseases such as diabetes and heart disease

April 2, 2017
The Times of India

'Let's Talk', WHO says, as depression rates rise 18 percent in a decade

Depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, the World Health Organization said, with more than 300 million people suffering. Rates of depression have risen by more than 18% since 2005, but a lack of support for mental health combined with a common fear of stigma means many do not get the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives 

March 30, 2017
Reuters

Health systems

We can cure hepatitis C. But we’re now making the same mistake we did with AIDS

The World Health Organization now reports that 4 out of 5 people infected with hepatitis C aren’t even aware of it. Of those who do know, fewer than 1 in 50 have received treatment. These numbers are far worse in parts of South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, where the majority of the global extreme poor live. In many places, such as Rwanda, infected patients remain on waiting lists for treatment, without which many succumb early to liver failure, cancer and other related complications. This is a failure not of science but of delivery

July 29, 2017
Washington Post

Hepatitis drugs more affordable but disease still deadly: WHO

Prices of drugs to cure hepatitis C and to treat hepatitis B are dropping dramatically, offering affordability and hope to 325 million people living with the viral liver disease that can be fatal, the World Health Organisation said. A generic antiviral drug for hepatitis C, which can be cured in three months, was placed this week on WHO`s list of pre-qualified medicines. That means it can be used safely by aid agencies and countries for bulk purchasing

July 27, 2017
Reuters

WHO Report Identifies Priority Areas for HIV Pharmacy Research

HIV drug resistance poses a global threat, and research into new medicines, particularly those that are tailored to adolescents and children, are needed, according to a report released by the World Health Organization and the International AIDS Society (IAS)

July 25, 2017
Pharmacy Times

World Health Organization begin work with the Ministry of Health

The Minister of Health of the UN proposed government, Omar Al-Tahir, conducted a meeting with a delegation from the World Health Organization (WHO) in Libya. Among those present was the official responsible for medical supplies in the organization Najwa Imam and the supply officer Khairiya Hashashi. The two sides discussed coordination between the ministry and WHO on how to develop new mechanisms aimed at identifying medical needs, providing medicines, medical supplies, developing methods of managing medical stores, and spreading the pharmaceutical culture according to the international standards adopted by the organization

July 12, 2017
Libya Observer

Central African Republic health plan threatened by violence - WHO

As displaced people return to their homes in the capital of war-torn Central African Republic, they will need medical services but renewed violence threatens an already wounded healthcare system, the World Health Organization`s Africa director said. After more than four years of violence that have caused "extensive degradation" of health services, Central African Republic`s new national plan aims to re-establish public health systems and infrastructure, the WHO said

June 23, 2017
Reuters

WHO to help bring cheap biosimilar cancer drugs to poor

WHO is to launch a pilot project this year to assess cheap copies of expensive biotech cancer drugs in a bid to make such medicines more widely available in poorer countries. The UN agency said it would invite drug makers in September to submit applications for prequalification of so-called biosimilar versions of two such drugs on its essential medicines list, Roche’s Rituaxan and Herceptin

May 4, 2017
Reuters

New bednet options required to boost night safety from malaria

With pyrethroid class insecticide the only WHO approved class for some 12 years, new technology to treat anti-malaria bednets is becoming critical due to likely insecticide resistance, so one approach in the pipeline is to treat bednets with pyriproxyfen, which stops female mosquitoes from producing eggs. More research needs to be scaled up and more investment sought which is where WHO can play a role

April 25, 2017
Financial Times

WHO urges action over growing hepatitis epidemic

The number of people dying from hepatitis is rising, and most of the 325m infected are unaware they have the virus and lack access to potentially life-saving medicines, the World Health Organization said. In its first global report on the infection WHO said millions were at risk of a slow progression to chronic liver disease, cancer and a premature death and swift action on testing and treatment is needed

April 21, 2017
Reuters
April 22, 2017
Med.News.am, Global Times

Medication, money and maps: How to fight a debilitating eye disease

Paul Emerson, Director of the International Trachoma Initiative, told Reuters ‘we know where the disease is, we know what to do about it and where to do it.’ He went on: ‘antibiotic donation programme, increased government spending, a global mapping project identifying hotspots and the use of smartphones to collect data are game changers in fighting trachoma.’ He concluded: ‘the challenge now is reaching the most neglected populations, communities in conflict and in closing the funding gaps’

April 21, 2017
Reuters

Trouble as dominant HIV testing kits fail crucial WHO test

Most of the dominant HIV testing kits used in Kenya and other African countries have failed crucial threshold tests set by the World Health Organization. The evaluation took place as WHO and partners say they are seeing increasing numbers of cases of misdiagnosis, reaching up to 10.5% in some African countries. The final report had some interesting findings, indicating that the insistence that misdiagnosis is mostly to be human error looks likely to be misplaced. It suggests the testing kits themselves may be largely to blame

April 17, 2017
Standard Media

$1.1bn Required for Meningitis Vaccines as Deaths Rise to 328

The Nigerian government says it needs the sum of $1.1bn to be able to afford to vaccinate the 22 million people at risk of the current outbreak of Type C cerebro-spinal meningitis which is sweeping through five states and has already claimed hundreds of lives

April 4, 2017
This Day Live, AllAfrica.com
April 3, 2017
BBC News

The Campaign to Lead the World Health Organization

The New York Times looks at the campaign to lead the World Health Organization. It explains the new voting procedure and who the three remaining candidates to lead WHO are. It runs over the list of challenges the new WHO boss faces, the organization is suffering from an identity crisis, it is often accused of being lumbering and slow, it is dependent on partnering medical charities like Doctors Without Borders, it is bureaucratic and under pressure from competing lobby groups and donors

April 3, 2017
New York Times

How poor vaccine supply systems put thousands of Kenyans at risk

Outdated vaccine supply and distribution systems are delaying and limiting the impact of vaccines, placing the health of millions of people at risk, according to new articles published in Vaccine Journal. One in every three countries in the world experiences at least one stockout of at least one vaccine for at least one month, while 19-38% of vaccines worldwide are accidentally exposed to freezing temperatures, potentially compromising the potency of the vaccines

April 2, 2017
The Star Kenya

Financial problems affect region’s fight against malaria

Although all East African countries plan to eradicate malaria by 2017, or at least reduce it to single digits, being malaria free now seems like a pipe-dream for the region, because all the countries are recording an upsurge in infections since last year meaning planned funding will be insufficient 

March 31, 2017
The East African, AllAfrica.com

CNN To Debut Jeffrey Wright-Narrated Pandemic Documentary ‘Unseen Enemy’ On World Health Da...

CNN will show a documentary, on April 7th, to coincide with World Health Day, which features some of the world’s top pathogen hunters and medical professionals who have been involved in tracking outbreaks of Zika, Ebola and influenza worldwide. The film called ‘Unseen Enemy’ makes the case that successful containment can be achieved with coordinated efforts of medical professionals, researchers, governments, communicators and the public 

March 17, 2017
CNN

Poisonous drugs hit market

Business Day Ghana focused upon Ghana’s record as the sixth worst country for counterfeit drugs in the world. WHO has estimated counterfeit drugs make up around 25% of the total medicine supply in less developed countries and a more detailed sampling found that between 30-60% of the medicines in Africa and South East Asia were substandard

March 7, 2017
Business Day, AllAfrica.com

WHO Director General Candidates Showcase Campaigns To The World

IP-Watch reported on the recent Geneva Health Centre event which featured a Q&A with the remaining three candidates seeking to become the new Director General of the World Health

March 7, 2017
IP-Watch

Communicable diseases

Vaccine lessens severity of whooping cough infections

Even though vaccinations don’t always prevent whooping cough, people have milder symptoms of the respiratory illness and lower odds of serious complications with the vaccine than without it, a U.S. study suggests. More than three in four cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, occurred in people who were up to date on their vaccinations, the analysis of multistate disease surveillance data found. Babies and young children had 60 percent lower odds of severe infections, however, when they had received all recommended childhood pertussis vaccinations

July 27, 2017
Reuters

Increase in pertussis outbreaks linked with vaccine exemptions, waning immunity

A significant jump in the number of pertussis cases in the U.S. may be due to increasing numbers of nonmedical vaccine exemptions as well as waning immunity among those who have been vaccinated, according to a new study from Harvard researchers. The number of cases started creeping back up in the 1980s and 1990s, then increased dramatically in the mid-2000s. In 2012, there were 48,000 reported cases of pertussis in the U.S.—the highest number since 1955

July 11, 2017
Harvard School of Public Health

WHO's Recommended Treatment To Tackle Tuberculosis Not Yet Implemented

India may be sitting on the edge of yet another tuberculosis epidemic. India accounts for 2.8 million of the 10.4 million new tuberculosis cases globally, according to the World Health Organisation Global TB Report 2016. WHO revised its estimates in 2016 after improved surveillance data from India and found a 34% spike in new cases. Amongst this the cases for Multi Drug Resistant TB have also risen

July 6, 2017
NDTV.com

Who proposes to change the composition of influenza vaccines

Existing vaccines are not the same antigenic properties of influenza viruses type A and B. The WHO recommends to completely change the composition of influenza vaccines for the Northern hemisphere. This decision is due to antigenic mismatch of vaccines and the viruses that cause epidemic

July 5, 2017
Mice Times of Asia

Asian strain of zika virus has mutated: Scientists

In a cause for concern, the Asian strain of zika virus has mutated, the scientists have confirmed. According to Hyderabad doctors, zika virus has been most possibly present in the country for decades, but due to lack of diagnostic facilities at the local level, the disease has gone undetected. Now that the WHO has confirmed the presence of zika virus in Hyderabad, they warn that a strong surveillance is needed to prevent the spread of the virus, particularly in the backdrop of research reports that the Asian strain of zika has mutated. "We have not yet developed widely accessible tests for zika infection. We may, at times miss out the coinfection due to low index of suspicion and poor availability of diagnostic tests," experts warned

June 23, 2017
Times of India

More pregnant women getting whooping cough vaccine

Babies are much less likely to get whooping cough if their mothers get vaccinated against the potentially fatal respiratory infection during pregnancy, and a U.S. study finds that a growing number of women are starting to follow this advice. About 49 percent of pregnant women in the U.S. got the Tdap booster vaccine against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis last year, up from just 27 percent in 2014, the study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found

June 15, 2017
Reuters

WHO urges India to up spending on healthcare

Addressing the SYMHEALTH 2017 international conference on healthcare, WHO representative Henk Mekedam told delegates that India needs to increase its spending on healthcare. “Currently investment amounts to 1.2% of GDP. This has pushed 60m people below the poverty line.” WHO had previously recommended 2.5% of the country’s GDP should be allocated to healthcare. Mekedam went on “globalization leaves us far better connected but this poses challenges such as the faster spread of infectious diseases”

May 7, 2017
Times of India

WHO Report Slashes Number of Worldwide Hepatitis C Cases

The estimated number of individuals living with hepatitis C virus worldwide has been slashed in half by a new WHO report. Surprisingly the drop has little to do with the release of lifesaving HCV drugs. The dramatic decrease is largely due to tests that measure patients’ RNA, rather than seroprevalence, which are less precise. The meta-analysis of studies conducted in sub-Saharan Africa showed that only 51% of patients diagnosed as positive from antibody tests had evidence of viral RNA. The inaccuracy is because patients can spontaneously clear the virus, while the antibodies will hang around – so the issue is more due to diagnostic tests rather than treatment

May 2, 2017
Specialty Pharmacy Times

WHO’s deadly omission as tuberculosis marches on

After an uproar over the omission of TB from the WHO list of 12 pathogens that are resistant to antibiotics, the global body said it was considering editing the list to include TB. This list was intended to encourage R&D of new antibiotics in the midst of gloom that medicines are losing their power to cure diseases. Researchers and health specialists did not take kindly to Mycobacterium tuberculosis being omitted from a list of micro-organisms that pose the greatest public health risk

April 25, 2017
Business Daily

World Health Organization hails major progress on tackling tropical diseases

The WHO director general announced that significant strides have been made in the fight against sleeping sickness, elephantiasis and other neglected tropical diseases. Data from WHO showed that in 2015 more than 60% of the 1.6bn people suffering from neglected tropical diseases received treatment. In the same year there were fewer reported cases of sleeping sickness than in any other year since records began. There were roughly 3,000 cases of sleeping sickness recorded in 2015, an 89% reduction in numbers since 2000. There were only 25 cases of Guinea worm disease, a condition that affected 3.5m people in 1986

April 19, 2017
The Guardian, Reuters, BBC
April 18, 2017
Financial Times
April 20, 2017
The Times

Nine SE European countries to sign well-being agreement

Nine south-eastern European countries are set to sign a new, far-reaching cooperation pledge to continue improving the health and well-being of their populations. The South-Eastern Europe Health Network has made visible progress to the health status of participating countries. Infant mortality decreased significantly in all nine countries and halved in some. This collaboration arrangement in public health has provided a platform to identify and address common challenges

April 5, 2017
Post Online Media

David Nabarro: WHO's Next?

Politics Home interviews David Nabarro, candidate to become the next Director General for the World Health Organization. It highlights ‘Nabarro is the only candidate with a proven record of running an international response to disease outbreak.’ It explains Nabarro’s vision for WHO’s future: reinforcing procedures for responding to disease outbreaks early, strengthening systems capacity at country-level and capacity globally backed up with world-class laboratories and proper expertise. It detailed how Nabarro wants to focus on NCDs and work on improving best practice advice with a particular focus on women and children. He summed up his vision thus: ‘Less operational, more strategic. Less project, more policy’

April 5, 2017
Politics Home

'White coats' alone can't combat infectious disease outbreaks: U.N. adviser

Poor countries need more resources and training on the ground to combat infectious diseases that are spreading in new ways and to new places, partly due to climate change, said David Nabarro, who is in the race to be next head of the World Health Organization. The first thing in dealing with outbreaks is to make sure there is capacity in the countries to deal with the problems early and simulation exercises are crucial in ensuring local communities are prepared

March 31, 2017
Reuters
April 1, 2017
Economic Times, DFID
March 31, 2017
Financial Times

Rise of superbug tuberculosis hampers global control efforts

Rising rates of drug-resistant TB are threatening to derail decades of progress against the disease and new antibiotics to treat them are in their infancy. Around 1 in 5 cases of TB are now resistant to at least one major anti-TB drug, researchers for a new study found. Around 1 in 20 are multi-drug resistant or extensively drug resistant. Approximately half of global cases of MDR-TB are in India, China and Russia, but migration and international travel have allowed drug-resistant strains to appear in almost every part of the world

March 22, 2017
Reuters
March 24, 2017
Hindustan Times
March 23, 2017
SABC News
March 24, 2017
India.com
March 26, 2017
Daily Star Bangladesh
March 25, 2017
Ewn.co.za
March 27, 2017
Guardian Nigeria

Tuberculosis Critical Group of Bacteria, needs new Antibiotics ─ TB Alliance tells WHO

WHO was urged to add Mycobacterium tuberculosis to its crisis in new antibiotics critical group list, as groups say the world needs urgent research and development to combat drug-resistant TB bacteria. Campaigners told WHO TB is the world’s deadliest infectious disease, killing 1.8m people each year, and R&D investment into solutions are critically underfunded

March 1, 2017
Africa Science News
February 28, 2017
Xinhuanet

Malaria goes sub-microscopic, proves its existence in Chennai

A study carried out by the National Institute of Malaria Research Chennai, along with other institution, has shown the existence of asymptomatic malaria in Chennai, which remains undetected. ‘This sub-microscopic malaria acts as a transmission reservoir in endemic areas and poses a major challenge to those working on elimination,’ the study lead said

March 1, 2017
New Indian Express

WHO says bird flu outbreaks raise alarm, but human risks still low

WHO says the risk of sustained human transmission of H7N9 bird flu in China is low, but because the surge in human cases there is worrying the situation requires constant monitoring

March 1, 2017
Reuters

The Mistakes We Made Responding to Ebola

Fortune Magazine reviewed how WHO mishandled the Ebola outbreak, interviewing Dr David Nabarro, who went on to be the UN secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Ebola, and who candidly explained where things had gone astray with WHO’s response and what needed to change going forward

February 28, 2017
Fortune

Why Europe should lead on fight against disease

Renate Baehr, executive director of the Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevolkerung, wrote an Op Ed for Politico Europe, in which she argued that ‘the rise of Donald Trump and Brexit have made European action on disease control more important than ever and that the Bloc needs to fill the U.S. power vacuum as it steadily withdraws’

February 23, 2017
Politico