| | |

Tag search: "World Health Organization"

WHO elections

WHO’s Identity Crisis

Given that President Trump is proposing funding caps on a whole host of UN agencies, the recent travel expenses at WHO report could not have come at a worse time for the agency, which is facing a severe funding shortfall. Dr Tedros will need to move swiftly to bring transparency and accountability to the WHO to demonstrate that every dollar is well spent. The world desperately needs a fully functioning WHO and must hope that in Dr Tedros the organization has found the leadership it needs to overcome its current woes

May 29, 2017
New York Times

World Health Organisation chief Margaret Chan leaves big shoes to fill

The former Hong Kong director of health is retiring as director-general of the World Health Organisation after serving more than 10 years in the role. On the front line she will be remembered for rising to the challenges of severe acute respiratory syndrome and Ebola in particular and the hard lessons learned. But her most valuable legacy, if the world takes up her initiative seriously, may yet turn out to be a global action plan on bacterial resistance to antibiotics, which if not curbed could make common infections life threatening once again

May 29, 2017
South China Morning Post

Tedros Adhanom Receives Warm Welcome Back Home

The Director General-elect of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom, received a warm welcome at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Among those who received him include Hirut Zemene, Foreign Affairs State Minister, according to FBC. Ambassadors and delegates from Ethiopian public diplomacy team, including Minister of Health, Prof. Yifru Berhan, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam joined the welcoming ceremony

May 29, 2017
Ezega.com, Walta Info.com

World Health Assembly Elects Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as New WHO Director

The newly elected head of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO),Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, outlined his priorities for journalists at the agency’s headquarters today in Geneva, where he stressed the need for Member States to provide healthcare for all and to implement global health regulations.

May 29, 2017
Normangee Star

The top job, a tough job

“All roads leads to universal coverage. This will be my central priority” newly elected WHO director general, Tedros Adhanom told World Health Assembly members. He also promised to respond to future global emergencies “rapidly and effectively”

May 28, 2017
Hindu

How did Tedros win at WHO but Amina lose at the AU?

The Star Kenya looks at the campaigns of Tedros Adhanom and Amina Mohamed to secure the top job at WHO and the African Union Commission. One successful (Tedros) and one not (Amina): it seeks the answer as to what Tedros did right (hiring a professional lobbying firm) and what Amina failed to do

May 27, 2017
Star Kenya

The WHO has a new chief. Will India now find its voice at the global health organisation?

Tedros’ election is both an opportunity and a challenge for India. India is in the position of being able to offer pivotal leadership for the Global South, promoting its interests; access to medicines by addressing trade and intellectual property barriers, pressing for technology transfer and capacity building and measures that curb the interest of multinational corporations from the North in industries related to medicines, food and beverages, alcohol and tobacco

May 26, 2017
Scroll India

A conversation with Laurie Garrett about the road ahead for the WHO

Humanosphere interviewed senior fellow for global health at the Council of Foreign Relations, Laurie Garrett, about how the underfunded and over strapped World Health Organization adapts to the changes and challenges it faces

May 26, 2017
Humanosphere
May 25, 2017
Council on Foreign Relations
May 26, 2017
InDepth News

Ethiopia's Tedros Faces Challenges as New WHO Chief

Tedros wants to broaden the WHO’s funding strategy and raise money not only for the agency but for organizations that share common goals, including the Global Fund, the World Bank, GAVI and the Vaccine Alliance. It quotes Tedros from an opinion piece he wrote for The BMJ Journal in which he argued “WHO needs to move away from vertical funding to basket funds that can be used for broad health priorities determined by its member states

May 26, 2017
Voice of America

New WHO chief faces tough challenges

The FT says one of the new WHO DG’s biggest challenges will be to boost the reputation of the WHO as a respected norm-setting agency and coordinator of pandemic responses. Tedros Adhanom also needs to explain how he intends to honour his campaign pledge on universal health coverage. Its vagueness and the need for individual countries to take the lead raise questions over the precise role of the WHO

May 26, 2017
Financial Times

WHO's newly elected chief reaffirms one-China principle

Tedros Adhanom told Xinhua that he would abide by the One-China Principle as enshrined in the related UN General Assembly resolution and the World Health Assembly resolution when handling issues in the WHO which are related to China’s Taiwan

May 26, 2017
xinhuanet

Opinion: How new Director-General Tedros must modernize WHO’s engagement with the world

Devex addresses some of the issues confronting Tedros Adhanom in its follow up to the elections. It points to donors paying their assessed contributions which requires reform. Philanthropic initiatives are important partners in developing solutions to global health challenges and WHO needs to recognise them as such and bring them into the WHO fold. It needs more proactive, coordinated and transparent communication about its work and its achievements which will raise funding and bolster support for WHO’s actions

May 26, 2017
Devex

Stakes And Opportunities High For New Head Of World Health Organization

Executive Director of Malaria No More UK, James Whiting, calls on Tedros Adhanom to “seize the once in a lifetime opportunity to end malaria within a generation.” He says that there is a malaria game plan to build on the gains made and to stop malaria regaining ground; now WHO needs to lead the drive to finish off malaria for

May 25, 2017
Huffington Post

WHO’s new African leader could be shot in the arm for poorer countries

David Sanders, Emeritus Professor, School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape, explains to The Conversation Africa some of the challenges the new director general of the World Health Organization faces. He mentions the U.S.$456m deficit so cuts to major programmes are likely, as are retrenchments. This also raises the question of large-scale donor fund influence. It also brings up funding on programmes such as that for NCDs and the influence of large food companies and WHO’s apparent opposition to getting food regulations in place to arrest the consumption of unhealthy food

May 25, 2017
Star Kenya, Enca

WHO DG: New head ‘Dr Tedros’ has his work cut out for him

The job ahead of Tedros Adhanom is so broad that one step needs to be simply prioritising what the WHO should be doing and what it should not be doing. It needs to clarify this and then explain how it will support other actors – state, intergovernmental, non-governmental and foundations – who are already engaged in tackling these issues. He needs to restore the reputation of the organization after its fumbling of the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa and to win the funding the organization needs

May 25, 2017
Daily Maverick

New WHO head seeks U.S. bipartisan support for global health

The new head of the World Health Organization voiced his hope that bipartisan support would prevail in the US Congress to fund global health initiatives, despite deep budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration. Tedros Adhanom also said the UN agency would be seeking new donors. He also said donors should not suddenly pull out of existing programmes and that there should be a gradual exit strategy to avoid shocks

May 24, 2017
Trust.org

Former Ethiopian health minister becomes first African head of the World Health Organization

The former Ethiopian health minister has become the first African head of the World Health Organization. In a secret ballot, the World Health Assembly elected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to be the agency’s new director general. Many felt it was Africa’s turn to lead the agency and the African Union strongly supported the candidacy of Tedros Adhanom throughout

May 23, 2017
Guardian Nigeria

World Health Organization Elects a New Director General from Ethiopia

Tedros will be taking over the position of director general of the World Health Organization from Dr Margaret Chan, who has led the agency since 2006. He will serve a five year term in the new position which will begin July 1st. He will become the first health official from Africa to serve as director general

May 23, 2017
Time

Vote for WHO top job takes place after weeks of mud-slinging

The Guardian comments that the campaign to become the next director general of the World Health Organization was marred by spin, but, it has now come to an end in Geneva, where representatives from 194 countries met to elect a new director general of the World Health Organization. The writer explores the extent of the disagreement between the Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus campaign and that of his vanquished rival David Nabarro

May 23, 2017
The Guardian

NoTedros4WHO Demonstration in front of UN Office in Geneva , Switzerland

Protest groups gathered in advance of the election of a new Director General for the World Health Organization on Tuesday. The NoTedros4WHO supporters vociferously expressed their opposition to the candidacy of former Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Tedros Adhanom

May 22, 2017
Mereja TV

Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom: 10 top facts about Africa's WHO candidate

Africa News takes an in-depth look at the candidacy of former Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Tedros Adhanom, who is running to become the next director general of the World Health Organization

May 22, 2017
Africa News

Ethiopia: Dr. Tedros - the Right Candidate for WHO

All Africa runs an article from the Ethiopian Herald which strongly supports Dr Tedros Adhanom’s candidacy to become director general of the World Health Organization

May 22, 2017
allafrica.com

Top Ten Reasons Why Tedros Adhanom is TOTALLY Unfit to Head the WHO?

One of Tedros Adhanom’s Ethiopian opponents writes a critique of Tedros and his candidacy to become the next director general of the World Health

May 22, 2017
Ethio Explorer

World Health Organization needs new leadership for a changing world

Ian Scott, executive director of the Emerging Markets Symposium at the University of Oxford, writes an opinion article for The Hill, in which he argues that WHO needs fresh leadership for a changing world and Dr Sania Nishtar may be the best person for that role

May 22, 2017
The Hill

Outgoing WHO Director Says Agency Remains Relevant

Margaret Chan, outgoing director general of the World Health Organization, opened the World Health Assembly by staunchly defending the organization against critics who say it has lost relevance. She went through a ‘report card’ on her time at the agency and offered her take on the organization’s successes and where it fell short. The article concluded by outlining Tuesday’s election for her successor and explaining the process and the candidates

May 22, 2017
Voice of America

Wanted: Top doctor to care for 7 billion people

The BBC reviews the forthcoming election for director general of the World Health Organization. It looks at the three remaining candidates and their track records and discusses the history of WHO and its achievements. It also puts into perspective some of the challenges a new leader will have to address on taking office

May 21, 2017
BBC

Ethiopia’s Cholera-Denying Candidate to Lead the World's Top Health Body is Taking a Battering...

Thousands of tweets, several open letters and a relentless online campaign have dogged Ethiopia’s candidate for the World Health Organization director-general position, Tedros Adhanom, as member states prepare to vote on May 23rd. The article refers to allegations that Adhanom covered up a cholera outbreak during his tenure as Ethiopia’s health minister. It also mentioned that ‘he did not like mentioning a certain disease’ and a letter in the Lancet alleged Adhanom’s indifference towards huge tobacco industry deals struck by the Ethiopian government with both Japanese and British tobacco companies

May 21, 2017
Global Voices

La OMS elige al sustituto de Margaret Chan en la 70ª Asamblea Mundial

ConSalud wrote an article about the Director General of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan and her leaving office this week after a new DG is elected to replace her

May 21, 2017
Consalud

Margaret Chan verlässt die Weltgesundheitsorganisation

General Anzeiger looks more closely at the record of Margaret Chan as head of WHO over the last decade, it scans the highs and lows, and concludes the organization has lost some ground in terms of trust and needs a reboot at the hands of the next director general

May 21, 2017
General Anzeiger

Three health experts emerge finalists for top job at WHO in its first-ever election

First Post considers the track records of the three candidates vying to become the next director-general of the World Health Organization. It considers the issues facing WHO and the plans it has to lay out on issues like the fight against polio, preparedness for pandemic flu and antimicrobial resistance

May 20, 2017
First Post

Physician’s letter in Lancet casts new shadow on Tedros WHO bid

The physician who leads the Africa Tobacco-Free Initiative published an open letter in The Lancet speaking out against the candidacy of Tedros Adhanom to become director general of the World Health Organization. He raised questions about the Ethiopian government’s deal-making role in a tobacco industry at odds with global health goals. Ashall references Ethiopia’s sale of shares in its National Tobacco Enterprise in 2016, a U.S.$510m deal overseen by two Ethiopian ministers and celebrated as an inroad into the Ethiopian market by Japan Tobacco International. This deal falls foul of the WHO Framework on Tobacco Control, and ‘as a former health minister aiming to become DG of WHO Tedros should have spoken out publicly against this tobacco deal,’ Ashall said

May 20, 2017
Africa Times

The Ethiopian who aims to lead WHO: Support and criticisms trail

The Slovak and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States are said to be backing the candidacy of Tedros Adhanom to become the next director general of the World Health Organization. But at the same time. Tedros’ campaign is dogged by controversy. Africa News cites allegations made by Larry Gostin about Tedros covering up cholera outbreaks in Ethiopia during his time as health minister

May 20, 2017
Africa News

3 vie for top WHO post in UN health agency election

The publication takes a look at the WHO DG election and briefly runs a slide rule over the three candidates and their backgrounds. It also outlines the challenges the organization faces moving forward

May 20, 2017
ABC News, wbalnews 1090, Gazette.com, Daily Mail, New York Daily News, Indian Express, Miami Herald

African Ambassadors Urge Support for Dr Tedros Adhanom, the African Union-Endorsed Candidate for...

African ambassadors from Ethiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda issued a statement urging support for Dr Tedros Adhanom’s candidacy to become director general of the World Health Organization

May 19, 2017
EIN News

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

An election that could seriously improve our health

The Financial Times’ Gillian Tett reports that the 193 members of the UN are meeting next week to cast their ballot to select the next head of the World Health Organization. She outlines the three candidates and their contrasting styles of leadership and underscores some of the challenges facing the organization in a new Trump funding age

May 19, 2017
Financial Times

'Bureaucratic, weak and ineffective': How we can reform the World Health Organisation

Lawrence Gostin, O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law and Director, WHO Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law, talks to International Business Times about the World Health Organization, describing it in the course of the article as bureaucratic, weak and ineffective. Gostin lines up the challenges that a new Director-General of WHO is facing and is optimistically suggesting this is a good opportunity to bring about the reform the organization needs

May 16, 2017
International Business Times

WHO to Vote for New Director-General; David Nabarro Wants the Job

Dr David Nabarro was interviewed by Voice of America, discussed his candidacy and set down a couple of priorities, to see the total elimination of polio and guinea worm. He also said he wants to make further inroads to ending malaria and that lessons learnt from WHO’s slow response on Ebola mean that such a lack of preparedness for a disease outbreak does not happen again 

May 14, 2017
Voice of America, Voice of America

UK’s Nabarro sets sights on intl health improvement

David Nabarro was in China expressing his support for President Xi’s Belt and Road Initiative which offers substantial opportunity for cooperation on health issues. Increased economic opportunities mean potential for the spread of infectious disease but planned activities include building deeper ties through Annual Meetings of Ministers of Health from Central and Eastern European countries with China and through the Sino-Asean Forum on Health Cooperation. Nabarro said he sees these forum as opportunities for increase health security measures

May 14, 2017
Global Times

The World Health Organization – why everyone should care (commentary)

Dr Nabarro, candidate to lead the World Health Organization, makes a case for why WHO is particularly important for everyone lives, explains his background, and highlights what he believes are reasons he would make a suitable Director General for the World Health Organization 

May 13, 2017
St Lucia News

Nurse leadership vital for World Health Organization

With more than 20m nurses and midwives making up almost half of the global health workforce, Dr David Nabarro, candidate for Director-General of the World Health Organization, has pledged his support for increasing nursing leadership at WHO 

May 12, 2017
Mercopress

Longest, Biggest World Health Assembly Ever Set To Open With Election, Budget Topping Agenda

IP-Watch reports on the press conference given by director general of the WHO Department of Governing Bodies, Timothy Armstrong, in which he explains the new election process for the next Director General, spells out why Taiwan has not received an official invite and how the World Health Assembly is to be structured 

May 12, 2017
IP Watch

Mzembi carries Africa’s hope

Tourism and hospitality industry minister Walter Mzembi is seeking to be elected as the secretary general of the UN World Tourism Organization. The election is part of a two-pronged approach by the African Union candidates to win both the UN WTO role and the UN WHO Director General

May 12, 2017
News Day

Q&A: Former MSF president on the WHO leadership race

Devex talks to Dr Unni Karunakara, senior fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University and former president of MSF, about the World Health Organization’s director general leadership race. She outlines the challenges and the problems a new leader will face and expressed the view ‘the answer to these challenges is not to set up the WHO’s own unified response mechanism. The answer should be to fix the dysfunction that exists’

May 11, 2017
Devex

Commentary: The World Health Organization - why everyone should care

Dr David Nabarro writes for the Caribbean media and pledges to support the region fully in its efforts to improve the delivery of healthcare to the people of the region. He commits to helping the region’s members to reduce suffering around the world, ensuring the most vulnerable members of society are not forgotten 

May 11, 2017
Caribbean News Now
May 12, 2017
St Kitts Observer

Goal Setter: DG Candidate Tedros Adhanom’s Q&A, Part III

Global Health Now interviews Tedros Adhanom about his suitability to become the next Director General of WHO. In this article he explains the reforms he led in Ethiopia’s health system and outlines their results 

May 11, 2017
Global Health Now

The case against WHO director-general candidate Tedros Adhanom

The Oromo media set down a strong case against the candidacy of Tedros Adhanom to become the next Director General of the World Health Organization, listing and explaining some of the many allegations against him and highlighting the very active social media campaign to stop his candidacy, which includes a petition signed by thousands and a NoTedros4WHO twitter campaign 

May 11, 2017
OPride

Theresa May’s other election campaign (in Geneva)

The UK government is supporting Dr David Nabarro with staff and cash in his bid to lead the World Health Organization. Nabarro is positioning himself as a physician-diplomat who has become the go-to guy for sorting out the world’s public health screw-ups, not as the British candidate 

May 10, 2017
Politico Europe

Experience Over Geography: DG Candidate Tedros Adhanom’s Q&A, Part II

In the second part of his interview with UN WHO DG candidate Tedros Adhanom, Tedros makes the case as to why the time is now ripe for an African Director General of the World Health Organization and puts the case that his experience makes him highly suitable to lead WHO

May 9, 2017
Global Health Now

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

WHO DG Election: How Ethiopian Tedros’s track records makes him best man for the job

Vanguard Nigeria makes a strong case in support of its candidate to become the new Director General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom 

May 6, 2017
Vanguard

Ethiopia: Tedros Adhanom played a key role in kidnapping of prominent dissident

Opponents of WHO DG candidate, Tedros Adhanom, tell the story of his alleged involvement in the abduction of Ethiopian dissident and British citizen Andargachew Tsege – arguing that this illustrates his unsuitability for this important world role 

May 5, 2017
Nazret

Andrew Mitchell Endorses Dr. Tedros’ Candidature to lead WHO

Andrew Mitchell, former Secretary of State for International Development and head of the Department for International Development of the UK, has endorsed Tedros Adhanom’s candidature for WHO DG

May 5, 2017
Awramba Times

As member-states elect the next WHO leader

A leading expert with a background of experience working with WHO discusses the forthcoming WHO DG elections and concludes Sania Nishtar is best placed to lead the organization

April 19, 2017
Guardian Nigeria

Future of Health: A Call for Leadership from the Western Pacific Region

Two leading New Zealand professors, both with UN WHO backgrounds, make the case for the region offering its support for Sania Nishtar as the best candidate to run the World Health Organization and succeed Margaret Chan 

April 18, 2017
Samoa Observer

Jury still out on sugar taxes, says British doctor vying to be next WHO boss

Dr David Nabarro, candidate to become Director General of the World Health Organization cautioned against blunt regulation and said the state should only intervene where it was proven to have an effect in changing behaviour

April 15, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald

Now Is the Moment to Tackle Mental Illness Across the Globe

Dr David Nabarro wrote an opinion piece for Time magazine in which he issued a call for the world to come together to tackle mental illness across the globe 

April 7, 2017
Time

WHO's role in the world is ready for an upgrade

Appearing in Svenska Dagbladet, WHO DG candidate, Dr David Nabarro, explains his vision for the organization. He says he wants to see WHO more of a catalyst for healthcare solutions and to be seeking to be more dynamic in finding them 

April 7, 2017
Svenska Dagbladet

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

Industry, NGOs On Staff At WHO? Beware Of Revolving Doors, Some Say

WHO said it was aware of the need to be clear on what is considered a sensitive position and it has not been explicitly explained in FENSA, the WHO took the position that sensitive positions are primarily positions which involve sensitive information, which might be proprietary, sensitive, and/or related to WHO norms and standards settings, he said. He added that greater clarity should be provided going forward. The WHO Human Resources Department director sought to reassure member states, explaining all the safeguards in place so that individuals cannot be hired after or during secondment through a back door. The director added that in 2019, when “mobility is mandatory,” most of the international fixed-term positions will be advertised through a compendium, for rotation purposes, and in that context seconded staff are not eligible for applying for positions issued in the compendium

June 6, 2017
IP-Watch

Big tobacco leaves huge ecological footprint - WHO

Tobacco growing causes massive harm to the environment through extensive use of chemicals, energy and water, and pollution from manufacturing and distribution, WHO said. The United Nations agency called for the tobacco industry to compensate for its products that contribute to greenhouse gases blamed for climate change, but gave no estimate of damage. The ecological footprint goes far beyond the effects of cigarette smoke, WHO said in its first report on tobacco’s impact on the environment. “From start to finish, the tobacco life cycle is an overwhelmingly polluting and damaging process”

May 30, 2017
Reuters

Millions of Yemenis suffer from lack of food during Ramadan

Nearly 17 million people are facing hunger in war-torn Yemen as Muslims around the world observe the holy month of Ramadan. At the same time, more than two million children suffer from malnutrition in the country, and a child under the age of five dies every 10 minutes of preventable diseases, a UNICEF report said. Additionally, the country is facing a cholera outbreak with more than 29,000 people infected, according to the World Health Organization

May 29, 2017
Daily Sabah, AlJazeera

UN health agency slammed for high travel costs

According to internal documents obtained by the Associated Press, WHO routinely spends about $200m a year on travel expenses, more than what it doles out to fight some of the biggest problems in public health, including AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. Last year, WHO spent $71m on AIDS and hepatitis. It devoted $61m to malaria. To slow the spread of tuberculosis WHO invested $59m. Some agency programmes, though, do get healthy budgets – the agency spends $450m trying to wipe out polio every year

May 22, 2017
Washington Post, TelesurTV
May 21, 2017
New York Post, STAT News
May 22, 2017
Dagens Naeringsliv

Girls account for nearly 80 per cent of new HIV infections in Africa-WHO

WHO said that girls represent nearly 80% of all new HIV infections in Africa. Recent data showed that only 13% of adolescent boys had been tested for HIV in the past 12 months in the region. In spite of the large numbers of adolescents, African governments have few policies or plans in place to encourage testing, or a deeper understanding of subjects such as HIV/AIDS, contraception or the need for screening/testing in the first place

May 22, 2017
Guardian Nigeria

Nearly 1.2 million teens die every year from mostly preventable causes

Around the globe, nearly 1.2m adolescents die each year, more than 3,000 per day, from largely preventable causes, according to new research from the World Health Organization. The most common causes of deaths among adolescents are road traffic injuries, lower respiratory infections and suicide, the report concluded. More than two-thirds of the deaths occurred in low and middle income countries in Africa and South-East Asia. Physical violence as a cause of death among young men also ranks high

May 16, 2017
CBSNews
May 18, 2017
Ghana Business News
May 16, 2017
World Health Organization
May 17, 2017
QZ.com

Pregnancy problems are leading global killer of ​​females aged 15 to 19

The World Health Organization said that more than 1m girls and boys die annually, mostly from preventable causes. Pregnancy complications are the leading cause of death globally among females aged 15-19, with self-harm in second place, a global study has found. The main causes are mental health issues, poor nutrition, reproductive health problems and violence. Failure to address the health of 10-19 year olds undermines the improvements achieved in maternal and child health worldwide

May 16, 2017
Guardian

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

India to see largest rollout of TB drugs this year

India is to be the first country to roll out the world’s first easily-dissolvable and flavoured TB drug. The child-friendly tablets, which are a combination of two or more medicines in a fixed dose combination, have been recently introduced through the government’s TB control programme in six states and will now be launched privately and through government centres in the remaining states this year

April 19, 2017
Times of India, Times of India

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

Unpaid doctors and nurses fight largest cholera epidemic on record

Nurses and doctors have been working overtime in public hospitals — without pay — to keep pace with the cholera epidemic in Yemen, which has now infected an estimated 400,000 people across the country. On July 25, the World Health Organization said cholera`s spread is slowing in Yemen and may have reached its peak. But hundreds of thousands more Yemenis will likely be infected before the epidemic is over. The strain on medical staff in public hospitals will continue. Like tens of thousands of other Yemeni government employees, doctors and nurses have not seen a monthly pay check since September 2016

July 28, 2017
Public Radio International (PRI.org)

Myanmar Asks WHO to Help Fight H1N1 Virus

Myanmar’s government requested help from the World Health Organization after the H1N1 influenza killed six out of 20 confirmed cases in the country, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports. The ministry sent an official report to the WHO, outlining its needs to help control the virus, said deputy director general of the Public Health Department Dr. Than Tun Aung. “We asked WHO to provide medication as well as vaccines and funds for medical services if possible. We also asked for diagnostic tools and preventative things. They will give us these, and they won’t neglect us,” he told The Irrawaddy

July 27, 2017
Irrawaddy Times
July 28, 2017
Mizzima.com

Yemen cholera epidemic slowing after infecting 400,000

Yemen`s cholera outbreak was set to hit 400,000 cases but there are signs the three-month-old epidemic is slowing, according to World Health Organization data. A dramatic fall over the past month in the number of people dying from the disease each day -- from about 30 to single figures -- suggests the WHO`s strategy of setting up a network of rehydration points to catch patients early is working

July 25, 2017
Reuters

UN delegation visits Yemen amid cholera outbreak

A high-level United Nations delegation arrived in Yemen to visit areas held both by the government and the Houthi rebels across the crisis-hit country. The executive directors of the World Health Organisation, the UN Children`s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme visited the southern province of Aden, where the government is based, and the rebel-held capital Sanaa. UNICEF and WHO representatives declined to elaborate on the visit to the Arabian Peninsula country, where war, cholera and looming famine have killed thousands of people and displaced millions

July 24, 2017
AlJazeera

WHO sees high risk from Kenya cholera outbreak

An outbreak of cholera in Kenya poses a high risk to the region and a moderate threat globally, the World Health Organization said after delegates at two international conferences were hit. The spread of the disease has surged since April, affecting the capital Nairobi, a major hub for conferences in Africa, and the large refugee camps of Dadaab and Kakuma. The disease hit 146 at a conference in Nairobi on June 22, and a further 136 people at the China Trade Fair on July 10-12, one of whom died

July 21, 2017
Reuters, Capitalfm.co.ke, Outbreak News Today
July 19, 2017
Reuters
July 20, 2017
Nation

Yemen cholera to spread with rains; Oxfam sees 600,000 cases

Yemen`s cholera outbreak is far from being controlled and may be further exacerbated by the rainy season, even if the rate of new cases appears to be slowing in some hotspots, the World Health Organisation said. Oxfam projected the number could rise to more than 600,000 cases, "the largest ever recorded in any country in a single year since records began", exceeding Haiti in 2011. The WHO has reported 368,207 suspected cases and 1,828 deaths in the Arabian Peninsula country since late April

July 21, 2017
Reuters, Deutsche Welle, AlJazeera, Cidrap

WHO warns of imminent spread of untreatable superbug gonorrhoea

At least three people worldwide are infected with totally untreatable "superbug" strains of gonorrhoea which they are likely to be spreading to others through sex, the World Health Organization said. Giving details of studies showing a "very serious situation" with regard to highly drug-resistant forms of the disease, WHO experts said it was "only a matter of time" before last-resort gonorrhoea antibiotics would be of no use. "Gonorrhoea is a very smart bug," said Teodora Wi, a human reproduction specialist at the WHO. "Every time you introduce a new type of antibiotic to treat it, this bug develops resistance to it"

July 7, 2017
Reuters
July 8, 2017
CNN
July 7, 2017
United Nations, USA Today

276,000 potential cholera cases in Yemen, WHO reports

The death toll continues to rise in Yemen, where a cholera outbreak has been spreading for months, according to the World Health Organization. There have been 275,987 suspected cholera cases and 1,634 deaths from the illness between April 27 and July 5. Children under the age of 15 make up 41% of these cases, and people older than 60 account for 33% of the deaths

July 6, 2017

Cholera cases up 10,000 as tons of medical supplies arrive

Since the beginning of the second wave of the cholera outbreak in Yemen (from 27 April to 2 July 2017), 262,650 suspected cholera cases, and 1,587 deaths have been reported in 21 of the country’s 23 governorates, and in 86% of the districts. The World Health Organization reported on a 403-ton shipment of medical supplies that arrived in Hodeida, Yemen recently

July 3, 2017
Outbreak News Today
July 5, 2017
Healio

Ebola outbreak in DRC is over, WHO says

The World Health Organization declared an end to the most recent outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, marking the latest key milestone in the fight against the deadly disease. The announcement comes 42 days, or the equivalent of two 21-day incubation cycles of the virus, after the last confirmed patient in the affected Bas-Uele province tested negative for Ebola

July 2, 2017
CNN
July 7, 2017
Contagion Live

WHO says child from Raqqa among 15 new polio cases in Syria

Seventeen children have been paralysed by polio following an outbreak of the disease in Syria that the World Health Organization says is "very serious". Earlier this month, the agency reported two polio cases in the Mayadin area of Deir al-Zour province, much of which is controlled by so-called Islamic State. Fourteen new cases have now been confirmed in the same area, while another was recorded in Raqqa province. It is the first re-emergence of polio in the war-torn country since 2014

June 20, 2017
Reuters, Times of Israel, Stat News, Al Arabiya

The WHO is still warning about Zika in over 30 Caribbean nations

The World Health Organization’s latest Zika classification table has over 30 Caribbean countries listed as areas “with new introduction or re-introduction with ongoing transmission” of the virus, News Americas Now has found

June 16, 2017
Curacao Chronicle

Cholera case count nears 100,000 in Yemen

Just a few days ago, UNICEF Regional Director, Geert Cappelaere, upon return from a visit to Yemen said the number of suspected cases is expected to reach 130,000 within the next two weeks, then, today, the WHO office in Yemen announced over 96,200 suspected cholera cases and 746 deaths have been reported, last week alone, more than 25,000 cases were reported. More than 80 percent of the governorates have reported cholera, with most cases being reported in the west

June 7, 2017
Outbreak News Today, Asharq Al-Awsat, Egypt Independent

Zika hit India in January, Government kept silent

Almost six months after three cases of the deadly Zika virus were reported from Ahmedabad in Gujarat, the World Health Organization has finally made the information public, the Indian health ministry is yet to comment on the issue and there are questions as to why was only one case acknowledged in an answer to parliament given by the government on March 17th when they were aware of at least three cases at that point

May 27, 2017
DNA India, Scroll , Reuters
May 28, 2017
Times of India

Congo's Ebola outbreak threatens CAR after violence forces thousands across border

An Ebola outbreak in the DRC could spread to the neighbouring CAR, where militia violence has forced thousands of people to flee across the border, the World Health Organization said, this is because recent attacks by militias in the CAR border town of Bangassou have driven about 2,750 people into Bas-Uele, raising the risk that the Ebola outbreak could spread across the border. WHO is worried as these refugees are now close to the epicentre of the ebola outbreak

May 25, 2017
Reuters

Yemen cholera caseload leaps, death toll rises: WHO

A cholera outbreak in Yemen has killed 332 people and left more than 32,000 ill in the last four weeks, WHO reports. The disease has spread faster than any previous known outbreak in Yemen and WHO is warning it could affect as many as 300,000 people over the next 6 months. To compound the problem, doctors have not been paid since September and less than half of the hospitals and medical clinics are still operating. There is also a shortage of re-hydration fluids for treating cholera patients

May 23, 2017
Reuters
May 24, 2017
Channel News Asia, AlAlarabiya
May 23, 2017
U.S. Government Accountability Office

Cholera cases in Yemen could hit 300,000 within six months: WHO

Yemen could have as many as 300,000 cases of cholera within six months and an “extremely high” number of deaths, the World Health Organization said Friday. “We need to expect something that could go up to 200,000-250,000 cases over the next six months, in addition to the 50,000 cases that have already occurred,” Nevio Zagaria. WHO Yemen representative, told reporters in Geneva by phone. The cost in lives from this will be will be “extremely, extremely high,” he said.

May 20, 2017
Daily Star
May 19, 2017
ABNA 24, Radio Pakistan, Eastern Mirror, Albawaba News, MWC News, Oxfam America, TRT World
May 20, 2017
Asharq Al-Awsat
May 19, 2017
Reuters

Congo has 29 suspected cases of deadly Ebola virus, says World Health Organisation

The World Health Organization says Congo now faces 29 suspected cases of the deadly Ebola virus. WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier today said the number includes two laboratory-confirmed deaths. Officials announced the outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever a week ago in a remote area of northern Congo. Lindmeier says Congo authorities and its health partners are monitoring another 416 people who could have come into contact with the suspected cases. The Ebola outbreak is the eighth in Congo since 1976.

May 19, 2017
First Post
May 18, 2017
KCRA3, NBC News, New York Times
May 19, 2017
Outbreak News Today, Africa News
May 18, 2017
Relief Web
May 19, 2017
CIDRAP, WSBT 22, Africa Times, The Nation, Reuters, Bloomberg

Tackling Ebola outbreak in remote Congo presents huge challenge: WHO

WHO said its assessment of the outbreak was that risk of spread is high at a national level, medium at an African level and low at a global level. WHO said logistical challenges of the outbreak are immense in this very remote and insecure part of the country. Additionally, WHO said as it deploys teams over the next few weeks it will begin to fully understand the scale of the problem it is dealing with

May 18, 2017
Reuters

As Ebola outbreak grows, question of using vaccine becomes more urgent

As health officials and aid workers head to a remote corner of the DRC to respond to an outbreak of Ebola a key question remains: will the government authorize the use of a promising experimental vaccine? The vaccine had stunning results in a clinical trial in Guinea in 2015, but it has yet to be licensed for broader use. Science Insider spoke to Marie-Paul Kieny, a WHO assistant director who oversaw the agency’s response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa 2014-16 and asked her about whether the vaccine will be used

May 18, 2017
Science

186 dead in Yemen Cholera outbreak in addition to 14,000 infected: WHO

The cholera outbreak in Yemen has so far infected 14,000 people, with at least 186 related deaths since April 27, according to the statement tweeted by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday on its official Twitter account. Most cases were reported from the capital Sanaa, reported the WHO. The fresh statistics come 24 hours following the public health emergency state declared by Yemen`s Ministry of Public Health and Population in its capital Sanaa, after the death of 115 cholera victims and the numbers of suspected cases reached 2,567, according to Yemen`s state news agency Saba.

May 17, 2017

World Health Organization: 11000 suspected Cholera cases and 124 deaths in 17 governorates

According to the World Health Organization in Yemen, the number of suspected cholera cases is 11000. These suspected cases have been diagnosed with Acute Watery Diarrhea, while the number of deaths caused by Cholera is 124. Though some believe the number is much higher. According to Alexandre Faite, Head of Delegation at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen, there are 184 deaths and 11000 suspected cholera cases. "IV fluid everywhere in hospitals, sometimes in cars parked outside health centers." Twitted Faite on Monday May 15.

May 16, 2017

Cholera spreading in Somalia, 50,000 cases foreseen: WHO

More than 25,000 people in famine-threatened Somalia have been struck by cholera or acute watery diarrhoea and this deadly epidemic should double by the summer, the  World Health Organization said. The case fatality rate for the disease in Somalia is already twice the emergency threshold and at least 524 deaths have been recorded. The UN told a news briefing that Somali death rates for cholera now reach 14.1% in Middle Jub and 5.1% in Bakool. The centre of the cholera outbreak is said to be Baidoa and thirteen of Somalia’s eighteen regions are affected

April 13, 2017
Reuters, International Business Times, Boursarama, Daily Nation, Punch Nigeria
April 14, 2017
Middle East Monitor

Panama government failed to notify OIE of a bovine outbreak for four months

Panamanian government health officials were called out by the press for not formally notifying the OIE of an outbreak of bovine tuberculosis, which could put at risk both public health but also lead to restrictions on meat exports from the country. The government sat on the information for four weeks, claiming they were waiting to receive all the phyto-sanitary paperwork before doing so

April 11, 2017
La Prensa

MINSA says there is no phytosanitary alert for bovine TB in milk in Chiriqui province

There were also reports that Panamanian health authorities in the province of Chiriqui have withdrawn milk products from supermarkets which contained evidence of bovine TB from the province of Chiriqui. MINSA said it was due to problems with the systems of pasteurization and said people were spreading false rumours

April 10, 2017
La Estrella, Critica Panama
April 11, 2017
Metro Libre

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

WHO warns of measles outbreak in areas of Europe where vaccinations have dropped

The World Health Organization warned that there is a high risk of large measles outbreaks in countries where immunization levels dropped, after more than 500 cases of the highly contagious disease were reported in Europe in January

March 29, 2017
South China Morning Post

Swine flu cases from January to March ’17: 63 deaths in Maharashtra prompt minister to call re...

There has been a slight change in the pandemic virus H1N1 – an antigenic drift – according to the National Institute of Virology experts. This has been the reason for the rising number of cases and deaths across several Indian states since January this year. According to experts, from January to mid-March, there have been reportedly over 5,000 cases and more than 125 deaths with the southern and western states being largely affected

March 28, 2017
Indian Express, United News of India

‘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

Burundi declares malaria epidemic

Burundi’s Health Minister said ‘more than 3,700 people have died since the end of 2016. There has been a 13% increase in cases related to malaria. The situation is further compounded by climate change and prolonged drought leading to people going without food.’ Deutsche Welle also added that malaria has increased in Rwanda, with nearly 700,000 cases nationwide registered up to last November

March 13, 2017
East African, Red Pepper
March 15, 2017
Deutsche Welle
March 14, 2017
Citizen, Iwacu Burundi, GBC Ghana, Voice of America

Bird flu expands in Vietnam, striking 2 more provinces

Strains of bird flu have been detected in a chicken breeder flock in the northern province of Bac Ninh and the birds are to be culled, to prevent the virus from entering the food chain

March 13, 2017
Voice of Vietnam

Non communicable diseases

Tobacco companies interfere with health regulations, WHO

Cigarette manufacturers are attempting to thwart government tobacco controls wherever possible, even as governments make progress regulating the products, a new WHO report has found. World health officials also warn that tobacco companies have moved their fight to the developing world, where smoking rates are predicted to rise by double digits in the coming decades

July 19, 2017
The Guardian, Deutsche Welle
July 20, 2017
Economic Times
July 19, 2017
United Nations, Reuters

WHO links Yoga to preventing lifestyle diseases; says it can be practised at all ages

“Yoga can be practised at all ages. It can prevent lifestyle diseases,” Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, said ahead of the International Day of Yoga. She said the only requirement is “a commitment to better health and a willingness to gently stretch, exercise and invigorate one’s body and mind”. “It (Yoga) can help kids get the 60 minutes of daily activity (which is) needed to set up a lifetime of good health. It can help adults reach the 150 minutes of weekly activity needed to stave off non-communicable diseases,” she said. “For persons aged 65 and above it can help reduce the risk of depression and maintain cognitive functioning”.

June 20, 2017
BDNews24, Jakarta Post, Hindustan Times

Cigarette taxes touted by WHO as one of the best ways to cut smoking

Tobacco taxes are one of the most effective ways to cut smoking rates, and one that countries are failing to take full advantage of, WHO said, adding, more than 7.2m people die from tobacco related diseases each year, with 80% of them living in low and middle income countries. Imposing an 80% price increase per pack globally could generate an additional $141bn, which would offset to some small degree some of the costs incurred treating people with smoking-related diseases each year

May 30, 2017
Reuters
June 3, 2017
Business Ghana

Scientists find common antibiotic could prevent or treat PTSD

A common antibiotic called doxycycline can disrupt the formation of negative thoughts and fears in the brain and may prove useful in treating or preventing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to research by British and Swiss scientists. The antibiotic works because it blocks certain proteins outside nerve cells, called matrix enzymes, which our brains need to form memories 

April 4, 2017
Reuters
April 5, 2017
Business Standard

Experts urge huge expansion of online therapy for mental illness

A massive and growing mental health burden across the world can only be tackled successfully with a major expansion of online psychiatric resources such as virtual clinics and web-based psychotherapies, specialists said. With resources tight and the global mental health system only serving about 10% of patients even now, the web is the only option for significant extra treatment capacity 

April 3, 2017
Reuters

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

Technology can accelerate universal healthcare in Africa - WHO

Integrating technology into Africa’s healthcare systems is key to opening them up faster to the poorest and most vulnerable people, the World Health Organization`s Africa director said. Using more technology presents a “big opportunity” for rolling out universal health coverage in the region, Dr. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti said ahead of the first WHO Africa Health Forum this week in Rwanda. Technology can pave the way to improvements in data management, training for health workers and making referrals, among other areas, she added

June 27, 2017
Reuters

Interview: From Hong Kong to world stage - WHO chief Margaret Chan's endeavor to safeguard publi...

Xinhua interviews director-general of the World Health Organization Margaret Chan who expressed pride in her time at the helm of the world’s ‘doctor’ as she outlined how WHO and its partner organizations have made progress in improving people’s health and life expectancy during the 10 years she has been in charge

June 20, 2017
Xinhuanet

WHO Starts Work On Essential List Of Diagnostics To Facilitate Access, Lower Prices

The World Health Organization announced that it has begun work on a list of essential diagnostics, as an echo of its Model List of Essential Medicines. According to a WHO release, the Essential Diagnostics List is indented to provide “evidence-based guidance to countries to create their own national lists of essential diagnostic tests and tools.” The Model List of Essential Medicines serves as a model for the diagnostic list, and the list “should be instrumental in developing medical guidelines as well as laboratory-accreditation schemes”

June 16, 2017
IP-Watch.org

World Blood Donor Day 2017: Shocking facts on India’s illegal blood industry

In India there is a huge shortage of blood, despite the large number of blood donation camps. As per a 2012 report by WHO, only 9m blood units are available annually whereas demand is 12m. Blood is illegally sold at a higher price most of the time and not given to patients on the basis of medical conditions, more like an auction. Some hospitals extract plasma out of blood and sell it on to pharma companies. There’s a thriving black market for getting money for donations and selling blood. Blood farms exist where poor people are forced to donate up to 12 times a month, and there is little testing meaning blood is prone to disease and infections

June 14, 2017
Money Control

Africa Not Able To Meet Blood Needs – WHO

The World Health Organisation says Africa still falls short of meeting its blood needs in spite of increase in the number of donors in the region. A 2016 report on the status of blood safety and availability in the region revealed that the number of blood donations between 2013 and 2016 increased from 3.9 million units to 4.5 million units. However, in spite of the progress, the region could only meet 50 per cent of its annual blood needs

June 14, 2017
PM News Nigeria

AI in healthcare is being built by and for the wealthiest: we need a wider perspective, warns WH...

What good does it do to get early diagnoses of skin or breast cancer if a country does not provide the opportunity for treatment or if the price of medicines are not affordable? WHO’s Margaret Chan asked the audience at the UN’s AI Summit for Good. Many developing countries don’t have health data to mine. And they don’t have functioning systems for registering vital causes of death stats. The World Health Organisation director-general spoke of the need to ensure medical AI applications work for the poorest and the richest

June 7, 2017
Wired

New WHO chief vows to leave no one behind in healthcare

The new head of the World Health Organization said it was unacceptable that 1 in 17 people still lack access to essential health services and said he aimed to change this under his leadership, Tedros Adhanom said achieving universal health coverage would be a top priority during his five year term as head of the agency

June 6, 2017
Reuters

Zika cases in India reveal gaping holes in our healthcare system

A statement by the World Health Organization says that the Zika virus has been present in India since November 2016, so the Hindustan Times says the Zika case was confirmed in January 2017, yet it took until May before this news was publicly released, and this is no way to deal with serious public health emergencies where immediate remedial action is needed to control what could become serious public health outbreaks. Indian officials claim there was no responsibility to inform the WHO while the WHO says there was, both can’t be right

June 5, 2017
Hindustan Times
June 2, 2017
Scroll
May 31, 2017
Scroll
June 2, 2017
Wire

WHO announces new flagship programs for African region over next two years

WHO’s Regional Director for Africa announced four new flagship programmes for the region over the next two years, including a major push on adolescent health and the creation of regional emergency hubs, additionally, there’ll also be mandatory performance deliverables, to which WHO offices in the African region will be held accountable

May 26, 2017
News-Medical.net

WHO Official: Medicines Should Not Be Priced At The Value Of A Life

WHO assistant director general, Marie-Paule Kieny, urged people to moved away from the notion of value-based pricing and towards fair pricing, telling WHA delegates the WHO is beginning to work on this, then the discussion moves on through pricing of vaccines to other medical products as WHO tries to get to grips with the basics of pricing, which may not necessarily be low if it can be shown it is expensive to produce. Similarly, the notion of delinking the price from the costs of R&D is a further issue, push funding for research being one way to counteract this

May 26, 2017
IP-Watch

World Medical Association highlights attacks on Indian doctors: Report

The World Medical Association has issued a warning over the increase in violence against doctors in countries such as India and China, as well as in Europe and America, where patients or relatives verbally or physically abuse the medical caregivers with alarming regularity. A WHO report said nearly 600 violent incidents against health facilities took place in 19 countries in 2014 and 2015. In the first three quarters of 2016 there were 198 such incidents. The WMA said health professionals need legal protection in countries as many countries already do for law enforcement officers

May 23, 2017
Hindustan Times

More than half of world's deaths still have no recorded cause: WHO

More than half of all deaths have no recorded cause, making effective health monitoring and policymaking far more difficult, the World Health Organization said. Improved collection of statistics means 27m deaths were recorded in 2015, compared to about a third in 2005. In some countries the improvement in collection is remarkable; Iran now has 90% of all deaths recorded compared with 5% in 1999. WHO says all the data is needed because if countries don’t know what makes people sick and die it is a lot harder to know what to do about it

May 17, 2017
Reuters

Kenya: Report Lays Bare Kenya's Frail Health Sector

The Kenya Health Workforce Report lays bare Kenya’s ill-preparedness in tackling non-communicable diseases in terms of human resource capacity. For instance, cancer killed 15,714 people in 2015 yet there are only 9 experts in radiology/oncology and 128 in radiology. For all the cases of diabetes there is only one diabetologist. There are only 71 psychiatrists in Kenya, yet the latest mental health report from WHO showed that 4.4% of all Kenyans have a mental health problem of some sort

May 14, 2017
allafrica.com, Daily Nation

WHO wants transparency, market revamp for fairer drug pricing

The world needs greater transparency on the pricing of medicines, and an overhaul of some approaches, in order to increase access to life-saving drugs, global health experts said. The problem has become global, WHO’s Suzanna Hill said, ‘many of these drugs are now on the WHO model list of essential medicines but their high price is limiting access’

May 11, 2017
Reuters

Scarcity of meningitis vaccine persists as epidemic worsens

Nigeria may not be able to get enough vaccines to prevent the spread and fatality of the ongoing Cerebro Spinal Meningitis type C. Nigeria urgently needs 1.3m doses of the vaccine for this strain but has taken delivery of only 500,000 doses. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), most vaccines currently being used for meningitis C outbreaks in Africa are polysaccharide vaccines, which are in short supply, as they are being phased out in other parts of the world, and the more effective and long-lasting conjugate vaccines, however, are not readily accessible for outbreak response in the region

April 17, 2017
Guardian Nigeria

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

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

Syria sanctions indirectly hit children's cancer treatment

Syrian child health specialists are struggling with a critical shortage of specialist drugs to treat their young patients. Local and WHO officials blame western sanctions for severely restricting pharmaceutical imports, even though medical supplies are largely exempt from measures imposed. The result is tumbling life expectancy and soaring deaths in pregnancy and childbirth

March 15, 2017
Reuters

Communicable diseases

OraSure Technologies Receives World Health Organization Prequalification of OraQuick® HIV Self-...

OraSure Technologies announced that its OraQuick® HIV Self-Test (HIVST) has been Prequalified by the World Health Organization. The OraQuick HIV Self-Test is a rapid, point-of-care test that allows an individual to detect antibodies to both HIV-1 and HIV-2 with a simple oral swab and provides a result in as little as 20 minutes at home, at outreach testing settings, or at community based screening events

July 21, 2017
Nasdaq, IP-Watch.org

WHO urges action against HIV drug resistance threat

WHO alerts countries to the increasing trend of resistance to HIV drugs detailed in a report based on national surveys conducted in several countries. The HIV drug resistance report 2017 shows that in 6 of the 11 countries surveyed in Africa, Asia and Latin America, over 10% of people starting antiretroviral therapy had a strain of HIV that was resistant to some of the most widely used HIV medicines. Once the threshold of 10% has been reached, WHO recommends those countries urgently review their HIV treatment programmes

July 20, 2017
World Health Organization, Reuters, Time, BBC

1 in 10 Babies Received No Vaccinations in 2016

Nearly one in 10 infants worldwide, or 12.9 million, received no vaccinations in 2016, the WHO said. Those infants missed the critical first dose of the triple vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. An additional 6.6 million infants who received the first dose didn`t receive the other two doses in the three-dose series last year. "Since 2010, the percentage of children who received their full course of routine immunizations has stalled at 86 percent, with no significant changes in any countries or regions during the past year," WHO said. "This falls short of the global immunization coverage target of 90 percent"

July 17, 2017
VOA News.com, Newsweek, CIDRAP

An outbreak of Ebola in the DRC has been contained. What went right this time?

The World Health Organisation recently declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Conversation explains how a multi-disciplinary team of health workers and administrative officers was dispatched and they put lessons learnt and best practice into action to contain the disease

July 12, 2017
The Conversation
July 13, 2017
Slate

Two new cases of the plague have popped up — here's why it keeps appearing in the US

This week, the New Mexico Department of Health confirmed that a 52-year-old woman and a 62-year-old woman were hospitalized with cases of the plague. Both cases were in Santa Fe county. These aren`t isolated incidents — there was another human plague case in Sante Fe county this year and four cases each in New Mexico in 2016 and 2015. There are usually a few plague infections in the US every year, mostly in the West. Plague is a bigger problem in places that have a harder time shutting down outbreaks. In the US, disease detectives try to find every person an infected individual came into contact with. That`s harder in regions with humanitarian crises or ongoing conflicts, according to the World Health Organization

June 28, 2017
Business Insider

WHO for use of devices to test multiple diseases

The World Health Organization released new advice to countries, recommending the use of multi-disease testing devices for Tuberculosis, HIV and Hepatitis. A single device called the GeneXpert can be used to diagnose TB and HIV infections, and quantitatively measure HIV and hepatitis C viral loads. India recently procured 600 GeneXpert machines for the National Tuberculosis programme. “With the power and adaptability of molecular technologies, we are in an era of great advancement for the rapid diagnosis of many diseases using single platforms,” said Dr Mario Raviglione, Director of WHO’s Global TB Programme

June 27, 2017
The Hindu

Bhutan and Maldives eliminate measles - WHO

Bhutan and the Maldives have eliminated measles, becoming the first countries in their region to eliminate the highly infectious disease that is a major child killer globally, the World Health Organization said. The milestone was reached after no measles cases originating in the Maldives had been recorded since 2009 and none in Bhutan since 2012, the WHO said

June 13, 2017
Reuters, Yenisafak
June 14, 2017
China Post

Meet the world’s most powerful doctor: Bill Gates

The software mogul’s sway over the World Health Organization has spurred criticism about it having misplaced priorities, according to Politico, and Gates having ‘undue influence.’ The article suggests Gates’ influence is likely to increase as the U.S. and the UK threaten to cut funding if the agency doesn’t make a better investment case for its activities. With Gates being the second largest funder, just above the UK, Politico points out that all the DG candidates need to ally with him in some way. It also says Gates’ sway has NGOs and academics worried. They worry as his wealth comes from big business it could serve as a Trojan horse for corporate interests to undermine WHO’s role in setting standards and shaping healthcare policies

May 4, 2017
Politico Europe

Waste not: how cities can improve sanitation

Brian Arbogast, director of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programmes at the Gates Foundation, discusses the group’s ‘Reinvent the toilet’ challenge. He highlights how a lack of sanitation often results in cycles of contamination and infection that impose a heavy cost on human, economic and environmental health. He highlights a new ‘Talking Toilets’ 360 video, which puts viewers face to face with the consequences of poor sanitation and opens eyes to possible solutions

April 28, 2017
Financial Times

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

WHO Calls for China's National Ban on Smoking

WHO officials told the Chinese that economic dividends from China’s tobacco industry are a false economy and at odds with the government’s Healthy China 2030 vision. The cost of tobacco use in china in 2014 amounted to a staggering 350bn yuan ($57bn), a tenfold increase since 2000. This increase is due to more people being diagnosed with tobacco-related illnesses and increasing healthcare expenditure. When you factor in productivity losses from premature deaths the figure is even higher, said the UN report

April 16, 2017
Women of China
April 18, 2017
The Sun Daily, China Daily

WHO Approves World's First-Ever Dengue Vaccine

Known as the Dengvaxia, several countries have already licensed it: for example, Mexico, Brazil, El Salvador and the Philippines, but last weeks’ WHO approval is likely to spur a host of other developing nations to follow suit at a time when climate change and urbanization are putting increasing numbers of people at risk from mosquito-borne diseases

April 15, 2017
Time

Two billion people drinking contaminated water: WHO

Maria Neira, head of WHO’s public health department, said “today, almost two billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.” Hundreds of thousands of people die each year from drinking contaminated water. WHO is urging the international community to invest to provide universal access to safe drinking water

April 13, 2017
New Vision
April 14, 2017
The Nation, Hindustan Times
April 15, 2017
Sunday Times

'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

UN strategy for eliminating HIV in sub-Saharan Africa is unfeasible, according to UCLA study

WHO and UNAIDS propose using treatment prevention to eliminate HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. The strategy would treat people infected with HIV to reduce their ability to infect others as a way to prevent them from transmitting the disease. UNAIDS has set a goal to diagnose and treat 90% of those individuals infected by 2020. Now, a new study by UCLA researchers concludes that although the plan is laudable, implementing it might not be feasible. Spatial demographics of populations in predominantly rural countries will significantly hinder and possibly prevent the elimination of HIV. Only a minority live in urban centres and nobody knows where the vast majority of HIV-infected people live

March 29, 2017
UCLA, Newswise.com

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

Tobacco treaty has helped cut smoking rates, but more work needed

A global tobacco treaty put in place in 2005 has helped reduce smoking rates by 2.5% worldwide in 10 years, researchers said, but use of deadly tobacco products could be cut even further with more work on anti-smoking policies. The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control analysis over the last ten years saw those countries which have fully implemented more FCTC measures obtain significantly greater reductions in smoking rates

March 21, 2017
Reuters