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Uganda ends Marburg virus disease outbreak
Uganda has successfully controlled an outbreak of Marburg virus disease and prevented its spread only weeks after it was first detected, the World Health Organization said on Friday (December 8). “Uganda has led an exemplary response. Health authorities and partners, with the support of WHO, were able to detect and control the spread of Marburg virus disease within a matter of weeks,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - December 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: marburg [subject], marburg haemorrhagic fever Source Type: news

Dementia: number of people affected to triple in next 30 years
As the global population ages, the number of people living with dementia is expected to triple from 50 million to 152 million by 2050. "Nearly 10 million people develop dementia each year, 6 million of them in low- and middle-income countries," says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO. "The suffering that results is enormous. This is an alarm call: we must pay greater attention to this growing challenge and ensure that all people living with dementia, wherever they live, get the care that they need." (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - December 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: mental health [subject], mental health promotion Source Type: news

Diphtheria is spreading fast in Cox ’s Bazar, Bangladesh
Diphtheria is spreading fast in Cox ’s Bazar (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - December 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: diphtheria [subject], corynebacterium diphtheria, diphtheria [subject], corynebacterium diphtheria, Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

Improving the lives of people with disability – the role of data
Gloria Cer ón knows disability is an important issue all over the world, particularly in her own country of Chile. But through a WHO-backed initiative, she and her colleagues at Chile ’s National Disability Service have developed up-to-date information on disability in her Latin American nation, and are using this to strengthen services for people who need them. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - December 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: disabilities [subject], physically disabled, mentally disabled, disabled persons, people with disabilities, Chile [country], Press release [doctype], Region of the Americas [region] Source Type: news

United Nations leaders call on the Saudi-led coalition to fully lift blockade of Yemeni Red Sea ports
The partial lifting of the blockade of Yemen ’s Red Sea ports by the Saudi-led coalition in recent days is allowing humanitarian organizations to resume the provision of life-saving assistance to people in desperate need. Given the massive scale of Yemen’s humanitarian crisis, however, all this does is slow the collapse towards a massive h umanitarian tragedy costing millions of lives. It does not prevent it. Without the urgent resumption of commercial imports, especially food, fuel and medicines, millions of children, women and men risk mass hunger, disease and death. Ongoing commercial import restrictions hav...
Source: WHO news - December 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Statement [doctype], Yemen [country] Source Type: news

World AIDS Day 2017
Statement by Dr Tedros for World AIDS Day, 1 December 2017 (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - December 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: director-general [subject], hiv/aids [subject], hiv, hiv infections, aids, Statement [doctype] Source Type: news

Global response to malaria at crossroads
- WHO report shows gains are levelling off (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: malaria [subject], malaria [subject], Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

1 in 10 medical products in developing countries is substandard or falsified
An estimated 1 in 10 medical products circulating in low- and middle-income countries is either substandard or falsified, according to new research from WHO. This means that people are taking medicines that fail to treat or prevent disease. Not only is this a waste of money for individuals and health systems that purchase these products, but substandard or falsified medical products can cause serious illness or even death. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: medicines [subject], pharmaceuticals, medicines, drugs, drug, pharmaceutical preparations, pharmacology, drug therapy, psychotropic drugs, pharmaceutical products, medicines [subject], pharmaceuticals, medicines, drugs, drug, pharmaceutical preparations, Source Type: news

WHO delivers medicines as diphtheria spreads in Yemen
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: diphtheria [subject], corynebacterium diphtheria, emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Press release [doctype], Yemen [country] Source Type: news

Madagascar ’s plague epidemic is slowing, but we must sustain the response
Madagascar ’s unprecedented outbreak of pneumonic plague is slowing down but the response must be sustained, WHO cautioned on Monday (November 27). “The worst of the outbreak is over, but we must stand ready to detect and respond to new infections until the end of the plague season in April 2018,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: plague [subject], bubonic plague, pneumonic plague, African Region [region], Madagascar [country] Source Type: news

New global commitment to end tuberculosis
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: tuberculosis [subject], tb, tuberculosis [subject], tb, Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

UN leaders appeal for immediate lifting of humanitarian blockade in Yemen – lives of millions are at risk
UN leaders appeal for immediate lifting of humanitarian blockade in Yemen – tens of thousands of lives at imminent risk (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Statement [doctype], Yemen [country] Source Type: news

Statement of the 15th IHR Emergency Committee regarding the international spread of poliovirus
IHR Emergency Committee statement on polio, 14 November 2017 (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: poliomyelitis [subject], polio, poliovirus, polio encephalitis, Afghanistan [country], Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Statement [doctype] Source Type: news

WHO welcomes appointment of new Executive Director of the Global Fund
WHO welcomes appointment of new Executive Director to the Global Fund (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Statement [doctype] Source Type: news

Launch of special initiative to address climate change impact on health in Small Island Developing States
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: climate change [subject], climate change [subject], climate change [subject], global warming, global environmental change, climate, climate change [subject], global warming, global environmental change, climate, environmental health [subject], healthy env Source Type: news

WHO warns that more people will die if ports in Yemen do not reopen to humanitarian aid
9 November, 2017 – For the fourth consecutive day, the World Health Organization’s operations in Yemen have been severely hampered due to the closure of all land, sea and air ports. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Statement [doctype], Yemen [country] Source Type: news

Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance
Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals to preserve their effectiveness (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: antimicrobial resistance [subject], Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

New WHO leadership agrees comprehensive transformation of the Organization
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General and the directors of WHO ’s six regional offices have launched a new plan to transform the Organization over the coming 24 months. The transformation is designed to enable WHO to achieve ambitious new goals outlined in the draft 13th Global Programme of Work to be discussed in a special session of WHO ’s Governing Body on 22-23 November. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: director-general [subject], director-general [subject], partnerships [subject], universal health coverage [subject], universal health care, universal access, Statement [doctype] Source Type: news

WHO Global Leadership Meeting concludes with new commitment to delivering results in countries
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - November 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Statement [doctype] Source Type: news

Close to 3 million people access hepatitis C cure
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: hepatitis [subject], jaundice, hepatitis a, hepatitis b, hepatitis c, hepatitis e, hepatitis [subject], jaundice, hepatitis a, hepatitis b, hepatitis c, hepatitis e, Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

WHO report signals urgent need for greater political commitment to end tuberculosis
WHO report signals urgent need for greater political commitment to end TB (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: tuberculosis [subject], tb, tuberculosis [subject], tb, Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

Substantial decline in global measles deaths, but disease still kills 90 000 per year
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: measles [subject], measles [subject], Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

Director-General rescinds Goodwill Ambassador appointment
Over the last few days, I have reflected on my decision to appoint President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs in Africa. As a result I have decided to rescind the appointment. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Statement [doctype] Source Type: news

Director General rescinds Goodwill Ambassador appointment
Over the last few days, I have reflected on my decision to appoint President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs in Africa. As a result I have decided to rescind the appointment. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Statement [doctype] Source Type: news

WHO supports containment of rare virus on Uganda-Kenya border
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: marburg [subject], marburg haemorrhagic fever, marburg [subject], marburg haemorrhagic fever, African Region [region], Press release [doctype], Uganda [country] Source Type: news

7 000 newborns die every day, despite steady decrease in under-five mortality, new report says
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: child development [subject], child growth, child health [subject], children's health, children, young child, child, maternal health [subject], maternal mortality, maternal, antenatal care, mother, childbirth, maternal welfare, maternal health [subject], m Source Type: news

Governments commit to reduce suffering and deaths from noncommunicable diseases
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, noncommunicable disease [subject], chronic diseases, Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

Suspected cases from Seychelles test negative for plague
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: plague [subject], bubonic plague, pneumonic plague, African Region [region], Press release [doctype], Seychelles [country] Source Type: news

Dr Mahmoud Fikri
World Health Organization announces with great sadness the death of Dr Mahmoud M Fikri, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Egypt [country], Statement [doctype] Source Type: news

Attack on vaccines sets back immunization efforts in eastern Syrian Arab Republic
The World Health Organization has received reports of an attack on medical facilities in eastern Syria that has destroyed the only vaccines cold room in al-Mayadeen district, Deir Ezzor Governorate. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, vaccines [subject], vaccine, vaccine safety, vaccine quality, Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Press release [doctype], Syrian Arab Republic [country] Source Type: news

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros appoints Cook Islands ’ Elizabeth Iro as WHO’s Chief Nursing Officer
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros appoints Cook Islands ’ Elizabeth Iro as WHO’s Chief Nursing Officer (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: governance [subject], Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

Tenfold increase in childhood and adolescent obesity in four decades: new study by Imperial College London and WHO
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, diabetes [subject], diabetes mellitus, hyperglycaemia, glucose intolerance, diabetes [subject], diabetes mellitus, hyperglycaemia, glucose intolerance, noncommunicable disease [subject], chronic disease Source Type: news

WHO to establish high-level commission on noncommunicable diseases
WHO Director-General announced today the establishment of a new High-level global Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, noncommunicable disease [subject], chronic diseases, Statement [doctype] Source Type: news

WHO provides 1.2 million antibiotics to fight plague in Madagascar
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: plague [subject], bubonic plague, pneumonic plague, African Region [region], Madagascar [country], Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

Partners commit to reduce cholera deaths by 90% by 2030
An ambitious new strategy to reduce deaths from cholera by 90% by 2030 will be launched tomorrow by the Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC), a diverse network of more than 50 UN and international agencies, academic institutions, and NGOs that supports countries affected by the disease. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: cholera [subject], vibrio cholerae Source Type: news

New WHO leadership team announced
Dr Tedros, WHO Director-General, announced the senior leadership team. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: administration [subject], European Region [region], Statement [doctype], Switzerland [country] Source Type: news

WHO scales up response to plague in Madagascar
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - October 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: plague [subject], bubonic plague, pneumonic plague, African Region [region], Madagascar [country], Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

Health services must stop leaving older people behind
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - September 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: ageing [subject], elderly, older people, geriatric, Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

WHO recommends large-scale deworming to improve children ’s health and nutrition
Four species of intestinal worms affect almost a quarter of the world ’s poorest and mostly marginalized people. They disrupt people’s ability to absorb nutrients, and impede the growth and physical development of millions of children. Periodic deworming programmes with a single-tablet treatment can drastically reduce the suffering of those infected and protect th e 1.5 billion people currently estimated to be at risk. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - September 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

WHO Statement on Philip Morris funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - September 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: tobacco [subject], tobacco use, smoking, passive smoking, cigarettes, Statement [doctype] Source Type: news

Worldwide, an estimated 25 million unsafe abortions occur each year
(Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - September 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: reproductive health [subject], reproduction medicine, human reproduction, Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

The world is running out of antibiotics, WHO report confirms
A report, Antibacterial agents in clinical development – an analysis of the antibacterial clinical development pipeline, including tuberculosis, launched today by WHO shows a serious lack of new antibiotics under development to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - September 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: antimicrobial resistance [subject], Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

WHO condemns attacks on hospitals and health workers in Idlib and Hama
Multiple reported attacks on health facilities and personnel today in Syria have killed and injured health workers and disrupted health services for thousands of people. WHO condemns attacks on hospitals and health workers. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - September 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, hospitals [subject], Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Statement [doctype], Syrian Arab Republic [country] Source Type: news

WHO launches new NCDs Progress Monitor
Governments must step up efforts to control noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) to meet globally agreed targets, including preventing the premature deaths of millions of people from these conditions, according to a new WHO report released today. Limited national progress has been made in the fight against NCDs – primarily cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases, cancers and diabetes – which are the world’s biggest killers, and claim the lives of 15 million people aged 30 to 70 years annually. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - September 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, noncommunicable disease [subject], chronic diseases, Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

World hunger again on the rise, driven by conflict and climate change, new UN report says
After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11 per cent of the global population, says a new edition of the annual United Nations report on world food security and nutrition released today. At the same time, multiple forms of malnutrition are threatening the health of millions worldwide. The increase – 38 million more people than the previous year – is largely due to the proliferation of violent conflicts and climate-related shocks, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - September 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: nutrition [subject], malnutrition, overnutrition, food, food security, Press release [doctype] Source Type: news

Sierra Leone to begin cholera vaccination drive in disaster-affected areas
Half a million people in Sierra Leone will be able to access the life-saving cholera vaccine within weeks, the country ’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation announced on Tuesday. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - September 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: cholera [subject], vibrio cholerae, director-general [subject], director-general [subject], African Region [region], Sierra Leone [country] Source Type: news

New vision and strengthened partnership for WHO and China
21 August 2017 | GENEVA – WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus concluded a 3-day official visit to the People’s Republic of China paving the way for stronger and more strategic WHO-China collaborations. Outcomes of his visit included a new financial contribution to WHO from China, and strengthened commitmen ts to improve the health of billions of people in the 60 countries in the Belt and Road Initiative. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - August 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: director-general [subject], director-general [subject], partnerships [subject], China [country], Western Pacific Region [region] Source Type: news

Director-General leads WHO delegation to the Belt and Road Forum for Health Cooperation
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will lead WHO ’s delegation to theBelt and Road High Level Meeting for Health Cooperation: Towards a Health Silk Road to be held in Beijing, 18 –19 August 2017, as part of his first official visit to the People’s Republic of China since taking office on 1 July 2017. Dr Tedros ’ visit is to establish a new vision for WHO-China strategic partnership for the next 5–7 years. He will meet with high level leadership in the State Council; National Health and Family Planning Commission; Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Commerce; and the Government of Ch...
Source: WHO news - August 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: director-general [subject], China [country], Western Pacific Region [region] Source Type: news

Cholera count reaches 500 000 in Yemen
The total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen this year hit the half a million mark on Sunday, and nearly 2000 people have died since the outbreak began to spread rapidly at the end of April. The overall caseload nationwide has declined since early July, particularly in the worst affected areas. But suspected cases of the deadly waterborne disease continue to rage across the country, infecting an estimated 5000 people per day. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - August 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: cholera [subject], vibrio cholerae, cholera [subject], vibrio cholerae, Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Press release [doctype], Yemen [country] Source Type: news