Gambia: Ministry 0f Health and World Health Organization Hold a Two-Day Planning Workshop On Programme Budget 2020-2021
[WHO] "We value the impact of the work of the World Health Organization on the lives of our populations and its leadership in steering global health". These were the words of the Honorable Minister of Health of the Republic of the Republic of The Gambia, Dr. Ahmadou Lamin Samateh, delivered this morning at the opening of a two-day Programme Budget 2020-2021Planning Workshop jointly organized by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organiztaion. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 4, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Prime Minister orders urgent action to improve vaccination uptake
This Press Reease outlines how due to a small but steady decline in coverage in recent years, the UK has lost its'measles-free'status with the World Health Organisation three years after the virus was eliminated in the country. As a result, the Prime Minister has ordered urgent action to improve measles vaccination uptake and sets out a series of actions to improve uptake. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Taking high doses of vitamin D may decrease bone density
Vitamin D supplementation at high doses has been found to decrease bone density and increase likelihood of developing hypercalciuria, according to a study by the World Health Organisation published in theJournal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).Scienmag (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - September 4, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

South Africa: Universal Health Care Must Be Publicly Funded - Former Norwegian PM Head On NHI
[News24Wire] Universal health care can only be achieved with a publicly funded system, the former prime minister of Norway and director-general of the World Health Organisation, Gro Harlem Brundtland, has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 4, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Can Medical Marijuana Help Aging Parents With Dementia?
Previously demonized, medical marijuana use in aging persons has proven to be helpful. Studies show that it can reduce behavior problems in elders with severe dementia. The World Health Organization urges reclassifying it, from harmful to helpful. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 4, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Carolyn Rosenblatt, Contributor Source Type: news

Vitamins for Depression
In trying to cope with the debilitating symptoms of depression, people often turn to vitamins, supplements, herbs, or home remedies first. And it’s no wonder — such efforts to alleviate symptoms are often far less expensive and easier to obtain. For some, it may be a part of their rationalization that their depression “isn’t all that bad,” if it can be treated with vitamins and supplements. Many people find relief in taking vitamins and supplements for depression. It is also one of the most well-researched topics, so we know what the science has to say about the efficacy of such treatments. Bu...
Source: Psych Central - September 3, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: Depression Diet & Nutrition General Medications Miscellaneous Drugs supplements for depression vitamins for depression Source Type: news

Nigeria: Improving Funding for Effective Health Coverage
[Leadership] As health financing remains a major concern in Nigeria, stakeholders in the health sector have stressed the need for government to consider implementation of the 15 percent budget recommendation by the World Health Organisation ( WHO). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 3, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Exposure to Mobile Phone 'Radiation' Poses No Health Risk - WHO Official
[Premium Times] Exposure to mobile phone radiation does not cause cancer or pose any health risks, an official of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 3, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: WHO Revises Depo Provera Guidelines
[The Herald] The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revised guidelines on Depo Provera use by women at high risk of acquiring HIV, following evidence from a study which showed that there was no link between increased HIV risk and use of contraceptives. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 3, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Why Governments Must Prioritise Sustained Tobacco Control Investment in Low- & Middle-Income Nations
Credit: WHO/2017By Ryan Forrest, Sara Rose TaylorOTTAWA, Sep 2 2019 (IPS) Trends in global consumption of cigarettes haven’t improved since the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) came into force, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) earlier this summer. Perhaps this is because the FCTC on its own is not a magic bullet. Governments have paid the issue of tobacco-use a lot of lip service but they have invested very little to match the global burden of the epidemic. Simply agreeing on what needs to be done (i.e. negotiating and ratifying...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ryan Forrest Tags: Aid Development & Aid Environment Featured Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Five-Year Regional Strategic Plan to Strengthen Public Health Preparedness and Response – 2019–2023
Source: World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. Published: 9/2019. This 35-page plan builds on and is aligned with the Global Strategic Plan to Strengthen Public Health Preparedness and Response; the World Health Organization's Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance; the Research and Development Blueprint for action to prevent epidemics; and the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework. It is also guided by regional approaches, networks, and mechanisms for health emergency preparedness and response, such as the Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases, a common strategic framework for t...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

World at Risk: Annual Report on Global Preparedness for Health Emergencies
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 9/2019. In this first annual report, the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board explores and identifies the most urgent needs and seven specific actions required to accelerate preparedness for health emergencies, focusing in particular on biological risks manifesting as epidemics and pandemics. The 48-page document details how the world is at acute risk for devastating regional or global disease epidemics or pandemics that not only cause loss of life but also upend economies and create social chaos. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Thematic Paper on the Status of Country Preparedness Capacities: Background Report Commissioned by the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB)
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 9/2019. Through analysis of country-level data, key stakeholder interviews, and reviews of high-level recommendations made in the wake of recent emergencies, this 65-page report provides an overview of the status of country preparedness capacities and global progress in implementing identified priority actions. The analysis indicates that the strongest capacities across all countries include laboratory systems, surveillance, and immunization. The weakest include capacities for preparing against chemical and radiation emergencies, as well as securing points of entry. (PDF...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

AWare Portal
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 9/2019. The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the AWaRe tool with a goal to prevent antimicrobial resistance by classifying antibiotics into three groups: Access, Watch, and Reserve. The website is intended to increase public awareness of issues of antimicrobial resistance and responsible antibiotic use. It also strives to disseminate WHO guidance on optimal antibiotic prescribing among the health professionals worldwide. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Regional Ebola Preparedness: Overview of Needs and Requirements July-December 2019
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 9/2019. This 34-page regional Ebola preparedness overview of the nine neighboring countries to the Democratic Republic of the Congo presents a consolidated summary of the risks, status of preparedness, urgent activities required to advance preparedness, and the estimated requirements for each of the Priority 1 countries; and a summary for Priority 2 countries, for the period of July to December 2019. Combined with weaknesses in national health systems, the nine neighboring countries are at very high risk for an Ebola outbreak. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Antigenic and Genetic Characteristics of Zoonotic Influenza A Viruses and Development of Candidate Vaccine Viruses for Pandemic Preparedness: September 2019
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 9/2019. This nine-page document summarizes the genetic and antigenic characteristics of recent zoonotic influenza viruses and related viruses circulating in animals that are relevant to candidate vaccine virus updates. Zoonotic influenza viruses continue to be identified and evolve both genetically and antigenically, leading to the need for additional candidate vaccine viruses for pandemic preparedness purposes. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Seychelles: Health Officials Meet to Validate Disease Surveillance and Response Guidelines
[Seychelles News Agency] Health officers in Seychelles met to validate the country's version of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) in a workshop held on Thursday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 30, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ebola Outbreak in Congo Hits Milestone, and Death Toll Rises
Amid more than 3,000 confirmed and probable cases, the death toll climbed above 2,000, according to government data released on Friday. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Reuters Tags: Ebola Virus Deaths (Fatalities) Epidemics Congo, Democratic Republic of (Congo-Kinshasa) World Health Organization Goma (Congo, Democratic Republic of) Uganda Source Type: news

Africa: Lead in the Blood - the Poisoning of a Generation
[HRW] Years have passed, but Kasuba* still remembers when she was tested for lead as a child of about 8. The World Health Organisation says that there is no safe level of lead exposure. But the amount of the metal in Kasuba's blood was up to 12 times higher than the levels a WHO 2003 paper argued already result in neurological effects in children, specifically declines in IQ. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 30, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Global Measles Cases Three Times Higher Than Last Year - WHO Global Measles Cases Three Times Higher Than Last Year - WHO
Every region in the world, except the Americas, is experiencing an increase in the number of cases of measles, a vaccine-preventable disease that can kill or disable children, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

WHO:'Dramatic Resurgence' of Measles Occurring in Europe
THURSDAY, Aug. 29, 2019 -- Vaccine refusals have contributed to a " dramatic resurgence " of measles in Europe, the World Health Organization says. In the first half of this year, there were nearly 90,000 measles cases in Europe, nearly double the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 29, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Seeking to deter vaccine misinformation, Pinterest launches efforts to provide reliable sources
When users search for vaccine information on Pinterest they will get information from sources like the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - August 29, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Evaluating the process and outcomes of child death review in the Solomon Islands - Sandakabatu M, Nasi T, Titiulu C, Duke T.
While maternal and perinatal mortality auditing has been strongly promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO), there has been very limited promotion or evaluation of child death auditing in low/middle-income settings. In 2017, a standardised child deat... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

W.H.O. Warns of ‘Dramatic’ Rise in Measles in Europe
The disease had a resurgence in Britain, Greece, the Czech Republic and Albania, the World Health Organization said. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Palko Karasz Tags: Measles World Health Organization Vaccination and Immunization Albania Czech Republic Great Britain Greece Source Type: news

Pinterest Searches About Vaccines Will Bring Up Content From Public Health Organizations
(CNN) — Pinterest searches for “measles”, “vaccine safety” and other vaccine-related content will only return results from public health organizations, the social media company announced Wednesday. Last year, Pinterest stopped showing search results related to vaccines in order to the prevent the spread of harmful health misinformation. Searching Pinterest now only shows results from institutions such as the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the WHO-established Vaccine Safety Net. “We’re taking this ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Syndicated CBSN Boston CNN Measles Pinterest Vaccines Source Type: news

Kenya: WHO Issues Alert Over Fake Augmentin Tablets in Kenya
[Nation] The World Health Organisation has confirmed many Kenyans' worst fears -- that they could be taking fake antibiotics, doing more harm to their bodies. The bottle or pack of Augmentin you have carefully stored in your kitchen cabinet could be fake, the WHO has warned. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 29, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Measles: Four European nations lose eradication status
The World Health Organization blames misinformation for the global resurgence of the disease. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

World Health Organization applauds Pinterest's 'leadership' in fighting vaccine misinformation
Social media platform previously removed all vaccine-related content to protect users from misinformation and is now allowing posts only from 'reliable' health sources. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Global measles cases three times higher than last year: WHO
Every region in the world, except the Americas, is experiencing an increase in the number of cases of measles, a vaccine-preventable disease that can kill or disable children, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

'Dramatic resurgence' of measles seen in Europe, WHO reports
The World Health Organization says there has been a "dramatic resurgence" of measles in Europe fueled partly by vaccine refusals (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Africa: The WHO Africa Gates Tobacco Control Project Review Meeting Kicked Off in Kigali
[WHO] Kigali, 27th August 2019: The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Rwanda, is organizing in Kigali, a three days' workshop, from 27th to 29th August 2019, on WHO Africa Gates Tobacco Control Project Review in the African Region. The participants are focal points for Tobacco control in the Ministries of Health and WHO Country Offices from countries supported by the Gates Tobacco Control Project whose current phase of Project is Phase 3 which commenced on 6th April (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 28, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

CDC: 'Reasonable chance' US will lose measles elimination status
When the World Health Organization declared in 2000 that the United States had eliminated measles, it was hailed as one of the biggest public health achievements in the nation's history. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - August 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Tip: Understanding Measles
-- Measles is a contagious disease caused by a virus that is passed through the air and direct contact, says the World Health Organization. The first signs of measles are high fever, cough, red and watery eyes, and small white spots inside the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 28, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Nigeria: Wife of Niger Governor to Serve On WHO Group
[Premium Times] The wife of Niger State governor, Amina Bello, has been appointed by the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Ghebreyesus, to serve as a member of the Expert Group for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer Initiative. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 28, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Suicide-turning the tide - Nordentoft M, Erlangsen A.
Suicide is a devastating public health problem, afflicting individuals, families, and societies. Fortunately, continuous striving by the World Health Organization to strengthen suicide prevention efforts is paying off. The annual number of suicide death... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Nigeria: Steady Walk Towards Polio Eradication in Nigeria
[Leadership] As Nigeria Begins the process to be declared polio free by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in few months, the federal and state governments have been urged to remain vigilant and ensure improved surveillance. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 27, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood Visitors Reportedly Exposed to Measles
(SANTA ANA, Calif.) — A New Zealand teenager who visited Disneyland and other Southern California tourist spots last week brought along more than just her luggage. She brought measles. Public health officials in Los Angeles and Orange counties issued a warning Friday that people may have been exposed to the disease if they were at Disneyland or the Disney California Adventure Park on Aug. 12. Disneyland and adjacent Disney California Adventure Park are major tourist destinations, drawing tens of thousands of visitors a day. The girl had measles when she arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Aug. 11 and went...
Source: TIME: Health - August 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized California Infectious Disease onetime Source Type: news

How social media is fuelling a deadly conspiracy: More modern parents are shunning the MMR jab
The World Health Organisation decided to revoke Britain's status as measles-free. Last year there were 966 cases which was almost four times as many as in 2017. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WHO: Malaria Eradication Not Currently Possible
FRIDAY, Aug. 23, 2019 -- The eradication of malaria worldwide may eventually be possible, but when that might be achieved is unclear, according to the World Health Organization. The U.N. health agency is " unequivocally in favor " of wiping out... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 23, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Ebola appears contained in Goma, but flares in other parts of Congo: WHO
Ebola appears to be under control in the city of Goma in Congo but it has flared in other parts of the country, where aid workers are combating insecurity and disinformation on social media, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

UN: Ebola outbreak in Congo has killed nearly 2,000 people
The World Health Organization's emergencies chief said the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo is approaching a "stark" milestone with nearly 2,000 people killed by the virus in the year-long epidemic (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: African Health Ministers Outline Plans to Tackle Malnutrition, Malaria
[Premium Times] Strategic plans to reduce the double burden of malnutrition and malaria in the African region are being fashioned out at the 69th Regional Committee meeting of the World Health Organisation (WHO) holding in the Congo Republic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - August 23, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: WHO Advocates More Research On Health Impact of Microplastics
[Premium Times] The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for further assessment of microplastics in the environment and their potential impact on human health. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 23, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

WHO says eradicating malaria 'can be done', but first aim is to control it
LONDON, Aug 23 - Eradicating malaria is biologically feasible and a lofty aim, the World Health Organization said on Friday, but the focus for now should be getting the funds, tools and political will to control it. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Africa: WHO and Africa CDC Agree On Joint Actions to Improve Health Security in Africa
[WHO] Brazzaville, 22 August 2019 - The World Health Organization (WHO) and the African Union Commission (AUC) through its Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) deepened their ties today by endorsing an ambitious action plan that aims to tackle health security challenges facing the continent. The two organizations signed an agreement outlining clear mechanisms for collaboration that will maximize existing synergies. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 23, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

UN: Possible to eradicate malaria, but probably not soon
The World Health Organization says it's theoretically possible to wipe out malaria, but probably not with the flawed vaccine and other control methods being used at the moment (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - August 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

'Malaria will not be eradicated in near future', warns WHO
Three-year review says new vaccines for eradicating disease are only 40% effectiveMalaria will not be eradicated in the foreseeable future even though it is achievable and would save millions of lives, according to World Health Organization (WHO) experts following a three-year review.The WHO remains committed to the “disappearance of every single malaria parasite from the face of the planet”, as it has been since the UN organisation was launched in 1948, said Dr Pedro Alonso, the director of its global malaria programme.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 23, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: World Health Organization Malaria World news Society Science Medicine Medical research Global development Source Type: news

This Daily Pill Cut Heart Attacks by Half. Why Isn ’t Everyone Getting It?
“Polypills” of generic drugs may dramatically reduce heart attacks and strokes in poor countries, a new study suggests. Some experts still aren’t enthusiastic. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald G. McNeil Jr. Tags: Heart Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Blood Pressure Aspirin Stroke Statins (Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs) Lancet, The (Journal) Frieden, Thomas R World Health Organization Tehran University University of Birmingham Iran Polypill your-feed Source Type: news

Microplastics in Drinking Water Don't Threaten Human Health: WHO
A new report finds no evidence of a current danger from microplastics, but the World Health Organization urges further research. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - August 22, 2019 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Microplastics in Drinking Water Not a Health Risk
However the World Health Organization also noted that more research is needed into how microplastics may impact human health and the environment, the Associated Press reported. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - August 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news