Margaret Chan, director-general of WHO addressed the challenges posed by the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and the strong need to control the situation. So far, over 700 deaths have been reported. According to a Xinhua report, 'The outbreak is by far the largest ever in the nearly four-decade history of this disease. It is the largest in terms of numbers of cases and deaths,' she …
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has opened a Sub-regional Outbreak Coordination Centre in here after continuing reports of new cases and deaths attributable to Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. 'The centre will allow monitoring in real-time of the activities to fight the epidemic, in collaboration with the national committees and the teams deployed on the …
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Failure to provide adequate HIV services for key groups – men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people – threatens global progress on the HIV response, warns WHO. These people are most at risk of HIV infection yet are least likely to have access to HIV prevention, testing and treatment services. In many countries they are left out of …
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In a move that’s certainly going to be considered controversial, WHO has announced that all men who have sex with men should take antiretroviral drugs in a big to try and contain the HIV rate in the gay community. The report published on Friday suggests they should all take medicine even if they don’t have the virus themselves. This combined with condoms and regular testing could’ve a …
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A senior World Health Organisation official said in Sierra Leone Friday that the Ebola situation is not out of control. Assistant Director-General for Health Security in the World Health Organisation Keiji Fukunda who visited the epic areas Kailahun and Kenema, Sierra Leone said, 'I do believe however that the situation is urgent and serious.  'I believe that the right steps have been …
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The World Health Organisation (WHO), along with the European Respiratory Society (ERS), Thursday presented a new framework to eliminate tuberculosis (TB) in countries with low levels of the disease. There are 33 countries and territories where there are fewer than 100 TB cases per million population. Low TB-burden countries already have the means to drive down TB cases dramatically by 2035. …
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‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than other animals.’ Anyone who has read George Orwell’s cult classic Animal Farm will be familiar with this concept and it’s shocking just how unequal the access to healthcare services are in different parts of the world. And that’s one of the main focuses of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Children’s Health (PMNCH …
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It’s been 45 years since our race put a man on the moon, our smartphones now have the computing capacity to boggle our minds and the average lifespan in developed countries has gone up to 90. Basically, it’s a great time to be born, for never before have we had an environment so safe for the human race. It’s therefore extremely sad that in this day and age, there continue to be so many …
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Are electronic cigarettes safe? Should they be sold as a harmless product? 129 public health experts from 31 countries don’t think so. And they have written a letter to Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, urging her to curb the use of electronic cigarettes. They warn that the device could turn out to be a new avatar of the tobacco industry which is bypassing tobacco products. Dr Pankaj …
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May 31 is World No Tobacco Day. The e-cigarette was pushed centre stage ahead of World No Tobacco Day, with doctors and policy experts urging the UN's health agency to embrace the gadget as a life saver. With tobacco smoke claiming a life every six seconds, the tar-free, electronic alternative could help prevent much of the cancer, heart and lung disease and strokes caused by the toxins in …
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Researchers at the University of Montreal have developed an improved chemical analysis method that is more efficient and faster in detecting counterfeit medicines, which are available in the market. The method was developed and tested in a study by Philippe Lebel, Alexandra Furtos and Karen Waldron of the university’s Department of Chemistry. It identifies and quantifies the various compounds …
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After a WHO report highlighted that use of antibiotics in animal farms poses a danger to the health of humans, an animal rights group launched a campaign to stop the proliferation of animal farms. The campaign was launched by the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) Friday due to the way poultry, sheep, goats, pigs and other animals are reared for commercial purposes, …
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The World Health Assembly of World Health Organisation (WHO) passed a Bangladesh-pushed resolution on autism in Geneva. Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim has hailed it 'a great success' for Bangladesh, bdnews24.com reported. Bangladesh placed the resolution last year that received immediate board approval. The annual assembly is the supreme decision-making body of the WHO that …
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has expressed deep concern over the worldwide increase in childhood obesity. At the 67th World Health Assembly held in Geneva, the concern was highlighted by WHO's Director-General Margaret Chan, Xinhua reported.  The WHO annual assembly grouped more than 3,000 delegates from 194 member states at the UN headquarters here, to discuss the key global health …
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