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WHO chief underscores need to address climate change following visit to Bahamas

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), made the appeal on Tuesday upon completion of a visit to the island nation. “It breaks my heart to see the devastation to communities and families who have lost friends and loved ones as well as their homes, possessions and access to crucial services,” he said. “Hurricane Dorian is another urgent reminder that we must address the drivers of climate change and invest more in resilient communities. The longer we wait, the more people will suffer. We need to keep…

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WHO and UNICEF in campaign to protect 1.6 million in Sudan from cholera

So far, there have been 215 confirmed cases, including eight deaths, since an outbreak was declared in Blue Nile state on 8 September. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN children’s fund, UNICEF, will support an oral cholera vaccination campaign aimed at covering 1.6 million people there and in neighbouring Sinnar state. The first round is expected to start in mid-October, targeting everyone above one year of age, including pregnant and lactating women. “Sudan has bad health infrastructure and a dilapidated safe water and sewage system. Re-occurring floods have…

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Signs DR Congo Ebola outbreak finally ‘on the retreat’ but risk of international spread, ‘still high’

“It’s not over, until it’s over” said Tedros Adhanom Gheybreyesus, speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, after a meeting co-hosted by WHO and the DRC Government, on the margins of the UN General Assembly, bringing together regional ministers for health, on Ebola preparedness and response. Huge thanks to my brother @SecAzar & the government of the 🇺🇸 for their outstanding support to @WHO & partners to end #Ebola in #DRC, but also to strengthen the health system & be ready for other health threats in 🇨🇩. Together,…

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Universal coverage race at ‘starting line’, with new momentum: UN health agency

In the wake of Monday’s universal health commitments, WHO chief Tedros Adhammom Ghebryesus said the document would serve as “a new milestone in our journey towards a healthier, safer and fairer world”, dovetailing with the launch of the agency’s own pledge to boost healthier living.  “World leaders have unified around a shared vision of the world we want”, he said. “ Today, the international health community is doing the same”, introducing the WHO Global Action Plan for health.  Speaking to health champions at the UN’s Trusteeship Council Chamber in New York, Mr. Ghebryesus said the “historic commitment”, will serve as a platform to help countries get back on track when it comes to…

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UN welcomes ‘most comprehensive agreement ever’ on global health

During a meeting of heads of State, ministers, health leaders, policy-makers, and universal health coverage champions, the UN chief called UHC “the most comprehensive agreement ever reached on global health – a vision for Universal Health Coverage by 2030”. World leaders made the public commitment during the meeting at the beginning of the high level week of the UN General Assembly, themed “Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World”. He maintained that this “significant achievement” will drive progress over the next decade on tackling communicable diseases, including…

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With 5 billion set to miss out on health care, UN holds landmark summit to boost coverage

A pregnant woman receives medical care at a mobile health clinic in Nigeria. © 2018 European Union The study, “Primary Health Care on the Road to Universal Health Coverage”, estimates that around 60 million lives could be saved by upping annual spending on primary health care in low and middle-income countries by some $200 billion per year. Whilst overall coverage has increased steadily since 2000, the UHC report shows big health service gaps in the poorest countries, and those affected by conflict. Rural areas tend to suffer from lower coverage ,…

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Thursday’s Daily Brief: Stark childbirth survival figures, Security Council split on Syria, nature-based climate initiatives

Despite progress in childbirth safety, one woman or baby dies every 11 seconds Although childbirth survival rates are a “staggering success” compared with the year 2000, one pregnant woman or her child, still dies every 11 seconds from largely preventable causes, UN health experts have revealed. In a joint appeal for all nations to provide better medical care for all, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF and WHO, the World Health Organization, outlined several ways to help protect the 2.8 million pregnant women and newborns who die every year. Read the full story here.…

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Despite progress in childbirth safety, one woman or baby dies every 11 seconds

In a joint appeal for all nations to do more to provide better medical care for all, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) outlined several ways to help protect the 2.8 million pregnant women and newborns who die every year. A skilled pair of hands to help mothers and newborns around the time of birth, along with clean water, adequate nutrition, basic medicines and vaccines, can make the difference between life and death. #EveryChildALIVE https://t.co/H3cKi5QgFz — Henrietta H. Fore (@unicefchief) September 19, 2019 Their recommendations…

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Five avoidable deaths per minute shows urgent need for action on patient safety

“Speak up for patient safety!” is the slogan for the first World Patient Safety Day, observed this Tuesday, 17 September. The objective is to prevent and reduce risks, errors and harm, such as dispensing the wrong medication due to a mix-up over similar packaging. “No one should be harmed while receiving health care. And yet globally, at least five patients die every minute because of unsafe care,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, said ahead of the day.  “We need a patient safety culture that promotes partnership with patients, encourages reporting…

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Monday’s Daily Brief: Suicide death every 40 seconds, rights chief on climate change link, Venezuela, Dorian updates, desertification summit latest

Every 40 seconds, someone dies by suicide: WHO Despite progress in national prevention strategies, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director-General lamented on Monday, highlighting key findings of the agency’s latest report on global suicide estimates. Speaking in Geneva ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “every death is a tragedy for family, friends and colleagues,” yet many more suicides can be prevented. Suicide is now the leading cause of death among youth aged 15-29. An estimated 20 per cent of global suicides are a…

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