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Protect the medicines that protect us

SHOBHA SHUKLA – CNS Protect the medicines that protect us and ensure that all those who need them can access them, so said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director General of The World Health Organization (WHO), at the Strategic Roundtable on “Charting a new path forward for global action against antimicrobial resistance (AMR)” held recently during the 77th World Health… Read More
Development Health Advice 

At World Health Assembly, countries agree on efforts to boost pandemic preparedness

Member countries of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), on the final day of the seventy-seventh World Health Assembly, adopted important amendments to the International Health Regulations (IHR), including defining a “pandemic emergency” as well as pledging improved access to medical products and financing. These steps will help ensure comprehensive, robust systems are in place in all countries to protect… Read More
Development Health Advice 

Gaza: Rafah camp attack heightens focus on dwindling health resources

Many of those injured suffered terrible burns, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which will require intensive treatment, electricity and high-level medical services, all of which are scarce after nearly eight months of war.  Massive medical challenge  It is just another massive challenge for all the medical teams in the enclave, WHO spokesperson Margaret Harris told journalists in Geneva.… Read More
Development Health Advice 

COVID-19 eliminated a decade of progress in global level of life expectancy

According to the UN agency, between 2019 and 2021 – the early years of the global health emergency – life expectancy around the world dropped by 1.8 years to 71.4 years, which is the 2012 level.  Responding to the findings, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus highlighted the fragility of global health advances when confronted with unprecedented emergencies like the pandemic, which… Read More
Development Health Advice 

Stories from the UN Archive: Magic suitcases for 1960s midwives

On the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, marked annually on 23 May, we are taking a look at the important role of midwives and tuning in to UN Radio’s featurette from 1963, The Magic Suitcase, narrated by Hollywood star Jack Benny. The radio and television entertainer joined the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the 1960s to raise awareness about reproductive… Read More
Development Health Advice 

‘Critical gaps’ in understanding climate change fuel tropical disease spread

The World Health Organization (WHO) study, conducted in partnership with Reaching the Last Mile (RLM), a global health initiative to eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), found that rising temperatures and changing weather patterns are altering the spread of vector-borne diseases, posing significant health risks. As the geographical spread of disease vectors like mosquitoes expand, the risk of introducing or reintroducing… Read More
Development Health Advice 

WHO reports major increase in sexually transmitted infections

HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections continue as significant public health challenges globally and cause 2.5 million deaths each year: New syphilis cases among adults aged 15-49 increased by over one million in 2022, reaching eight million, and there were 230,000 syphilis-related deaths. The highest increases occurred in the Americas and Africa.  Health targets at risk  The report warned… Read More
Development Health Advice 

Syria: WHO Regional Director calls for greater investment in health sector

Lives are at risk, and “the cost of inaction is simply too high”,  Dr. Hanan Balkhy, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, said in a statement on Saturday after concluding a five-day visit to Syria. She expressed grave concern over the complexities and challenges facing the population and humanitarian operations on the ground. “The number of people in need… Read More
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Exploring the Future of Online Entertainment and Virtual Communities

The world of virtual communities and online entertainment is changing dramatically as the digital era progresses. These platforms are changing not just how we watch entertainment but also how we communicate and engage with people around the world. The frontiers of technological innovation are expanding with the advent of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), opening up new avenues… Read More
Development Health Advice 

World News in Brief: Vaccine ‘patches’ trial shows promise, lowering catheter infection risk, Guantanamo detainee facing revictimisation

But now, there could be an easier alternative in the form of patches that can be simply applied to the skin, much like a sticking plaster. Early data from a vaccine patch trial in the Gambia has shown promising indications that it could be effective in protecting children from measles. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has been helping to… Read More