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$2.54 billion needed to tackle unprecedented health needs in 2023: WHO  

In its appeal, the WHO said that a staggering 339 million people now need humanitarian assistance globally.   Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the UN agency’s Director-General, urged donors “to be generous” and help WHO to save lives, prevent the spread of disease within and across borders, and support communities as they rebuild.  Today, WHO staff are providing assistance in 54 health… Read More
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WHO calls for action to totally eliminate trans fat, ‘a toxic chemical that kills’

Industrially produced trans fat – commonly found in packaged foods, baked goods, cooking oils and spreads – is responsible for up to 500,000 premature deaths from coronary heart disease each year, the UN agency said.  WHO has released a status report that follows up on its 2018 call for the substance to be totally eliminated from all foods by this… Read More
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‘We are not afraid’: Indigenous Brazilian women stand up to gender violence

In Parque das Tribos, an indigenous neighbourhood in Manaus, the capital of Brazil’s Amazonas state, violence against women is not uncommon. “As a leader, I have experienced many things,” says Lutana Ribeiro, a member of the Kokama ethnic group, and the only female chief in Parque das Tribos, which is home to around 4,500 people. “Women knock on my door… Read More
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COVID-19: China ‘making enormous progress’ to get every older adult vaccinated

Dr. Kate O’Brien from the World Health Organization (WHO) explained that the change in China’s initial “zero-dose” policy for elderly people had left some unsure about asking for a coronavirus vaccine now. “Clearly with the need for protection of older adults, it’s been difficult for older adults to sort of change their understanding of the recommendation and to move on… Read More
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Small island States to accelerate action on preventable diseases, mental health

This follows a two-day meeting in Barbados hosted by the Government, WHO and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which concluded on Wednesday.  Over half of all people living in small island countries are dying prematurely from preventable diseases and the rate of hypertension is over 30 per cent in nearly all countries, according to a new WHO data portal. … Read More
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WHO launches Council to develop TB vaccines, hoping to save millions of lives

Tedros announced the creation of the TB Vaccine Accelerator Council at a high-level panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. During his opening remarks, he noted that one of the most important lessons from the COVID-19 response is that innovative health interventions can be delivered fast if they are prioritized politically and financed adequately: no new TB vaccines… Read More
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Nearly one billion served by healthcare facilities without reliable electricity

The study presents the latest data on electrification of healthcare facilities in low- and middle-income countries, and projects investments required to achieve adequate and reliable power. It was published by the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll). A matter of life and death “Electricity access in healthcare… Read More
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Global food crisis putting millions of young lives at risk

More than 30 million under-fives are suffering from wasting, or acute malnutrition, brought on by conflict, climate shocks, ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the rising costs of living.  Children with the condition have weakened immune systems and are at higher risk of dying from common childhood diseases.  Eight million are severely wasted – the deadliest form of under… Read More
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COVID-19: WHO highlights critical importance of sharing virus sequences

“Since the peak of the Omicron wave, the number of sequences being shared has dropped by more than 90 per cent, and the number of countries sharing sequences has fallen by a third,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking during his latest media briefing.   The WHO chief recalled that the first sequence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, was shared… Read More
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Flexible work arrangements, a benefit to all – ILO report

Issues surrounding working hours and conditions are “at the heart of most labour market reforms and evolutions taking place in the world today”, Branch Chief Philippe Marcadent said in the foreword to ILO’s Working Time and Work-Life Balance Around the World. “The number of hours worked, the way in which they are organized, and the availability of rest periods can… Read More