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Dementia: WHO launches blueprint to tackle generational health challenge

“Although dementia is the seventh leading cause of death globally, dementia research accounts for less than 1.5 per cent of total health research output”, said WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan. “Sadly, we are falling behind implementing the Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-25,” she continued, adding that addressing dementia comprehensively requires “research and innovation to be… Read More
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Haiti: UN supports Government efforts to quell cholera outbreak

The case was identified using the cholera surveillance mechanism, established by the Haitian authorities and supported by the United Nations.  It was confirmed as positive at the National Public Health Laboratory in Port-au-Prince on Sunday 2 October. Additional suspected cases are currently under investigation.  Emergency response  The UN is actively monitoring the situation and is working with national authorities to… Read More
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Time to address mental health issues in the workplace, UN agencies urge

The UN agencies have launched two publications which aim to prevent negative work situations and cultures while also offering mental health protection and support for employees.   Performance and productivity affected  “It’s time to focus on the detrimental effect work can have on our mental health,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General at WHO, which has issued global guidelines on the… Read More
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Build momentum to ‘finish the job’ and end COVID-19 pandemic, Guterres urges

Mr. Guterres celebrated rising vaccination coverage worldwide, particularly among high-risk populations, and the fact that, on average, countries have vaccinated around three-quarters of health care workers and older people. COVID-19 measures are increasingly integrated into routine health programmes, and new antiviral drugs are about to become available. Gaps remain However, gaps in coverage and protection remain, said Mr, Guterres. There… Read More
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Seven Ebola cases, one death confirmed in Uganda, WHO scales up response

So far, seven cases of the rare Sudan strain of the virus, including one death, have been confirmed in the east African country. The announcement comes two days after WHO confirmed the first new case, after six suspicious deaths were reported in Mubende district earlier this month. Forty-three contacts have been identified, and 10 people are believed to have caught… Read More
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Noncommunicable diseases now ‘top killers globally’ – UN health agency report

The report and new data portal, was launched on the sidelines of the 77th session of the General Assembly, at an event co-organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) together with Bloomberg Philanthropies. Report assets NCDs constitute one of the greatest health and development challenges of this century, according to WHO. Chief among them are cardiovascular diseases, such as heart… Read More
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New UN guide helps support perinatal mental healthcare in ‘stigma-free’ environment

Life-altering moments like pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood can be stressful for women and their partners, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 🤰🏻 Pregnancy🤱🏾 Birth👩‍👧 Early parenthood These life altering moments can be stressful for women & their partners and might impact their #MentalHealth. 🆕 WHO guide supports maternal & child health services to detect & respond to mental… Read More
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The end of the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight: WHO

“We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic”, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists during his regular weekly press conference. The UN health agency’s Director-General explained however, that the world is “not there yet”. Finish line in sight “A marathon runner does not stop when the finish line comes into view. She runs harder, with all the… Read More
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Syria: Cholera outbreak is ‘serious threat’ to whole Middle East

Imran Riza, who is also Resident Coordinator, said in a statement that “swift and urgent action is needed to prevent further illness and death. UN agencies and non-governmental organizations partners are coordinating closely with health authorities to ensure a timely and effective response.” The outbreak was declared on 10 September by the Syrian Ministry of Health, following 15 confirmed laboratory… Read More
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UN health agency kicks off meningitis vaccination campaigns in Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners have launched a roadmap to stop by 2030, bacterial meningitis outbreaks on the continent. In a race against time, African countries are being urged to rapidly implement the plan before the start of the meningitis season in January, which runs until June. “More than 400 million Africans are still at risk of seasonal… Read More