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Soda tax debate: How does it impact the world’s poor?

The World Health Organization (WHO)’s recommendation for countries around the world to tax soda drinks to fight obesity has been met with debate over whether such recommendations would benefit the poor as the health agency intends.

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47th Union World Conference on Lung Health: WHO preconference meeting sizes up the challenges,…

Categories: 47th Union World Conference on Lung HealthTags: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Cavern Club, George and Ringo, Imagine, John, Mario Raviglione, Paul, TB diagnostics, TB treatment, TB vaccine, The Beatles, World Health OrganizationAs a fab 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health comes to Liverpool, session titles and speakers nod to city’s favorite sons, while focus of WHO symposium is global and forward . . . LIVERPOOL, England – The last time a new and widely accessible treatment for tuberculosis was put on the market, the Beatles were making […](Read more…)

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Efforts to beat tuberculosis fall far short, WHO warns

Health authorities worldwide need to move much faster to prevent, detect and treat a “deadly epidemic” of tuberculosis if they are to reduce TB infections and deaths by 2030, the World Health Organization warned on Thursday.

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Cholera in Haiti: WHO considers using half doses to vaccinate more people

The World Health Organization (WHO) is considering whether to use just one of the usual two doses of a cholera vaccine in Haiti to vaccinate more people, albeit with a shorter protection period.

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Conflict zones pose final threat to eradicating polio

Health organizations have all the right weapons to eradicate polio, but can’t deploy them because of wartime conflict in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan – the last three countries affected by the disease. Two years ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Nigeria – along with the rest of Africa – to be polio-free. This year,

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Only 6 pathogens guilty for most childhood diarrhea, new study reveals

Scientists are delighted with a new study that suggests vaccines and antibiotics just need to target six pathogens to tackle 78 percent of cases of childhood diarrhea, the second leading cause of death in children under 5. “It’s not a hopelessly long list of infections that we can’t do anything about,” Eric Houpt, professor of infectious diseases and

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After decades-long struggle, Sri Lanka is officially malaria-free, says WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared Sri Lanka a malaria-free country, in what they’ve called a “remarkable public health achievement” in a statement released Monday. Sri Lanka is only the second country in the WHO’s southeast Asia regional category to be certified as malaria-free, joining the Maldives. Certification, according to the WHO’s website, is

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Conflict drives the return of wild polio to Nigeria

Two children were paralyzed by wild poliovirus in northern Nigeria, the World Health Organization announced. They are the first cases in more than two years in the country, presenting a setback in the country’s effort to eradicate polio. UNICEF called on aid groups to re-double efforts in conflict zones and the Nigerian government to restore

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A million yellow fever vaccines missing in Angola, report finds

The international community sprung into action after yellow fever suddenly began to spread in Angola. More than 6 million vaccines against the mosquito-borne disease were sent to the country to stop the outbreak in its tracks. That’s where things began to go wrong, according to an investigation by the Associated Press. According to the report:

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Report: WHO based TB care on cost in low-income countries, violating standard

The World Health Organization recommended substandard care to people with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis living in developing countries, according to a new paper published in the Health and Human Rights Journal. Between 1993 and 2002, the WHO made treatment recommendations in low-income countries based on cost – treatment that was deemed substandard in wealthy countries. The action violated patient

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The WHO now tracking attacks on health workers in crises

Attacks on health-care facilities and workers in emergency settings killed 959 people and injured 1561 between 2014 and 2015. For the first time, the World Health Organization (WHO) has gathered data to quantify the scope of a problem that has gathered wider attention over the past year. It will now maintain a database to keep

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WHO expands health emergency funds, but that may not be enough

GENEVA — World Health Organization member states agreed on Wednesday to more than double the group’s emergency fund to $494 million for the next year, as it works to address major gaps in its ability to respond to global health emergencies. Despite the pledge, some people say that more money is not going to be

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World is ‘not prepared to cope’ in the face of global health threats, WHO chief warns

Zika, Ebola, MERS coronavirus and yellow fever have shown that the world is not prepared to deal with the rapid spread of infectious diseases, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday. Margaret Chan opened the 69th World Health Assembly with remarks that underscored the many gaps that exist as an unprecedented

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Secret vote on WHO bodes ill for future of global health

Everybody is talking about how best to reform the WHO, arguably the best vehicle for coordinating the ever-changing global health agenda. But a new election process using secret ballots for appointing the next director-general is hardly a promising start.

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