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UN health agency to gauge global threat, as China confirms coronavirus transmission between humans

Following an announcement by China’s national health body that a new virus first identified there, can be transmitted from person to person, the World Health Organization (WHO) is to hold a meeting on Wednesday to decide if it should be declared a global health emergency.

News in Brief 20 January 2020

  • WHO-backed study outlines benefits of quitting smoking prior to surgery
  • UNESCO laments impunity for journalist killings
  • Top humanitarian officials urges continued support for occupied Palestinian territory
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News in Brief 14 January 2020

  • Investigation continues into mystery virus
  • Hundreds of migrants sent to Libya detention centres
  • UN launches multi-million funding appeal for refugees in Sudan
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More international support needed to curb deadly measles outbreak in DR Congo

Countries are being asked to step up assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which is facing the world’s worst measles epidemic, with more than 6,000 deaths since the start of last year. 

Spread of polio still an international public health concern

The spread of polio internationally remains a global public health concern, experts meeting in Geneva have concluded. 

Year of the Nurse and the Midwife highlights ‘backbone’ of health systems

The world will need an additional nine million nurses and midwives to achieve the commitment of providing all people with access to health care by 2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

News in Brief 31 December 2019

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Quality immunization and surveillance help stop polio outbreaks in three African countries: WHO

Three African countries have halted recent polio outbreaks which indicates that the disease can be stopped elsewhere in the region, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. 

World Health Organization reports 60 per cent drop in cholera in 2018

International action to drive down cholera led to a 60 per cent decrease in cases in 2018, compared with the previous year, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Thursday. 

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Global Refugee Forum, Venezuela human rights, breast cancer hopes

Our top stories for Wednesday include: First Global Refugee Forum ends in Geneva; Venezuela misery on multiple fronts, outlined by UN rights chief; and a breast cancer update that could make treatment affordable for millions more women.