World Health Organization

News in Brief 3 September 2020

  • Refugee students shut out of school due to COVID
  • ICC speaks out against US sanctions of senior officials
  • WHO backs steroids for COVID patients, but only severely ill
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News in Brief 7 August 2020

  • 'Immediate and huge' needs facing Beirut and Lebanon
  • Mauritania shipwreck, another preventable tragedy
  • Lift sanctions 'bringing suffering and death'
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News in Brief 5 August 2020

  • UN force aids Lebanese following blast
  • Health agency sends COVID-19 'surge team' to South Africa
  • UN rights experts concerned over Jammu and Kashmir
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COVID-19 is not just seasonal, cautions WHO, as ‘first wave’ continues

The COVID-19 virus is likely not impacted by the changing seasons like other respiratory diseases, the UN health agency said on Tuesday, before urging much greater respect for physical distancing measures to stop it spreading.

Tackle ‘unacceptable inequalities’ in cancer care, saving up to seven million lives, WHO urges

Global cancer rates could rise by 60 per cent over the next 20 years unless cancer care is ramped up in low- and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. 

Fight against ‘vicious’ tuberculosis epidemic drastically underfunded: UN deputy chief

The fight against tuberculosis (TB) is drastically under-funded, with a gap of around $13 billion per year, said Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed at the first-ever High-Level TB Meeting, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

WHO at 70: Stamping out disease, stepping up immunization, stopping outbreaks

Eradicating smallpox and stepping up immunizations to prevent malaria, polio and other global killers are just some of the accomplishments of the World Health Organization (WHO), which turned 70 this month.

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Counselling and dieting among new guidelines on child obesity

An estimated 41 million children under five years old are obese or overweight, UN health experts warned on Wednesday, at the launch of new guidelines to tackle what they have called a global epidemic.

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“Protect the girls, respect the women,” says Sierra Leone minister

Protecting girls from forced or underage initiations like female circumcision has always been a focus of Sylvia Blyden, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Gender and Social Affairs.

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Yemen’s cholera epidemic may be levelling off, says WHO

The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has dropped for the first time as efforts continue to resist the nationwide epidemic that UN agencies have described as the world's worst outbreak.

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