May 23, 2017

Ethiopia’s Tedros Elected First African WHO Chief

The first African to head the World Health Organization, Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom, says he aims to replicate his success in turning around his country’s healthcare system on the global stage. The 52-year-old’s campaign focused on overhauling the UN health agency after its much-criticised handling of the west African Ebola epidemic, […]
May 19, 2017

Suspected Ebola cases in Congo rise to 29 – WHO

The number of suspected Ebola cases in Congo has risen to 29, up from 21, WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier told a regular UN briefing in Geneva on Friday. “As of this morning we have 29 suspected cases,” he said. He said that there were no new deaths in the outbreak, […]
January 7, 2017

This is the Nigeria Emergencies Response Plan for 2017

  This plan was created by the World Health Organization. It reads:
July 18, 2016

#AIDS2016: The key challenges to global HIV response – WHO

The World Health Organization is flagging 4 key challenges as the international community meets at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, from 18–22 July 2016. The Organization is highlighting the need to renew attention to HIV prevention, whilst maintaining momentum on scaling up access to HIV treatment. It […]
July 5, 2016

Pricing is a major barrier to access quality medicines in Africa- WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for greater commitment and higher investment in Africa to build strong pharmaceutical systems and improve access to quality medicines in countries of the continent. While praising many improvements in Africa, the Organization underlined the need to employ sustained efforts in the area and […]
June 14, 2016

Rio Olympics: Zika Emergency Committee update

There have been calls by health professionals asking the World Health Organisation, WHO to shelve the Rio Olympics because of the risk spreading the epidemic Zika virus. Click here if you missed that bit. The Committee was asked to consider the potential risks of Zika transmission for mass gatherings, including […]
June 3, 2016

Syria war: WHO says they risk losing vaccination of 1 million kids

As violence and fighting intensify in Syria, the World Health Organization has expressed concern about losing the opportunity to vaccinate about a million children in the country.  “Health workers, patients, health facilities must be protected; civilians allowed unrestricted access to urgently needed health services”, WHO tweeted. 
May 31, 2016

World Health Organisation calls for plain packaging of tobacco products #WorldNoTobaccoDay

Tobacco-related illness is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced. According to the World Health Organisation statistics, approximately 1 person dies from a tobacco-caused disease every 6 seconds, equivalent to almost 6 million people a year. This is forecast to rise to more than 8 […]