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WHO calls for access to health and humanitarian assistance on fourth day of conflict in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory

The World Health Organization (WHO) repeats its call for an end to the hostilities that are causing untold suffering in Israel and the Gaza Strip. Over 1000 people have died and many more injured following horrific acts of violence by Hamas and others on Saturday in Israel. Nine hundred people have died and many more […]

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Aspartame hazard and risk assessment results released

Assessments of the health impacts of the non-sugar sweetener aspartame are released today by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). Citing “limited evidence” for carcinogenicity in humans, IARC classified aspartame as possibly carcinogenic to humans (IARC Group […]

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WHO calls for protection of health workers and patients, unrestricted access to health care in Sudan

 As fighting continues in Khartoum and other parts of Sudan, the World Health Organization urges all parties to the conflict to respect the neutrality of health care and ensure unrestricted access to health facilities for those injured by the hostilities. WHO reminds all parties of their obligations under International Humanitarian Law to protect the wounded […]

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WHO: Experts call for clampdowns on exploitative formula milk marketing in new Lancet series

GENEVA, February 8, 2023 – The formula milk industry’s marketing tactics are exploitative and urgent clampdowns are needed to tackle misleading claims and political interference, according to a new three-paper series published in The Lancet today. Industry influence – which includes lobbying against vital breastfeeding support measures – seriously jeopardizes the health and rights of women and children, the papers show. […]

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Immediate global action required to prevent Famine in the Horn of Africa

Nairobi, Kenya, November 7, 2022 – Global solidarity is urgently needed to help vulnerable communities in the Horn of Africa survive a rapidly unfolding humanitarian catastrophe, driven by the longest and most severe drought in recent history that is expected to continue well into 2023. Humanitarian and development actors must urgently prepare for the continuation […]

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WHO: No time for COVID-19 complacency, say key countries responsible for tracking global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, tests, treatments

September 22, 2022 – As the third UNGA of the COVID-19 pandemic reaches its conclusion, many countries are far from meeting global targets on vaccination coverage, testing rates, and access to treatments and PPE. The co-chairs of the ACT-Accelerator’s Council Tracking and Accelerating Progress working group warn that coordinated action, sustained political will and funding […]

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More than half a billion people pushed or pushed further into extreme poverty due to health care costs

DUBAI/GENEVA/WASHINGTON DC — 12 December 2021 — New evidence compiled by the World Health Organization and the World Bank shows that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to halt two decades of global progress towards Universal Health Coverage. The organizations also reveal that more than half a billion people are being pushed into extreme poverty because […]

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WHO Classification of Omicron (B.1.1.529): SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern

November 26, 2021 – The Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) is an independent group of experts that periodically monitors and evaluates the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 and assesses if specific mutations and combinations of mutations alter the behaviour of the virus. The TAG-VE was convened on 26 November 2021 to assess the SARS-CoV-2 variant: B.1.1.529.  The B.1.1.529 variant was first reported to WHO from South Africa on 24 November 2021. The […]

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Global Progress Against Measles Threatened Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

ATLANTA/GENEVA, 10 November 2021 — While reported measles cases have fallen compared to previous years, progress toward measles elimination continues to decline and the risk of outbreaks is mounting, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  During 2020, more than 22 million infants […]

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House-to-house polio vaccination set to recommence across Afghanistan in November

KABUL/AMMAN/KATHMANDU, 18 October 2021 – WHO and UNICEF welcome the decision by the Taliban leadership supporting the resumption of house-to-house polio vaccination across Afghanistan. The vaccination campaign, which begins on November 8, will be the first in over three years to reach all children in Afghanistan, including more than 3.3 million children in some parts […]

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WHO Director-General Bestows Posthumous Award on the Late Henrietta Lacks

GENEVA, 13th October 2021 — Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus honoured the late Henrietta Lacks with a WHO Director-General’s award, recognizing the world-changing legacy of this Black American woman who died of cervical cancer, 70 years ago, on 4 October, 1951.   While she sought treatment, researchers took biopsies from Mrs Lacks’ body without her knowledge […]

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WHO endorses ‘historic’ malaria vaccine for at-risk children

The World Health Organization (WHO) is recommending widespread use of the world’s first malaria vaccine, in what the UN health agency’s chief described on Wednesday as “an historic day” for the decades-long battle against the deadly disease.  The vaccine is geared towards children, in sub-Saharan Africa and other regions with moderate to high transmission.   The recommendation to begin using the RTS,S vaccine, is based an ongoing […]

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