Being denied access to safe, private toilets is particularly dangerous for women and girls, impacting on their health and education, and exposing them to an increased risk of harassment and even attack.
India was followed by Indonesia, China, Philippines, Pakistan, Nigeria and South Africa, according to a Global TB Report 2017 released by the WHO.
Annual deaths from measles dropped below 100,000 worldwide last year for the first time, to 90,000, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other international agencies said on Thursday.
Hollywood’s sexual predation scandals are just the tip of the iceberg. One in three women worldwide has been physically or sexually assaulted, and many girls’ first sexual experience is forced.
Lacking piped water supply, young girls and women in rural areas of Jammu and Kashmir spend hours walking long distances to get water far from their homes and waiting for their turn at the source.
China has been cracking down on big industrial polluters in order to reverse the damage done to its skies, rivers and soil by more than three decades of breakneck growth.
Mugabe, 93, is blamed in the West for destroying Zimbabwe’s economy and for numerous human rights abuses during his 37 years leading the country.
A new team and a new programme of work is being discussed at the WHO, but will the new director general engage with challenging issues or maintain status quo?
Apart from holding the post of director general of the Indian Council of Medical Research, Soumya Swaminathan is also the secretary of the department of health research.
Citing conflict of interest in a tobacco firm funding research for a smoke free world, the UN agency ruled out any collaboration with it.
Not only was Pfizer given a subsidy to ‘develop’ a drug that already existed, the profits they will make from the inefficient vaccine is much beyond what was originally stipulated.
in six out of 11 countries surveyed, researchers found that more than 10% of HIV patients had a strain resistant to the most widely-used medicines.
The industry’s interests are in “irreconcilable conflict with the interests of public health policy”, said the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2017.
Reuters has found that Philip Morris International is running a secretive campaign to block or weaken WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
The Tamil Nadu government conducted three tests in different states before confirming the positive case of Zika virus.
Of the 134 cases that India reported, the cause of death among 96% of children was listed as being “unclassifiable” or “coincidental due to something other than vaccine.”
The World Health Organization’s (WHO) representative in Yemen appealed for more help to put an end to cholera epidemic after death toll rises to 1,500.
The public interest litigation seeks the divestment of 32% shares held by public sector insurance companies in the tobacco major ITC.
Tobacco cultivation and the curing process contributes towards deforestation, soil depletion, loss of soil nutrients and pollution due to the heavy use of agrochemicals.
The order will likely be a far cry from the president’s previous remarks about the pharmaceutical industry.
Between 2005 and 2012, about 2,800 patients have died while participating in clinical trials conducted by pharmaceutical companies.
Devoid of the context of pregnancies in India, one wonders if the guidelines are a tool to further control women by invoking, through a lens of patriarchy, principles from traditional medical systems.
The essentiality of communication when it comes to epidemics and life threatening diseases cannot be undermined. It is not only moral but vital to the curative measures that need to be taken.
The 70th World Health Assembly saw the election of a new leader, a strong resolution on battling cancer and unexpected coalitions around access to medicines, among others.
India was moved up from the safest category 4 to category 2 in WHO’s country-classification table for the Zika virus.
Indian officials say there was no responsibility to inform the WHO about the three Zika cases, while the WHO says this is not true.
The UN agency called for the tobacco industry to compensate for its products that contribute to greenhouse gases blamed for climate change.
The epidemic began in October and grew until December. It then dwindled but was never brought fully under control, and a new surge in cases began in April.
While the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme reports in detail about food poisoning, cholera and even Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, it has reported zero cases of Zika, though the government and WHO confirmed three cases.
The epidemic began in October and grew until December. It then dwindled but was never brought fully under control and cases have been surging since April.
The former health minister and foreign minister, who vowed to make universal health care his priority, won over half the votes from 189 member states in the first round and prevailed in a third-round ballot against Britain’s David Nabarro.
The overall number of cases of the haemorrhagic fever discovered since early May has risen to 37 from 29.
C-sections were developed to deal with life threatening medical conditions during delivery, but is being practiced irrationally for profit and convenience.
The Group of 77 has outlined what the world can learn from the 2014-5 Ebola crisis.
A British government report estimates that about 700,000 people worldwide currently die annually due to antibiotic-resistant infections.
Despite multiple studies showing that carbohydrates hurt your heart, and not saturated fats, misguided advisories and Big Pharma profiteering both persist.
The annual healthcare and lost productivity costs for those made ill from smoking are estimated at around $1 trillion.
A look at member states’ considerations, candidates plans for the future of global public health management and contemporary issues for the WHO.
Researchers have found that some one in five cases of tuberculosis, a bacterial infection, are now resistant to at least one major anti-TB drug.
The study found a “weaponisation” of healthcare in Syria in which people’s need for it was used against them by denying access.