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.
WHO said that the pathogens have built-in abilities to find new ways to resist treatment and can also transfer genetic material that allows other bacteria to become drug-resistant.
For people who are missing limbs, 3D printing can make new prosthetics – faster, cheaper and better. It could transform mobility for millions around the world.
A recently launched report shows the city’s air quality is worsening due to thermal power plant emissions and the absence of environmental policies.
The WHO said it had worked with Borno’s health ministry to gather information about medical services available there.
In order to achieve universal health coverage, India must increase its health spending, an investment that can lead to increased workplace productivity and economic growth.
Excessive salt intake can lead to high blood pressure – a leading cause of cardiovascular diseases.
PM 2.5 levels over north India sky-rocketed to over 29 times the WHO standards this Diwali, surpassing the previous year as well.
Of women who die from cervical cancer, 87% live in poor countries.
A recently released UN report highlights international “policy incoherence” on medication, but the US has denounced its findings, signalling its unwillingness to institute reforms.
India has the largest number of polluted cities among the fifty most polluted cities across the world.
World Bank and WHO predict that sea levels will rise, food production will decrease and by 2030-2050 at least 250,000 people will die every year from just some of the climate-related harms.
Philippines has one of the fastest growing HIV/AIDS epidemics in the world. There were 841 newly diagnosed HIV cases in June.
Polio for years has come close to being eradicated, with the entire continent of Africa going two years without a reported case – until early August.
All but seven of those infected had fully recovered, the health ministry and the National Environment Agency said on Sunday. The seven remain in hospital.
The WHO is trying to immunise as much of the population of the Democratic Republic of Congo as possible.
Haiti has confirmed 14 cases of the birth defect microcephaly linked to the Zika virus since March.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared a yellow fever epidemic in June after the hemorrhagic virus spread from Angola, where at least 360 people have died since last December in the worst outbreak in decades.
The grandmother strategy has been effective in tackling sensitive issues such as family planning, early marriage, and female genital mutilation.
Despite decades of promising research, the many men who want their own contraceptive pill still have nothing. One of them meets the people hoping to make male birth control a reality.
WHO is worried about the depleted global stockpile of vaccines, which may not be enough if there are simultaneous outbreaks of the disease.
There is no major event that is ever 100% safe, and that especially applies to major events in tropical countries.
Aflatoxins, moulds that can affect plant crops and raise the risk of liver damage, cancer and blindness, as well as stunting foetuses and infants, are spreading to more areas as a result of climate change.
Some 62% of all attacks were deemed intentional, in clear violation of international humanitarian law, and many led to disruption of public health services.
Indian cities dominate the list of the world’s most polluted, new data from the WHO reveals, with cities in Pakistan and Bangladesh catching up fast.
Faso Soap is designed to repel mosquitoes for up to six hours after being applied. The soapy water, once thrown away in the street, can also hinder the insects from breeding in stagnant water.
The Indian Patent Office’s decision marks a setback for patient groups who said the move could stop affordable copies of the Sovaldi drug.
Air pollution has become a global concern with rising air pollution levels, as outdoor air pollution in cities and rural areas across the world estimated to cause 3.7 million premature deaths in 2012, according to the WHO.
Every dollar spent on better treatment of anxiety and depression produces a return of four dollars in better health and ability to work, says the WHO.
A UN-WHO report stresses the economic costs of non-communicable diseases in India, the challenges posed by increasing urbanisation, and the urgent need to ensure universal health coverage.