As India’s mental health continues on a downward slope, small initiatives like teaching happiness could go a long way.
From prohibitive cancer drugs to making resources available to fight microbial drug resistance, or getting access to timely diagnostics – access issues are the cornerstone for equitable health systems worldwide.
Irrespective of all the ambitions for the future and earnest intentions to reform the administration, ultimately it will be financing that will dictate how far WHO can go.
Yellow fever is a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes in tropical regions and is still a major killer in Africa. It had largely been brought under control in the Americas.
The WHO pre-qualification makes the vaccine eligible for procurement by UN agencies such as UNICEF and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
An AIIMS paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine on treatment of children suffering from drug-resistant epilepsy provided high levels of evidence about treatment.
Should the focus be on improving public health systems or should we instead strengthen and support the development of the private health systems?
Maharashtra cannot retain its position as a progressive state if health budget cuts become a characteristic part of its budgets.
Doctors Without Borders has treated around 2,000 patients in the past few weeks and is receiving around 100 new cases daily.
The world’s ‘most persecuted minority’ has been facing a human rights and health crisis due to an acute shortage of resources to meet an increasing demand for humanitarian assistance such as food , shelter, clean water and sanitation.
If We Can Build Mangalyaan, Why Can’t We Do More in Health Sciences: New WHO Deputy Director General
Taking charge as WHO’s deputy director general in December, India’s Dr Soumya Swaminathan speaks to The Wire about global health, where India stands on medical research and how women can get ahead in the workplace.
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.