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.
China views Taiwan as a renegade province to be retaken with force if necessary, and says it should not be recognised or treated as a separate country.
In 2005, India, Nepal and Bangladesh launched a joint kala azar elimination initiative to bring down the incidence to less than 1 case per 10,000 people by 2015. That goal has not been reached.
“Finally! The @NYTimes calls out @WHO DG candidate @DrTedros for covering up cholera epidemic using the euphemism of Acute Water Diarrhea.”
The World Health Organisation confirms that we are living longer, but are we living healthier? Medigo, a health-specialised platform, says not everyone is.
The injectable vaccine was developed by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline to protect children from the most deadly form of malaria in Africa.
C-sections were developed to deal with life threatening medical conditions during delivery, but is being practiced irrationally for profit and convenience.
The outbreak is the latest crisis for Burundi, which has been wrecked by deadly political violence since 2015.
A look at member states’ considerations, candidates plans for the future of global public health management and contemporary issues for the WHO.
He also criticised people who had “made statements contrary to the faith, limiting the education of the girl child, forcing a glass ceiling on the role women play in society”
A 2006 study found that women’s rights groups felt the gag rule violated their rights to freedom of speech and association.
Smoking costs $1 trillion to the global economy, will kill eight million more people a year by 2030, the study by WHO and US National Cancer Institute said.
Known as rVSV-ZEBOV – Vesicular Stomatitis Virus–Ebola Virus Vaccine – the vaccine was first developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Johnson & Johnson should be careful while branding its product as ‘ORSL’, a title resembling that of the ORS solution prescribed to treat dehydration from diarrhoea.
This week’s column considers the various kinds of problems that appalling sanitation brings with it.
Of the world’s 5.9 million under-five children who died last year, 60% were in 10 countries in Asia and Africa, a study found.
Excessive salt intake can lead to high blood pressure – a leading cause of cardiovascular diseases.
Despite a renewed conversation on air pollution, there was no impact this Diwali on the use of firecrackers, which create the most dangerous pollutants
Decades of conflict have left Afghanistan’s water infrastructure in a mess, and as refugees return to the country, the prospect of water-related conflicts rises.
Eradicating TB won’t happen unless the number of people who are latent carriers is tackled. A new estimate suggests it’s a much bigger problem than previously thought.
Doctors and health experts say the rise in the number of cases is due to warmer weather and erratic rainfall, which caused flash floods and thereby water stagnation.
A recently released UN report highlights international “policy incoherence” on medication, but the US has denounced its findings, signalling its unwillingness to institute reforms.
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.
Zika viruses have been found in tears, possibly explaining why some patients have suffered from conjunctivitis and, in rare cases, permanent vision loss.
With grave repercussions for India, a recent study suggests that the Zika virus can be even more infectious to people who have been exposed to dengue in their past.
The International Finance Corporation has funded projects in India that have caused large scale violation of environmental and social laws.
Shortages of staff and medicine, combined with poor security and a lack of funding, are causing a health crisis across Libya with major hospitals reducing their services and setting up donation boxes for medical supplies.
As the 2016 Olympic games are a little more than a month away, to be held in Zika-prone Brazil, what do we know about the virus and its effects?
The cancer risk, if any, from cellphone-use continues to be low. After all, there has been no noticeable increase in brain tumours in various countries for the past several decades.
Contradicting what the health ministry said in March, the Drugs Technical Advisory Board now recommends banning plastic bottles for medicines.
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.
The tobacco industry and its political backers have delayed the implementation of an important anti-smoking measure even as countries around the world are moving to the next stage of reform.
Some 62% of all attacks were deemed intentional, in clear violation of international humanitarian law, and many led to disruption of public health services.
Aid workers said Roanu’s torrential rains triggered flooding, landslides and tidal surges mostly in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh – ripping apart thousands of rickety homes, burying entire villages and inundating swathes of farmland.
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.
According to the WHO, 1.5 million people died from TB in 2014. The challenges in tackling the disease include the facts that people are tested too late and that the turnaround for most tests is long.
Stopping transmission of the contagious viral disease that has infected millions is possible within a year, experts say.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released the first Global Diabetes report. In 1980, WHO reported that 108 million adults were living with diabetes. Since then the numbers have quadrupled, with the disease claiming more lives every year. Health and medicine editor Candice Bailey spoke to endocrinologist Sundeep […]
To tackle Zika and other viral outbreaks, we need to focus not only on the pathology of the disease, but also on the global political and economic architecture.