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Montevideo, May 20th 2019 - 14:46 UTC

Tag: World Health Organization (WHO)

  • Thursday, May 9th 2019 - 08:46 UTC

    WHO welcomes Food & Beverage lobby commitment to eliminate trans fat by 2023

    WHO Director-General Dr Tedros met with IFBA representatives to discuss actions to eliminate industrial trans fats, and reduce salt, sugar and saturated fats in foods

    The World Health Organization has welcomed the commitment by the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) to align with the WHO target to eliminate industrially produced trans fat from the global food supply by 2023.

  • Tuesday, May 7th 2019 - 13:28 UTC

    WHO: Advocates around the world #Speakup for #RoadSafety

    “WHO’s vision is a world free from road traffic deaths and injuries” notes World Health Organization Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

    In the context of the Fifth UN Global Road Safety Week (6-12 May 2019), thousands of road safety advocates from around the world are highlighting the need for more effective leadership for road safety. Strong leaders - both government and nongovernment alike - are those who #SpeakUp for road safety and act on the concrete interventions which have proven to save lives.

  • Tuesday, March 12th 2019 - 08:14 UTC

    FAO, OIE, and WHO launch One Health approach guide to addressing zoonotic diseases


    Zoonotic diseases – those diseases that can spread between animals and people – continue to have major impacts on human health.

    Zoonotic diseases continue to be a threat to global health, causing millions of deaths and economic losses every year. To support countries to control these diseases, the Tripartite organizations (FAO, OIE and WHO) launched a guide entitled ‘Taking a Multisectoral, One Health Approach: A Tripartite Guide to Addressing Zoonotic Diseases in Countries’.

  • Monday, March 4th 2019 - 08:39 UTC

    A mobile free application “HearWHO”, to help with hearing loss

    The app is targeted at those who are at risk of hearing loss or who already experience some of the symptoms related to hearing loss

    On the annual World Hearing Day (3 March), the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched “hearWHO”, a free application for mobile devices which allows people to check their hearing regularly and intervene early in case of hearing loss. The app is targeted at those who are at risk of hearing loss or who already experience some of the symptoms related to hearing loss.

  • Saturday, March 2nd 2019 - 04:52 UTC

    UNICEF warns of global spike of measles; includes Brazil and Venezuela

    Measles is more contagious than tuberculosis or Ebola, yet it is eminently preventable with a vaccine that costs pennies

    Ninety-eight countries reported more cases of measles in 2018 compared with 2017, and the world body warned that conflict, complacency and the growing anti-vaccine movement threatened to undo decades of work to tame the disease.

  • Friday, February 15th 2019 - 10:43 UTC

    Yellow fever warning for travelers to Brazil

    The viral disease is spread by infected mosquitoes and can cause an illness that leads to jaundice and bleeding

    A recent disease outbreak news from the World Health Organization highlights that in Brazil it is currently the seasonal period for yellow fever and that further transmission of the disease is expected in the coming months based on seasonal patterns.

  • Wednesday, February 13th 2019 - 08:48 UTC

    New WHO-ITU standard aims to prevent hearing loss among 1.1 billion young people

    Over 5% of the world’s population – or 466 million people – has disabling hearing loss (432 million adults and 34 million children); impacting on their quality of life.

    Nearly 50% of people aged 12-35 years – or 1.1 billion young people – are at risk of hearing loss due to prolonged and excessive exposure to loud sounds, including music they listen to through personal audio devices.

  • Saturday, February 9th 2019 - 06:56 UTC

    Measles 2017/18 outbreak in Europe, the highest in a decade

    “The total number of people infected with the virus in 2018 was the highest this decade,” WHO said in a statement.

    The number of recorded measles cases in Europe more than tripled between 2017 and 2018, marking the highest it’s been in a decade, the World Health Organization said. According to newly released data from the WHO, in 2018, more than 82,000 people were infected with the disease and 72 people died in Europe. In 2017, there were more than 25,000 measles cases in Europe and 42 deaths.

  • Friday, January 25th 2019 - 10:07 UTC

    Hantavirus outbreak in Argentine Patagonia: WHO news alert

    Around 50% of these confirmed cases - all of which were in Epuyén, in southern Argentina's Chubut province - reported symptoms within the past three weeks

    At least eleven people have died in Argentina after becoming infected with hantavirus, a disease carried by rats and other rodents, according to a news alert from the World Health Organization (WHO).

  • Friday, January 18th 2019 - 09:00 UTC

    WHO statement on reports of alleged misconduct

    The allegations have been addressed openly by Dr Tedros in global meetings with staff in which he stressed that WHO has zero tolerance for misconduct

    World Health Organization (WHO) is aware of a news story published today about allegations of misconduct in the organization. The allegations are being investigated according to WHO’s established procedures, having been referred to WHO’s Office of Internal Oversight Services by the Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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