The DRC Ebola Outbreak May Be Declared an International Public Health Emergency. Here's What to Know

The DRC Ebola Outbreak May Be Declared an International Public Health Emergency. Here's What to Know

The World Health Organization (WHO) will meet Wednesday to determine whether a worsening Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. The meeting, set to be held at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva, comes about a month after the WHO upgraded Ebola’s risk level […]

Zika spreads rapidly in India, with 80 cases confirmed

Zika spreads rapidly in India, with 80 cases confirmed

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News Scan for Oct 16, 2018

News Scan for Oct 16, 2018

Five more Ebola cases recorded in Beni, DRC Late yesterday afternoon and today the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced five more cases of Ebola virus disease in Beni and Butembo, the current epicenter of outbreak activity. All three cases announced yesterday resulted in community deaths that involved safe and dignified burials in Beni, […]

Join the #MovementForMovement

Join the #MovementForMovement

Physical inactivity has been identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a leading risk factor for mortality causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally. In a positive move to decrease physical inactivity, WHO Member States, together with the World Heart Federation, aim to reduce insufficient physical activity by 10% by 2025 and achieve a […]

Functional Review team highlights the inter-sectorial approach of WHO Country Office to achieve Universal Health …

Functional Review team highlights the inter-sectorial approach of WHO Country Office to achieve Universal Health …

The World Health Organization is currently reviewing the functions of the country offices in the African Region to fully adapt them to the principles of the Transformation Agenda 2015 – 2020 and the WHO 13th General Program of Work 2019 – 2023. It aims at reinforcing the response to the country needs and priorities, providing […]

Ebola claims 24 lives in one week in DR Congo

Ebola claims 24 lives in one week in DR Congo

At least 33 people have been infected with the deadly Ebola virus in the past week, 24 of which have since passed away, the health ministry of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said. According to the ministry, the cases were discovered between October 8 and October 14. So far, 211 confirmed and probable cases […]

FIGO shouts 'No against Violence for Women'

Today at FIGO World Congress in Rio de Janiero, Brazil we launched the FIGO and World Health Organization Global Declaration on Violence Against Women Background Violence against women and girls is a major public health problem globally. WHO estimates that overall, 35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner […]

Teens' cell phone use linked to memory problems

Teens' cell phone use linked to memory problems

(for more about Power Words, click here) abstract     Something that exists as an idea or thought but not concrete or tangible (touchable) in the real world. Beauty, love and memory are abstractions; cars, trees and water are concrete and tangible. app     Short for application, or a computer program designed for a specific task. cancer     Any of more than 100 […]

Global health organizations commit to new ways of working together for greater impact

Global health organizations commit to new ways of working together for greater impact

Eleven heads of the world’s leading health and development organizations today signed a landmark commitment to find new ways of working together to accelerate progress towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Coordinated by the World Health Organization, the initiative unites the work of 11 organizations, with others set to join in the next […]