Health Emergencies and Humanitarian update, Health Sector Monthly Bulletin – March 2018

Health Emergencies and Humanitarian update, Health Sector Monthly Bulletin – March 2018

Figures 20Health facilities supported by medical supplies371Health staff trained09Detention centers reached by PHC services7.9 KPHC consultations2.1 KBeneficiaries from Specialized Health Care Migrant Health Assessment Mission: The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Libya and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), conducted an assessment on the public health needs […]

WHO: Venezuela malaria cases jump by 69 percent

WHO: Venezuela malaria cases jump by 69 percent

Health experts have warned that malaria cases in Venezuela jumped by an estimated 69 percent last year, expressing concern over the spread of the disease in the crisis-hit country and other parts of Latin America. The figure was released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, on the eve of World Malaria Day. According […]

Are Fake Drugs The Reason Malaria Still Kills Millions a Year?

Are Fake Drugs The Reason Malaria Still Kills Millions a Year?

Malaria, a mosquito-borne parasitic infection that affects about 3.2 billion people in 95 countries, has become largely a disease of the young and poor. Due to effective medications like chloroquine and artemisinins, malaria deaths dropped an estimated 60 percent worldwide between 2000 and 2015. The Americas and Africa saw the greatest improvements. Still, 216 million […]

It's time to rethink how much booze may be too much

It's time to rethink how much booze may be too much

A couple of drinks a day aren’t bad for you and may even be good for you. Right? That’s been the message — from researchers, governments, and beverage companies — for decades. And as a result, many of us don’t think twice about tossing back a couple of glasses or wine or a few beers […]

Court Upholds CA Reliance on Expert Science Against Monsanto

Court Upholds CA Reliance on Expert Science Against Monsanto

In a major victory for public health and independent science last week, a California Court of Appeal ruled against Monsanto and for California voters’ reliance on the findings of expert scientific bodies to identify dangerous chemicals. The court upheld California’s listing of glyphosate – the active ingredient in the Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup – as a […]

Modified plant boosts malaria drug yield

Modified plant boosts malaria drug yield

Image copyright Ying Liu / Xinhua Image caption Artemisia annua usually makes only small amounts of the drug in its leaves Scientists have modified a plant’s genetic sequence to make it produce high levels of a key malaria drug, potentially helping meet the large global demand. The team identified genes involved in making artemisinin, altering […]

World Malaria Day 2018: We are ready to beat malaria

World Malaria Day 2018: We are ready to beat malaria

25 April 2018, Cairo – On World Malaria Day 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are calling on all concerned parties to be ready to end malaria – a disease which can be fatal and which affects millions of people, claiming many lives annually. This year’s World Malaria Day coincides with activities […]

Malaria on rise in crisis-hit Venezuela, WHO says

Malaria on rise in crisis-hit Venezuela, WHO says

GENEVA (Reuters) – Malaria is spreading rapidly in crisis-hit Venezuela, with more than an estimated 406,000 cases in 2017, up roughly 69 percent from a year before, the largest increase worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Venezuelan migrants fleeing the economic and social crisis are carrying the mosquito-borne disease into Brazil and […]