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WHO launches consolidated guidelines for malaria

The WHO Guidelines for malaria, launched today, bring together the Organization’s most up-to-date recommendations for malaria in one user-friendly and easy-to-navigate online platform. They are designed to support malaria-affected countries in their efforts to reduce and, ultimately, eliminate a disease that continues to claim more than 400 000 lives each year. Through the new platform, […]

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WHO Publishes Quality Criteria for Health National Adaptation Plans

<p>Climate change is already impacting human health and health systems, and the burden on communities and health systems is expected to further increase as temperatures rise.<br /></p><p>To respond to the growing impacts of climate change and build climate-resilient health systems, countries may develop and implement a health national adaptation plan (HNAP) as a part of […]

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WHO Executive Board stresses need for improved response to mental health impact of public health emergencies

<p>The importance of integrating mental health into preparedness and response plans for public health emergencies was emphasized by WHO Member States at the WHO Executive Board meeting held in January 2021. Delegates expressed their strong support for the adoption of a Decision on this topic, proposed by Thailand, and co-sponsored by more than 40 Member […]

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Acute malnutrition threatens half of children under five in Yemen in 2021: UN

Nearly 2.3 million children under the age of five in Yemen are projected to suffer from acute malnutrition in 2021, four United Nations agencies warned today. Of these, 400,000 are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition and could die if they do not receive urgent treatment. The new figures, from the latest Integrated Food Security […]

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WHO launches new tools to help countries build effective childhood cancer programmes

A suite of tools to help countries improve diagnosis and treatment of cancer among children is being released today by the World Health Organization, on International Childhood Cancer Day. The package includes a “how-to” guide for policy-makers, cancer control programme managers and hospital managers; an assessment tool to inform implementation; and a multilingual online portal […]

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WHO lists two additional COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use and COVAX roll-out

Today WHO listed two versions of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, giving the green light for these vaccines to be rolled out globally through COVAX. The vaccines are produced by AstraZeneca-SKBio (Republic of Korea) and the Serum Institute of India. WHO’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL) assesses the quality, safety and efficacy of COVID-19 […]

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Consultation: Draft Global Strategy on WASH and NTDs 2021−2030

<p><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">In 2015, WHO and partners mobilized the WASH community to help accelerate and sustain efforts to control and eliminate NTDs&nbsp; through a</span><a href="https://www.who.int/publications-detail-redirect/WHO-FWC-WSH-15.12" style="text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;"> Global Strategy for 2015-2020</a><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">. This was later supplemented by the publication of a </span><a href="https://www.who.int/publications-detail-redirect/9789241515009" style="text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;">toolkit</a><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">, developed jointly with the NTD NGO Network (NNN), to help health and […]

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Taeniasis: large-scale treatment shows interesting and far-reaching results

<p>A three-year pilot project for the control of taeniasis in Madagascar has shown very interesting and far-reaching results. Eligible adults and children aged five and over in 52 villages in the District of Antanifotsy<sup>1</sup> were treated with the medicine praziquantel<sup>2</sup> (at a dose of 10 mg/kg). The medicine was well-tolerated, with no major side events […]

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COVAX Statement on WHO Emergency Use Listing for AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as co-leads of the COVAX initiative for equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccines, alongside key delivery partner UNICEF, are pleased to welcome the news that two versions of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine have been given WHO Emergency […]

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WHO announces updates on new molecular assays for the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) and drug resistance

Significant advances to the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) and drug resistance in adults, adolescents and children are expected, following key updates on new molecular assays, announced by the World Health Organization (WHO) in a Rapid Communication released today. Diagnosis of TB and drug-resistant TB remains a challenge with a third of people with TB and more than […]