Tag Archives: WHO

Cuba Makes History, Eliminates Mother-To-Baby HIV Transmission By
Cuba has become the first country to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to baby, the World Health Organization has announced. The WHO’s director general, Margaret Chan, said it was “one of the greatest...
In Pakistan, The Push To Eradicate Polio Competes With “The Zillion Other Issues” By
KARACHI, Pakistan — The number of reported cases of polio crossed the 200 mark this month, confirming Pakistani health officials’ worst fears: The viral disease is out of control. In 2012 and 2013, polio cases were down significantly — 58 and 93, respectively....
UN: We Botched Response To The Ebola Outbreak By
LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization has admitted that it botched attempts to stop the now-spiraling Ebola outbreak in West Africa, blaming factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information. In a draft internal document obtained by The Associated Press,...
Ebola In Congo Kills Two People, Djera Region Placed Under Quarantine By
KINSHASA, Congo  — Two Ebola-related deaths have been confirmed in Congo, the country’s health minister said Sunday, though local officials believe the cases are unrelated to the outbreak in West Africa that has killed more than 1,400 people. Eight samples were...
On Use Of Experimental Ebola Drugs, U.S. Under Increased Pressure By
WASHINGTON — The World Health Organization has taken the unprecedented step of declaring that the use of experimental drugs — the efficacy and safety of which have yet to be proven — would be “ethical” to combat the current outbreak of Ebola in West...
WHO: Ebola Outbreak Is A Public Health Emergency By
LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization on Friday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread. It is the largest and longest outbreak ever recorded of Ebola, which...
Developing Nations Expected To Bear The Brunt Of Soaring Cancer Rates Over Next 20 yrs: WHO By
Tuesday is World Cancer Day, and the World Health Organization’s 2014 World Cancer Report served as a grim reminder of how far the world is from winning this particular battle. The report said 14 million new cancer cases were reported around the world in 2012,...
E-Cigarette Boom Prompts Debate Over Benefits By
BORDEAUX, France — As more smokers take to electronic cigarettes, the debate about the impact “vaping” — as using the products is called — could have in the fight against tobacco smoking is becoming more acute. On one side, the head of one of Europe’s leading...
World Health Organization Warns That Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Is A ‘Ticking Time Bomb’ By
Global health officials are warning that the proliferation of antibiotic-resistance tuberculosis is a looming public health disaster that will eventually come to a head. According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) estimations, 500,000 people are infected with...
Altruistic Kidney Donation: Going Under The Knife To Save A Life By
Would you donate your kidney to a complete stranger? What would motivate someone to undertake such a random and extraordinary act of kindness? This week Mint Press News spoke with one such person – Maryann Ford, a 45-year-old woman from New York City who has made the...