WHO chief rescinds Mugabe ambassador role after outcry

Oct 22, 2017 - 11:15 PM

(UPDATED) World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus takes back his decision after the appointment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe sparks outrage

This file photo taken on April 13, 2016 shows Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe speaking during the burial of two national heroines, Victoria Chitepo and Vivian Mwashita, at the National Heroes Acre, in Harare. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Sotto grills Ubial over foreign trips, WHO-funded travels

Oct 03, 2017 - 3:09 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial maintains that her international trips are all aboveboard

CONFIRMATION HEARING. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial faces the Commission on Appointments panel deliberating on her confirmation on October 3, 2017. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Seats that save kids’ lives: Why are they rarely used in the Philippines?

Aug 16, 2017 - 9:46 AM

A new study offers interesting insights It also debunks fallacies

CAR SEAT. Mark Escueta spent â?±17,000 for a brand-new car seat for his son Pele. He considers the money well-spent. The car seat kept the boy safe during the violent crash on July 10 that left Peleâ??s mom, actress and TV host Jolina Magdangal, with slight injuries. Photo supplied by Mark Escueta

Senate bill seeks to ban e-cigarette use in schools, gov't offices, PUVs

Aug 14, 2017 - 12:55 PM

The bill also seeks to limit the marketing sale and distribution of the product allowing only those 18 years old and above to buy and use it

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Saudi Arabia pledges $33.7M to UN to battle cholera in Yemen

Aug 06, 2017 - 11:05 PM

The cholera outbreak in Yemen has already claimed the lives of at least 1 915 people since April

A Yemeni woman suspected of being infected with cholera receive treatment at a makeshift hospital in Sanaa on July 13, 2017. More than 320,000 suspected cholera cases have been reported in nearly all of Yemen's districts and at least 1,740 people have died from the outbreak, said Stephen O'Brien, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs. / AFP PHOTO / Mohammed HUWAIS

Jodie Whittaker is first female 'Doctor Who'

Jul 17, 2017 - 12:45 AM

The British actress will take over later this year as 13th incarnation of the Time Lord

New WHO director from Ethiopia begins work

Jul 01, 2017 - 10:26 PM

Tedros Adhanom is the first African to head the World Health Organization

NEW DIRECTOR. New World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus holds a press conference on the day after his election by the World Health Assembly (WHA) on May 24, 2017 in Geneva. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Semua yang perlu kamu tahu mengenai kanker serviks

Jun 11, 2017 - 4:23 PM

Penyakit kanker serviks mulut rahim masih dapat diobati jika gejalanya telah diketahui sedini mungkin

No soft matchmaking for Tepora, Araneta in next fights

Jun 03, 2017 - 4:49 PM

The head of Omega Pro Sports International says he s learned lessons about developing his prospects

TOUGH FIGHT. Filipino prospect Jack Tepora has looked the part but has yet to face a solid challenge as a pro. Tepora will face his most experienced opponent to date in July. File photo by PJ Estan/Rappler

DOH mulls covering e-cigarettes in smoking ban implementation

Jun 01, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial also reveals her department s plan to bring to the Philippines a technology that will detect ambient nicotine present indoors

WHO lauds PH health chief for 'strong' tobacco control advocacy

May 30, 2017 - 5:27 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial is one of the 6 from the Western Pacific Region who received the 2017 World No Tobacco Day 2017 Award

UNITARY TAXATION. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial opposes House Bill 4144 which proposes a two-tier excise tax structure on cigarettes. Rappler screenshot

Barred from WHO meeting, Taiwan urges global 'pressure' on China

May 22, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Taiwan does not receive an invitation to the World Health Assembly in Geneva for the first time in 8 years

Taiwan's Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (L) looks to a document with an assistant on May 21, 2017 in Geneva. Taiwan said it had been excluded from a major World Health Organisation meeting, the World Health Assembly (WHA), for the first time in eight years and blamed rival China for the snub as relations worsen. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINI

'Good Wife' star Julianna Margulies to produce Vietnam War series

Apr 22, 2017 - 11:55 AM

Julianna says the unnamed series will be based on the book War Torn: Stories of War from the Women Reporters Who Covered Vietnam

Ubial: Don't be indifferent to people with depression

Apr 07, 2017 - 5:24 PM

That I think is a society that will harbor increasing rates of depression – yung dinededma natin yung ating mga kasama says Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial on World Health Day

'LET'S TALK.' Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial and Health Spokesperson Eric Tayag speak about depression on World Health Day. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

#AskTheTaxWhiz: All about filing income tax returns

Apr 06, 2017 - 12:15 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz answers taxpayers key questions and reminds the public that the deadline has been moved from April 15 to April 17

PAYING TAXES. Taxpayers line up at the Quezon City Hall. File photo from QC Public Affairs and Information Services Office

Sketsatorial: Yang bisa kamu lakukan untuk mencegah bunuh diri

Mar 24, 2017 - 11:52 AM

Dengan bersikap lebih peka terhadap mereka yang putus harapan dan ingin bunuh diri kita bisa ikut membantu untuk mengurangi angka bunuh diri di sekeliling kita

Leticia Ramos-Shahani: The woman who competed with the best

Mar 20, 2017 - 9:48 AM

Letty made a name for herself in diplomacy and politics and championed culture and women s rights

Tepora, Araneta fights end in 'disappointing' mismatches

Mar 19, 2017 - 3:44 PM

Jack Tepora and Christian Araneta blow out overmatched Indonesians in Cebu leaving the promoter to promise a better show for his next event

WIPEOUT. Jack Tepora gestures to people at ringside as his overmatched Indonesian opponent lays in a corner. Photo by PJ Estan/Rappler

Debunking lies about Rappler

Feb 07, 2017 - 4:08 PM

We fact check some of the lies and disinformation being spread about Rappler

How Jakatia Pawa's execution caught PH off guard

Jan 25, 2017 - 7:33 PM

While OFW Jakatia Pawa was sentenced to death in 2010 the public got wind of the specific execution date only on Wednesday the execution date itself

GOVERNMENT SIDE. DFA spokesman Charles Jose answers questions about the execution of OFW Jakatia Pawa in Kuwait on January 25, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Executed in Kuwait: Who was OFW Jakatia Pawa?

Jan 25, 2017 - 4:37 PM

A mother of two 44 year old OFW Jakatia Pawa obtained a college degree then later served as a domestic worker in Kuwait

EXECUTED IN KUWAIT. Jakatia Pawa, 44, was the mother of two children. Photo courtesy of Migrante

Women Who Code Manila: Yes, girls can code

Jan 22, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Women Who Code Manila aims to inspire women to excel in technology careers and to promote diversity in the tech industry

WOMEN IN TECH SCENE. Members of the Women Who Code Manila during its launch at Bitspace Makati on January 20, 2017. Photo from Women Who Code Manila

Ebola's long-term effects revealed

Jan 14, 2017 - 9:42 AM

The study also confirms previous observations that Ebola virus can remain in the semen of infected men for 18 months or longer raising the specter of sexual transmission

EBOLA. Members of a medical team monitor simulated patients infected with Ebola inside a Containerized Bio-Containment System (CBCS) during a shake-down exercise at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, outside Washington, DC on November 18, 2016. File photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP

WATCH: Healing the stigma of HIV

Dec 28, 2016 - 10:15 PM

In an environment where government policies restrict interventions reaching out through kindness and acceptance becomes a way to address HIV

EPIDEMIC. Cebu has seen one of the biggest explosions in infection rates, specifically among people who inject drugs (PWID) and share needles. Photo by Veejay Villafranca

Veteran Catholic photographer Noli Yamsuan dies

Dec 10, 2016 - 6:54 PM

3rd UPDATE None among church photographers can equal him Archbishop Socrates Villegas says of the late Manuel Noli Yamsuan Jr

Human Rights Watch: PH gov't 'fueling' HIV epidemic

Dec 08, 2016 - 12:04 PM

The HRW report cites government barriers – from the national to the local level – on HIV prevention It also says two local governments have hindered HIV prevention efforts due to conservative views

PUBLIC HEALTH. Nurses tend to a woman at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by AFP

WHO country rep: PH not doing enough to stop HIV epidemic

Dec 01, 2016 - 2:22 PM

WHO believes it would take mass mobilization to counter the spread of the virus in the Philippines

File photo of World Health Organization Philippine representative Dr Gundo Weiler from WHO

Sunat perempuan, ritual diskriminatif yang terus melebar

Nov 29, 2016 - 6:38 PM

Perlukah melanggengkan tradisi sunat perempuan?

WHO urges motorists: #NoMoreExcuses on road safety

Nov 20, 2016 - 4:18 PM

WHO encourages motorists to follow safety measures to increase road safety as the world observes the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Draft EO on smoking ban includes e-cigarettes

Nov 18, 2016 - 9:27 AM

The health department is concerned that e cigarettes have become a gateway to conventional smoking

PH-China relations, drug users vs Duterte, Trump vs Clinton | 12PM wRap

Oct 25, 2016 - 1:11 PM

Watch the noontime edition of Rappler s newscast with Chay Hofileña

Drug users overseas to Duterte: ‘Stop playing God!’

Oct 25, 2016 - 10:57 AM

From Indonesia to Canada open letters are sent to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asking him to change his approach to a more constructive evidence based one that addresses the root causes of drug use

ANGRY PROTESTERS. Indonesian protest in front of the Philippine embassy in Jakarta, calling for President Duterte to stop the killings. Photo from PKNI

WHO urges price hikes on sugary drinks in obesity fight

Oct 12, 2016 - 7:54 AM

The World Health Organization s recommendations on sweetened beverages comes as the world seeks to bring down whopping obesity rates with one in 3 adults overweight

SUGARY DRINKS. Various bottles of soda are displayed in a cooler at a supermarket in San Francisco, California on July 22, 2014. File photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP

Americas region is world's first to be free of measles

Sep 27, 2016 - 11:35 PM

Endemic transmission of measles has been eliminated from the region says World Health Organization director Margaret Chan

WEAPON. In this photo illustration, a bottle containing a measles vaccine is seen at the Miami Children's Hospital on January 28, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

National hotline for mental health assistance now open

Sep 13, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Every single suicide is still a tragedy The message we want to pass on is first of all having suicidal thoughts is nothing to be ashamed of says WHO Representative in the Philippines Gundo Weiler

Lav Diaz film wins 2016 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion

Sep 11, 2016 - 2:26 AM

Lav Diaz wins the Golden Lion at the 2016 Venice Film Festival for Woman Who Left Ang Babaeng Humayo

Director Lav Diaz attends the Premiere of the movie "Ang Babaeng Humayo" (The Woman Who Left) presented in competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival on September 9, 2016 at Venice Lido. / AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

Mexico joins Philippines, Brazil with dengue vaccine

Sep 10, 2016 - 11:15 AM

We estimate that in Mexico and in other countries that the benefits will outweigh the costs of the vaccine intervention says Guillaume Leroy head of Sanofi s dengue program

DENGUE VACCINE. Sanofi is rolling out the dengue vaccine in the private sector in Mexico while health authorities prepare a public immunization plan. File photo from Sanofi Pasteur

Record yellow fever vaccination campaign in DR Congo – WHO

Sep 03, 2016 - 4:45 PM

A total of 7 7 million people in the Congolese capital are vaccinated in less than two weeks

A man gets a yellow fever vaccine during a ceremony launching a response campaign against yellow fever in the district of Kisenso, Kinshasa, on July 20, 2016.  Last month of June the Health Ministry of D.R. Congo declared a yellow fever epidemic in three provinces of the country, being a major concern the border areas and the populated city of Kinshasa. Kisenso is one of the health zones of Kinshasa and considered an area of suspected and confirmed cases of yellow fever. / AFP PHOTO / Eduardo Soteras

WHO urges shift in STD treatment due to antibiotic resistance

Aug 31, 2016 - 6:22 AM

Globally more than one million people contract a sexually transmitted disease STD or infection STI every day WHO says

What did the UN do for PH? Disaster response, health programs, and more

Aug 23, 2016 - 9:38 PM

The Philippines has been a beneficiary of different United Nations programs for many years especially after Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan

[Dash of SAS] Making effective HIV and AIDS information materials

Aug 10, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Here are 5 simple questions that anyone can use to test and screen whether information material on HIV AIDS is accurate and appropriate

'The HIV Generation': 25 people get infected daily in PH

Jul 14, 2016 - 6:47 PM

The problem could be worse as the statistics are based only on who get tested and not on the entire population

Dr Genesis Samonte of the Department of Health briefs members of the media on the HIV epidemic in the Philippines on Thursday, July 14. Photo courtesy of RITM.

1 in 12 students in Western Pacific uses tobacco – survey

Jun 29, 2016 - 2:10 PM

The latest Global Youth Tobacco Survey also shows more than 4 2 million students in 22 countries in the region are cigarette smokers

DOH: HIV cases increase due to 'success' of free testing program

Jun 15, 2016 - 11:16 AM

Outgoing Health Secretary Janette Garin says there were fewer HIV cases in the past because only few people chose to get tested

HIV TESTING. Outgoing health secretary Janette Garin says the rise of HIV positive cases in the country can be attributed to the parallel increase of people who get tested.

West Africa marks end of recent Ebola outbreak

Jun 09, 2016 - 8:40 PM

UPDATED Liberia the worst hit country now enters a 90 day period of heightened surveillance for any new cases

epa05239933 A Liberian man pours sanitizer as part of measures to help curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, in downtown Monrovia, Liberia, 01 April 2016. According to meda reports on 01 April 2016, a Liberian woman has died of Ebola, despite the country having been declared Ebola-free by health officials. EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

WHO rejects calls to move Olympics over Zika fears

May 28, 2016 - 4:12 PM

UPDATED The World Health Organization says moving the Olympics would not have a major impact on the spread of Zika

ZIKA VIRUS. In this file photo, local workers disinfects the famous Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 26 January 2016, ahead of the beginning of Rio's Carnival parade. Photo by Marcelo Sayao/EPA

1.4M senior citizens to get free pneumococcal vaccines

May 26, 2016 - 1:30 PM

The health department allocates P503 million for the purchase of the vaccines which senior citizens can get from health centers nationwide

Zika crisis fueled by 'massive policy failure' – WHO chief

May 24, 2016 - 1:50 PM

The World Health Organization s Margaret Chan also warns that failure to provide universal access to sexual and family planning services has exacerbated the crisis

epa05325198 China's Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) adresses her statement, during the 69th World Health Assembly at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 23 May 2016. The decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO) meets from 23 to 28 May 2016 in Geneva. EPA/SALVATORE DI NOLFI

WHO issues first guidelines on treating female genital mutilation victims

May 16, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Female genital mutilation is most prevalent in Africa – where it is practiced in some 30 countries despite widespread criminalization – as well as pockets of Asia and the Middle East

TREATING VICTIMS. The World Health Organization on Monday, May 16, released its first-ever guidelines on how medical professionals should treat victims of female genital mutilation. Graphic by Alyssa Arizabal/Rappler

[IN PHOTOS] #PHVote 2016: Stars vote on election day

May 09, 2016 - 2:35 PM

Filipino entertainment figures head to the polling centers on Election Day May 9