World Health Organization

Madagascar plague death toll climbs to 74

Oct 18, 2017 - 4:37 PM

A total of 805 cases have been reported on the poor Indian Ocean island nation since August, the health ministry says in a statement

PLAGUE. A council worker walks past sacks of potatoe as he sprays disinfectant during the clean-up of the market of Anosibe in the Anosibe district, one of the most unsalubrious district of Antananarivo on October 10, 2017. Photo by Rijasolo/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

What you need to know about speed limits in the Philippines

Sep 29, 2017 - 5:47 PM

While the Land Transportation and Traffic Code has mandated uniform speed limits throughout the country, some LGUs have enacted their own speed limits based on road and traffic conditions in their areas

Can P16 a day save PH kids from malnutrition?

Sep 07, 2017 - 9:30 AM

The budget for the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s supplemental feeding program sees a drop of P1 billion

NUTRITION. Mother with her children during a feeding program in Malabon City on May 10, 2017. Photo by Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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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DA: No reported animal-to-human transmission of bird flu yet in PH

Aug 11, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The health department has already sent a team to assess the workers in the areas affected by the outbreak

BIRD FLU. Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol (C), Dr Arlene Vytiaco (R), and Dr Celia Carlos of RITM, (left) confirm cases of avian influenza subtype H5 on Friday, August 11, at a press conference in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

[DASH of SAS] Gonorrhea making a comeback

Jul 21, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Gonorrhea is showing resistance to older and cheaper form of antibiotics – making it harder and in some cases impossible to treat

New drugs needed against gonorrhea – UN

Jul 07, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Nearly 80 million people are infected with the disease every year the World Health Organization WHO says in a statement Among these doctors are finding more and more cases of infection untreatable by all known antibiotics

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

Drug addiction is a health problem. Somebody please tell the President.

Jun 29, 2017 - 9:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says shabu addicts can no longer be rehabilitated – an understanding that other countries had in the 1970s says a psychologist

Obesity 'epidemic' affects one in 10 worldwide

Jun 13, 2017 - 7:41 AM

A total of 2 2 billion people – 30 of the world population – are believed to be either obese or overweight by 2015

MEDICAL ATTENTION. In this photo, a physiotherapist (L) assists obese patients with exercises in an obesity unit at the CHU Angers teaching hospital in Angers, western France, on October 23, 2013. Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP

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

India confirms first Zika virus cases – WHO

May 28, 2017 - 12:05 AM

The World Health Organization says the cases suggest low transmission of Zika virus in India

ZIKA VIRUS. Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. File photo by Nelson Almeida /AFP

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

E-cigarettes not covered by smoking ban EO

May 19, 2017 - 7:41 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says they will include e cigarettes when we have more information and recommendation from the World Health Organization

Poisoning appears cause of mystery Liberia illness – WHO

May 05, 2017 - 7:18 PM

The World Health Organization says as of Wednesday the number of patients has risen to 28 with the sickness still unexplained although Ebola and Lassa fever have been ruled out

First large-scale malaria vaccine trials for Africa

Apr 24, 2017 - 7:06 PM

The vaccine also known as Mosquirix is developed by GlaxoSmithKline GSK in partnership with the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative The large scale three country pilot will test it on children aged 5 to 17 months

MALARIA VACCINE TRIALS. A child suffering from malaria lies on a bed at the hospital of Nyarugusu, in north west of Tanzania, on June 11, 2015.  File photo by Stephanie Aglietti/AFP

2 billion people drinking contaminated water – WHO

Apr 13, 2017 - 11:22 AM

Hundreds of thousands of people die each year because they are forced to drink contaminated water the World Health Organization says urging large investments to help provide universal access to safe drinking water

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

Turkey says chemical weapons used in Syria attack

Apr 06, 2017 - 5:25 PM

UPDATED Autopsies were carried out on 3 of the bodies after they were brought from Idlib The results of the autopsy confirms that chemical weapons were used Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag says

BEKIR BOZDAG. Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag speaks at a press conference at the Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC, on October 27, 2016. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Study finds Indonesia, Philippines among highest number of smokers in the world

Apr 06, 2017 - 11:04 AM

A study reveals that global smoking deaths are up by 5 since 1990 and shows that the percentage of smokers in Indonesia and the Philippines have not dropped since then

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 31, 2017

Mar 31, 2017 - 10:45 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Friday

Global depression numbers surge in past decade – WHO

Mar 30, 2017 - 11:21 PM

By 2015 the number of people globally living with depression according to a revised definition had reached 322 million up 18 4 since 2005 the UN agency says

Environmental risks kill 1.7M kids under 5 a year – WHO

Mar 06, 2017 - 9:56 PM

Harmful exposure can start in the mother s womb increasing the risk of premature birth which can lead to life long health problems

POLLUTION. Indian school children wear masks as they sit inside a school cab as schools re-open after three days of closure due to smog, in New Delhi on November 10, 2016. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Pollution from rigged German Volkswagens to kill 1,200 – study

Mar 03, 2017 - 9:17 PM

The researchers estimate that 1 200 people in Europe will die early each losing as much as a decade of their life as a result of excess emissions generated the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which took part in the study explains

EMISSIONS SCANDAL. This file photo taken on September 22, 2015 shows the logo of German car maker Volkswagen in Hanover, central Germany. File photo by Julian StratenSchulte/ DPA/ AFP

UN wants new drugs against 12 supergerms

Feb 28, 2017 - 8:34 AM

For the first time the World Health Organization WHO published a list of bacteria threatening to turn once easily treatable infections into serial killers

The building hosting the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters is pictured on April 28, 2009 in Geneva. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

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

Ebola vaccine may be 'up to 100% effective' – WHO

Dec 23, 2016 - 8:08 AM

If all goes well the vaccine could become available in 2018 under a fast track approval process

In this file photo, an adhesive bandage is placed on the arm of a volunteer after she was administered an experimental Ebola vaccine at Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, a suburb of Monrovia, on February 2, 2015. Zoom Dosso/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

Almost half HIV infections worldwide undetected – WHO

Nov 29, 2016 - 10:18 PM

The UN health agency said that 40 of people with the virus that causes AIDS or more than 14 million people worldwide are unaware of their status according to 2015 estimates

HIV testing. Photo by George Moya/Rappler/File

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

Zika no longer a world public health emergency – WHO

Nov 19, 2016 - 7:58 AM

The Zika virus remains a highly significant and long term problem but it is not any more a public health emergency of international concern says a World Health Organization official

ZIKA VIRUS. This file photo taken on January 28, 2016 shows physical therapist Isana Santana treating Ruan Hentique dos Santos, suffering from microcephalia caught through an Aedes Aegypti mosquito bite, at Obras Socias irma dulce hospital in Salvador, Brazil on January 28 , 2016. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

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

Guinea launches infectious disease center to fight Ebola

Nov 12, 2016 - 8:38 AM

The new French funded Institut Pasteur in Conakry will conduct research train scientists and test for some of the world s deadliest diseases

Bulk of world's child deaths in just 10 countries – study

Nov 11, 2016 - 9:14 AM

Accelerated investment in child survival is imperative to meet the UN s Sustainable Development Goals authors of the study say

Yemen war death toll surpasses 7,000 – WHO

Nov 07, 2016 - 11:05 PM

More than 7 070 people have been killed and over 36 818 injured as of October 25 the WHO says in a statement Another 21 million people are in need of urgent health services the UN health agency adds

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

DOH: Zika virus endemic in PH

Oct 04, 2016 - 8:54 PM

It was just established within the week that the Philippines is indeed endemic for Zika virus Category 2 says lawmaker Scott Davies Lanete who sponsored the health department s proposed budget at the Lower House

ENDEMIC. Health officials say the Philippines is endemic for Zika virus. File photo of a jar with larvas of Aedes eegypti mosquito by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

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

Over 90% of world breathing bad air – WHO

Sep 27, 2016 - 2:15 PM

The World Health Organization is calling for dramatic action against pollution that is blamed for more than 6 million deaths a year

A photo taken on September 6, 2016 shows a bus expelling black smoke from its exhaust in the city of Abidjan. Issouf Sanogo/AFP

UN mobilizes to stop superbugs

Sep 22, 2016 - 12:15 PM

Some scientists call it a slow motion tsunami Margaret Chan director general of the World Health Organization tells a first of a kind UN meeting on the problem

A scientist inspects an unidentified culture (C) in the Microbiology Department of Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital, 07 June 2004. Greg Wood/AFP/File

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

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

WHO declares Sri Lanka free of malaria

Sep 06, 2016 - 10:06 PM

The announcement comes as Colombo hosted a meeting of the WHO regional committee for South East Asia

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