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PH needs to strengthen routine immunization system – WHO official

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:38 AM

WHO country representative Rabindra Abeyasinghe says that in the Philippines, nearly 3 of 5 kids under the age of 5 are not fully protected against polio.

STRENGTHEN IMMUNIZATION. World Health Organization representative to the Philippines Rabindra Abeyasinghe stresses the need to strengthen routine immunization systems amid concurrent outbreaks in the Philippines.

Rappler Talk: WHO's Rabindra Abeyasinghe on polio and health in the Philippines

Oct 01, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Rappler sits down with World Health Organization's Rabindra Abeyasinghe to talk about the return of polio in the Philippines, how the government and its partners are responding to it, and other health issues in the country

WHO, health orgs seek public participation in vaccination campaign

Sep 25, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Distribution planning and fighting disinformation are essential to helping the immunization campaign for the country, says a health panel

HIGH HOPES. WHO representative Rabindra Abeyasinghe says they are ‘convinced’ the Philippines can eradicate polio, since it has been done before. Photo by Michelle Abad/Rappler

Second Ebola vaccine to be introduced in DRC in mid-October – WHO

Sep 23, 2019 - 4:02 PM

(UPDATED) The announcement comes as the aid group Doctors Without Borders accuses the WHO of rationing the first Ebola vaccine in the Democatic Republic of the Congo

WHO accused of rationing Ebola vaccine in DR Congo

Sep 23, 2019 - 12:58 PM

'One of the main problems currently is the fact that in practice the vaccine is rationed by the WHO and that too few people at risk are protected today,' Doctors without Borders says

Thailand first in Asia to roll out plain cigarette packaging

Sep 10, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Keeping a uniform typeface below graphic depictions of smoking-related illnesses will make the products less attractive to buyers, says Prakit Vathesatogkit, vice chair of the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance

PLAIN PACKAGING. This photo illustration shows new generic packaging for cigarettes in Bangkok on September 10, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

With one suicide every 40 seconds, WHO urges action

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:21 AM

'Despite progress, one person still dies every 40 seconds from suicide,' says the World Health Organization, insisting that 'every death is a tragedy for family, friends and colleagues'

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EXPLAINER: What is polio?

Sep 01, 2019 - 7:22 PM

The DOH says the Philippines is at high risk for poliovirus transmission. Why so? And how do we prevent the long dormant disease from coming back?

HIGH RISK FOR POLIO. The Department of Health says the Philippines is at high risk for poliovirus transmission and advices parents to get children under 5 vaccinated to prevent the disease.

WHO urges investment drive as malaria fight stalls

Aug 24, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The World Health Organization says $34 billion must be invested between now and 2030 to fight malaria

MALARIA-STRICKEN. Yukpa natives surround a friend suffering from malaria at his house near Los Angeles del Tukuko mission, near Machiques, Zulia state, Venezuela, on June 11, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Microplastics in drinking water not a health risk for now – WHO

Aug 22, 2019 - 11:20 AM

The World Health Organization says: 'We urgently need to know more about the health impact of microplastics because they are everywhere – including in our drinking water'

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CA declares Bataan city's anti-smoking ordinance unconstitutional

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:41 PM

(UPDATED) 'The City Council of Balanga [has] overstepped Congress by passing an ordinance which imposes more prohibited acts than those specified under [RA 9211],' says the CA

WHO warns against counterfeit anti-rabies vaccines, serum

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:14 PM

The World Health Organization says investigations and laboratory analyses are ongoing to better assess the products’ risk to public health

RABIES. Dogs are the main source of human rabies deaths, according to the World Health Organization. Photo from Shutterstock

DR Congo Ebola outbreak an emergency of global concern – WHO

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:53 AM

'It is time for the world to take notice,' says World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, accepting the advice of his advisory board to invoke the emergency provision

ALERT. A motor taxi driver gets his hands washed at an Ebola screening station on the road between Butembo and Goma on July 16, 2019 in Goma. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

DR Congo urges calm after Ebola case in key city

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:06 AM

The UN's World Health Organization (WHO) describes as a 'potential game-changer' the Ebola case in Goma, a border city with a population of one million which has transport links to other parts of the DRC and beyond

VACCINE. A man receives a vaccine against Ebola from a nurse outside the Afia Himbi Health Center on July 15, 2019 in Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Pamela Tulizo/AFP

20 million children not vaccinated in 2018: U.N. warns against 'stagnation'

Jul 15, 2019 - 9:14 PM

Last year, 19.4 million children were 'not fully vaccinated,' the World Health Organization and the UNICEF children's agency says in an annual report – up from 18.7 million in 2017 and about 18.5 million the year before

VACCINATION. A DOH health worker performs a dengue vaccination during a Dengue School-Based Immunization at Parang Marikina Elementary School on Monday. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

WHO emergency panel meets on Ebola after Uganda deaths

Jun 14, 2019 - 11:25 PM

The current Ebola crisis, which began in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last August, has recorded more than 2,000 cases, including 1,411 deaths

FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) gets ready as she checks her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in front of the mirror during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani/AFP

Boy dies of Ebola in Uganda as virus spreads from DR Congo

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:54 PM

The World Health Organization confirms that Uganda has now recorded 3 cases of Ebola, in the first spread across the country's porous western border with the Democratic Republic of Congo

FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) gets ready as she checks her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in front of the mirror during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani/AFP

WHO alarmed at STD spread in the era of dating apps

Jun 07, 2019 - 10:35 AM

The World Health Organization says in a fresh report that every day globally there are more than one million new cases of treatable sexually transmitted diseases or infections

WHO decries Big Tobacco bid to rebrand World No Tobacco Day

May 30, 2019 - 12:10 AM

WHO voices concern at attempts by Philip Morris International to co-opt international efforts for its own campaign this week promoting new vaping and heated tobacco products as part of the solution to the world's smoking epidemic

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WHO agrees to watered down resolution for clearer drug prices

May 29, 2019 - 1:23 PM

Doctors Without Borders calls the watered down resolution 'a welcome first step' but adds it did not go far enough

'Burnout' is an 'occupational phenomenon' not disease – WHO

May 28, 2019 - 7:58 PM

The clarification comes a day after the World Health Organization mistakenly said it had listed burnout in its International Classification of Diseases for the first time

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WHO recognizes 'burnout' as medical condition

May 27, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The World Health Organization defines burnout as 'a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed'

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WHO unveils plan to tackle global snakebite 'emergency'

May 23, 2019 - 11:54 PM

Each year, nearly 3 million people are bitten by poisonous snakes, with an estimated 81,000-138,000 deaths

With dementia cases set to triple, WHO issues guide to cut risk

May 14, 2019 - 11:40 PM

The number of people living with dementia is expected to explode from approximately 50 million today to 152 million by 2050, the World Health Organization says

Ebola death toll to pass 1,000 – U.N.

May 04, 2019 - 12:01 AM

'We are anticipating a scenario of continued, intense transmission,' says Michael Ryan, the executive director of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme

EBOLA. In this file photo taken on March 9, 2019 health workers are seen inside the 'red zone' of an Ebola treatment center in Butembo. File photo by John Wessels/AFP

Tummy timetables: WHO has lifestyle advice for kids

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:54 PM

The guidelines from the World Health Organization may read to some parents like common-sense practices, including not exposing babies under one-year-old to screens

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World's deadliest infectious disease: What you need to know about tuberculosis

Apr 23, 2019 - 4:11 PM

The World Health Organization counts the Philippines among the top 8 countries with the highest number of new TB cases seen as of 2017

KILLER DISEASE. The World Health Organization recorded some 1.6 million death due to tuberculosis in 2017. Of these were some 25,000 Filipinos.

Global measles cases up 300% year-on-year – World Health Organization

Apr 15, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Measles, which is highly contagious, can be entirely prevented through a two-dose vaccine, but the World Health Organization is sounding the alarm over slipping global vaccination rates

Ebola death toll in DRC passes 750: WHO

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Poor security owing to the presence of armed groups, coupled with resistance of some communities to seeking treatment, hampers the fight to stem the spread of the disease.

AFTERMATH. In this file photo taken on March 9, 2019 health workers are seen inside the 'red zone' of an Ebola treatment center, which was attacked in the early hours of the morning in Butembo. Photo by John Wessels / AFP

More than 8,000 flee Libya fighting – U.N.

Apr 12, 2019 - 11:23 PM

Aside from those who have fled, UN spokesman Rheal Leblanc says that 'many families remain stranded inside conflict affected areas,' with safety fears rising and supplies running short

LIBYA CONFLICT. Libyan fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) take cover behind a dirt barrier during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Libya fighting kills 56 in a week – United Nations

Apr 11, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Syed Jaffar Hussain, the World Health Organization representative in Libya, warns an extended conflict and continuing casualties will 'drain the area's limited supplies and further damage health infrastructure'

LIBYA FIGHTING. A Libyan fighter loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) mans a turret mounted on the back of a pickup truck during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Global life expectancy up 5.5 years since 2000 – World Health Organization

Apr 04, 2019 - 11:53 PM

The UN health agency also stresses significant gender differences in life expectancy worldwide

Mozambique steps up war against cyclone-induced cholera

Mar 28, 2019 - 8:42 PM

A World Health Organization official says 9 cholera treatment centers are being set up around the central Sofala province, which bore the brunt of the cyclone

AFTERMATH. An aerial view shows fields flooded by the cyclone Idai along the Buzi River in the Buzi region, Mozambique, on March 26, 2019. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Measles: Nearly wiped-out, on the rise again

Mar 27, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The United Nations says worldwide cases of measles jumped by more than 30% in 2017, and infections continued to rise in 2018

MEASLES ON THE RISE. This file photo shows patients stricken with measles inside the pediatric ward of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on February 11, 2019. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

When snakes strike, lives shatter

Mar 23, 2019 - 3:32 PM

The World Health Organization estimates 81,000-138,000 people die of snakebites annually, while about 400,000 survivors suffer permanent disabilities and other nasty aftereffects

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Toxic air tears apart families in Mongolia

Mar 15, 2019 - 12:36 PM

Pollution in Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia, regularly exceeds World Health Organization recommendations for air quality

This picture taken on February 23, 2019 shows 5-year-old Amina walking with her mother in Bornuur Sum, a village 135 kilometres away from Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. In the world's coldest capital, many burn coal and plastic just to survive temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees -- but warmth comes at a price: deadly pollution makes Ulaanbataar air too toxic for children to breathe, leaving parents little choice but to evacuate them to the countryside. BYAMBASUREN BYAMBA-OCHIR / AFP

Madagascar battles killer measles outbreak

Mar 10, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Doctors say people's reluctance to go to hospitals and opposition to vaccinations make it difficult to curb measles cases in Madagascar

In this photograph taken on February 27, 2019, Soa Robethine (C) and her two year-old daughter Frangeline who is sick with measles are treated at a Basic Health Centre Level 2 (CSB 2) in the village of Anivorano, North Antsiranana on the outskirts of Antsiranana. - At least 926 children and young adults have died of measles in Madagascar since October, despite a huge emergency vaccination program, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can cause complications including blindness and brain swelling and increase susceptibility to other diseases. (Photo by Mamyrael / AFP)

Stand at your desk for a healthier, happier lifestyle

Mar 02, 2019 - 3:00 PM

The Thai Health Promotion Foundation's standing desk is designed to promote physical activity with its own exercise manual illustrating various poses and stretches that you can do while standing

'Killer' cells raise hope of universal flu vaccine

Feb 19, 2019 - 12:24 AM

Researchers in Australia say that 'killer T cells' – found in over half the world's population – have shown in testing to be effective in fighting all common flu varieties

WHO warns of 'backsliding' in measles fight as cases soar worldwide

Feb 15, 2019 - 7:56 AM

This is frustrating since the disease can be easily prevented with two doses of a 'safe and efficient' vaccine that has been in use since the 1960s, the UN agency says

WHO warns of 'backsliding' in measles fight as cases soar Health | measles | UN associated with x Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Thursday 2/15/2019 - 04:06 UTC+8 | 510 words   ADDS MADAGASCAR FIGURES  The World Health Organization warned Thursday that efforts to halt the spread of measles were "backsliding", with case numbers worldwide surging around 50 percent last year.  AFP

Suicide rate falls by a third globally, data shows

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:33 AM

While welcoming the overall downwards trend, the team behind the paper warns that in several regions of the world suicide was still among the leading causes of years of lives lost

Migrants need better access to health care in Europe – WHO

Jan 21, 2019 - 11:56 PM

Depending on the country and migrants' status, they may enjoy full access to the health care system or none at all

MIGRANTS. In this file photo taken on May 14, 2018 migrants look at the coastline as they stand aboard the French rescue ship MV Aquarius, off the coast of Sicily. File photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Road traffic deaths swell to 1.35M each year – WHO

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:18 PM

'These deaths are an unacceptable price to pay for mobility,' says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

India pollution watchdog fines Delhi over toxic smog

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:59 PM

The National Green Tribunal penalizes the capital administration for its lack of oversight after it has emerged some polluting industries are still burning harmful waste in the open

SMOG. An Indian shepherd walks along his herd of sheep amidst heavy smog conditions in New Delhi on November 12, 2018. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Measles cases rise 30% worldwide – WHO

Nov 30, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Martin Friede, WHO's director of immunization, vaccines and biologicals says that 'supposed experts making accusations against the vaccine without any evidence' has had an impact on parents' decisions

Ebola prevention measures make 'positive impact' in DR Congo

Nov 09, 2018 - 8:40 PM

'The fact that we have so far prevented Ebola from spreading into neighboring countries is a testament to the hard work and determination of staff from all partners,' says a WHO official

FIGHTING EBOLA. In this handout photograph released by UNICEF on May 13, 2018, health workers wear protective equipment as they prepare to attend to suspected Ebola patients at Bikoro Hospital on May 12, 2018. Photo by Mark Naftalin/UNICEF/AFP

WHO to PH: 'Real investment' in universal health care 'needs to happen'

Nov 06, 2018 - 8:29 PM

WHO Country Representative Gundo Weiler says the agency also supports calls to increase tobacco taxes from P32.50 per pack to P90

HEALTH INVESTMENT. The World Health Organization said the Philippines needed to ensure funding for universal health care. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

WHO urges PH to 'give more attention' to growing number of HIV-AIDS cases

Oct 08, 2018 - 7:56 PM

WHO's Dr Shin Young-soo says, sooner or later, the general population in PH – not just gay men and men having sex with men – might be infected by the virus

HIV-AIDS. The Philippines has one of the 'fastest growing' HIV epidemics in the world. File photo by George Moya/Rappler

Lifestyle diseases 'rapidly rising' in Western Pacific region – WHO

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:21 PM

Diseases, such as diabetes, cancers, or cardiovascular diseases, have contributed to about 80% of deaths in the region, says WHO Western Pacific regional director Dr Shin Young-soo

U.N. treaty cracks down on heated tobacco products

Oct 07, 2018 - 5:00 AM

A consultant to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control ranks heated tobacco as less harmful than cigarettes but more deadly than e-cigarettes

RISKS. WHO says long-term testing on heated tobacco was non-existent and voiced concern that promoting the products would ultimately see less people quit smoking. Rappler file photo