World Health Organization
Concerns over global resurgence of polio as progress stalls
Progress has stalled in ridding the world of polio. An emergency committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) unanimously agreed Friday to continue to designate the paralyzing disease a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern." WHO originally designated polio in this way in 2014, deeming it a health threat serious enough to endanger communities worldwide.…
How insect-derived antibiotic strips bacteria of their defences
New research finds that an insect-derived antibiotic can destroy the protective membrane of some of the most prevalent drug-resistant bacteria. This could pave the way for a new class of antibiotics that could help tackle the current drug resistance crisis. The World Health Organization (WHO) surveyed half a million people and found that the five…
Paediatric chewable medicine promises improved treatment against intestinal worms
The World Health Organization (WHO) will begin distributing a paediatric (chewable) formulation of mebendazole to countries with a high prevalence of soil-transmitted helminthiases (intestinal worms). Mebendazole is one of the medicines recommended by WHO to treat intestinal worm infections of humans.
WHO predicts 900m people could suffer hearing loss by 2050
Some 900 million people could suffer from disabling hearing loss by 2050, according to new estimates released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the occasion of World Hearing Day (WHD) on March 3, 2018.Currently 466 million people worldwide suffer from disabling hearing loss, 34 million of who are children.
Nivea’s billboards are distasteful, but there’s a bigger problem
British-Ghanaian musician Fuse ODG drew attention to a billboard of the ad in Accra, and called on ‘every African everywhere’ to stop buying Nivea products.
Revolutionary malaria tests have unexpected downsides
In the early 2000s, researchers developed rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for malaria, a major childhood killer. Simple as a home pregnancy kit, RDTs need just one drop of blood from a finger prick to detect the malaria parasite.
Better data can help tackle stagnated vaccination rates
Like the shields of Sparta, vaccines protect each of us from an onslaught of deadly viruses and bacteria. And like those military formations, vaccines work best when everyone has a shield and we all protect each other.
Staying free from antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea
Gonorrhoea affects over 78 million people worldwide each year, mostly older teenagers and adults. It is mainly spread by having unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex.
Ebola outbreak in Africa ends, gaps in public health leave region vulnerable
On July, the Congolese government and the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to the DRC outbreak — but public-health officials caution that its low death toll doesn’t prove that the world has learnt all the lessons of the West African crisis.