World Health Organization
How Africa can quell next disease outbreaks
African and global health experts and policymakers, last month, gathered in Addis Ababa to discuss how to enable national public-health institutions (NPHIs) to keep emerging and re-emerging infectious disease in check. At the top of the agenda was empowering local leadership to act fast. Africa’s population is expected to double from 1.2 billion now to…
Excessive hygiene promotes resistance to antibiotics
The number of people who become ill and die from antibiotic-resistant germs is increasing worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) sees understanding the spread of antibiotic resistance and developing countermeasures as one of the most important global challenges. Against this background Gabriele Berg, who heads the Institute of Environmental Biotechnology at Graz University of Technology…
Kiev reports first measles death as cases soar
Ukraine's capital has seen its first death from measles in a major outbreak, the health ministry said Monday. A 57-year-old woman died in hospital of complications from the highly infectious illness, health ministry spokeswoman Maryna Dadinova told AFP. Eight people, including two children, have died of measles in Ukraine this year. There were 16 deaths…
Blast kills 5 demining experts in Yemen
An explosion killed five demining specialists in war-torn Yemen's central province of Maarib on Sunday, security and medical sources said. A pro-government security official, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity, said the the five were foreign experts working on the Saudi-backed Masam landmine clearance project. AFP could not independently confirm which countries they…
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.
Kebbi records another 77 cases of measles
No fewer than 77 cases of measles have been confirmed across Kebbi State. The state is undergoing the last phase of the total elimination of the disease in a joint crusade between Birnin-Kebbi government and other donor agencies.
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.