Physician, leaders echo call for vigorous response to new Ebola outbreak

The World Medical Association (WMA) has echoed the call from the World Health Organisation (WHO) for a vigorous response to the latest Ebola outbreak in the Congo, which has so far caused more than 20 deaths

Physician, leaders echo call for vigorous response to new Ebola outbreakDr Ardis Hoven, Chair of the WMA, speaking at a meeting in Geneva on the 100th anniversary of the Spanish flu pandemic, questioned whether the world was prepared for another pandemic like Spanish flu. Dr Hoven said, “One hundred years ago the deadly Spanish flu pandemic killed between 50 and 100 million people in a […]

WHO releases first-ever list of essential diagnostic tests

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published its first Essential Diagnostics List, a catalogue of the tests needed to diagnose the most common conditions as well as a number of global priority diseases

WHO releases first-ever list of essential diagnostic testsToday, many people are unable to get tested for diseases because they cannot access diagnostic services. Many are incorrectly diagnosed. As a result, they do not receive the treatment they need and, in some cases, may actually receive the wrong treatment. For example, an estimated 46% of adults with Type 2 diabetes worldwide are undiagnosed, […]

WHO initiates plan to eliminate trans-fats from global food supply

The World Health Organization (WHO) today released REPLACE, a step-by-step guide for the elimination of industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the global food supply

WHO initiates plan to eliminate trans-fats from global food supplyEliminating trans-fats is crucial to protecting health and saving lives. The WHO estimates that every year, trans-fat intake leads to more than 500,000 deaths of people from cardiovascular disease. Industrially-produced trans-fats are contained in hardened vegetable fats, such as margarine and ghee, and are often present in snack food, baked foods, and fried foods. Manufacturers often […]

‘Govt has made serious efforts to deal with air pollution,’ says environment ministry

The Environment Ministry states that the centre has made serious efforts to fight air pollution and the 2017 air quality data for fine particulate matter PM2.5 has shown improvement over the previous year, this was stated in response to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report which listed 14 Indian cities among the world’s 20 most polluted

‘Govt has made serious efforts to deal with air pollution,’ says environment ministryThe WHO report indicates that Delhi is placed at no. 6 with an annual average Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5 concentration as 143 micrograms per cubic metre in 2016. However, the Government has made serious efforts to deal with air pollution.  Data for the year 2017 for PM 2.5 shows an improvement over 2016 and so […]

Union cabinet approves WHO protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products

The cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given approval to accede to the Protocol under World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on tobacco control to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products. It will be applicable to both smoking and chewing or smokeless tobacco (SLT) forms as negotiated and adopted under Article 15 of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).  India is a party to WHO FCTC

Union cabinet approves WHO protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco productsThe protocol lays down obligations of the parties. It spells out supply chain control measures that must be adopted by the parties viz. licensing of manufacture of tobacco products and machinery for manufacturing of tobacco products, due diligence to be kept by those engaged in production, tracking and tracing regime, record keeping, security; and measures […]

Air pollution: 14 out of 20 most polluted cities in India, says WHO

Delhi and Varanasi are among the 14 Indian cities that figured in a list of 20 most polluted cities in the world in terms of PM2.5 levels in 2016, data released by the WHO showed today. The WHO data also said that nine out of 10 people in the world breathe air containing high levels of pollutants

Air pollution: 14 out of 20 most polluted cities in India, says WHOWHO estimates that around 7 million people die every year from exposure to fine particles in polluted air that penetrate deep into the lungs and cardiovascular system, causing diseases including stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and respiratory infections, including pneumonia. Around 3 billion people – more than 40% of the world’s […]

NICPR and ICMR urge govt to ban manufacture, sale and import of smokeless tobacco

A government body along with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has compiled a report that recommends banning manufacture, selling and import of smokeless tobacco products as per a WHO framework

NICPR and ICMR urge govt to ban manufacture, sale and import of smokeless tobaccoThe first-ever compilation of the global progress made in implementing smokeless tobacco control policies was prepared by the National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research (NICPR) in collaboration with the ICMR. The compilation is in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the cancer research institute said in a […]

World Malaria Day: Only 8 per cent cases detected in India

In 2016, India witnessed a total of 331 malaria deaths in 2016, making it the highest in the entire Southeast Asia. WHO's report added that India had the highest number of malaria deaths in 2016 among all other countries in the Southeast Asian region

World Malaria Day: Only 8 per cent cases detected in IndiaAlthough, the Union Health Minister, J P Nadda stated that India has reduced its new malaria cases by one third, and even crossed the malaria mortality targets of 2020 a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) suggests otherwise. The report released by the WHO stated that India is still struggling to eliminate the disease. […]

WHO and WMA renew commitment for universal health coverage

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Medical Association (WMA) to reaffirm and consolidate cooperation between the two health organisations

WHO and WMA renew commitment for universal health coverageAt a ceremony at the WHO’s headquarters in Geneva today, the two bodies agreed to foster understanding on topics of common interest, including the development, improvement and protection of health, and action on the social determinants of health. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, and WMA President Dr Yoshitake Yokokura jointly signed the Memorandum, which […]

This pill could make your blood deadly to mosquitoes

In the study, scientists split 139 patients into three groups to test the effects of ivermectin. They found high doses of the drug made human blood poisonous to mosquitos. The effects lasted up to a month, according to the international team of experts. Researchers now hope the drug could be used to stem the control of malaria

This pill could make your blood deadly to mosquitoesAn ‘exciting’ pill can make human blood poisonous to mosquitoes and kill them, research suggests. Scientists discovered the disease-carrying flies died after feeding on the blood of humans given super-strength doses of ivermectin. Ivermectin is an antiparasitic drug and in lower doses is widely used in the treatment of other tropical diseases. It has safely […]