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Fight Against Malaria Hampered by Flatlining Funds

By Kate Kelland LONDON, Dec 13 – Funding shortfalls and fragile health systems are undermining progress against malaria and could jeopardise efforts to reach globally agreed targets on the way to eventual elimination, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Publishing its annual report on how the world is tackling the often deadly mosquito-borne

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WHO urges Trump to Expand Obamacare, Ensure Healthcare for All

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Dec 10 – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday urged U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to expand Obamacare and ensure all Americans have access to healthcare. The real estate magnate takes office next month after promising to repeal outgoing President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare policy which helped millions more Americans get medical insurance

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WHO Declares End of Zika Emergency but says Virus Remains a Threat

By Stephanie Nebehay and Julie Steenhuysen GENEVA/CHICAGO – The World Health Organization on Friday declared that Zika no longer constitutes an international emergency, but it stressed a need for a long-term effort to address the virus, which has been linked to birth defects and neurological complications. Officials on WHO’s Emergency Committee made clear the Zika

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Yemen’s Suspected Cholera Cases Double to 4,000-Plus: WHO

GENEVA  – Yemen is at risk of a significant cholera outbreak with the number of suspected cases doubling within 12 days to over 4,000, the World Health Organization said. The outbreak in a country ravaged by a 20-month war that has killed thousands was declared by Yemen’s Health Ministry on Oct. 6. By Nov. 1

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Disease Stalks Yemen as Hospitals, Clinics Devastated by War: WHO

LONDON – More than half of war-battered Yemen‘s hospitals and clinics are closed or only partially functioning, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, warning a lack of adequate health services was increasing the risk of disease outbreaks. Only 45 percent of 3,507 health facilities surveyed by WHO were fully functional and accessible, while

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WHO Advises Proper Washing, No Shaving in Fight Against Hospital Superbugs

By Kate Kelland LONDON  – Patients going for surgery should bathe or shower beforehand but their surgical site should not be shaved, and antibiotics should be used to prevent infections before and during surgery, but not afterwards, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. In new guidelines aimed at halting the spread of potentially deadly

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India’s Tobacco Industry, Government Face Off Ahead of WHO Conference

By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI, Oct 27  – India’s $11 billion tobacco industry has urged the government to take a softer line on tobacco control efforts when it hosts a World Health Organization conference in New Delhi next month, but officials say the government will not bow to “pressure tactics”. Delegates from about 180 countries

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Cholera Outbreak Spreading in Yemen – WHO

SANAA, Oct 11  – More cases of cholera have been registered in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, a World Health Organisation Organization (WHO) official said on Tuesday. The United Nations first reported the cholera outbreak on Friday. “The number of cases has increased from five to 11 people,” WHO official Omar Saleh told a news conference

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U.N.’s Rights Boss Warns Russia over Syria Air Strikes

By Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Oct 4  – United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein warned Russia on Tuesday over the use of incendiary weapons in Syria’s besieged enclave of eastern Aleppo, and said crimes by one side did not justify illegal acts by the other. Zeid said that

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