TAIPEI, Feb 18: Taiwan urged the World Health Organization on Tuesday not to be “kidnapped” by China, as more countries put travel curbs on its citizens because the health agency groups the island’s coronavirus cases with China in the battle on the outbreak.

When Viruses Turn Political

February 16, 2020 11:40 am

OXFORD – Before the coronavirus exploded into the news, a report by the World Health Organization warned that the world was not prepared for “a fast-moving, virulent respiratory pathogen pandemic” that could kill 50-80 million people, cause panic and instability, and seriously affect the global economy and trade. The experience of the last 200-plus years has shown that only governments acting in concert can effectively fight such a pandemic—and even then, only with the trust and compliance of their citizens. This points to three challenges facing political leaders in the fight against the new coronavirus, now known as COVID-19.

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged South Asian countries including Nepal to remain vigilant and strengthen readiness to rapidly detect any case of importation of the new coronavirus and prevent its spread.

BEIJING, Jan 28: The head of the World Health Organization said on Tuesday he is confident in China’s ability to contain a new coronavirus that has killed 106 people and he called for calm, saying he did not think foreigners should be evacuated, Chinese media reported.

SHANGHAI, Jan 26: More than 2,000 people globally have been infected with a new coronavirus, the vast majority of them in China, where 56 people have died from the disease, according to figures released on Sunday.

MANILA, Sept 25: The Philippines risks having more cases of polio unless it sharply steps up its vaccinations of children under 5 years of age, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Sept 6: World Health Organization has urged its member states in the South-East Asia region to accelerate efforts to eliminate cervical cancer by 2030.

KATHMANDU, Sept 5: Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region on Wednesday pledged to strengthen emergency preparedness capacities by scaling up risk assessment, increasing investments, and enhancing implementation of multi-sectoral plans.

CAIRO, Aug 5: The United Nations investigators assembled in the departure hall of Sanaa’s airport were preparing to leave with precious evidence: laptops and external drives collected from the staff of the World Health Organization.

Silent suffering

May 3, 2019 09:29 am

There’s a suicide prevention helpline in Nepal that’s a direct line to the psychiatry ward in Teaching Hospital in Maharajgunj, Kathmandu. On-duty psychiatrists at the ward attend to this helpline and each week at least a couple of calls come in. Some weeks, the phone rings everyday.

Speaking at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, during an event to launch the Day, the WHO chief said that all people deserve access to health services, “when and where they need them, without financial hardship.”

JAN 23: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

January 23, 2019 18:00 pm

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A new World Health Organization study of refugee and migrant flows in Europe found that these groups have a lower risk of almost all forms of cancer but are more vulnerable to communicable diseases including vaccine-preventable diseases and antimicrobial resistance.

Aging population and urbanization are two global trends that together comprise major forces shaping the 21st century. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that “average life expectancy at birth in 1955 was just 48 years; in 1995 it was 65 years; in 2025 it will reach 73 years”.

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“Heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, chronic Lyme disease, depression” – just some of the illnesses outlined by World Health Organization (WHO) chief Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, who drove home the danger by asking delegates to stand up, when they heard the name of an illness that had killed someone they loved: One by one, every single person in the room, got to their feet.

CARACAS, Sept 12: Extending the financial blockade against Cuba is unjust, Cristian Morales, representative form the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization said Tuesday.