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WHO paper praises govt for ‘commitment’ to health

Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday released the strategy document, which stated, “In the past few years, the government of India has placed health high on its political agenda and made a commitment to make significant increases in public spending in health."

World Hepatitis Day 2019: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Thailand achieve Hepatitis B control: Can India bridge the gaps?

India is one of the few countries in the world to offer free diagnostics and life-long drugs for Hepatitis B.


Baby food contains very high levels of sugar, says WHO

Added sugar and sweet flavour in baby food can increase the child's liking for sweet foods as they grow, increasing the risk of obesity and tooth decay. "The very high level of free sugars in pureed commercial products is also cause for concern", as per WHO.

Sri Lanka has eliminated measles, announces WHO

The elimination of a disease means that there have been zero new cases of the disease in the last three years.

Pakistan seeks help from WHO to investigate HIV outbreak

According to estimates, 163,000 people were infected with HIV in the country but only 25,000 were registered with state-run HIV programmes and out of that, only about 16,000 came regularly for treatment and medicines.

WHO to release new package to improve treatment of multidrug-resistant TB

Since 2000, 54 million lives have been saved, and TB deaths have fallen by one-third. But 10 million people still fall ill with TB each year, with too many missing out on vital care.


Why Congo's Ebola outbreak still going strong

Congo's health ministry reports 759 cases, including 705 confirmed ones and 414 confirmed deaths. Ebola is spread via infected bodily fluids, including those of the dead.

Pollution, drug resistance, dengue: What’s on WHO 2019 threats list

What do the ten threats to global health in 2019 mean for India, and where does the country stand on tackling each?

Air pollution and climate change are global threats in 2019: WHO

This year, the United Nations Climate Summit in September will aim to strengthen climate action and ambition worldwide. Even if all the commitments made by countries for the Paris Agreement are achieved, the world is still on a course to warm by more than 3°C this century.

India, 15 African countries account for 80 per cent of world's malaria cases: WHO

The World Health Organization's (WHO) 2018 World malaria report, however, in an encouraging note said that India was the only country to report progress in reducing its malaria cases in 2017 as compared with 2016.

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Brazil: Zika outbreak may get worse before it gets better, says WHO chief

Director General of the World Health Organization Margaret Chan spoke at a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, on Wednesday, during her official visit to Brazil to assess the situation regarding the country’s Zika outbreak. During the press conference, Chan offered a warning that the Zika outbreak might deteriorate further, “Things may get worse before […]