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WHO Rejects Calls To Move Olympics Over Zika fears

WHO Rejects Calls To Move Olympics Over Zika fears

The World Health Organization has ruled out any change in timing or the location of the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, shunning a call by doctors and scientists to shift the games over the Zika virus. The UN health body outlined its stance in a statement late Friday after a group of 150 […]

How Do You Protect Women’s Rights On A Shoestring?

How Do You Protect Women’s Rights On A Shoestring?

The assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai, the gang-rape of a young woman on a Delhi bus and the mob killing of Farkhunda Malikzada in Afghanistan are only some of the stories that have sparked global outrage and protests at the failure of governments to prevent violence against women and girls. While the extreme level of […]

Over 3m Lives Lost To Air Pollution Annually – WHO

Over 3m Lives Lost To Air Pollution Annually – WHO

The World Health Organisation, WHO, yesterday raised the alarm over urban air pollution sustained rise at an alarming rate, saying that over 3 million premature deaths are recorded worldwide every year. The Global health body also warned that more than 80 percent of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to […]

Strict Laws Drive West African Women to Dangerous, Illegal Abortions

Strict Laws Drive West African Women to Dangerous, Illegal Abortions

From crowded cities to far-flung villages, women with unwanted pregnancies across West Africa are resorting to clandestine and unsafe abortions – driven by shame, stigma and restrictive laws. Many pregnant women and girls in the region seek abortions from untrained practitioners in unhygienic surroundings or self-induce using desperate methods, ranging from drinking bleach to inserting […]

West Africa Ebola outbreak no longer poses global risk, WHO says

West Africa Ebola outbreak no longer poses global risk, WHO says

West Africa’s Ebola outbreak no longer constitutes a threat to international public health, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, declaring an end to a nearly 20-month emergency that has killed about 11,300 people. Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, accepted the recommendations of a committee of independent experts who also called for lifting any […]

Angola’s yellow fever death toll rises to 158: WHO

Angola’s yellow fever death toll rises to 158: WHO

A yellow fever outbreak in Angola that began late last year has killed 158 people, up from 50 a month ago, as deaths from the disease transmitted by mosquitoes accelerate, a World Health Organisation official said on Friday. There has also been an increase in malaria, cholera and chronic diarrhoea in Luanda and other cities, […]

South Africa now has a confirmed case of Zika virus

South Africa now has a confirmed case of Zika virus

South African health authorities confirmed the country’s first case of Zika virus Saturday, Reuters reports. A Colombian business man visiting Johannesburg had a fever and rash, but fully recovered. The mosquito-borne virus, which the World Health Organization has declared a public health emergency, is thought to be linked to a birth defect called microcephaly. The […]

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