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WHO chief rescinds Mugabe ambassador role after outcry

Geneva - The head of the World Health Organization on Sunday reversed his decision to name Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador following widespread uproar against the appointment.

WHO chief 'rethinking' after Mugabe honour outrage

Geneva - The head of the World Health Organization said Saturday that he was "rethinking" his decision to name Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador, as global outrage over the move mounted.

Mugabe WHO appointment 'contradicts UN ideals': US

Washington - The United States on Saturday sharply criticized the appointment of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a World Health Organization goodwill ambassador, saying it "contradicts United Nations ideals.

Mugabe WHO appointment 'unacceptable': Canada PM

Ottawa - The appointment of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organization is "absolutely unacceptable" and "ridiculous," Canada's premier said Saturday."When I heard of Robert Mugabe's appointment...

WHO cites Zimbabwe record as outrage grows over Mugabe honour

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Saturday cited Zimbabwe's anti-tobacco record and efforts against non-communicable diseases as justifications for making President Robert Mugabe a "goodwill ambassador", as International criticism of the move mounted.

UN draws flak after naming Mugabe goodwill ambassador

Harare - The United Nations faced criticism Friday after naming Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe a "goodwill ambassador" to promote health causes, despite the country's dire health crisis under his rule.

Mass cholera vaccinations begin in Rohingya camps

Chhota Angutia - The United Nations launched one of its biggest ever cholera vaccination drives in the vast refugee camps of southeast Bangladesh Tuesday amid fears of an outbreak among nearly a million Rohingya now living there.

Yemen cholera cases soar past half-million: WHO

Geneva - Cholera is believed to have affected more than 500,000 people and killed nearly 2,000 since late April, the World Health Organization said Monday.

World in a losing battle with gonorrhea as it continues to evolve

Gonorrhea, commonly called "the clap" or "the drip." is now more prevalent globally and harder to treat than ever before, according to the World Health Organization, with some strains of the sexually transmitted disease impossible to treat.

New WHO director from Ethiopia begins work

Geneva - The new director general of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom, took over managing the UN health agency on Saturday, the WHO said.A specialist in malaria, Tedros served as health minister and later as foreign minister for Ethiopia.

Syria sees first polio cases in three years: WHO

Geneva - Three new cases of polio have been recorded in Syria in the first outbreak of the virus in the country since 2014, the World Health Organization and a partner initiative said.

Tobacco kills 7 million a year, wreaks environmental havoc: WHO

Geneva - Smoking and other tobacco use kills more than seven million people each year, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, also warning of the dire environmental impact of tobacco production, distribution and waste.

DR Congo authorises trial of experimental Ebola vaccine

Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo has approved using an experimental Ebola vaccine to combat an outbreak of the virus in the northeast, the government said Monday.

DR Congo approves use of Ebola vaccination to stop outbreak

Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry has approved the use of a new Ebola vaccine to counter an outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever in its northeast that has sickened 52 people and killed four others.

More donors can absorb 'shock' of any US cuts: new WHO boss

Geneva - The World Health Organization should expand its donor base to better withstand the "shock" from planned deep budget cuts in Washington, Tedros Adhanom, the newly elected agency head, said Wednesday.

Ethiopia's Tedros elected new WHO chief

Geneva - Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom was elected as the new head of the powerful World Health Organization on Tuesday, vowing to shake up an agency seen as needing major reform.

Ethiopia's Tedros elected new WHO chief

Geneva - Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom was elected as the new head of the powerful World Health Organization on Tuesday, vowing to shake up an agency seen as needing major reform.

Ethiopia's Tedros elected new WHO chief

Geneva - Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom was elected as the new head of the powerful World Health Organization on Tuesday, vowing to shake up an agency seen as needing major reform.

Outgoing WHO chief says world 'better prepared' for health crises

Geneva - The World Health Organization's outgoing chief Margaret Chan defended her legacy Monday, insisting the world had become better prepared to face health emergencies like Ebola on her watch.

WHO meet refuses to admit Taiwan amid China pressure

Geneva - Despite impassioned pleas from several countries, the World Health Organization's annual assembly refused Monday to even discuss admitting Taiwan to the meeting, under pressure from China.

WHO races against the clock to contain Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

In an update issued on May 18, the UN's World Health Organization (WHO) said a race against the clock has begun to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in the remote northern area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

WHO — Two more cases of Ebola virus identified in DR Congo

Kinshasa - In a statement dated May 13, the World Health Organization announced it is now investigating three Ebola cases in The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with the first case possibly being the "index case."

Three die from Ebola virus in Democratic Republic of Congo

The World Health Organization confirmed on Friday that three people have died from the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Taiwan blames China for WHO invite snub

Taipei - Taiwan said Tuesday it had been excluded from a major World Health Organisation meeting for the first time in eight years, blaming rival China for the snub as relations worsen.

WHO urges polio vaccine dose cut amid global shortage

Geneva - Faced with a shortage of polio vaccine, the World Health Organization urged countries Friday to resort to smaller, fractional doses to ward off outbreaks of the crippling disease.

WHO: One-fourth of world's population drinking contaminated water

Over 2 billion people, one-fourth of the world's population, are drinking fecal-contaminated water, according to a new report released today by the World Health Organization.

WHO warns of measles outbreak across Europe

Stockholm - The World Health Organization warned Tuesday of large measles outbreaks in countries where immunisation has dropped, after more than 500 cases of the highly contagious disease were reported across Europe in January.

Environmental risks kill 1.7 mn kids under 5 a year: WHO

Geneva - More than one in four deaths in children under five are linked to polluted environments, according to two new World Health Organization reports published Monday.

WHO — Bird flu rates in humans alarming but risks are still low

The risks of a sustained human-to-human spread of H7N9 bird flu in China is low, but the recent surge in the number of cases in this fifth wave is alarming and requires constant monitoring, says the World Health Organization.

WHO finalists vow reform amid Trump funding cut fears

Geneva - The three finalists in the running to take the helm of the World Health Organization vowed Thursday to reform the UN agency, as fears grew of deep funding cuts by Washington.
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