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$122 million needed to fight Zika over 18 months: WHO

Geneva - The World Health Organization said Friday that $122 million (108 million euros) is needed to fund an 18-month anti-Zika battle plan that will focus on women of child-bearing age.

Brazilian minister says 'no chance' of Olympic delay

London - Brazilian Sports Minister Leonardo Picciani on Tuesday ruled out as "impossible" a delay in the Rio Summer Olympics over concerns about the spread of the Zika virus."It's impossible. There's no chance.

WHO asks experts to weigh Olympics impact on Zika spread

Washington - The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has asked a panel of experts to consider whether the Rio Summer Olympics should be held as scheduled due to concerns it could spread the Zika virus.

WHO says Zika response plan only 13 percent funded

Geneva - The World Health Organization's Zika response programme is only 13 percent funded, "severely" compromising efforts to combat the virus that is increasingly becoming a global threat, the UN agency said Monday.But the significant funding gaps in the $17....

WHO to better respond to emergencies

Geneva - Member states of the World Health Organization have agreed a long-awaited reform of the agency so that it responds more quickly and effectively to emergency situations.

Zika crisis fuelled by 'massive' mosquito control failures: WHO

Geneva - The spiralling crisis surrounding the Zika virus is the result of decades of policy failures on mosquito control and poor access to family planning services, the World Health Organization said Monday."The spread of Zika...

Zika strain from Americas outbreak spreads in Africa for first time: WHO

Geneva - The Zika virus strain linked to surging cases of neurological disorders and birth defects in Latin America has now been found in Africa, health officials said Friday, as the first fatality on French territory was reported on the Caribbean island of Mar...

Global life expectancy up five years since 2000: WHO

Geneva - Global life expectancy increased by five years between 2000 and 2015, the World Health Organization said Thursday, crediting progress in Africa against HIV, AIDS and malaria.

WHO urges European vigilance against Zika virus

Copenhagen - The World Health Organization on Wednesday urged Europe to be vigilant ahead of a possible summer outbreak of the Zika virus, especially in the Black Sea coastal areas of Georgia and Russia.

WHO approves new, faster treatment for drug-resistant TB

Geneva - The World Health Organization approved a new treatment for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) on Thursday, a crucial step towards replacing an old, costly therapy that is brutal on patients and only 50-percent effective.

80 percent of world's city dwellers breathing bad air: UN

Geneva - Over 80 percent of the world's city dwellers breathe poor quality air, increasing their risk of lung cancer and other life-threatening diseases, a new World Health Organization (WHO) report warned Thursday.

Global health emergency may be on the horizon over yellow fever

Two Georgetown University professors are calling on the World Health Organization (WHO) take emergency steps to prevent the current outbreak of yellow fever from becoming a global health crisis.

WHO warns of risk of 'marked increase' in Zika cases

Paris - The UN's health agency warned Monday of the potential for a "marked increase" in Zika infections, and the spread of the virus to new parts of the world, even as the outbreak declines in Brazil.

WHO warns of potential for 'marked increase' in Zika cases

Paris - The World Health Organization warned Monday of the potential for a "marked increase" in the number of Zika infections in the coming months, and its spread to new parts of the world.

No new malaria cases in Europe, Caucasus or Central Asia in 2015

Copenhagen - No new cases of malaria originated in Europe, Central Asia or the Caucasus in 2015, the first year without a transmission for almost 30 years, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

Diabetes cases have quadrupled since 1980: WHO

Ginebra - The number of adults estimated to be living with diabetes has nearly quadrupled over 35 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday, urging huge efforts to change eating habits and exercise more.

Liberia Experiences another Ebola death

Ebola Virus has resurfaced in the West-African regions — leading to calls for stronger steps to counter the persistent nature of this catastrophic epidemic.

WHO says Ebola international health emergency is over

Ginebra - The World Health Organization said Tuesday that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa no longer constitutes an international emergency, voicing confidence that remaining isolated cases in the affected countries can be contained.

Private vaccines in China need more regulation: WHO

Bejing - The World Health Organization Tuesday urged tighter regulation of privately sold vaccines in China as a scandal involving out-of-date immunisation fuels public outrage in the country's latest safety scare.

WHO: Yellow fever outbreak in Angola kills 178 people

Viana - The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Thursday that the first yellow fever outbreak in Angola in over 30 years has killed 178 people.

WHO reviews current Zika threat

The World Health Organization (WHO) has convened its second meeting on the Zika virus disease, which is regarded as an international threat.

No Zika vaccine for another three years: Brazil expert

Ginebra - Global health experts agreed Wednesday to prioritise developing vaccines against the Zika virus suspected of causing birth defects, but a Brazilian specialist warned that doing so would take at least three years.

WHO advises pregnant women not to travel to Zika outbreak areas

Ginebra - The World Health Organization on Tuesday advised pregnant women not to travel to areas affected by the Zika virus outbreak, saying the new advice was issued amid mounting evidence that Zika can cause birth defects.

Women infected with Zika should continue to breastfeed: WHO

Ginebra - Women infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus should continue to breastfeed their babies as there is currently no proof of a risk of transmission, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Zika crisis to get 'worse before it gets better:' WHO

Rio De Janeiro - The Zika virus, believed to be linked to the serious birth defect microcephaly, presents a "formidable" challenge that will be hard to stamp out, World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan warned Wednesday.

WHO chief 'confident' Olympics will be safe despite Zika

Bras - The head of the World Health Organization expressed confidence that Brazil can host the Rio Olympics safely despite the Zika threat, while warning of a long battle against the mosquito-borne virus.

Zika virus fight a 'long journey': WHO chief

Bras - The head of the World Health Organization warned Tuesday that the fight against Zika, a mosquito-transmitted virus linked to serious birth defects, will be long and complex."The Zika virus is very tricky, very tenacious, very difficult.

WHO launches $56 mn Zika response plan

Ginebra - The World Health Organization on Wednesday released its initial response plan to the Zika virus outbreak, launching a funding appeal for the $56 million (50 million euros) operation.

International Zika experts descend on Brazil

Bras - International experts, including World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan, are visiting Brazil this week and next to check out a major increase in Zika virus infections, which have been blamed for birth defects.

Large-scale trials for Zika vaccines at least 18 months away: WHO

Ginebra - Large-scale trials for Zika virus vaccines are at least 18 months away, while establishing a possible link between the virus and two more harmful conditions will likely only take weeks, the World Health Organization said Friday.
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