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Road accident deaths swell to 1.35 million each year: WHO

Geneva - Road accidents kill someone every 24 seconds, with a total of 1.35 million traffic deaths around the world each year, the World Health Organization said Friday, demanding global action.

Global fight against malaria has stalled, WHO warns

Maputo - The World Health Organisation on Monday said global efforts to fight malaria have hit a plateau as it reported there were more cases of the killer disease in 2017 than the previous year.

Sixteen Ebola WHO staff evacuated amid DR Congo clashes

Beni - The World Health Organization (WHO) said Saturday that 16 staff members have been temporarily evacuated from DR Congo's restive eastern city of Beni after a shell hit the building they were staying in.

Community fears grow as DR Congo Ebola death toll climbs

Geneva - Humanitarian workers are struggling to calm community fears in strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where 125 people have died of Ebola, and cases of the virus are spreading fast.

Battle for lungs and minds as tobacco control treaty meeting opens

Geneva - A meeting on a global tobacco control treaty opened in Geneva Monday, with organisers scrambling to keep cigarette companies at bay, even as the industry demanded a seat at the table.

'Perfect storm' of risks threatens DRC Ebola response: WHO

Geneva - The struggle to contain the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is facing a "perfect storm" of challenges, including rebel violence and pre-election manipulation, the UN said Tuesday.

'Game-changing' global pact against illicit tobacco trade kicks in

Geneva - A global pact to battle the illegal tobacco trade kicks in this week, with the World Health Organization hailing it as "game-changing" in eliminating widespread health-hazardous and criminal activity.

Alcohol responsible for one in 20 deaths worldwide: WHO

Geneva - Alcohol kills three million people worldwide each year -- more than AIDS, violence and road accidents combined, the World Health Organization said Friday, adding that men are particularly at risk.

Cancer in Europe: more cases but fewer deaths

London - The number of cancer cases has continued to rise across Europe, however mortality rates from the disease have fallen, according to the World Health Organization's "European Health Report", published Wednesday. Some 2.

Rising European life expectancy undermined by obesity: WHO

London - Life expectancy in Europe continues to increase but obesity and the growing proportion of people who are overweight risks reversing this trend, the World Health Organization warned Wednesday.

Polio returns to Papua New Guinea after 18 years: WHO

Sydney - An outbreak of polio has been confirmed in Papua New Guinea, the World Health Organization and the government said, with the virus detected in a child 18 years after the Pacific nation was declared free of the disease.

Transgenderism no longer a mental illness: WHO

Geneva - Transgender people, who identify as the opposite gender to the one they were born with, should no longer be considered mentally ill, according to a new UN categorisation.

Video gaming addictive like crack: WHO

Paris - Video gaming can be addictive in the same way as cocaine or gambling, the World Health Organization said Monday in a much anticipated update of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).

Video gaming addictive like crack: WHO

Paris - Video gaming can be addictive in the same way as cocaine or gambling, the World Health Organization said Monday in a much anticipated update of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).

Unlicenced Ebola meds could soon be used in DR Congo: WHO

Geneva - The World Health Organization said Tuesday it was awaiting formal approval from the Democratic Republic of Congo to send in unlicenced Ebola medication to help rein in an outbreak of the deadly virus.

DR Congo Ebola outbreak on 'epidemiological knife edge': WHO

Geneva - A deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has a clear "potential to expand", the World Health Organization warned Wednesday, saying it aimed to vaccinate 10,000 people within a month.

Ebola in DRC not 'currently' an 'emergency of international concern': WHO

Geneva - The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo does not yet merit being labelled an emergency of "international concern," the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday.

WHO reports new Ebola case in DR Congo, vaccine this week

Apo - The head of the World Health Organization said Sunday there has been another reported case of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo and that an experimental vaccine to fight the disease is expected to become available in the country this week.

UN's health body urges Hepatitis C offensive

Paris - Hepatitis C is easily cured. Yet, about 400,000 people die of the liver disease every year as only a smattering get the medicine they need.

WHO demands access to victims of alleged Syria chemical attack

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Wednesday demanded "immediate" access to the victims of an alleged chemical attack in Syria, voicing indignation at the strike that caused symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic substances.

WHO reports surge in attacks on Syrian medical targets

Geneva - The frequency of attacks on medical facilities in Syria spiked through the first two months of the year, far outpacing last year's rate, the World Health Organization said Friday.

Girding for new battles in the war against Big Tobacco

Paris - Some 3,000 anti-tobacco experts and policy makers convening this week in Cape Town, South Africa confront an industry flush with profits and determined to expand the market for its deadly product.

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.
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